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Salute - Backlash Beer Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

48 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Backlash Beer Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Davepoolesque on 03-19-2013)
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Reviews by smcolw:
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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Eggshell white head; two fingers thick. Leaves streaky lace off each ring. Mild haze chill haze to the golden color with a touch of green tint.

Lots of pine and grapefruit rind to the nose. Powerful even as a bar pour.

Flavor is strongly bitter--there's no balance to this beer. The body trends toward the thin side; the carbonation above average. The finish is similar to sucking a hop pellet. IPA drinkers will love this beer that borders on the extreme.

smcolw, Apr 14, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #77 (June 2013):

LOOK: Bright, gold, thick, massive white foam head with stick and lace

SMELL: Big pine, citrus skins, herbal, resin

TASTE: Semi-viscous, creamy, grapefruit, pine, tropical fruits, melon, sweet malty backbone, bready, resiny, leafy, dry, aspirin

This liquid homage to Samuel Adam’s Hop Sharing program, which provided Backlash with Citra and Simcoe hops, is one hell of a DIPA. While it’s packed with hop character, and it provides a good kick in the palate, it remains flavor focused, and is surprisingly balanced and highly drinkable.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

SunDevilBeer, Oct 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Kmlund, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

trevorpost, Jun 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

KeithThompson, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

kevgod, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Bilco, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of msween21
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

msween21, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of foamystache
5/5  rDev +18.8%

foamystache, May 03, 2013
Photo of Remdog
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Remdog, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of Davepoolesque
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light amber with a tight white finger of head.
S: Tropical fruit sweetness, resin, and a little pine.
T: Grapefruit, tropical fruits and pine. Pretty big malt backbone balances out the bitterness of the hops.
M: Moderately carbonated making the flavor pop on your lounge. Finishes very dry making you want to take another sip.
O: Great beer. I'd put this is up there with Sucks and Furious. I'll definitely be picking some more up.

Davepoolesque, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of GermanSpy
5/5  rDev +18.8%

GermanSpy, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of aorloski
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

aorloski, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Maxwell
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a pale, golden orange with a slightly cloudy body that appears to have thousands of little particles floating through it. The head pours at a healthy width and mellows into a nice, half-a-finger’s-width, with a lazy stream of bubbles working their way to refill the head. The beer leaves a lacing of sticky dry bubbles that leave tendrils across the glass. On the nose, this beer smells like a big, bold, and pithy DIPA. Resinous pine and citric, bitter grapefruit mingle and dance on the nose with hints of tropical mango and pineapple, and there is even a light, cracker-like caramel malt sitting below all of the beautiful hop smells. Pine is the big player in the nose, though, and it is beautiful. On the tongue, the beer tastes bitter, but smooth with light acidic pucker and some nice mellowing sweet malt and hops. In flavors, the beer begins as sweet tropical mango and papaya, but quickly moves into bitter, sticky pine flavors with touches of citric grapefruit. These flavors, interestingly, crescendo into a mild and smooth bready malt character that pillows the tongue against the harsher bite from the hops, and helps make this beer hugely drinkable. The finish is a blend of bitter pine, bittersweet tropical fruit, and bready caramel malts with a touch of peppery spice. The aftertaste is a lovely lingering of the finish with the spice actually intensifying slightly and making me think of rye malt, though I don’t think any was used in this beer. In the mouth, this beer feels great. It feels on the light side of medium in body with a prickly carbonation that keeps the beer’s sweetness in check, but also mellows into a beautiful fluffy cloud that cradles the tongue and makes this beer hugely quaffable. This is nearly the perfect “knock back double IPA.” Overall, I am a fan of this beer. It is neither the bitterest, nor the fruitiest DIPA I have had, but it blends the flavors beautifully, and has a really nice mouthfeel. I’m not sure if the mouthfeel is what I normally want from a DIPA, but with this beer it is fantastic and it hides its alcohol beautifully. Try this beer.

