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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

229 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brash Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PeterIngemi on 07-14-2012)
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2/5  rDev -47.8%

ThaFATkid, Dec 19, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

DWolf, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.26/5  rDev -41%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

sparx1100, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Mike_Gentry
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Mike_Gentry, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

tectactoe, Aug 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Tyrus, Sep 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Youvebeenroccoed, Jul 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

mattst, Sep 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

DrinkingDrake, Jun 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

APB, Aug 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

mrebeka, Aug 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

jenray, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Rifugium, Oct 23, 2012
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3.16/5  rDev -17.5%

BcOneSeven, Aug 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

blabaer, May 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Cooper, Jan 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

pavpav12, Sep 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

ToadiesForCody, Aug 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

ali1987, Sep 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

pveilleux, Jul 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Twal, May 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

mpenning13, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of crewfan16
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a snifter tonight while watching some tv and chilling out. not familiar with the brewer, but because they are new to the distribution area, i gave the bomber a shot.

a- poured a hazy orange/tangerine/amber color with an inch of fluffy thick head that fell slowly. looks like a DIPA pretty much should.

s- lots of sweetness with tropical fruit, mango maybe. some hop resin. not an extremely complex nose

t- not quite as much sweetness initially as i expected but that tropical fruit sweetness is definately there. the sweet fades quick to a bitter hop resin bite then back to the malty sweetness. Just like the nose, it doesnt seem terribly complex. tasty, but sort of one note

m- nice feel, sort of a sticky resinous feel. definately a bit boozy as the 12% shows its teeth with a touch of burn on the way down. A bit of a sipper

overall, a decent effort. the price was ok at ~$10 a bomber, but i dont know if I woul seek it out again. The twin cities is awash in great beer, so i think the next time I need a DIPA I would look elsewhere.

crewfan16, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Copper pour with minimal white/off white head. Lacing is spotty. Head goes away

Resin aroma. Oily and boozy. Baked caramel. Pine and some citrus. Like lemon Pledge

This is a hop bomb, no doubt about that. The balance peters out midway through and the hops become resin. It's also hot at 12%, no hiding that. Pine and hot caramel come out the most with hints of lemon.
For as big as it is, the bite isn't as strong as I expected. Yes, it's hoppy, but not overly so. With the abv I expected more malt balance, but that's out the window. Lower the abv and this could be a great beer. As it is, it's a one-and-doner. Not that it's bad, but just a chore to drink.

Mebuzzard, Apr 25, 2013
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The Bollocks from Brash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.