Ov-ral - To Øl
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4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
07-03-2012 00:38:06 | More by metter98
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
Without understanding how to pronounce the combination of letters and symbols in the beer's name or beer, I probably sound more like a mechanic than a beer reviewer saying "tool overhaul", but enough about symatics- this beer is what's worth discussing.
Hazy orange with underlying rusty hues, the beer gives dense impressions to the eye. The creamy ale slowly releases a dainty layer of capped foam. Off white and short statured, the beer defiantly retains well and speckles the glass with lace. Many of the newer Scandinavian microbrewed beers carry this unfiltered yeasty haze, so I'm expecting it's full flavor and textures to come with it.
Strong phenolic character shapes first impressions with an almost-sour and pungent scent of dried limes, plastic, and sharp peppercorn. Underneath the earthy brine lies the unmistakable fruitiness of Belgian-esque esters that give impressions of apples, oranges, apricots, and a mix of berries. Hunting for the hop aromatics are a bit tougher then usual for the larger-than-life IPA because the hop varieties are fruity and tropical and only offer the slightest whiff of grass or pine. It all blends into the esters and spicy character remarkably well.
I'm taken back by the beer's flavor because the spices and earthen pungencies are all down played and the fusion of malt, hops, and esters steal the show. Candied flavors of marmalade, honey, and thinly sweet caramel sooth the mouth with sly sweetness. Not to be outdone, the counterparts of hops arrive with citrusy and tropical notes that vary between ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, mangoes, papaya, apricots- all in a bitter Fruit Rollup kinda way. The malt and hop complexities are further bridged with the berry-like twang, apple, spiced pear, and peach flavor from yeast esters... The beer's melange crosses the palate with a Hawaiian Fruit Punch taste that's meant for hop heads!
Full bodied from the sound of the gun until the finish line, the beer doesn't play around with lightness or finesse. It's full malt textures keep the beer rounded and balanced as the fruit and alcohol penetrate the mouth's surfaces with no appologies. A late finish of resiny dryness, semi-dry development, and alcohol warmth- the beer shows no signs of letting up as the taste lingers well into the next sip.
Ov-ral is a talented and complex taste without confussion. Only its briny earthen aroma provides slight distraction in aroma. Other than that, the taste of the beer is highly unique and delicious. I don't think I can sing its praises higher.
08-28-2012 17:13:50 | More by BEERchitect
3.83/5 rDev -2%
Thin head but decent lacing on a cloudy burnt orange body. Aroma of tart orange, tangerine, resin, yeast. Flavors follow with booze, apricot, grapefruit, candied orange, tart fruit, yeast and caramel. Medium body and moderate carbonation, oily on the palate. This one may have been a bit old, still decent. Little too boozy overall though
10-26-2013 02:31:15 | More by kylehay2004
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
a really special beer here, in a very underrepresented style, the wild yeast imperial ipa. this is a mikkeller collaboration, as many tool beers are. it pours an unassuming clearish golden color with an orange tint and a pretty sizeable white head that slowly settles back down. the nose is fruity like the mosaic hops from odells woodcut 6, that same tropical fruit, semi-tart element. the yeast expands on this, its not sour, and its not saisony, its something else entirely. the flavor is just like the nose, but the fruit really stands out before the bitter aspect of the hops checks it. lots of funk from the yeast, and its a combination of three elements in perfect marriage. the alcohol is invisible here, which is impressive, and the beer is super hoppy without being particularly bitter. the yeast is as much a star as the hops here, and its overall just a very impressive flavor profile. awesome carbonation and a medium body, right about where youd expect it to fall, maybe just this side of medium, a tiny bit thin. ice cold this is exquisite, but it also improves with gentle warmth. a beer of unrivaled complexity and balance at the same time. I am looking forward to my next bottle!
05-06-2013 18:45:46 | More by StonedTrippin
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA
Served in a stem glass, a hazy reddish-amber color with a small, dense cap of off-white head. This was listed as an imperial IPA at the bar, but Belgian IPA makes much more sense for this tribute to Orval. I went in expected a typical IIPA, but was given a bit of surprise. No nostril-burning hops on the nose, but more fruit esters and Belgian yeast, closer to a dubbel or Belgian ale (aka Orval). Taste was bready and yeasty, almost in sour territory, with flavors of cherry and red wine coming through, a bit of citrus, leather, grassy funk, with herbal and earthy hops almost as an afterthought. Definitely not what I expected, but still very tasty. Medium body, chewy but smooth, alcohol taste definitely hidden well, but the burn was felt a bit. Good one.
08-28-2012 01:23:27 | More by Rifugium
3.38/5 rDev -13.6%
Pours a cloudy dark amber color with golden orange edges and a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Interesting aroma with a balance of earthy hops and funky yeast notes. Very floral with grassy and tropical fruit notes followed by a musty brett presence. Subtle pine needle character along with hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. As it warms, the brett overpowers a bit giving off a funky barnyard feel.
