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The Bollocks - Brash Brewing Company

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62 Reviews
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Reviews: 62
Hads: 238
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 5.19%
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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (907 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (2,287 characters)

Photo of santomark
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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! (986 characters)

Photo of RingnesExtra
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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. (306 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (560 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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! (539 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (1,084 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Starting to like these guys more not only they brew good styles they keep the ABV up where it seperates the men from the boys and also great artwork on labels and pours a hazed golden orange hue with a frothy three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is pineapple mixed with citrus,orange peel and boiled candy,the mouthfeel is full bodied and well carbonated with tastes of pineapple,oranges,grapefruit,bubblegum,boiled candy and finished with a tropical bitterness and overall I love this drop and rate it above item nine,without doubt would buy this again and again cheers. (584 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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! (492 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (994 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (1,724 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Bright, golden-orange in color with a stark white head that looks great to start, but collapses quickly. A thin cap with some wild topography remains on top. If the head remained a little longer and there was some head it would be rated higher.

SMELL: Big citrusy aromas waft off the top of this beauty. Orange leads the way with grapefruit and lemon behind it. There is also a good deal of booze on the nose here.

TASTE: At 12% I guess I should not be surprised by the sweet malt flavors up front. A bright, sugary caramel is what gets each sip started along with a little of that orange flavor from the nose. A large dose of hops grabs the baton mid-sip and brings the more bitter citrus of grapefruit. The lemon gets left out of the flavor. A little grassiness also creeps in. Oh, and it’s pretty damn boozy.

MOUTHFEEL: The carbonation is light and flirty, just a tickle, but that helps to maintain the bright, lively overall feel of the beer. Slightly sweet up front and devastatingly bitter in the back. Well balanced.

OVERALL: This is a pretty solid Double IPA. It doesn’t do anything to stand out from its peers (which I would consider good company – Hop Stoopid, 90 Minute), but it does represent the style very well. Finally, as is the case with most good DIPAs, this one pairs beautifully with Point Reyes Blue. (1,343 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA.

Intensely goopy pour, reddish orange and insanely thick and syrupy, forming a solid foam of yellow-white that I imagine only stays around because it's too much effort to sink back into the body. Carbonation is understandably fine and languid in the glass. Looks very intense.

Nose is bold and fresh, with mandarin and sweet orange coming through strongly above a toffee and barley sugar sweetness that not only holds up the other fragrances, but pushes them into the stratosphere like a slightly out of control rocket booster. There a herbal tones as well, which provide a grounding earthiness. It's pretty intense and pretty impressive.

Taste is thick. Thick and sweet with a valiant but ignominious hop character that seems to be a bit embarrassed about why it bothered to show up. Huge sugary barley sweetness is the bulk here, with the hops only providing a slightly earthy, slightly peppery counterpoint at the back that makes its presence felt with the assertiveness of an anaemic accountant stuck in the middle seat on an aeroplane between two obese African elephants. No offence to accountants, or African elephants. Seriously. It's big, it's sweet, and the hops are only an afterthought.

Feel is good and chewy: it's everything you want if you buy into the intensity of the palate.

Overall, this is big and intense. It's also pretty ridiculous—it overrides such petty concepts as "balance", "sophistication" or "common sense", but there's a heady glory in its abandon. I just hope that I managed to let go of my inhibitions and come along on the ride as much as it wanted me to. (1,651 characters)

Photo of AdamHart22
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - nice deep orange color. Held up to the light, the bottom of the glass has a ruby tinge.

S - the smell is exellent. Hints of orange rind, grapefruit, and peaches.

T - I get grapefruit up front, then apricot, ending in pine.

M - the mouthfeel is medium to light with the pine taste lingering in a pleasant bitter.

O - A really nice IPA. It just misses being exceptional. This IPA is brewed at Mercury, where Clown Shoes and Ipswich are brewed and had a clown shoes cap. They must have something in the water over there. (547 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled on 10/04/12. Pours a cloudy orange red with a one inch off white head, that leaves plenty of lace. Smell is citrus, mango, tangerine, pine, cutt grass, and some candy apple. Taste is all of that, a little more potent and a little booze in the finish, but very subtle for 12% ABV. Body is medium large, plenty of life especially for its size, not really dry, and easy drinking for its heft. This is a excellent huge DIPA. (461 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This one wasn't even on my radar. A buddy found this 12% bad boy and I really enjoyed it. I was expecting an overwhelming alcohol kick but was pleasantly surprised. There are many weaker DIPA's that have a stronger alcohol presence. You knew you were drinking a hard IPA here, as the tongue tingled with that bitter grip. The downer was the price tag, $10 for a bomber. (369 characters)

Photo of fank2788
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (865 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,440 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of JTK713
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22 bottle, thanks to 1 beer Jay brought from Massachusetts.
Strong aroma notes of sugary, hop goodness. Grapefruit, citrus, pine, its all there.
Bottle says 12% but can't taste 12%. Drinkable double, a bit sweet, hops take aver after initial taste.
Look forward to more from this brash brewing freakazoid! (313 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised by how much I liked this beer. Usually Imperial IPA's have a lot of problems that go along with them but this one was very nice. The appearance is a nice cloudy hazel with a white head that stuck to the glass. The nose had a lot of hops and then what I thought was sugar. Upon the tasting, I realized it was the sweetness from the alcohol, but instead of it tasting too strong, it was actually a nice way to finish from the hoppy start. The mouthfeel was much thicker than I thought it was going to be, but complimented it well. I would definitely recommend this to anyone not scared off by the artwork and high proof. (634 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (464 characters)

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The Bollocks from Brash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.