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The Bollocks - Brash Brewing Company

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The BollocksThe Bollocks

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BA SCORE
86
very good

238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brash Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PeterIngemi on 07-14-2012

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Ratings: 238 | Reviews: 63
Reviews by ghostwalker:
Photo of ghostwalker
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange body. Thick white head. Nice looking brew.

Nose is candied hops. Almost a marshmallow odor, but then there's a hint of grassiness. Interesting.

Woof, that's a mouthful. Thick, syrupy sweet malt with crusty, overarching hops dominant. Serious palate blaster. I like it, even though it is a bit sweeter than I usually prefer.

Mouthfeel is heavy, thick, chewy moderate carb.

I'm giving this one a pretty good overall score. Less than the sum of it's parts? Maybe. It's a bit heavy to ever be truly drinkable, but I think it's a really good beer anyway.

Who on earth is Brash Brewing? Guess I need to find out.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Mike for splitting this one! It beams bright in the glass, kind of somewhere between orange and amber, fairly opaque with some obscured translucency near the edges of the glass. The less than stellar, gray-tinted head reduces to a thin collar in record time, though I can't say Im surprised for a brew with such heft.

Hmmm... you sure this is a double IPA? The aroma gives way to malt, first and foremost, typically not a good sign for a hop heavy beer. Check the date... wow, barely a month old. So this is how it's supposed to be, huh? Caramel, buttery toffee, and only a faint onset of leafy hops, but barely enough to cut through the sticky sweet jungle.

I normally hate when people talk about an IPA and say "oh, with age it becomes a great barley wine". I don't know why, but it just bothers me. But that's the case here, minus the age. This thing is a "hoppy" barleywine right out of the gate. I think I remember Bigfoot having a larger hop presence than this. Tsk, tsk, label your beers properly!

The taste is also mostly malty; sticky sweet iwht caramel and toffee and some butter with lighter undertones of baked bread (still sweet). Hops show a *little* more presence on the palate, but not too much. Peppery hops, with a middle o' the tongue bitterness that merely trembles in the wake of residual, unattenuated malt sugars. Thick body, heavy mouth feel, low carbonation... sounds like an old ale.

Blah, I really appreciate Mike's generosity in sharing this one with us, but I just wasn't a fan at all. I'm not a lover of sweet, thick, "huge", malty DIPAs (as evidenced by my disappointment in the Unicorn's Revenge consumed just prior to this one) and that's exactly what this beer is. Hard to think this is really a DIPA by the standard definition. I think I've learned my lesson... stay clear of DIPAs that exceed 10% ABV.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a hazy apricot color. It had a medium-sized white head that left a good deal of lace.

A very aromatic beer. Lots of citrus, grapefruit and tangerine. Sweet caramel.

Grapefruit, tangerine, and orange taste. A tiny bit of resin. Caramel malt. Lots of taste.

A very smooth DIPA. The alcohol is very well hidden, would never have thought it was 12% ABV. Would drink this anytime.

Photo of Beaver13
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours clear copper with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt with tropical fruits and piney resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malt with some fruit and a big piney resiny hop finish with a good amount of bitterness. There's quite a bit of warming alcohol (but not much in the flavor). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid over the top DIPA.

Photo of jondeelee
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bollocks opens to a bright, citrusy, hoppy nose, pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and sugary rosewater almost leaping out of the bottle. The emphasis is on the sweeter, more citrusy side of hops, but there are still good supporting layers of pine resin, dandelion stem, mint, and eucalyptus to add bite and bitterness. Beneath the hops is a layer of sugars you could float a brick on, with massive apricot, orange, berry, and cherry fruit esters, scads of candi sugar-like sweetness, and brown sugar. Toast crust, baguette, and biscuit float around the rim, adding earthiness. As a whole, the nose is lovely, featuring a hop-forward profile that plays well off of the citrusy notes, but blended well with sugars, the entire mélange presenting varied and extremely potent aromas that perfectly befit an Imperial IPA.

