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Groundswell - Backlash Beer Company

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very good

83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: OldIronLungs on 08-05-2011

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of jmerloni
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of AdamP
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Photo of andrewinski1
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The color is hazy straw; not quite gold. There is a small white head.

The aroma has sweet orange candy with some spicy yeast. There are subtle vegetal hops noted in the aroma. Some breadlike malts are also noted. I really like how all parts of the beer come through in the aroma.

The taste starts with mild breadlike malts. The gentle hop flavor follows, with some grassyness and a note of spicyness. The Belgian yeast plays a prominant role in the finish.

This is light bodied with sharp carbonation.

This is really well made and delicious. Highly recommended!

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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.

Photo of brureview
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at BBC in Walpole, MA.

I read the reviews on the BA, and decided to try this brew from this newer brewery.

The color is light, a golden lemon, and
there is literally no head to the pour.

The initial smell is excellent: strong cloves, and possibly lemon.

The mouth feel is a bit tart, yet pleasantly carbonated.

The taste is mildly alcoholic, with a strong clove presence.

Overall, a very good beer. It tastes only slightly diluted, but in general it is one of the better American beers in its style I have tasted. The strong clove smell and finish are winners- and the slight alcohol in the taste gives the beer character. Definitely worth trying, especially on tap.

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Groundswell from Backlash Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.