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Declaration - Backlash Beer Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

130 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dope on 01-28-2012)
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Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.15/5  rDev -42%

On draft at Russel House Tavern.

Dark amber, minimal off white head.

Mildly spicy nose. Not that much hop aroma. Was this not dry hopped?

Flavor is dull. Seriously lacking in hops. The whole beer rests on the belgian yeast profile. Soapy slightly bitter finish. Grapefruit rind. Abv is somewhat unnoticeable. It felt over carbonated and a little too dry.

I've had this at a couple festivals and I thought it was somewhat different then but it wasn't something that did much for me then. This might be a batch variation. The belgian ipa trend is sort of played out. I'm not really sure this beer has reached what it is trying to be anyways.

BearsOnAcid, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Arithmeticus
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%

Poured chilled in ale glass chez White

A: light straw color; medium head; lots of floaties; very good lacing
S: Belgian style yeast is most prominent; aroma is a bit sour, not very inviting
T: bitter, estery, not wel balanced; needs a bigger malt profile to match the aggressively sharp flavors that dominate;
M: buzzy, quite nice

Not a great specimen of the IPA (my favorite in the genre is Raging Bitch)

Arithmeticus, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of superdan73
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

superdan73, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of ms11781
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, dull orange color. An unintentional heavy pour produces a big off-white foam head. The head doesn't stick around for very long but it leaves decent lacing on the glass.

The nose is a good mix of yeast, some light citrus hops, some piny hops and a bit of sweetness. Belgian yeast comes across first and it's quickly joined by a spice-like aroma. Citrusy and piny hops then peek through along with some sweetness. After a bit, maybe due to the beer warming, all the aromas seem to run together and nothing stands out.

The taste is considerably different from the nose. There is some bready malt and citrusy hop flavor before a bit bitterness comes on and completely dominates. The bitterness isn't the massive overwhelming type but there isn't anything that stands up and tries to balance it out. It almost has a West Coast IPA style finish to it. It's very dry and the bitterness lingers.

Despite a medium body with carbonation to match, the dry finish leaves it feeling much lighter. There is a sticky bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

This beer is pretty odd. When colder, the aroma matches up with the style but the taste is all IPA, perhaps even venturing into DIPA category. There isn't much in the taste that is Belgian in nature. The bitterness isn't overwhelming but it's pretty much the only characteristic in that really stands out in the taste. Would be a decent IPA but it doesn't stand out among Belgian IPAs.

ms11781, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Larrydoherty
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Larrydoherty, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of mattst
3/5  rDev -19.1%

mattst, May 29, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -19.1%

nmann08, May 28, 2012
Photo of markeyri
3/5  rDev -19.1%

markeyri, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of ThrewRedButter
3/5  rDev -19.1%

ThrewRedButter, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of DBosco
3/5  rDev -19.1%

DBosco, May 12, 2012
Photo of bluesplit63
3/5  rDev -19.1%

bluesplit63, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of bulldogbrewer
3.08/5  rDev -17%

Aroma was pleasant, but does not smell of hops. Slightly spicy yeast aroma

Appearance was a bit strange, darker at the top of the glass than the bottom. The top of the glass appearing brown or amber, the bottom appearing orange. Slightly hazy.

Flavor was pleasant, but no hop taste. Slightly sweet with a touch of chocolate malt flavor with a dry bitter finish. interesting but would not call it an ipa by any means.

Mouthfeel, very well carbonated. finishes dry and bitter.

Overall a decent beer but not would you would expect from an ipa. Bitter but not hoppy. I would have a hard time classifying the style of this beer, I dont think it fits within typical style guide lines for any style, but it was a decent beer none the less

bulldogbrewer, May 13, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%

Bomber with a cap and white wax served in a tulip.

Pours a clear golden color with plenty of visible effervescent carbonation and a nice off-white head with good retention and quite a bit of ringy lacing on the way down.

The nose brings some faint Belgian spice along with notes of citrus and earth from the hops. Interesting, though not super-intriguing. The flavor pushes those same hop and yeast notes, but then follows that up with a good dosage of backing grain, which I'm not huge on.

Body is medium with good carbonation and a solid bitterness through the finish. Just a touch of grainy tannins in the background.

Not bad, though not something I'd likely seek out again.

Thorpe429, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of YouSkeete
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%

Mildly hazy brownish orange with a short pale yellow white head. Caramel malt, fresh hops, belgian yeast and orange rinds in the aroma. First sip is a somewhat sour combination of sugared fruits, mint, basil and hops. Brown sugar, cinnamon, apples and grapes make their way into the rest of the body. Full flavored, medium-sized body with moderate carbonation. Dry, hoppy finish.

YouSkeete, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

acurtis, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of alamode
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

alamode, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

mendvicdog, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of Cath
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Cath, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

ILiveOffHops, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

djrn2, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of RRC03
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

RRC03, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%

Neutral golden color with a decently clear broth big head for a bar pour. Good, lumpy lace on the glass.

Relatively neutral aroma, leans to the malty side. Quite earthy.

Earthy start with a solid hop finish. Very dry finish. Bitter aftertaste but not too strong. Rather non-descript. For those who like to chew their beer, this might fit the bill, but for me there isn't enough variety to create interest.

smcolw, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours a three finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light pine hop nose, flavor is more grapefruit than pine, the Belgian yeast helps mellow the hops. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $8.49 for a 22oz from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

jdhilt, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of jslot38
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%

Followed the brewer's request and laid the bomber on the table and rolled it to get the yeast in suspension before consumption.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass with a large white fluffy head. Body is a dark golden color, semitransparent and hazy.

Aroma: The yeast character really stands out here, straight forward estery yeast. Bananas and other fruit combine with clove for a distinct belgian farmhouse yeast aroma.

Taste: I can see where the brewer wanted this beer to go, but I don't think it gets there fully. Hops up front are piney-grassy bitterness. As the flavor changes and the yeast comes forward the beer gets extremely dry. The yeast has notes of clove, spice, and a touch of lemon fruitiness. Maybe a little more malt or sweetness and less cloying dryness would help round these flavors out?

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is right on for the style, but the dryness hurts the mouthfeel too.

Overall: I like my saisons dry, but with the amount of bitterness and hop flavors present in this beer some sweetness or malt flavors are needed to meld the hops and yeast together. A good beer, but a bit out of balance. I like the direction that Backlash is heading in.

jslot38, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%

Cloudy golden color with a rocky white head. Smells fairly Belgian: lots of spice (cloves) and yeast notes. Quite a bit of banana in there, but not much in the way of hops. Lots of sweet bread as well. Slightly watery with a mild bitterness. Otherwise, no hop character on the palate. Lots and lots of banana, quite a bit of sweet malt, and a moderate yeast quality. Not bad, but not really an IPA either.

womencantsail, Jul 16, 2012
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Declaration from Backlash Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.