The Bollocks - Brash Brewing Company
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4.63/5 rDev +20.6%
22oz bottle with a date of 07/2012. Served in a tulip. Website says this is the second batch, and closer to what is expected of the beer from scale.
A: Deep orange with a 1 finger off-white head that settles to a good ring and cap. Hazy, with some visible carbonation bubbles rolling.
S: Feint nose of piney resiny hop, some caramel, light citrus... biscuit.
T: Wow. Big, bitter and bold. Flavors are a big rush up front of piney, resiny hops. Caramel malt comes in with a backbone, but it stay hoppy with light citrus notes of grapefruit. Finishes with more caramel and some malt, only the slightest sweetness.
M: Obviously a bigger beer, but surpising for its 12% abv. No alochol warming at all. Sticky and tacky for the most part, light dryness on the finish.
O: This is a very good imperial IPA. Competes with some of the bigger names in the industry like Maharaja, 90minute, Pallete Wrecker etc.
09-01-2012 01:20:59 | More by ncfranklin
4.48/5 rDev +16.7%
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.
11-23-2012 20:05:38 | More by lordofthewiens
4.48/5 rDev +16.7%
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.
11-19-2012 00:10:01 | More by jondeelee
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
This ale pours a thick, copper-colored brew with good retention on the glass. The taste is full bodied with a typical East Coast tendency to be malty instead of citrusy. I think it comes together quite well and was surprised how much I liked it. The 12% abv is noticeable but I think it adds to the flavor.
02-10-2013 00:25:38 | More by RingnesExtra
4.36/5 rDev +13.5%
A - Pours this deep, hazy gold with a nice 2 finger width white head and little carbonation bubbles. The head will disappear very quickly to a little lacing.
S - Very subtle on the nose, everything is greatly balanced with this brew. Little bits of hops, citrus, malts, again, I'm going to say this, citrus. Grapefruit, lemons, oranges, this is what comes to mind in the hops.
T - A splash of flavors at first, everything hits at once. Hops and their characteristics of citrus undertones, the content is very noticeable, it does taste like alcohol if you concentrate, but the wonderful hops cover it up fast.
M - A tad spicy, carbonation is very light, and not thick at all. This can definitely be a session beer if sold in a larger amount.
O - I will definitely be enjoying this again on a weekend night. Very good and a nice brew, the only reason I am docking it this much points is due to the head disappearing so fast. Other than that, this is a great brew and should be tried!
08-09-2013 08:43:51 | More by santomark
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.
A- Pours a dark caramel with a 2 finger off-white head. Big coating of lacing remains on the glass.
S- caramel, big juicy pineapple, grapefruit, pine and herbal aroma.
T- sweet caramel and citrus, pineapple, big bitter citrus rind (this clearly is over 100 ibu's!)
M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy with a slightly oily feel and the bitterness leaves a lingering bitter, tingly feeling. At 12% there is hardly any noticeable heat.
O- i can sum this beer up in 2 words: big, potent, citrusy hop bomb!
08-13-2012 23:43:02 | More by kawilliams81
4.29/5 rDev +11.7%
22oz bomber with a bottled on date of 7/2012, so aged 1.5 years
A - Amber, with a bit of clarity. Lots of head and some sticky lace left on the glass.
S - Bitter hops and booze. Lots of booze.
T - Wow! Boozy but smooth. Bitter, but not overly. Lots of grain. Sweet. Tasty! Definitely a barley wine rather than a DIPA or TRIPA.
M - Full bodied and oily.
O - This Triple IPA is a year and a half old, and the hops have definitely changed and bittered, causing this beer to taste like a barley wine . This is a great thing....love it!
01-23-2014 02:06:09 | More by BeerDawgs
The Bollocks from Brash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.