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Ov-ral - To Øl

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BA SCORE
87
very good

88 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
To Øl visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pixieskid on 05-30-2012)
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Reviews by drrone:
Photo of drrone
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a light straw, amber color. Liberates 2 inches of head, which fades to leave a light crown of lace.

S - A pleasant citrus, hop, pine nose. A good amount of funk noted.

T - Very nice hop hit with medium malt back bone, more malt that I would have expected. The yeast comes through well with a slight hint of sour as well.

M - High mild to medium bodied. Light carbonation. Drinks well for the 10.5% alcohol.

O - I liked this beer, it didn't blow me away, but I could drink a couple and be quite happy. I picked this up on a recommendation from a guy at Whole Foods and I was happy I did. Worth trying.

drrone, May 04, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of marvin213
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A murky,opaque brown contrasts with a well-trimmed, polished-white, two-fingers of foam. It looks menacingly attractive. The smell is like WTF-deep hops with an herb bouquet of old strong-man ale. It's like a cologne...I've always been a little conflicted about say the smell of Brut on a carpenter....

Hops are there, but what is that WTF-bit of pungent lemon rind with a bitter orange peel feel attached to it? Definitely medicinally bitter. Oddly characteristic of a DFH 120?!? Subsequent smells give me a Nelson Sauvignon hop/grape smell, and there's a Chardonnay-style dryness here from the Belgian yeast. One of the rarities that sorta feels better than it tastes: the alcohol is warming and mouth-pooling provides a bitter numbing reminiscent of liquid xylocaine! It's tough while sophisticated: a beer a girl wants to fuck. Mikkeller does so much; it's mostly so good; this is yet another neat and powerful production from toolbrew.com!

marvin213, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of henryclay_
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Lemony tart funky barnyard nose with some fruit notes over bready malt
Pours hazy amber under a rich, moussey 2" light tan tinted foam cap that slowly descends to a thick film. lacy.
Palate: Has the gold, rich Imperial/Double IPA malt and the big Belgian style wild yeasts – tastes mostly like lacto with the Brett just starting up. The hops are not big for an Imperial IPA but they are big fro a Belgian and they provide an interesting bitter accent on the end that balances the lemony tartness Some butter-toffee notes in the background.
A rich finely bubbled soft carbonation only possible with wild yeasts and bacterial supports a lusciously creamy medium body. A big, bold, tart and refreshing beer.

pat61, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
3.25/5  rDev -16%

dogfishandi, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of sourdog
3/5  rDev -22.5%

sourdog, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of StephRai
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

StephRai, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

aztraz, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of PennFBarts
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

To Øl is danish for two bothers (which is a sick name btw), and was induced from conversations with Mikkeller (note this is not a Mikkeler beer, as I thought it was - the similar packaging and mikkeller imprint distracted me). Ov-Ral is the breweries first release (co-brewed with Mikkeller).

Like Mikkeller and Evil Twin, To Øl is a gypsy brewery. Ov-Ral was brewed at De Proef Brouwerli, Belgium, and is appropriately a Belgium IPA of high quality. The nose is strong malt and the taste is complex but resinous sweet in flavor.

Overall, this beer is excellent, though at $6.0, I could opt for a cheaper DIIPA with similar flavors (sixpoint's resin). Should I want strong malt character and complex flavors with strong body, I would consult Ov-Ral.

PennFBarts, May 10, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

GRG1313, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of crosenkrantz
4/5  rDev +3.4%

crosenkrantz, May 25, 2013
Photo of Craftonly23121
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Craftonly23121, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Magery
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Magery, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of tendermorsel
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a bit of fluffy long lasting head. Orangish in color.

Pretty hoppy nose. Cirtus fruits and pine.

Lot's of barnyard flavors. Hay straw and horseblanket. Lot's of hop flavor too.
All Brett and funk no sourness. Quite a bit of heat from the high ABV. A bit of candish finish too.

This was a real good beer. Exactly what I am looking for. Almost like a an Orval on steroids or an imperial heavily hopped Orval. A real style busting beer.

Highly recomended for those who like the funk.

tendermorsel, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of jpajpajeff
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Tasty. Nice smooth taste. Doesn't taste nearly as strong as it is

jpajpajeff, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Hazy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Hazy, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the COOP last night... Paid $5ish. Pours with a 2 finger meringue like head... thick and foamy looks like shaving cream... the brew is hazed orange... beautiful sheets of lace for the entire glass.

Nose is very interesting... hoppy and phenolic.... some mild yet wild plastic notes... something that reminds me of apricots... and spicy coriander.

Candied grapefruit zest on the palate... dry dusty basement and somehow still something that seems to be sweetness, but I know this is bone dry... Hops (I think so) are sorta resinous piney notes.

Body is fairly big... even with the bigger carbonation the mouthfeel is still surprisingly creamy.

Pretty interesting beer... I would like to see some American breweries give this a try so I could hopefully try it a lot fresher.... Still a pretty cool experiment.

4.25/3.75/4/4/4

JohnGalt1, May 10, 2013
Photo of jmilo64
2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

jmilo64, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beer Street, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with delicate lacing on the surface that eventually completely faded away and left a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of citrusy hops; the smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel hops, a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and a slight amount of sourness. Some citrusy flavors become apparent as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation and a bit of alcohol warming.
O: This is a very solid Double IPA. It feels strong but the alcohol is mostly well masked from the taste.

metter98, Jul 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Irish12, Sep 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Big_J22, Sep 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

mitlinks, Feb 03, 2013
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Ov-ral from To Øl
87 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.