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Declaration | Backlash Beer Company

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Backlash Beer Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Dope on 01-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.18/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.69/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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)

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Photo of ms11781
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of bulldogbrewer
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Union Brewhouse in Weymouth. Poured into a pint glass.

Orange-gold and slightly murky/hazy in appearance. One finger of head that laced a little. I couldn't get much hops on the aroma at all. Mostly just yeast. However, the flavor did provide some fresh hop goodness and a touch of bright fruit along with that yeasty/bread malt profile one often finds in Belgians.

No quarrels at all on the mouthfeel. It has some weight to it.

A decent take. Not outstanding but not bad at all. For comparison sake, I think I like Clown Shoes' take on a belgain IPA better. But this is worth trying again.

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Photo of jslot38
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the November Baltimore BA tasting. Served from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with a quarter finger of white head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: This is a very herbal and yeasty IPA. The smell is quite light with a slight citrus fruit note. The hops add the herbal note along with the yeast, but they're not very prevalent otherwise.

Taste: This one is light and rather mild. I'm getting some citrus peel hops along with a herbal note. I'm also getting some fruit other than the citrus peel. The finish is bitter, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with lots of tingly carbonation. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: This one was alright with enough going on to keep you interested, but nothing stuck out and made it exceptional. I might have another, but wouldn't search it out in the future.

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Photo of rebelthrower
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice hue of orange with a slight haze. Light and slightly off white 3 fingered head. Head last for a long time, with a lot of lacing.

S - Citrus hops with Belgian yeast.

T - Very florally at first. A bit bready and herbally. Belgian yeast.

M - Smooth, well balances carbonation. Medium bodied and a bit dry.

D - Very drinkable, a tasty beer. Lacking a little in hoppyness.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, batch #1, December 2011. $8.95 at Julio's recently.

Pours hazy gold with a two inch head of dense white froth. Loads of tattered lacing and a solid skim coat for the duration. Looking real good.

Aromatics lead off with a blend of pine, clove, bubblegum, cut grass, and a hint of mint. Not truely pungent or floral enough for an great IPA by todays standards.

Medium bodied with a crisp, somewhat tacky mouthfeel. Dry and slightly tannic.

A husky malt base runs under grassy, piney hops on the palate. A mild bitterness follows along with clove dust and cracked pepper.

Finishes with a bubblegum-rubbed pine bough and quite dry.

Tasty beer, but the hops are lacking all around and especially in the nose. Perhaps the fact that the beer is five months old hgas a bit to do with it.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip on draft at Deep Ellum.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that is still there. It is a pale orange color with some clarity and slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the head faded. Super nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical hops up front. Pineapple, mango, passion fruit, and tangerine. Vanilla, pale and bready malts, and spiciness in there.

Taste: Taste are along the same lines with the hops being more noticeable and the other mentioned aromas in the rear. Subtle bitterness in the back of the palate too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, low to medium carbonation, nice tingly bitterness, and easy to drink.

Overall: A very nice BIPA that I have enjoyed many time over.

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Photo of silentjay
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

slightly hazy copper/golden color that produces a huge off-white head that last for a while and laces very well.

definitely getting a lot of yeast. decent amount of lemony and zesty hops behind that, but the belgian spicy yeast with tropical fruit notes is out in front.

lots of herbal/lemony hops come first with the belgian yeast spiciness coming in behind that. pretty decently balanced with a lot of bitterness from the hops to complement the banana/coriander and spicy yeast flavors.

almost medium bodied with an abundance of prickly carbonation that is a bit too heavy-handed for the style.

It's decent. Not the best first impression for the brewery, but not one that would turn me off from this brewery, either. its good.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Golden orange hue is slightly hazed over, thick three fingers of head sticks around for a while and leaves some rings on the glass.

SMELL: Peppery, chalky, orange zest, peppermint, estery, kiwi, Asain pears, bay leaf, shortbread

TASTE: Smooth, bitter, phenolic, orange rind, parsley, tobacco, green peppercorn, mandarin orange pulp, toasted bread, grassy, bitter and dry finish.

A very straightforward ale. It's bitter, has the Belgian thing going on and it goes right after the palate and slaps it around a bit. Love that the bitterness is amped up more than others within the style and still retains a pretty aggressive hop flavor at the same time. Phenols are fine where they are at but I would think it they more prevalent it might prove to be a more cumbersome beer to drink. With each sip it grows on me a little bit more.

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Photo of feylure
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bukowski Tavern in Back Bay.

Pours a hazy, well carbonated deep gold.

Smells spicy with a particularly sharp hop note.

Taste is a strong combination of intense Belgian spices with bitter hops. The carbonation brings a great strength to the hops. The tail slightly dries, but leaves bitter notes lingering. Full mouthfeel.

