Dangerously Close To Stupid - To Øl

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: StJamesGate on 06-07-2013

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

And its with a plethora of fruit flavor that leads this highly creative ale- rooted in the American IPA style, its taste and flavor prefers the fruitier "late-stage" hops over that of the deeply bittered IPAs of yesterday.

Its appearance is hazy, honey-amber as the beer floats a creamy bone-white foam. Its long lasting creaminess trails with broken rings of lace that denote each sip. Its simply a strong looking beer that might be mistaken for orange juice.

Its strong aromatic presence is partly citrusy, partly tropical and partly wine-like as its floral bouquet opens up with notions of honey suckle as the scent of oranges, red grapefruit, pineapple, mangoes, apricots, juniper, white grape and passion fruit all play a part in its complex appetizing effects. Lightly grassy with a zesty lemon character ensures a crisp and clean cilantro effect heading into taste.

Opening with a fruit juice-type flavor, the tart and zesty taste of orange juice, grapefruit juice and tropical fruit juice all come out to play. But with the firm underpinning of lightly bready and powdered malt taste, the fruit locks onto the grain with confidence, just as the hops gain control. The beer's stride hits with all the tropical, citrus, orchard and vine-ripened fruits with a juicy and fresh bitter-sweet taste Nearly teeth-grinding, its "Sweetheart" flavor is as irresistible as it is irritating.

Medium-light on the mouth, the beer's arid and at times, creamy carbonation leads to a fleeting sweet, arid dry citrus-type bitterness and seems to hide the alcohol very well even at near-10% abv. Sneakingly warm as it closes, an aftertaste of citrus, wine, and pine meld seamlessly into the next sip.

Photo of Daniellehto
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip.
Very cloudy, orange in color and a nice thick foam.

On the nose it gives you a fair warning of what to expect from this beer, tropical fruits such as pineapple, mango, orange, grapefruit could surely be in this juice blend.

Very juicy and fruity DIPA with a pretty sharp bitterness.
The exotic fruits is definitely present just like on the nose, sweetness from mango/pineapple and orange/grape on the citrus parts. Alcohol is well masked and the bitterness rounds off well.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, goes down easy. Once again the beer makes you think that this might be a glas of juice.

Overall a very nice DIPA, well crafted and very nice on both nose, pallate and mouth. What brings the overall score down for me was that it stopped suprising you really quick. You experienced the beer in 3-5 sips and then it had nothing new to offer.

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. One of the better, and more amusing conceits when dealing with attempts at approaching the hop horizon.

This beer pours a rather cloudy, dark bruised apricot amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly pale tan head, which leaves layered swaths of patchy soapscum lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of broad tropical fruit notes - white grapefruit, mango, ripe pineapple, and gooseberries - bready, somewhat crackery caramel malt, pine resin, an edgy leafiness, and bitter vegetal spruce tips - it's hoppy, all right! The taste is much more sweet than the nose let on - gritty caramel/toffee malt, golden sugar, all manner of sugary domestic and foreign fruit (blood orange, pineapple, overripe mango, mostly), a mixed forest floor detritus green bitterness, of pine, of leaf, and of wet twig alike. A twinge of metallic booze nestles its way in at the first sign of room temperature seeping in.

The carbonation is fairly understated in its sub-palatal fizziness, but supportive all the same, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and actually rather smooth, the hops and alcohol sort of cancelling each other out, or something. It finishes well off-dry, the malt and the fruitiness of the hops still really taking it to the wannabe bitterness here.

An admirable college try at an overly hoppy DIPA, but in the end, the choice of input hops seems to comment more on the end result, than the particular amount of them. Fruitiness trumps bitterness, and suddenly 'dangerous' or 'stupid' no longer seem all that appropriate as descriptors. Doesn't mean that it isn't pleasantly quaffable, IMHO, especially with the well-hidden big ABV.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows resinous pine, rich sweet malt, nectarine and orange marmalade. Lovely.
Great malty flavours too, with lots of sweetness before pine, spicy and resinous hops enter followed by an assertive, well-balanced bitterness. Very drinkable.
Lovely moderately high carbonation and slightly syrupy body.