Maxwell, May 04, 2013
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4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Served at The Lower Depths Kenmore Square in Boston on Marathon Monday in a 14oz glass, not a 16oz (notes written down as not to be on my cellphone in a busy bar). I haven't read any reviews but I was shocked this beer was only an 88.

A - Clear orangey hue with good light reflection. Stone white head that held thin bubbles on top of a thicker base head.

S - Heavy grapefruit hop scent, so pleasant. It reminds me of some of the best West Coast DIPAs around. Pierces your nostrils with pine smell.

T - Super nice pine sour hop taste with a pleasant bite that rivals the best West Coast DIPAs. There is enough malt in this beer to make the 8.5% alcohol very smooth, but in the end and rightfully so this beer is all about the hops. I drank a Notch Left of the Dial IPA after this and it altered my palate so much I couldn't even taste the hops. This is a well crafted fresh tasting DIPA.

M - Clean tasting, puckering sourness from the hops but never too overbearing. Smooth head that has a light bubbly texture to it.

O - Can't believe this beer is from east of the rockies. True high quality hop flavor and not much else to gripe about.

JordanPhraczek, Apr 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

kaelingirl, Apr 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

nootch23, Jun 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

taez555, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Lledd
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22oz bomber served in Alchemist bar glass.

A: Hazy light amber. 3/4 finger head fades quickly to near zero foam. Zero carbonation movement. I really mean zero. Not a bubble to be seen. Patchy lacing. <3>

S: Lemon citrus, almost like pine-sol, in a good way. Grassy. <3.75>

T: Subtle to noticeable citrus with a predominance of bitterness. Nearly no malt is tasted. Some sweetness would have been nice to accentuate and reinforce the subtleties of the brighter flavors. Dry finish. Leaves a bitter tart flavor in the back of your throat. Maybe a hint of banana? The hoppiness is a bit one dimensional. It needs some more malt. <3.75>

M: Very fine carbonation. Dry finish followed by mouth watering from the bitterness. Not a "I want more and I'm drooling" water, a "my mouth is responding to bitter" watering. For a DIPA the body is thin, not necessarily bad, but thinner than others. <3.25>

O: I don't hate it. I won't buy it again. If you want a hop-bomb, you can get more from dynamics from other brews. If you want complexity and balance, you can definitely get more somewhere else. The beer is drinkable and enjoyable, but I won't visit it again. <3> - average.

Lledd, Apr 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

MarkDeming, Jun 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

yottachem, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Dope
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling date that I can see but very fresh, maybe two weeks old.

A: Pours a mildly hazy, almost clear golden-amber. Big fizzy, fluffy off-white head. Head fades away slowly, leaving a nice island of foam behind. Nice fluffy spiderweb lacing left behind.

S: Really nice tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango, apricot mainly. A little bit of onion/garlic in there too. Even get a little melon. Nice!

T: Big, juicy hops. Loads of tropical fruit again but no sweetness, all bitterness. There is some grapefruit and resin in there now too. No sign of the malt, I think it perished underneath all the hops. Maybe some biscuity flavor in there...maybe. Another wave of bitterness into the finish. Drying, oily hop bitterness between sips.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation a touch high I think. Drying.

O: Well, this is Backlash's attempt at big west coast style DIPA. It's pretty good, but very unbalanced. Pure bitterness from start to finish. Almost no malt taste or sweetness. Not far from chewing on hops, which I don't mind at all. Drinkability does suffer a bit due to unbalanced nature, however so I couldn't mark it quite as high as I'd like.

Dope, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer presents with a very impressive head capping the hazy amber liquid; sheets of lacing form as the beer is consumed

Smell: Pink grapefruit aromatics

Taste: A little biscuity, up front, and then the pink grapefruit flavors take over, bringing a lot of pith that maintains its intenisty through the finish'

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Very refreshing; among the better examples of the style and shows that East Coast breweries can brew a West Coast IPA with the best of them

brentk56, Jun 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

DonFrap, Jul 16, 2013
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Salute from Backlash Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.