1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Groundswell - Backlash Beer Company

Not Rated.
GroundswellGroundswell

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

84 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 84
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

GraduatedCashew, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of AshlixTee
4/5  rDev +3.4%

AshlixTee, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Apathetiq
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Apathetiq, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of morningthief
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

morningthief, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of AJ01923
4/5  rDev +3.4%

AJ01923, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of klawburke
4/5  rDev +3.4%

klawburke, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of nsheehan
3/5  rDev -22.5%

nsheehan, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of George1799
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

George1799, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of July2Nov
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

July2Nov, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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 ksimons
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a hazy golden color with a fingers worth of white head that leaves a ring around the top of the glass

S-pale malts, sweet fruity aroma, light citrus, and floral notes with a bit of Belgian yeast

T-pale bready malt, followed by bitter hops and citrus, and finishes with fruity sweetness

M-light to medium body, spicy carbonation

Overall a very refreshing beer, but still complex enough not to be boring

ksimons, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of braican
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

braican, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of meghmmm
2/5  rDev -48.3%

meghmmm, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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 HawkIPA
4/5  rDev +3.4%

HawkIPA, May 21, 2013
Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Janeinma, May 21, 2013
Photo of shehateme
4/5  rDev +3.4%

shehateme, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of beertardis
4/5  rDev +3.4%

beertardis, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

rab53, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of mirish72
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

mirish72, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Davepoolesque, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of SalMineo
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

SalMineo, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of slickyrb
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this Belgian blonde ale. It pours with a light head but fades quickly . Has that classic golden haze but very clean and beautiful to look at . What really stands out is the sweet citrus aroma with hints of roasted something . I'm no expert in beer so please excuse my ramblings . This Belgian taste is just what I was looking for. Taste is light and not overpowering but full of flavor . Def going to buy this again

slickyrb, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

PatGreer, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of yossarian14
3/5  rDev -22.5%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
Groundswell from Backlash Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.