1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Catalyst - Backlash Beer Company

Catalyst
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
85
very good

40 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 40
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%


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:
Uprising! Series 1/3

(Beer added by: Maxwell on 07-07-2013)
View: Beers (14) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 10 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by jondeelee:
Photo of jondeelee
jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Catalyst opens to a full-bodied hop aroma, pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind dominating, but with a nice supporting cast of lemon zest, pine resin, and sugary rosewater, as well as just a touch of dandelion stem and anise. The sweeter focus of the hops meshes well with a massive shot of orange fruit esters, as well as only slightly lesser shovelfuls of berry, cherry, and peach, with a hint of mango for a tropical feel. Huge brown sugars, as well as a candi sugar feel, combine with the fruit esters to form Jolly Rancher hard candy overtones. Whole wheat bread, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal from the malts provide an earthy base, but are largely drowned out by sugars and sweet hops. As a whole, the nose is very nice, and while it does lean extremely heavily toward sweet, avoids being cloying due to the small touches of pine and puckerish fruit zest. Still, the sweetness can be a bit overwhelming, and the beer feels like it needed additional countering to prevent such an out of balance feel.

On the tongue, the beer does prove more hoppy than the nose let on, the opening salvo of dandelion stem, pine resin, grapefruit rind, lemon oil, and anise from the hops a relief. There’s still a bit of pink grapefruit in here, as well as a touch of rosewater, so the hops aren’t fully bitter. A strong orange, berry, cherry, and peach (with, again, light mango) fruit ester sampling helps temper the bitterness, assisted by brown sugar. Toast crust, biscuit, and whole wheat bread add earthiness. The beer does have a very strong bitter plant stem overtone that, pessimistically, moves toward raw onion scape, and can be a bit distracting. The aftertaste is a continuation of the bitter hops, the sugars having largely died off, and lingers on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is a dry medium, and carbonation is medium-high, fizzing up quite a bit on the tongue and lending a champagne feel.

Overall, there’s certainly a massive hop presence in here, the 90 IBUs showing themselves in full force, and hopheads should give this one a try. However, the beer ultimately feels out of balance because of the extreme nature of the hops, and the extreme bitterness (the part that moves toward onion scape) can be off-putting.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 01:57:15 | More by jondeelee
More User Reviews:
Photo of smcolw
smcolw

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Small but lasting head. Leaves a blanket of lace. Golden amber color with plenty of haze.

Very mild aroma for a DIPA. Some citrus and some pale malt.

Highly carbonated with a neutral to below average body. Solid pale malt start but it succumbs to strong bitter hop quickly. Low alcohol flavor given the content. The aftertaste is long and peppery, but I'm impressed how the malt stands up to it.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 23:53:01 | More by smcolw
Photo of GermanSpy
GermanSpy

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.5%

11-13-2013 02:20:12 | More by GermanSpy
Photo of kscaldef
kscaldef

Oregon

3/5  rDev -21.5%

11-05-2013 08:16:12 | More by kscaldef
Photo of MattGrimley
MattGrimley

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-29-2013 00:51:24 | More by MattGrimley
Photo of tom10101
tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

10-28-2013 18:21:49 | More by tom10101
Photo of BeerResearcher
BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.6oz dark brown bottle. No freshness date but the label suggests it be "enjoyed young"
This golden honey amber, 8.5% ABV single Amarillo hop Double IPA comes roaring (more like flowing) out of Holyoke, MA.
You brace yourself for a taste bud wrenching hop smackdown, but instead, we find a very pleasing juicy grapefruit bitterness, with a slight metallic tang and a mild peppery spiciness. The malt body is full, yet the light malt sweetness creates an evenly balanced flavor profile. This DIPA goes down smooth and fluid rather than rasping its way down like so many of this style. My Euro-lager-biased mother-in-law really enjoyed it. She was expecting the worst, but was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 12:20:15 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of paresis
paresis

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-03-2013 21:25:15 | More by paresis
Photo of jmmy3
jmmy3

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-02-2013 02:10:27 | More by jmmy3
Photo of Kmlund
Kmlund

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-01-2013 16:20:13 | More by Kmlund
Photo of pveilleux
pveilleux

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

09-26-2013 02:41:27 | More by pveilleux
Photo of nootch23
nootch23

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

09-23-2013 01:28:13 | More by nootch23
Photo of SawDog505
SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, not sure of the bottle date, but the huge hoppy nose tells me it is fresh. Pours a dark yellow, with a huge two inch sticky white head that coats the glass with lace. Smell is aggressive grapefruit, pine, fresh cut grass, apricot, and hard candy. Taste is just as aggressive, grapefruit and resiny pine dominates in a good way. Body is medium, plenty of life, a touch dry, and for fans of palate wrecking beers will enjoy this animal of a DIPA. Not for everyone probably, but I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 19:09:53 | More by SawDog505
Photo of Remdog
Remdog

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-15-2013 01:16:34 | More by Remdog
Photo of garrisonp
garrisonp

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-08-2013 04:51:10 | More by garrisonp
Photo of judkinst
judkinst

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

09-08-2013 04:50:12 | More by judkinst
Photo of dubdrop
dubdrop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

09-07-2013 23:47:32 | More by dubdrop
Photo of dsm45
dsm45

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

09-03-2013 22:18:07 | More by dsm45
Photo of polishkaz
polishkaz

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

09-03-2013 12:21:40 | More by polishkaz
Photo of discharmingly
discharmingly

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

08-19-2013 12:31:45 | More by discharmingly
Photo of WanderingFool
WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Catalyst pours a hazy golden yellow with some orange hues blended in. On top, a medium sized, creamy white head forms. The head slowly dissolves leaving a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma has lots of citrus, mainly grapefruit and orange. A touch of lemon and a little bready malt is also present. The citrus notes tend to fade away after a short while.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, creamy with an effervescent fizz. The flavor is bitter and mainly citrus hops with enough malt sweetness for balance. Orange and grapefruit citrus, lemon peel, light fruit (tangerine?) dominate, but in the background there's some caramel malt sweetness to tame the hops. It finishes bitter and a touch grassy. The citrus hops and bitterness lingers on the palate when gone.

Definitely a tasty beer that hides it's 8.5% abv well. It could use a touch more sweetness to smooth out the bitter edges.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 19:36:05 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of cw577enfield
cw577enfield

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-02-2013 15:29:20 | More by cw577enfield
Photo of Davepoolesque
Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-01-2013 23:48:05 | More by Davepoolesque
Photo of TheManiacalOne
TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 7/30/13 at Pour Farm Tavern in New Bedford, MA, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with strong flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is a bit week for the style but it creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid 2IPA to drink for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2013 04:27:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of JSBILK
JSBILK

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-26-2013 20:05:29 | More by JSBILK
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Catalyst from Backlash Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.