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Axe Edge - Buxton Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 6.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Buxton Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AgentMunky on 05-11-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

nmann08, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml brown bottle purchased from Beer Cartel in Sydney.

Pours a slightly dirty orange colour, with persistent haze and an off-white head of messy bubbles that don't persist as much more than a film. Nice, light speckled lace in places. Body is light. Overall, it's a bit underwhelming.

Nose is pleasant. Bright US hop characters of sweet citrus tinged with a resiny pine fragrance. It has a pleasant bright woody tone to it for the most part: the fruit characters manage to come through when it's swirled, but the sharper perfume characters are dominant when it's just sitting.

Taste is extremely odd, or at least moderately odd. For the most part, it seems quite a pleasant standard IPA, with a clean bit of hops on the front backed by some slid, neutral malt. But on the back, a distinct smokiness comes through—I'm sure I'm not imagining it. It mingles with the hops to provide a strange metallic magnesium character, and it lingers as a dark undertone in the aftertaste. It's very strange.

Feel is good. Light, but with a slight tingle.

Overall, I'm a little confused, but it's pleasant enough. It is not, however, a good example of a pure, straight IPA. Even if it's not smoke, the palate goes in very strange directions. They're not unpleasant, they're just a little baffling.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of wl0307
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

wl0307, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

DrBier, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Kelp, May 31, 2014
Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

rolltide8425, May 18, 2014
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Evil_Pidde, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with a small head.
Aroma of tropical fruit, floral notes, pineapple, spicy hops and sweet clean malt.
Very fruity flavours; pineapple, passion fruit, floral notes, low malt. Assertive but balanced bitterness.
Needs more carbonation.

CrazyDavros, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before March 2012.

A: Virtually no head, despite a vigorous pour. The light bubbles floating on top are a shocking white. The centre of the beer is dark orange-brown and cloudy-opaque. The edges are clearer and yellowish. Slight lacing.

S: Very strong and fruity. Passion fruit, guava, ruby grapefruit. Some hops with hints of pine needles. All in all, lovely.

T: The tropical fruit is present here as well, and it's a bid odd. Round and a bit flat, but smooth and fruity before the hops kick in and muddy the waters. The finish is fine, and I like the beer.

M: The flatness is rather disappointing. Not a lot going on here.

O: Overall, a worthy beer. Perhaps the fruitiest -- and so tropical! -- double IPA I've come across. I wouldn't go out of your way to buy it, but you wouldn't be amiss if you did.

Notes: "Our full flavoured, strong India Pale Ale. Now hopped with Amarillo, Citra and Nelson Sauvin. This beer has a pale straw-amber body, and pours with a full creamy head. Its complex flavours include mandarin orange, schnapps, pineapple, and juicy tropical fruits. It is warmingly alcoholic with a dry finish."

AgentMunky, May 11, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Murky chestnut with meringue white froth that rims and speckles.
Juicy melon, papaya, and orange nose with a touch of yeast and maybe acetone.
Brown scone and apricot compote with Midori, gooseberry, and kumquat hops.
Lime zest + sorbet end and twinkly linger.
Soft, medium, chewy, creamy.

Some jumping fruit flavors that are actually new to me - don't think I've had Amarillo, Citra and Nelson Sauvin in combination before. Still, not as bright and crisp as I expected. Malts get noticed, and it's a bit underattenuated, so comes across with a real ale buzz about it (from bottle conditioning, no doubt.) And the IBUs are on the low side.

A round and gentle tropical fruit IPA.

StJamesGate, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

aztraz, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Kirk
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Kirk, Jun 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

pixieskid, Oct 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

CwrwAmByth, Sep 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

MNBeerGeek, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

tykechandler, Jul 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

innominat, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of danieelol
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy and sedimenty-orange.

Smell is like a handful of those mixed fruit lollies crossed with a big dollop of pine. Lots of citrus fruits here. And bananas somehow too.

Taste has lots of citrus. Just really vibrant flavours. Mangoes, bunches of pungent fruit. Almost Surly-esque, but possibly better.

Mouthfeel carries more orchard-y flavours.

It's amazing how many fresh, fruity flavours are featured here. Reminds me of my first brush with Saison Dupont. Buxton just made US brewing its bitch.

danieelol, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

fionn13, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

lgmol, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of SmashPants
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: a standard 330mL brown bottle with a standard macro label. Purchased from Leura Cellars.

Appearance: pours a hazy amber orange with only the slightest fine carbonation visible. A small white head slowly drops away, leaving a solid lace.

Aroma: a decent aroma of earth and pine hops with some fruit backing. Very enticing.

Taste: virtually the same as the aroma but a bit more moderate. Mostly hops, the fruit fades away a bit. Still quite refreshing.

Aftertaste: the finish comes through a bit dry, still with the pine hops.

Mouth feel: a lighter body with slightly more than moderate, spritzy carbonation.

Overall: a refreshing IPA with all the normal fruit and pine hop characteristics. The only problem being that for AU$130 a case of 24 x 330mL (2014), this is nowhere near worth it. It is a nice IPA, but no better than others for half the price.

SmashPants, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

jmtpi, May 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

mungus, May 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

slvrmon82, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Harkrank, Apr 23, 2013
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Axe Edge from Buxton Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.