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Groundswell - Backlash Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Backlash Beer Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldIronLungs on 08-05-2011)
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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

nmann08, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The clear golden liquid arrives with a modest head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: A veritable fruit basket, with banana, lemon and papaya along with candi sugar and bready elements

Taste: Fruity, up front, with a tropical citrus element that builds, bringing banana and papaya; candi sugar and grassy elements also appear at mid-palate; after the swallow, some spices add character, including clove, coriander and pepper

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Very impressed by this beer which brings a complex flavor profile (grassy, fruity and spicy) and rings true to the Belgian style

brentk56, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that tries to fade but is reinforced by the many bubbles rising up, over crystal clear golden lemonade colored beer.

Nose is definitely Belgian like, golden malts, slightly toasty and sweet, some fruits and esters with hints of apple and pear, some wheat and banana, hints of floral spices and citrus lemony aroma, and just a touch of yeast itself.

Taste continues where the aroma left off, with plenty of Belgian malts, golden malts, and just a hint of what should be sweetness but is quite dry. A light fizzy flavor that gives a light saison feel, and plenty of yeast additions, including light fruity esters, apple and pear, hint of floral spices, touch of bubblegum, etc. and a light dry saison rustic gritty taste. Light wheat and banana flavors as well. Finish is still very dry, light bitterness from hints of floral hops and the yeast flavors, more yeast spices fruits and esters, and light golden malts all lingering.

Mouth is med ot lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall pretty good beer, nice and tasty, some bits of wheat and saison mixed with a good Belgian golden ale. It seems like the booze should kick up a bit but stays light for more of a summer beer. Fairly tasty and drinkable. Not sure why they used wax either.

jlindros, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm a little disappointed with the head which is only rim bubbles. I'll chalk this up to the bar pour. Still there's no lace. The beer is golden and appropriately cloudy.

Traditional sour, wheaty aroma with plenty of Belgian yeast as well.

Pale malt start with plenty of flowery wheat (slightly sweet). There's a good pepper kick from the hop. Thin bodied with a light (almost airy) but high carbonation level.

smcolw, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

rab53, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +16%

PEIhop, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

GraduatedCashew, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nate for sharing this one.

A - Amber orange colored beer with minimal head. Not really much left on the glass.

S - Smells a lot like a hefeweizen, which was not what I expected. Some banana and clove, grain. Has more of a phenolic character that reminds you this is a belgian style beer.

T - Taste is a lot like a it smells. It's a nice, slightly less sweet hefeweizen with a bit of the pheonlic belgian yeast you would expect in this style of beer. No trace of alcohol, drinks like a session beer and has good taste.

M - Nice carbonation, lighter side of medium bodied.

O - Really nice beer. The alcohol in this is criminally hidden as this one could really sneak up on you. Very tasty, this was a pleasant surprise.

AgentZero, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Durge, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

whartontallboy, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%

On-tap. Poured mostly clear and golden in color. Thinner head. Head is bright white. Aroma is phenolic and somewhat hoppy. A bit bready. Flavor is Belgian I spirited but not too intense with its Belgian flavor. Hoppy with some banana and spice. Cloves. Bread. Zesty carbonation. Lighter bodied. I enjoyed this interpretation of a Belgian Pale Ale. Worth the tried pint.

VelvetExtract, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +3.1%

UncleJimbo, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, 6.4% instead. Bottled March 2012.

A: Pours a cloudy pale orange with a huge fluffy white head atop it. Fades slowly. Somewhat minimal lacing.

S: Grassy with lots of spicy yeasty bread. Citrus, orange and lemon mainly. Banana.

T: Loaded with orange and lemon up front and throughout. Grass hits next with the banana and then the spicy yeast. Drying grassy hop bitterness on the back end with some cloves. A bit grainy.

M: High carbonation (almost a little too high), otherwise it's light, crisp and refreshing.

O: Good example of the style, I felt it could have garnered a 4.5 here and there but it was just a bit too carbonated for me which let down the taste and mouthfeel components a little. Very tasty and very sessionable, however. I'm giving it a 4.5 in this category just for the pure drinkability aspect.

Dope, May 21, 2012
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Davepoolesque, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Kmlund, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

donkeyrunner, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Burt, May 21, 2014
Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +3.1%

waiting4lunch, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

PatGreer, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Flounder57
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this the other night at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth and was first person to get a pint from the brewery.

Appearance: Small head with little lacing, golden orange color, medium carbonation. Also, clarity was great and couldn't wait to try a sip.

Smell: The Belgian yeast produced a banana aroma and also hints of sweet malts.

Taste: Once again the yeast produced a delicious banana taste that is nice and mellow. There were also hints of citurs and spice too. The alcohol is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, delicious, medium carbonation, and very drinkable.

Overall: This was a very enjoyable beer from a local new brewery out of Holyoke/Boston. I will have another pint on draft at the Brewhouse too. Can't wait to try out there hoppy West Coast IPA in the fall. This was an enjoyable BPA and would recommend it to anybody.

Flounder57, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of ms11781
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ms11781, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

AnitaBrewski, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of shehateme
4/5  rDev +3.1%

shehateme, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz dark brown bottle. No freshness date.
Pours an authentic Belgian Blonde (hazy gold/brass) with a fast-fading snow-white head, along with some patchy/spotty lacing.
Smells of barn hay resting in damp wood and powdered dried malt, mix well with a spritz of limey citrus, oranges and earthy yeast.
The taste begins with citrus zest upfront with a tart lime bite and a hint of a metallic tang. There's a bit of a doughy white bread taste (in a good way) to keep things in balance. A taste of sweet over-ripe pears slips forward as it starts to warm.
I'm reminded of a French Saison in its lightness of body, although I feel it could use a mineral effect to add a little complexity (yes, this is not a French Saison so why should it have anything it shouldn't). A bit of a gin-like booziness peeks through late.
The body is light and wet...not as dry as expected.
It lacks some of the dimension fond in some of the top Belgian Blondes, but all in all a very satisfying brew.
It paired well with BBQ Chicken and grilled veggies.

BeerResearcher, May 28, 2013
Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Janeinma, May 21, 2013
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Groundswell from Backlash Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.