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Salute - Backlash Beer Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

45 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%


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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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 22:12:30 | More by BeerAdvocate
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2013 23:52:02 | More by brentk56
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 00:47:48 | More by Maxwell
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Lledd

Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 02:52:14 | More by Lledd
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JordanPhraczek

Massachusetts

4.81/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2013 13:58:15 | More by JordanPhraczek
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2013 17:40:38 | More by smcolw
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a small layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a hazy orange yellow color with no signs of carbonation. Super nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical fruit heaven. Pineapples, mango, passion fruit, and tangerine. Caramel and bready malts in there too.

Taste: Same as above with some nice subtle bitterness in the end. Tropical and resiny hops deliciousness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tingly bitterness, medium carbonation, medium to full bodied, a little dry, chewy, and enjoyable to drink.

Overall: Pretty solid DIPA. I had a few weeks ago on draft and enjoying it once again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2013 03:00:49 | More by Flounder57
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 04:44:34 | More by Dope
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy honeyed hue. A giant head forms and grows. It also refuses to leave. It isn't too generous with its lacing.

S-Oily, catty and onion. Rotted citrus flesh. Very oniony, almost like eggplant or asparahus; its cool. The malt really hides behind the eccentric hoppiness; its there but only because it needs to be.

T-Becomes a bit more normal here. Citrus is bright and lively. The cat piss and onion are softened out. Tangy grapefruit and a bitter grassy finish. Malt is still subdued but it donates much more here than in the nose. Check that, as it warms it becomes quite balanced.

M-A bit boozy. High bitterness. Booze dries and the bitterness grips the palate. Yet, the flavors are enough to combat the coerciveness of then beer.

O/D-Not a fan of the label art or the entire mantra of Backlash. A silhouette of a bro with a flat brim hat is not very appealing but these guys are decent brewers. This is a pretty tasty DIPA, I'm a sucker for those.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 00:27:05 | More by VelvetExtract
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, could not find a born on. Pours a cloudy light orange with s half inch of off white head, that leaves some lacing. Smell is grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, mango, and some earthy grassy hops. Taste is citrus, Headyesk, with grapefruit giving it a bitter edge and tropical fruit mellowing out the edges. This is really nice, would drink this again no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 13:32:24 | More by SawDog505
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 15:02:28 | More by Davepoolesque
Salute from Backlash Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.