1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

The Bollocks - Brash Brewing Company

The BollocksThe Bollocks

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

202 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 202
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%


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)
View: Beers (9) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 202 | Reviews: 57 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of WVbeergeek
WVbeergeek

Ohio

2.26/5  rDev -41.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 19:29:23 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of NorCalBrewBuff
NorCalBrewBuff

California

3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Always enjoy trying new brews. As a DIPA, this one was ok but not exceptional. The nose was good but a little thin. The initial impact was a bit strong on the abv side although I should not be surprised given the 12%. There was a good relative balance from malt to hops although overall it was more harsh than I would have liked. I have experienced a lot of DIPA's and this one was different and ok although a little hard to finish in the end. I love hops and malt so that balance was not the issue. Perhaps in part it was the excessive abv that was not well masked. I will probably pass in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 04:52:12 | More by NorCalBrewBuff
Photo of jimmah120
jimmah120

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber bottle with no date

looks like frothy, cloudy orange juice. smell is very malty, sour tangerine hops. the 12% is there but not in your face, i would guess by my buzz that it's even over 12. bitter orange rind hops engulfed by sweet fruitcake malts, lots of fruity esters, borders on medicinal.

not a great iipa, but i don't regret trying it

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 06:06:37 | More by jimmah120
Photo of lochef81
lochef81

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 04:45:36 | More by lochef81
Photo of BeerDawgs
BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 02:06:09 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of DrDemento456
DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 19:38:51 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of superspak
superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/21/2013. Pours very hazy orange copper color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, orange rind, candi sugar, caramel, floral, grass, pine, bread, and floral earthiness; with a bit of booze. Nice and unique aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with big strength. Taste of big tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, grapefruit, orange rind, caramel, candi sugar, floral, grass, pine resin, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel/rind, caramel, candi sugar, floral, grass, pine resin, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hop flavors and malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick, sticky, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice and unique DIPA. Good complexity and balance of the big hop and malt flavors; and pretty smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 21:38:04 | More by superspak
Photo of beergoot
beergoot

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, amber colored body with a clinging, foamy white head. Pine and citrus hop aromas predominate. Strong bitter taste intermingling with an orange juiciness and bit of soft, warm malt flavor. Soft, medium-light body; crisp and dry finish.

An eye-popper IPA. Strong on the hop bittering with just the right amount of malt smoothness and warmth. Bold and complex. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 00:04:04 | More by beergoot
Photo of Phyl21ca
Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 04:15:51 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of lacqueredmouse
lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 03:52:06 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of nickfl
nickfl

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a small white heads n a very hazy, orange brown body. An aroma of pine orange and toffee. Caramel, orange, and bread with some pepper. Medium thick body, average carbonation, and a balanced finish. Drinkable, reasonably hoppy, though a bit muddy and one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 01:52:12 | More by nickfl
Photo of kylehay2004
kylehay2004

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: no head really on a murky burnt orange with golden hues body.

S: little to the aroma. Some candy sugar, citrus, mostly orange and apricot

T: fairly tart and resiny with orange and tangerine mostly. pale malts, really simple overall. Some earthy flavors throughout too.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Simple with the alcohol very very well hidden. I wouldnt have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 01:47:46 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of tectactoe
tectactoe

Michigan

2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 11:39:29 | More by tectactoe
Photo of Beaver13
Beaver13

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 05:07:13 | More by Beaver13
Photo of santomark
santomark

California

4.36/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 08:43:51 | More by santomark
Photo of CrazyDavros
CrazyDavros

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 04:04:23 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of mpedara429
mpedara429

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured out a hazy amber color with two fingers of frothy pale orange head. Good retention and rings of lacing.

S: Big, sweet orange smell with a fair amount of pineapple. Slightly tart lemon creeps up in the background.

T: Similar to the smell. A little bit on the maltier side, but still has a good bitter hop presence. An earthy hop finish. A good amount of booziness.

M: Medium, sticky body that is also a bit creamy. Medium-light carbonation. Definitely getting a boozy burning feeling from the 12% ABV.

O: Enjoyable, but a little bit boring. It tastes a lot like some of the other DIPAs I've had. What I like about this one is that it is 12% where a lot of DIPAs shy away from that range. A nice experiment would be to cellar this one and I'm sure it would really smooth out.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 02:39:26 | More by mpedara429
Photo of StoneTSR
StoneTSR

Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 06:40:51 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice honey and citrus presence in the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 16:49:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Immortale25
Immortale25

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 01:43:13 | More by Immortale25
Photo of DenverHopHead
DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 19:36:21 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of ADZA
ADZA

Australia

4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 12:11:49 | More by ADZA
Photo of Mebuzzard
Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 06:23:33 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of TrappistJohnMD
TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden color with thick white head and lots of sticky lacing along sides of DFH IPA glass.

Smell is initially a wallop of strong pine and tangerine. A sweetness comes in later, with more pineapple and candied character.

Taste is bitter rind and sweet malts. Lots of musty bitterness that lingers well on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall good.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 23:06:20 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Photo of rajendra82
rajendra82

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The cloudy orange-amber body looked more like a glass of peach or mango juice than a typical beer, except for the two finger thick, foamy, beige colored head. The aroma was sweet an tropical, and continued the impression of a fruit juice being in the glass. There were smells of tangerine, pomegranate, and white grapes that I detected. The taste was odd for a DIPA, as it had a Belgian Tripel like fruity and somewhat funky taste, and the hops were much more subdued than usual for the style. It was also the kind of hops they used, as there was some herbal bitterness and earthy and floral flavor, but there was very little citric taste or any pine. I guess they were going for an English take on the style, but without the clean punch that American hops typically provide, this came out a bit too sweet, and malt forward. The finish initially was like rock candy, followed by a herbal dryness. The body felt medium thick in the mouth. When they say English hops taste like dirt, this beer is a showcase for that.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 04:02:38 | More by rajendra82
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
The Bollocks from Brash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.