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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 djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

djrn2, Apr 25, 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 nmann08
3/5  rDev -19.1%

nmann08, May 28, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

acurtis, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +14%

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

brentk56, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Texasfan549, Jun 02, 2014
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
Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

Jason, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

TheManiacalOne, May 23, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

jlindros, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

oline73, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

mendvicdog, Nov 06, 2012
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
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

oriolesfan4, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

duceswild, Nov 05, 2012
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 rab53
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

rab53, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Kelp, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

PEIhop, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

THECPJ, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

Durge, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

rudzud, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

VelvetExtract, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

kscaldef, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of st9647v3
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

st9647v3, Jul 01, 2013
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Declaration from Backlash Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.