Salute - Backlash Beer Company
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
4.11/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
11-27-2013 22:12:30 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
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
06-15-2013 23:52:02 | More by brentk56
4.18/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
05-04-2013 00:47:48 | More by Maxwell
3.51/5 rDev -16.4%
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.
04-30-2013 02:52:14 | More by Lledd
Salute from Backlash Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.