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap. Shaker glass. Pale brass color, foggy appearance. White foam, thich & lasting crown. Copious rings & collars. Sweet tangerine, crystal malts & burnt candies to the nose. Grapefruit flavor & toasted malts at first sip. Medium to full body. Soft carbonation. Oily texture. Resinous touch in the middle. Long bitter finish rounded by citric & caramel notes. Well maskek high ABV. Refreshing, easy drinkable & delicious !!

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky deep gold (6) with thick tight white head in my SAPP. Thick lacing as liquid reduces. Grapefruit nose at first whiff mellows to lemongrass notes halfway through. Grapefruit start with alcohol on exhale. Malt and hops balance as it warms. Medium mouthfeel with resinous tongue coating. Excellent bite with citrus hop finish. Worth every penny imo.


Photo of BigBry
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle. Looks interesting, can't wait to try it.
This beer poured cloudy, light copper orange. Hard pour created a tall tannish head. Good retention and patches of lace.
Smells of fruity hops, grapefruit, pineapple.
The taste has lots of the same hoppy qualities, but actually isn't as bitter as I was expecting. Solid malt base, citrus hops, grapefruit, pineapple, finishes with more floral, leafy hops.
The carbonation enough to keep it refreshing, but not too fizzy.
Medium towards heavy body. Alcohol is well hidden, smooth, dry finish.
Super hoppy DIPA, but well balanced, not overly 'burning' bitterness.

Photo of ChadChaney
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Quick and dirty review.

Had this last night, and it was really nice. Appearance was a bit cloudy but nothing terrible.

Aroma reeks of hop resin with some citrus.

Taste, the title is correct, this is a hop bomb. Some Citrus and Centennial qualities, not much of a malt backbone at all.

Overall I loved this beer, a bit creamy, but it is a really nice hoppy beer.

Photo of kaelingirl
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy pale orange with a moderate white head that leaves a nice bit of lacing as it dissipates. Pineapple like tropical fruit in the aroma. Bready biscuity taste at first followed by more tropical like flavors. The alcohol is well hidden in both taste and smell. The mouthfeel is a bit oily and then drying. Very easy to drink.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber-tinged cloudy lemon with shaved cream head and the odd trailer.
Piles of musty Citra grapefruit on the nose.
Oyster cracker and blonde toffee, a bit of saison-y yeast funk, then grapefruit chunks and slight unripe gooseberry hops to end.
Lemon sorbet finish and bitter rindy linger.
Medium, some chew, a bit hot, soft.

Centennial + Citra = grapefruit x2, and that's the story here. Website says they removed all the caramel malt, and it's pretty well attenuated, leaving the hops no place to hide and the whole thing dangerously close to (heh) out of balance. Creamy body just about saves it, and it's not like it's far out - lines up against something like Hop Wallop - but still a bit of hard work.

Photo of AMack11
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

An absolutely awesome Imperial IPA. Picked up the 4 beers from To Øl that we stock in my work and they just keep getting better. As a dedicated Hop Head, this really is my style of beer. Dry, citrus, grapefruit and hops on the nose and the palate, with zero alcohol burn. An easy drinker, even at such a high ABV. A great beer.

Photo of tmzl
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours with huge, off-white (orange hue), thick rocky head. Very slow retention, mostly lasting. Lots of good sticky lacing. Cloudy yellow, amber hue color, visible particles, low carbonation. Quite sexy.

Smell: Best trait of this beer. Passion fruit and tropical (mango, pineapple) the most dominant. Also lots of grapefruit, citrus, tangerine, orange, zest, pine, floral hop freshness. Sweetness (light caramelish, fruity). Basically very fruity, rich and complex. Well done.

Taste: Grapefruit, citrus zest, pine dominate. Tropical part is now a bit more subtle, but there is still combined with sweetness this yummy fresh candy effect. Light/medium sweet caramelish middle and ends with heavy bitterness. Bitterness with a hint of sweetness lasts for quite a while. Also a light floral spike just before you swallow.

Mouthfeel: well built medium body with some tingling dryness. Alcohol very well hidden.

