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Declaration - Backlash Beer Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

138 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Backlash Beer Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dope on 01-28-2012)
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy with a golden hue...big head when poured properly

earthy aroma from hop but still get that belgian yeast nose

Big Hop profile finishes dry...unique take on a belgian with boldness of the hop

Light to Medium Body nice carbonation for high alc

Overall unique and very good...bold beer

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4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a modest head perched atop the clear amber liquid; splashy lace is left behind

Smell: Grassy and piney hop aromatics, with a biscuity undertone

Taste: Piney and grassy hops dominate, at the outset, with a biscuity malt profile providing support underneath; very bitter, after the swallow, as the grassy hops tend to overshadow their piney cousins

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Powerful flavors burst forth in this beer; very bitter but quite enjoyable

Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Even with a slower pour it yields a big fizzy 2+ finger head that fades semi quickly with lots of bubbles and some soapy lacing, the beer is a super hazy honey nectar orange color.

Nose is pretty nice, starting with Belgian malts, fluffy golden Belgian malts with a light saison and light tripel like touch. Light Belgian malts, fruity and aromatic like Belgian malts with hints of spices. It has a nice juicy citrus aroma, hints of orange and tangerine, from the hints of light citrus and floral hops and a nice light sweet malt demeanor.

Taste is also nice, starting with more Belgian malt flavors, more saison but a bit golden tripel as well. Belgian yeast is dominant with light spices and fruity flavors, with a light sweetness. Again the fruit brings citrus, tangerine, clementine, and a hint of grapefruit, some from the yeast, but more from the citrus floral hops. The hops also get fairly earthy, and mingle with the earthiness from the yeast, the two play off each other very well in this beer. Bitterness ramps a bit and gets fairly bitter in the center, and as it dries on the finish tickles at astringent but never quite there. The dry finish also brings a light sticky malt quality, more of the spices from the yeast as well as citrus, orange rind, and more tangerine, and a some earthy spicy hops lingering. The spicy hops get slightly grassy and maintain their rind flavor for a while.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, plenty of carbonation almost over carbed except that it is typical for the style.

Overall quite nice. the hops and yeast play off each other well and give great flavors of spices, citrus, tropical citrus fruit, etc. And the nice Belgian golden malts hint at saison flavors for a nice base. A tasty beer that gets fairly bitter but never over bitter.

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4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark orange body with a thick fluffy white head that leaves a beautiful lace along the sides of the glass
S: grapefruit, orange, lemon, spicy pepper, pine, hint of bready malt and if you search for it, alcohol.
T: as the nose depicts with a focus on the citrus notes
M: effervescent yet light body and sweet but drying to the tongue.
O: this beer and CBC'S audacity of hops is giving me the reason why I am switching my palate over to belgian pale ales. Definitely get this if you can!

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4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange colored body after lucious pour. Pillowy soft head builds on top, about 1" of goodness. Aroma contains notes of peaches, citris, some mild honeyish notes. Flavor contains a hopcentric center of citris grapefruit, orange peel, and some other passion fruit notes. There is a biscuity malt backing to the beer with loads of hop flavor bursting through. Finish packs an earthy, rustic spice to mix in with the strong grapefruit flavors that remain on the palate. Aftertaste leaves tons of hop resin on the palate. This is quite an awesome beer. Belgian effects really come out in the flavor and center of the beer, with that hoppy imperial IPA touch at the finish.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A slightly cloudy golden-orange pour. Good sized slightly off-white head. Retention is great with lots of lacing.

S: Lots of sweet grapefruit and oranges and a bit of lemons. Nice floral quality. Very fruity like a wit or a hefe. As it warms a bit of pine and bready yeast appears.

T: Up front, nice citrus and grapefruit bite. Pretty smooth and almost sweet, but turns into a strong resinous bitterness in the aftertaste. There is just a hint of belgian yeast character but it's mostly drowned out by the hops.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is about dead on. Quite drying aftertaste.

O: Basically a nice hoppy IPA/borderline DIPA with a bit of fruity belgian influence. To be honest it tastes like someone took a big IPA and mixed it with about 25% witbier. It's a good thing, quite tasty. Pine resin is a bit overpowering though, wish the citrus stood out a little more in the taste before getting stomped on. Warmed up it balances a bit better.

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4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark, hazy plum-flesh color. Head is big and foamy. Head retains excellently and is about an inch high. Leaves random lace islands.

S-Nose is both sweet and hoppy. Bready with a good dose of Belgian yeast and hops. Hops are candied citrus and some floral notes. Nose is balanced with both the malt and hop being showcased.

T-Starts off very piney and grassy, then a wave of citrus hops kick in. Shortly after, an even more intense and lingering grass/pine hop flavor sears the tongue. Very herbal and grassy on the finish. A bit spicy in between. Yeast adds complexity. A bit of sourdough bread as well. Becomes sweeter as it warms.

M-Medium bodied with ample carbonation. A bit slippery on the tongue. Bitterness is fairly intense and it lasts on the palate.

O/D-I really enjoy this local brew. Tons of flavor. I am excited about this brewery. At $7.25 a bomber, it is a bit pricey, but it is worth a try. Will try more from Backlash when available.

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Declaration from Backlash Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.