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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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

In_Control_Mike, May 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Duhast500, Apr 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

essencesea, Apr 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

bluerabbit, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Flounder57, Mar 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

beertardis, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Apathetiq, Mar 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Sesmu, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Dburke, Feb 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +28%

Dunes, Feb 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

noremac423, Feb 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

cestlavie, Feb 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

lic217, Feb 04, 2013
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.

smcolw, Feb 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

mirish72, Jan 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

LiquorsInc, Jan 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Massbmx, Dec 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Rekrule, Nov 29, 2012
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.

BearsOnAcid, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

oline73, Nov 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

ThrewRedButter, Nov 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

EdV21, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of GeeL
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

GeeL, Nov 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

mendvicdog, Nov 06, 2012
Declaration from Backlash Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.