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Catalyst - Backlash Beer Company

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Catalyst
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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:
Uprising! Series 1/3

(Beer added by: Maxwell on 07-07-2013)
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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
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SuperHop18

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

07-21-2014 03:21:25 | More by SuperHop18
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sprat1960

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cooper in color with a golden tint; hazy. Absolutely GIGANTIC, thick foamy head with a whip-cream like texture; the foam persisted forever and left tons of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Nice light hoppy aroma; made me want to drink the beer. Starts off slightly citrusy/acidic then moved on to an absolutely delicious light hoppy taste - just right. Tasted very fresh; very refreshing. Light to medium body; lots of nice light carbonation with a slightly dry finish. Overall an excellent IPA; would enjoy drinking it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2014 01:25:13 | More by sprat1960
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
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
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Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.9%

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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Massachusetts

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New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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08-11-2013 19:36:05 | More by WanderingFool
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Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Catalyst from Backlash Beer Company
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