On the tongue, the beer proves even more hoppy than the nose spoke of, but here the hops are well balanced between bitter and citrusy, with pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and sugary rosewater joined by huge crests of pine resin, dandelion stem, mint, and eucalyptus, as well as anise. The sheer variety of flavors present in the hops speaks to a well-crafted hop profile, presenting almost every conceivable hop flavor all at once. The sugars are still massive as well, bringing orange, berry, cherry, and apricot fruit esters, as well as brown sugar, vanilla, and caramel. Toast crust and biscuit add further complexity. In subsequent sips the bitter pine resin and dandelion stem notes from the hops emerge in even greater strength, and the beer takes on a lovely nose-tingling bite. The aftertaste is a continuation of these hoppy notes, with even more astringency and punch as the sugars have died off, ending in a long-drawn-out anise and dandelion stem blat that lingers for several minutes. Mouthfeel is a slick medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA, offering almost everything a hophead could want in a beer, and enough sugars to cause one’s pancreas to reel in drunken delight. It says much of the craft of this brew that the high 12% ABV is hardly noticeable against the hops and sugars, presenting itself mainly in the aftertaste as an alcoholic vapor that creeps into the nasal cavities. Fantastic beer; a must-try.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An extreme beer with a hoppy nose presenting caramel, spice, cardamom and alcohol. It pours a chill hazed amber that clears up as it warms under a 1” bone white foam cap that slowly dissipates. It attacks the palate with rich malts when combined with the big alcohol suggest bourbon over spice and cola. Full to chewy body is tempered by an extremely fine soft carbonation and a very creamy texture. Everything is big, but well balance. The alcohol it warming but not overly hot or solventy.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice. Bottled 7/2012.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Aroma of ripe and sharp citrus esters and lots of booze. Big hop smell up front with hints of citrus grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, apricot, tangerine, and lemon. Also lots of grass and earthy hops along with some pine resin spice. The citrus has a sweet and candy or honey like scent to it. Light bready malts in the background with hints of biscuit and caramel. Quite a bit of alcohol is being picked up.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a big in your face taste of citrus hops and booze. Big ripe and bitter taste of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange, mango, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, and lemon. Lots of grass and earthy hops in the mix with a fairly dank presence of pine resin. Decent malt backing with some notes of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. This is on the sweeter side for a double IPA. A little syrupy like sweetness lingers. Alcohol taste is pretty noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, sharp, and slightly syrupy. Alcohol heat is felt although it isn't overwhelming.

Overall: A decent take on a imperial IPA. Big on the citrus. Could of been a little more dry and less boozy.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.32/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I tell you what's Bollocks opening this beer to find out it's bottled on 8/21/13, who wants DIPA from last August. They haven't updated their website since 2013 either, are they still making beer contracted through the same brewery as Clown Shoes in Ipswich, MA...Mercury Brewing. Holy unfiltered DIPA batman, there's a ton of yeast sludge in the bottom of the bottle I recommend leaving it out initially but I will probably end up drinking it. Deep unfiltered copper opaque DIPA, with a light khaki cream colored head. Fine speckled lacing matches the color of the sludge in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma muddled stale hops, warming alcohol fumes from the 12 % abv, off putting aroma for sure...there used to be lively citric hops here now it smells like a barleywine with some harshness. Flavor has caramelized sugars and stale hops, muddled DIPA gone barleywine, hot alcohol...this beer is literally a mess. Mouthfeel is equally abrasive as the flavor and aromatics, cloying sticky residual sugars that did not get fermented out, the sweetness is overkill now that the hop profile is dead on arrival. Dude, this is Brash that's about the only thing they got right in this one, I will keep my eyes open for a fresher sample.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber with a large head.
Malty aroma, quite sweet-smelling. Also piny and resinous hops alongside marmalade notes.
Very aggressive flavours, big piny and resinous notes throughout. Also a fair bit of booze and a load of malt. The bitterness definitely wins out though.
Nice syrupy body.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright beige/orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of fruity and citrus hops with light sweet notes. Taste is sweeter than expected with some light fruity notes and some citrus hops also easily noticeable. Body is about average for style and no apparent alcohol. Enjoyable but a bit too sweet for my taste. I would suggest dropping the ABV which would also help drop the residual sugars.

