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Groundswell - Backlash Beer Company

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87
very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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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braican

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-04-2013 22:12:45 | More by braican
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meghmmm

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -48.3%

06-04-2013 03:46:19 | More by meghmmm
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 00:44:41 | More by BeerResearcher
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HawkIPA

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-21-2013 14:11:00 | More by HawkIPA
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-21-2013 11:16:39 | More by Janeinma
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shehateme

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-16-2013 23:55:14 | More by shehateme
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beertardis

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-17-2013 23:37:13 | More by beertardis
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rab53

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-06-2013 05:12:30 | More by rab53
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mirish72

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-30-2013 03:17:32 | More by mirish72
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-20-2012 15:05:51 | More by Davepoolesque
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SalMineo

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-09-2012 17:36:04 | More by SalMineo
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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

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 00:13:03 | More by slickyrb
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

09-16-2012 06:43:52 | More by PatGreer
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.5%

09-12-2012 11:30:22 | More by yossarian14
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bluerabbit

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-10-2012 02:54:12 | More by bluerabbit
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mikeywtc

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-05-2012 00:46:36 | More by mikeywtc
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-16-2012 02:18:37 | More by PEIhop
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jmerloni

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A gorgeous hazy golden yellow-orange. Head is big, laces well, with good retention.

S - Awesome aroma. Smells like it was cooked. Roasty fruits. Pear. Citrus.

T - Citrus. Coconut. Yeast. Nice smooth dark malt flavor that I can't quite put a finger on. Again, a roasted a cooked flavor. The flavors have a real fusion.

M - Pretty good mouthfeel. Medium-bodied. Heavier on the sip than on the swallow. Comes apart a little bit, but it's hardly noticeable. Maybe a little more carbonated than I'd like.

D - A solid offering. Look forward to more from Backlash.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 00:59:32 | More by jmerloni
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-15-2012 14:18:31 | More by AdamP
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guezarka

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

07-13-2012 01:51:45 | More by guezarka
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-23-2012 03:32:25 | More by ms11781
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jlordi12

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-15-2012 18:34:44 | More by jlordi12
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frosted33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-15-2012 00:36:32 | More by frosted33
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 01:21:04 | More by jlindros
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2012 01:37:08 | More by brentk56
Groundswell from Backlash Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.