Declaration - Backlash Beer Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

138 Ratings
THE BROS
86
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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Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.15/5  rDev -42%
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.

Photo of Arithmeticus
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
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)

Photo of superdan73
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of ms11781
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of Larrydoherty
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of mattst
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of markeyri
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of ThrewRedButter
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of DBosco
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of bluesplit63
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of bulldogbrewer
3.08/5  rDev -17%
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

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of YouSkeete
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of alamode
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Cath
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of dubdrop
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of RRC03
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of markdrinksbeer
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of Rshersnow
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%

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