Overall, I dig this beer, and will be recommending it to my beer brethren. Cheers

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, December 2011

Deep golden color, fairly bright, with a perfect, long lasting head that never dies away completely and leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. Pretty beer!

Belgian yeast dominates the nose with fruity esters and coriander. The flavor blends notes from the yeast with leafy and citrus hop notes, all on a crisp biscuit base from the malt. Very tasty with a lingering herbal hoppy bitterness.

Medium body with a lively carbonation and a resinous mouth-coating hop finish. Easy drinking and tasty. Quite a nice beer from a new beer company that one should keep an eye on! But I am not sure why they waxed the cap. It seems like a beer that should be consumed relatively young.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, floral hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of floral hops that is quickly followed by bready flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There is a mild citrus and caramel sweetness that comes in to provide some balance as the beer warms a bit. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer but there are better beers in the style.

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Photo of rudzud
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Julios and reviewed from notes.

A - Hazy orange hue with a nice two finger head that leaves good side lacing and very thick blanket. Quite nice.

S - Belgian spices and hops. Not too bad of an aroma.

T - Good belgian yeast and funk notes.

M - Very sharp and crisp and refreshing. Super inviting and enjoyable.

O - Overall this was a super impressive beer, really shocked at this offering from the brewery. Really delicious.

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Photo of GeeL
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian IPAs are a tough one for me to like. It's not that they're too complex, I think it's that they're confusing... an identity crisis if you will. Too much competition between styles. This one is easier for me to like than others I've had recently.

A: What a beer should look like to be inviting for the drinker to apprach. Orange-ish, ever so slight slight haze. Thin head that dissappeared into thin lacing on the surface.

S: I'll come back to this after it warms a little... Served too cold. Smells like oranges... a little. Musty with the funk you get with Belgians. Earthy and grassy. The Bros said peppermint, I think; I'm not getting that. But there is a hint of that freshness you get with peppermint although it is muddled with Belg. funkiness.

T: Think East- coast IPA meets Belgian. It's an IPA first, with Belgian influences second. This is how it's different than another recent Belg. IPA I've had recently. It seems brewers try to equally represent the two styles giving the identity crisis I referenced earlier. As it warms, some more Belg. qualities come out, but the beer is still approachable. I like this. I couldn't have this as a session ale, but it is good. It is hop forward, with a malty Belgian-y backbone. It is definitely unique.

M: Very good. A tad over carbonated that gives a slight sting or sharpness, but still good. This smoothed out as the beer sat while I wrote this. In fact, it seemed to get a little under carbonated.

O: I'd order this again. I'm going to see if I can get this locally.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1
Bottled December 2011

Pours a light orange golden color with a really really huge white fluffy head, this happens after taking off the annoying wax on the bottle, head fades at a wicked slow rate and leaves a good deal of lacing on the glass, bit too much head though considering how slow it takes to fade.

Smell has a good amount of citrusy hops, dash of grapefruit, surprising amount of hops considering the bottle is over 4 months born, caramel malt backing balances the aroma.

Taste starts out with citrus hops which quickly fade as the caramel malt begins to show its character, decent carbonation on the tongue which lends a soft mouthfeel, body feels a bit thin and watery though, clean bitterness as part of the aftertaste.

Worth trying, not sure I'll get it again but it definitely makes me want to try their other beers. Very promising.

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found on tap at the Wild Horse in Beverly, MA, this BIPA shows off a solid amber color with a nice white froth and blanketing lacing. I pick up a very mild but pleasant clove citrus aroma. The flavor brings a very similar idea, a bit more pronounced with bready/yeast and a hint of banana sweetness. Maybe a little pine shines through near the end. It's got a little bite with a medium body but lighter feel. Carbonation is fairly lively and makes this a very likeable, drinkable refreshment. Not the best Belgian IPA I've had but one I'd gladly drink again. Not a bad introduction to this brewery.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 22 oz bottle, poured into my duvel tulip, gave the bottle that slight roll to integrate the Belgian yeasties... Nice!

A- murky orange/brown with a nice finger and a half white head... nice light lacing

S- light citrus bubblegum and pine, mainly bubble gum and pine, very full aroma, nice

T- bubblegum, citrus, bannana, pine notes... Very nice blend of flavors, just as intriguing as the nose. A touch bitter on the finish

M- crisp And kinda creamy at the same time
Medium/light carbonation very nicley done

O- a very good beer, and I don't usually enjoy Belgians much... But this was nice, very well rounded and drinkable while maintaing a lot of flavor and complexity, if you enjoy Belgian ipa's I could
See this being amazing!

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