Flavor is similar to the nose but with a much stronger alcohol presence than the aroma suggests. Dry hop bitterness is countered by citrus/tropical fruit sweetness before the funky wild yeast notes come on in the finish. Dry and earthy with sticky, resinous pine flavor which is countered by hints of grapefruit and tangerine. The brett presence is all in the finish but there isn't as much funk as I expected. There's a decent earthy barnyard/farmhouse character but the hops overpower a bit and there's a really unpleasant alcohol presence lingering in the finish. Really hot with boozy sweetness overwhelming the other notes. This beer had the potential of being excellent but the harsh booze interferes with the more appealing flavors.
10-04-2012 06:21:48 | More by corby112
4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
Served on tap at Beer Street Brooklyn in New York, NY
A: Pours a very lightly hazy amber in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light tan head that reduces to a thick ring at the edges of the glass and a moderately thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: There is a slightly sweet aromas to this beer from the caramel malts and some fruitiness - there is also a tropical hop presence and some light amounts of spice.
T: Moderate amounts of caramel malts in the body with quite a bit of hops present as well - I detected notes of tropical fruit and slight spiciness from the yeast.
M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with a heavy amount of carbonation. Sharp/crisp.
O: Very enjoyable though a little too strong to really be an easy drinking beer (and definitely not a session beer). Nice interpretation of a classic Belgian beer with a slight twist to it. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.
07-02-2012 00:46:17 | More by dbrauneis
3.96/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
05-10-2013 04:18:56 | More by JohnGalt1
4.2/5 rDev +7.4%
Didn't realize what the ABV was when I bought this.
Pours a mild golden amber with a thin head into my glass. Colors are middle of road but with IPAs, it's all about flavor.
Spicy, funky and not quite what I was expecting. Hops upstaged by funk? What the?
My suspicions were correct. Tart, funky, spicy with just a touch of buttery malt and hops. The lack of hop prowess proves the accuracy of the style on the label (imperial american pale ale), even if the concept is absurd.
Lingering funk and spice dominate the mouthfeel along with alcohol warmth. Funk-y aftertaste too.
An interesting take on the style. Not sure that I'd buy it again but it's always good to experiment, no?
09-19-2012 00:35:20 | More by Brad007
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an amber color and a hazy consistency. There was a massive, foamy long-lasting head. Good lacing.
S: An extremely sweet and enticing aroma of light fruit, hops and yeast.
T: Tasted of hops (an average amount), light, tropical fruit, malt, and a decent shot of yeast. A very straightforward, light, tasty flavor. Booze isn't very evident, even at 10.5%.
M: A highly carbonated beer with a sharp, almost harsh finish. Medium-bodied.
O: A well done, drinkable Belgian IPA that's very drinkable.
06-29-2012 13:31:26 | More by avalon07
4.28/5 rDev +9.5%
Bright tangerine with thin off white film.
Sour Brett hairspray fusels with loads of citrus and barnyard and oil - a crazy, fascinating bouquet.
Apricot, bread, tangerine and resin hops.
Sour malt vinegar and orange jam finish and long, catty linger. Medium, fine fizz, clingy, hot.
Sour orange brandy? Honeyed cider vinegar? I struggle to come up with comparisons to suggest how weird and wonderful this beer is. The orange oil and musk nose is something I want to dab behind my ears. Piles of oily hops balance anything I don't like about Brett. Simcoe is there in the cattiness (Amarillo and Centennial, too.) And this was with some time on the bottle.
An inspired, unhinged beer.
11-26-2012 17:02:27 | More by StJamesGate
4/5 rDev +2.3%
A - Hazy amber-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.
S - Sweet caramel malts, funky Brett and other wild yeasts, tart green fruits, Grapefruit and citrus hops, Belgian yeast, hint of spices.
T - Sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops, lightly reiny bitterness, tart green fruits, funky Brett, Belgian yeasts, and some spices, bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming, bitter, tart, and funky finish.
D - Nice complex and balanced wild/Belgian IPA.
05-17-2013 05:54:45 | More by ngeunit1
4.43/5 rDev +13.3%
Got this one at Geers in Ghent. I wish I had bought more. This is a collaboration DIPA with Mikkeller and is brewed with brett.
From a bottle into a snifter
APPEARANCE: Pours a medium sized, thicker looking, bright white head with good retention. Slightly hazy gamboge orange in body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a half wisp and ring that remain until the end of the glass but leave no real lacing. Good looking.
SMELL: Pale malts, floral hops, grapefruit and some definite brett notes. Bolder nose and very well balanced and unique. Good stuff.
TASTE: Pale malts, melon and piney hop notes. Some decent brett tartness there and a bit of alcohol spice at the swallow. Bold but somewhat dry aftertaste of piney hop bitterness, brett tartness and spicy alcohol. Very balanced and flavorful. Just cool.
PALATE: Medium-full body, oily, and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. A hint of alcohol lingers.
OVERALL: This was really, really good. A very unique take on the style, and the brett was extremely well integrated. I wish I had bought more of this stuff when I had the chance. A beer definitely worth checking out if you have the opportunity. Highly recommended.
07-12-2012 18:19:01 | More by Jeffo
Ov-ral from To Øl
87 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.