Photo of fank2788
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle served in a couple of pint glasses
slightly hazy copper in color with an initially thick near white head that settles to a thin layer of bubbles and laces nicely. The smell is of fresh citrus hops mainly grapefruit and a bit of caramel malt as a base, overall the smell is a bit light compared to some other double IPAs. The bitterness is the biggest player in the taste. The hoppiness is so full and almost sticky in the mouth. The malt is in there too providing some base but the hops are the real players in this one. The hop flavor is mainly citrus and pine, carbonation levels are low to medium and the body is rather heavy as a result.. The finish of this is a bit sweet and puckeringly bitter surprisingly the alcohol is well hidden throughout. Overall this is a pretty solid DIPA and it makes me want to give the other Brash Brewing beers a try.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle generously provided by Ben @ Brash. Fresh and kickin'!

Pours a dark opaque orange colour with a tan head leaving nice lace. The aroma is full of pine and citrus, sweet fruits and maltiness. Tastes of sweet tropical fruits, citrus and a start bitter profile. Sweet bready malts for balance. It's full bodied, slick, but a nice carbonation level.

This is a big IPA..it's flavourful, and pretty drinkable considering how big this beer is.

Support awesome IPA's; buy fresh, buy often!

Photo of yamar68
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A new beer to MN!

Pours a hazy burnt honey gold with a finger of dense creamy white head. Perfect lacing.

Thick syrupy hop aromas - citrus, conifer and mango. Great sense of balance that is shaken by the high ABV. Alcohol gets a bit spicy.

Real hot - even hotter than I expected. Grape juice, warming citrus/booze, pine needles, various hints of hop varieties. Just too damn hot though.

Love seeing new brews in the distro, I'll have to try some other stuff from these guys.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy peach amber. messy swath of a slightly off-white head.
smell: biting hops on a lush bed of fruity sweet.
taste: More of the same. Sharp hops up front with a creamy bed. Nice bitter finish.
overall: another fine dipa. The 12% is well hidden.

Photo of Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Bottled On 10/09/12

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full inch of beige head that retains very well before sinking to an 1/8 inch head. Non-resilient jagged ring of lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- You can tell some of the hop aroma has faded with age but it's still pleasant and has a caramel-like malt backing it up. After a few short sharp sniffs, some tangy citrus is detected and not as much alcohol fume as one would expect of a beer with such a high ABV.

T- There's still a substantial amount of bitterness that sinks in slowly and portrays more citrus notes. On the other side, there's a burnt sugar sweetness that actually complements very well creating a dangerously smooth drink. The bitterness eventually comes out on top.

M- Quite bitey and dry with medium carbonation and a surprisingly soft body.

O- I think I cracked this at the perfect time since it's aged enough to have the alcohol decently toned down but not so old that the hops have mostly deteriorated. Quite well done for such a big DIPA.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sherlock's (Marietta, GA). 9.99. Bottled 07/2012. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours hazy orange with a frothy two fingers of pale head. Much more lace than I expected given the high abv.

Smells of orangey citrus, pine, grass and spice with a hint of booze. Sweet and inviting.

Flavor is huge! Reinous pine, bittersweet grapefruit, oranges, citrus peel, dank onion/garlic (not in a bad way), wet cut grass, biscuit, pepper and a pleasant alcohol burn. Lots going on, lots to enjoy.

Oily thick medium heavy feel with moderate carbonation. Coats the mouth and tongue with dank hop oils. Long sweet and sour citrus aftertaste.

There's nothing subtle going on here. Big bold flavors, big body and plenty of aroma. All this and it drinks like a beer with two thirds the alcohol content. I'll definately buy more of this and look forward to trying more from Brash when it finally hits shelves here in Georgia. This one is worth a try for any fan of enormous imperial IPAs.

Photo of GSThorn
4.82/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure if it supposed to be there but I Love the lightly oxidized sweetness on both nose and buds! Very complimentary to this well balanced DIPA.