Overall: Surprised. A well crafted imperial IPA, very fun, rich and complex smell that translates good into taste. Will buy a few more when I get the chance.

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 24/7/14

A looks murky orange juice, enough clarity to see a couple streams of tiny bubbles going up the side, a dense finger of light tan foam has great retention and leaves several pencil thin rings

S massive tropical nose, sweet orange, passion fruit, peaches, mango, and pine apple, smells juicy, just a little cereal, caramel, and spruce but for the most part its a complete hop runaway

T not quite what I was expecting after the nose, the fruits faded, and I get some bubblegum off all things, lemon and slightly more caramel with some booze I wasn't picking up on the nose, tastes good but a big step back from the nose

M lighter side of medium, a little light for a big IPA but I don't mind, a little grit and heat on the way down

O I though I was in for something special after the nose but it didn't really follow through at that level, I did enjoy it but the nose was easily the highlight

I'm not picking up on the Proef yeast that I find rather distinct most of the time but that's neither good or bad. This bottle has a few months on it already and its a hop bomb, this would've been a palate wrecker fresh

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a rather pale golden colour, with a solid haze and an even more solid head, forming a firm persistent crown of white froth. Some streaky lace is left behind. Body is quite fluid, and the carbonation isn't particularly noticeable in the glass even when tilted and swirled. Overall, though, it looks pretty good.

Nose is clean with hops for the most part, rounded with stonefruit characters and a suggestion of citrus. There's a faint carbonic and cardboard character that comes through a little bit, but not a lot, and it doesn't really harm the beer beside potentially muting the hops a little. It's a robust nose, but not really close to stupid.

Taste is also far from being stupid, but with a definite kick of resiny hops on the back that bends almost into a minty freshness in the finish. Front is more rounded, with peachskin and a decent malt presence to take up the weight. Finish has a slight medicinal bite to it, while the malt stays long enough to ensure length on the palate. It's pleasant.

Feel is also good: a decent balance to the rest of the characters.

This is probably a little bit old: I can imagine that were I to drink it fresh from the brewery it would indeed be Dangerously Close To Stupid—all of the marks of big hop characters are there. Until that day though, I'm perfectly happy to drink this mellower and more integrated version: it's a mark of quality that it's as good as this even when the hops have somewhat dropped out.

Photo of KSOZE
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely juicy. Big aroma and flavor of pineapple and other tropical fruits.

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

This brew gives a thick orange amber pour that's mostly opaque. It has a heavy, long head life with a blanket of lacing. All this visual heft, though, is somehow uninteresting.
It's very perfumy with tangerines, peaches, and mild pine. There's a bit of citrus and pineapple slicing through the floral notes.
Hop resins come through more in the flavor than the nose. Sugared oils dominate over the ability of bitterness to cut through and balance this animal. The blend is unfortunate, giving the overall impression of greasy and creamy sweetness, though there is some tang on the end.
It feels very good in the mouth, but could use a little more carbonation.
I found it hard to figure out what to do with a beer that looks and smells as though I should eat it up, but that let me down. Big gulps are actually better, as the spice notes come through with more air in the mouth. It's still too sweet, though, and unsteady with booze.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into wine-tulip glass at Mikkeller Bar SF. Part of my birthday tasting. Review is from my notes. Nothing like trying cool Danish beers in one evening!

Pours an amber orange color that is similar to any good American DIPA - indeed, I had no idea that this was not American until I found out afterwards. A modest white head of froth coats the top of the glass, leaving behind some sticky lacing at the top. Slightly viscous, often resembling a fruit juice of sorts. Definitely a good example of the style, although it doesn't really add anything new.

The aroma is definitely one that brings back to my favorite American hoppy beers, and I wonder if the brewers who made this were inspired by the same ones in mind. Strong citrus and tropical fruit notes abound, ranging from grapefruit and orange peel, to mangoes and passion fruit. There's an undeniable earthy grassiness that lurks underneath, as well as some mineral elements of dried soil. Definitely dank, but rife with sweetness from the booze and extra toffee and lightly caramelized malts. Dry, yet balanced overall.

