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Clockwork Session IPA - Relic Brewing Co

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Clockwork Session IPA
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Relic Brewing Co visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: nebula1999 on 07-07-2012

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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 8
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Plain and simple, this beer is infected. Not "farmhouse," which is often used as a cover, but infected. Hops and acetic acid do not mix well, and only in a few cases does the funk of Brett work with hops. This, however, is not only Brett. There is a distinct Band-Aid, medicinal, chemical flavor that is flat-out disgusting. Frankly, all Relic offerings these days have this quality, but the highly malty offerings cover it better. In selections like this one and Thrice, the infection is detectable to the point of being vomit-worthy. I hope Relic gets their stuff together and learn to how clean properly. There is potential here that is getting obliterated by their obvious sanitation issues.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

IPA brewed with Citra, Mt Rainier and Chinook hops. No info on malt(s) or yeast used. Brewer says "70 IBU".

Pours a hazy bright yellow-gold into a Relic glass. Foamy white head. Takes a while to settle leaving some lace.

Rich citrus hop in the nose. Some light fruity esters from the yeast, maybe some berry notes.

Entry is immediately sharp, crisp, and dry. Picky effervescence is welcome, but leads to a more intense dryness on the center of the tongue to the back of the throat. Somewhat chalky. No resin detected. Not picking up a whole lot of malt balance. But it is not excessively hoppy in flavor, just wicked bitter. More like an amped up, solid pale ale.

Mouthfeel is dry, sharp and lightly chalky. But the chalk grittiness is clearly from the hops, and does not detract from the overall enjoyment of this beer. A little more malt richness for balance would help. But that might jack the ABV and take it out of the "session" arena. Nice to have another drinkable IPA but at a lower ABV from this great little nano.

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Poured from a 32 oz. growler into pint glass.

A - Golden yellow in color. Head forms thick white and recedes leaving decent lacing.

S - Strong hop smell comes through. A piney/citrus smell.

T/M - A hop dominated beer. Not overly hoppy and has a nice bitter bite with a smooth finish.

O - A nice session beer that gives you the stronger hop flavor without having to contend with a higher ABV that seems to come along with many hop dominated beers.

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Tasting Date-4.5.2013
Place-Barley Vine, Bristol Connecticut
Beer-Clockwork Session
Brewer-Relic Brewing Co.
Brewery Location-Plainville, CT
EDIT: all notes from the brewer say "american hoppy pale ale"
A-a brilliant srm 6... almost a sunburst type effect in all lighting situations. i can't read through it. Very hazy and cloudy.

S-tree sap, jerk seasoning, guava!! holy crap. There's a funk here that makes james brown play in my head

T-beautiful hop intensity that gives way to allspice, white grapefruit, with this cool stone fruit/apricot extract thing happening towards the end.. but the finish is dry, make no mistake. i like it. a LOT. I paired this with some sweet and idaho potato fries and the st alt brought out a lot of flavor, as salt tends to do to anything complex. am i getting hickory? or chicory?

m-smooth with a bit of bounce.

O-Wild and crazy kids! this gives me what i want, which is a beer of character and memorable notes while being fun. conundrums keep me coming back and this beer has them in spades. I'm so down for this cause. Keep it coming relic, we'll keep taking.

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5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

date of tasting: 04/05/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: Clockwork American Pale Ale
brewery: Relic
brewery location: Plainville, CT
type: Ale
style: American Pale Ale
abv: 5.5%
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 50F

Appearance: frosty yellow. It looks like I have a frosty mug, like really. Pretty cool. Head pours thin and whispy, doesn’t stick around to play.

Smell: blueberry glazed donuts from the whole donut. (for those unfortunate to not know whole donut it’s this amazingly delicious and sugary cakey rich donut with a thick sugar glaze). fresh lemon zest, bright hops and yellow gumdrops.

Taste: Bright citrusy hops. Very bready. Hints of maple syrup and rich sweet glazed donut.

Mouthfeel: rich and glazed, medium bodied. Carbonation is perfect.

Overall Impression: Love this beer. This was a perfect hoppy American Pale Ale for me. I really have huge respect for what Mike is brewing at Relic. It’s different, not Dogfish different. yet different enough from even what most craft brewers are doing to stand out. The yeasty bready sugary yummy-ness is perfectly balanced with the bright zesty hops.

Food Pairings:coffee cake, fried chicken and waffles, wood fired pizza, grilled cheese with havarti and mushrooms

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3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy golden amber color with a beautiful white foam on top and respectable lacing. The aroma is a unique avocado floral asparagus. Funky for sure but not off-putting, just gives one pause and peaks one’s interest. The flavor stays in line with the aroma but is bolstered by a fair lemon sweetness. This is one of those vegetable IPA’s but it’s one that works, in my estimation. It’s medium-light bodied with a near glassy feel and subtle carbonation. I pick up a hint of mustiness, akin to swampiness. Not sure evryone will love this but it’s another solid effort from Relic in my book.

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Smells of citrus hops. Taste is similar with some piney hop character. Bitterness coats the tongue. A little hay on the finish.

Maybe only the second Session IPA I've had. The style lends itself to imbalance of overstated hops to understated malt, which is right down my alley and accurately described Clockwork. . I really enjoyed this beer. Another high quality offering from relic.

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Clockwork Session IPA from Relic Brewing Co
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