Photo of Kromes
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a thick off white head that leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

Smells very sweet with lots of hop oil. Mostly pine with a touch of floral and citrus in the background

Initial taste is of toasted malt. A nice sweet flavor that lasts through the finish and finishes sweet. Wow, the hop kicks in with a bit of pine and floral hop and competes against the sweetness. There is a bitter bite and sweetness with some alcohol burn in the finish.

The feel is a bit oily from the hops. The body is bordering on heavy, there is a lot of sweetness in the beer. For the style it is somewhat normal.

For a double IPA, this one is sneaky. For as much hop and bitterness that it has, it is balanced out by the sweetness in the beer. Not a session beer, but at 12% you could put back a few beers pretty easy.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Brash Brewing's The Bollocks last week for $10.59 at Meijers. I don't have much experience with this brewery, but I thought their Smoglifter was pretty good and I'm interested too see how this one turns out, so let see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I think it's fresh. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks good, I find it to be slightly creepy looking, but I think that adds to the charm and it makes it fairly eye catching. It poured a very cloudy orange color that took on more of a darker orange color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of fluffy slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice sheets of lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart a combination of earthy, spicy, green onion and citrus rind like hop aromas with the citrus rind hops sticking out the most and the green onion hops show up in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart lots of sweet malt like aromas with some grainy, slight bready and caramel malt like aromas coming through along with a noticeable alcohol aroma. This beer had a nice aroma, but I wish the sweetness and the green onion hops were both toned down.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness followed by the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, the citrus rind hops seem to show up a little more than they did in the aroma and this time a light amount of earthy and green onion like hops show up in the background. Up next comes the malts which are the same as they were in the aroma and the sweet malts still stick out the most and there a noticeable alcohol flavor that's slightly boozy and slightly warming. On the finish there's a slightly lower amount of high bitterness with a sweet malt, caramel malt and citrus rind hop aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I wish the sweetness was toned down.

M- Not the smoothest, slightly cloying, slightly crisp, a little sticky, slightly boozy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent but I wish it was smoother and not slightly cloying and boozy.

Overall I thought this a decent beer and it was pretty close to being an average example of the style, instead of taking the typical DIPA route it seems like they went with an imperial version of an English IPA and while there's nothing wrong with that it doesn't really deliver all the aspects that I look for in the kind of DIPA's I like and it almost feels like it's starting to go in the Barleywine direction especially with that high amount of sweetness. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't the smoothest, slightly cloying, slightly crisp, a little boozy, a little sticky, rich and the taste did an ok job at holding my attention but the high amount of sweetness would prevent me from having more than one bottle and even that might be a little too much for me so I think splitting it is the way to go and I think this would make for a nice cold weather DIPA. What I liked the most about this veer was the appearance, I thought it was a very nice looking beer and it looked fairly true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the high amount of sweetness and the green onion hops, those were my two biggest complaints with this beer. I don't think I would buy this beer again, I'm glad I tried it, but it's not the type of DIPA that I feel i need to keep around. I wouldn't recommend this beer as a good DIPA, but I do think it's worth giving a try to see where you stand with it. All in all I wasn't to impressed with this beer, it wasn't bad, it just seemed like it didn't know if it was a imperial English IPA or a Barleywine and because of that it reminded me a lot of BIgfoot and I think I would just rather have a Bigfoot. It's for sure isn't a favorite DIPA and it's now my least favorite beer from Brash. I appreciate the effort guys, but this one just wasn't for me, better luck next time.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was able to snag a bottle of this marked down from 13 bucks to just 7.95. Found it a steal since most places charge 10+ dollars for it. Going in assuming it has at least a few months age on it.

A - Well its carbonated giving me a 1/2 inch of foam thats pretty amazing for such a massive beer. Color is a very dirty/hazy amber brown orange. No sediment so it wasn't sitting too long.
S - Smell is nice no ethanol like alcohol smells or hardcore pine but it does have a bit of bite. Does seem kind of old and muted though.
T - Well I could see fresh this beer would be amazing but with age it does have some herbal hop bitterness, somewhat cracker malts, and a dry finish with just a tough of booze.
M - ABV is pretty masked if I were to try this unknowing I would assume not over 9 or 10%

Overall Triple IPA's are a bit tricky some have muted hop bitterness, others with strong vodka like taste (looking at you Double crooked tree) This beer was pretty good but I don't see myself getting another.