The flavor is by far the highlight of the beer, further emphasizing the fruits and earthy notes mentioned earlier. Flavors consisting of mangoes, passion fruit, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit come and go in the flavor, although almost all of them range from under-ripe to ripe representations of the fruit themselves. Nothing overly sweet, except from the slight blast of booze at the finish, as well as the toffee that grows increasingly stronger. The fruitiness is wonderful, however, and often resembles the fresh-squeezed juice of the fruits themselves. Dry, yet thick and refreshing. Well carbonated. This must be a fresh batch, because I haven't any major complaints here.

Awesome stuff from a brewery I've been meaning to try for a while. Greener and fruitier than most DIPAs I've had domestically. I will be searching out more from these guys, and definitely will keep my eyes open to find this fresh once again.

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz, no date but think it's summer 2013

A: Pours a cloudy bright yellow gold color. Looks like grapefruit juice in the glass. Sticky white lacing. Head is a thin layer of bright white.

S: Herbaceous. Resin. Dank. Some fruit. Sweet malts.

T: Not overly bitter upfront. Little bit on front of the tongue. Sweetness in the mid palate. Dry earthy hops. Finish is dry with lingering bitterness. Don't taste abv

M: Full bodied.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip. A very cloudy fruit smoothie like dark orange with three fingers of frothy sudsy off-white foam. Leaves some nice rings of lacing down the glass.

Label depicts some pretty flowers but this is ultra-fruity on the nose, if anything ... Big bright mango, pineapple, peach, orange, grapefruit notes. Maybe a little white grape, guava, and spruce as well. Classic tropical/citrus Citra hop aroma with a Centennial gummy candy vibe. Textbook. These elements come through nicely on the palate as well. Super fruity, juicy DIPA with a snappy pungent bitterness but perhaps falling short of stupid. I guess the claim is dangerously close, not full-blown. Still, high marks for taste. Big pineapple and mango flavors. Body on the thick side, even translates as a tad syrupy, but silky smooth and makes me think "creamy" for a moment. Herbal and pine notes gather steam as one goes and are particularly salient in the finish but never triumph over the fruit. Alcohol exceedingly well masked. Should have had a bite to eat with this.

Nice DIPA that showcases its two hop cultivars very, very well. One is led to expect more of a resinous onslaught.

Photo of cjgiant
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: dirty yellow tending towards amber and hazy with thin head and mild lacing
S: initial smell was fantastically floral citrus (orange), but dissipated (perhaps due to improper glass for IPA)

T: maltiness to begin with some fruitiness of prune to raisin and some lemon notes. Fades into an earthy taste, but gradually and nicely. Ends with a little grass, but again, subtlety is the key to this beer.
M: even the dryness on the tongue is subtle, and lightly lingers

O: what one might expect from a foreign brewer doing American IPA (ok-what I might expect). The balance of flavors and transition between them are not do in-your-face, which can be refreshing now and then.

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - A huge head of deep white foam comprised of mixed sized bubbles a top a hazy honey coloured body. There is good streaming CO2 activity in the glass that is light but constant and the head boasts great retention.

Smell - Deeply heavy hop aroma from the start. This beer is dominated by lemon grass, grapefruit and passion fruit. There is also notes of resinous pine in here but they are mild compared to other elements. There is the same floral lemon geranium aroma I have come to expect from many IPAs. the aroma is so heavy it hits you long before your nose gets close enough for the normal whiff test. The malt as expect is not present.

Taste - The taste profile is a carbon copy of the aroma; heavy hop and deeply bitter yet fruity at the same time. Unlike the aroma sweet malts begin to peek through in here lending some much needed balance to a beer that seems to be dangerously out of balance. Having said that this is an Imperial IPA so balance is not the name of the game.

Mouth feel - Creamy and smooth with ridiculous linger that means you will sip this beer for an age it is simply too strong to cane the life out of it (that is a good thing) A great dry/cloying balance is the reward for drinking this beer.

Overall - Dangerously close to out of balance as said already in the first review says it all, however this is an Imperial IPA so that is on point for the style. One of the most hop forward beers I have ever had. Not to my taste but very good for what it is, if you are an IPA hop head you need this in your life!

Dangerously Close To Stupid from To Øl
92 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.