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Heavy Machinery English IPA - Austin Beerworks

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Heavy Machinery English IPA
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BA SCORE
85
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 7.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Austin Beerworks visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cyde on 11-26-2013)
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Poured from the can into a good sized snifter glass.

Clear and bright bursting dark orange to bronze red body. A real nice shimmering glow on the pour for the body color, filling nicely. Head creams up a bit but manages a simple off tan colored two fingers, and going to a thin puck.

Real nice bright aroma. Hints of spiced honey and orange fruit. Juiced marmalade quality and a bit of herbal tea like action as well, with a simple warmth.

Palate is a real nice mix of body and flavors. Juiced mild caramel, with a big slick lip coating on the palate. Mid palate fills with a juicy marmalade quality, hints of orange citrus and oolong black tea quality also. Soft body, slight dough and biscuit malt with a hint graham cracker and mild soft biscuit body. Chewy nearly as well in mouthfeel with some creamy quality to match,
good juice and thick controlled coating in the palate.

A real nice solid and very flavorful English style IPA.

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The hits keep coming with the Austin Beerworks Heavy Machinery series. The latest is their English IPA which uses English EKG and Fuggle hops to give this IPA a very British flair. The beer poured a beautiful clear amber with a significant white head. The aroma was sweet and grassy definitely not the brash and bold American hops punch but with subtle fruity tones as well. The flavor followed the aroma with the fruity grassy tones giving way to a nice palate coating bitterness on the finish. The English IPA was a very light and drinkable IPA with a subtle hop profile that showcased the English hops well. It was a welcome change to the American style hop bomb, and would be a great summertime thirst quencher too. This was a really well done IPA.

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16 fl oz aluminum can served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live as an English IPA per the label. Expectations are above average.


No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Supple. Has a nicely soft complexion and an even consistency. Retention is good - about 7-8 minutes. Leaves light webby lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clear translucent copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Not unique or special for an English IPA, but generally appealing.

AROMA: Toasted malt, caramalt, biscuit malt, pale malt, light malt syrup, and biscuity well-attenuated English yeast. Faint honey. Some light tea-like bitterness. Hop profile is floral, a biteen sprucey, and slightly herbal. Don't expect any citrusy or juicy West-coast IPA aromatics here; this is a restrained English IPA. No pine, nectar, oils, etc.

A pleasant aroma of average strength.

No off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: English yeast guides the beer, lending it a subtle biscuity character. Caramalt, toasted malt, amber malt, pale malt. Sweetness is mild. No alcohol or off-notes come through. Caramalt dominates - which is a problem, since hops should. And the hop bitterness is about on par with the tea-like bitterness, when hops should overwhelm. The hop profile here isn't terribly interesting - some herbal hop character, generic floral notes, and faint resins.

It's nicely balanced, I guess, but needs fine tuning. I do think it's a cohesive build, but doesn't quite taste like a gestalt immutable whole. Above average depth and duration of flavour. Average flavour intensity.

TEXTURE: Crisp, somewhat refreshing, smooth, wet, and overcarbonated (to the point where it's almost sharp and biting on the palate). Not a pleasant texture; it's certainly aggressive. Full-bodied. Aptly thick.

This texture plays well with the taste, but doesn't elevate the beer.

OVERALL: Very drinkable, but then how impressive is that at a mere 5.90% ABV? It's nice work from Austin Beerworks in a style not many breweries seem to nail, but it's not world-class or anything. Certainly worth trying, and enjoyable, but far from world-class. I do like it and might get it again - especially if the price comes down.

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Heavy Machinery English IPA from Austin Beerworks
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.