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in June. Yay bottle dating!

Pours a nice fluffy 1.5 finger semi fizzy head that fades at a med pace with soapy lacing, over hazy reddish orange colored beer.

Nose brings some tropical fruits, nice tangerine like citrus and hint of orange peel, lots of grapefruit and pineapple, a light pine and musty resin, and some earthy hops as well. A light candy base comes through giving a hint of candied orange, and some papaya and guava. The semi sweet malty base comes through with a hint of caramel sweetness, and just a touch of booze warmth aroma.

Taste is big, oh boy. Lots of hops again, exploding with hop bitterness, a bit earthy and plenty of pine, but also brings some tropical fruit again, a bit of pineapple and grapefruit, little guava and papaya again, just a touch of citrus though which seems to be much less prominent here. Then malts, a bit malty base propping this sucker up. A bit of sweetness sets in to balance the big bitterness of some epic IBU count, with a light caramel toffee sweetness, and hint reddish toasty malt. A light candy flavor comes through with the toffee and a hint of citrus finally. Booze tingles slightly and warms quite a bit, this sure is a big beer. Finish, the booze comes through even more with a nice heat on the finish so you don't drink this too quick, big bitterness that is balanced by the semi sweet finish, little syrupy, more pine, spicy hops, earthy hops as well.

Mouth is bigger bodied, plenty of booze, and decent carb.

Overall not bad, plenty of hops and malts to balance each other so it doesn't get out of hand. A nice booze increases as it finishes but doesn't get overpowering. A decent big beer if you're in the mood for what I would call a triple IPA.

Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

These guys are close with Clown shoes, FYI, so take that as you will.

Served in a snifter, a hazy amber-orange color with a small white head that retained fairly well and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma is thick with resinous hops, with notes of citrus and sweet malts. Taste is...basically how I don't like an IPA to be, much less a DIPA. Cloying sweetness, almost sickeningly so; there are lots of hops, which is of course expected and necessary, but the malt base is too thick and unctuous, making this beer overall just too chalky and unpleasant. You can't just throw a butt-load of hops and malts together and magically get a good DIPA, and that's what it seems like they did here. It's not entirely bad, but it's just not well-done enough to make it drinkable for me. Full-bodied and oily, a bit harsh with alcohol.

Photo of lochef81
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/2013. Considering the abv of this offering I suspect the age may have done this one a few favors. The ale pours a very cloudy Orange amber hue with a small cream colored head that quickly dissipates to a nice film and substantial lacing. The nose is very rich with lots of malt and booze up front followed by a bready quality and finishing with a bitter hop bite, mostly citrus and tropical fruit. The flavor confirms all these expectations. Not west coast style hops, more like a good bottle of dfh. The malt on the front seems overwhelming (almost reminiscent of a barleywine) but it gives way to a wonderfully bitter hoppy finish. There is a decent boozy note but it is well balanced within the spectrum of this ale. The mouthfeel is a little stickier than I'd like but still coats the palate with a very nice hoppy finish. All in all this is a damn good beer and actually much better than I'd expected.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I don't like it when labels antagonize me like that... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear bronze-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, orange zest, sweet caramel, a hint of booze, and a touch of pine sap. The taste brings in more of the same, though everything is now stronger, save the booze, which has combined with the pine to form a mellow menthol flavor. The sweet malt and the strong hops battle, but they don't clash, creating a very pleasant balance. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a very nice, well-balanced DIPA, something we can always use more of.

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large head that settles with a solid dome. Plentiful webby and layered lace. The broth is amber, but paler than most DIPAs. Very cloudy.

Fresh grapefruit hop. Interestingly, it gets stronger as the head fades. Little malt or alcohol.

Holding the liquid in my mouth, I can tell the liquid has a strong bitterness struggling to come out. The malt is soft up front with typical pale malt flavors. The swallow brings out a biting bitterness. There's only a touch of alcohol warmth. The aftertaste is very long and peppery. The body full with a high carbonation. A very nice DIPA.

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The Bollocks from Brash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.