The Bollocks - Brash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 238
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 5.19%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  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. (614 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a curious imperial ipa, and my first beer from brash. it pours a peculiarly light golden color, pretty clear, with a lacy white head. looks light for what it is. the nose is more fruity and sweet than bitter, although this is obviously hoppy as hell. its got that fresh squeezed hop oil profile, rather than that bittering American ipa crispness. malts are super light for how big this is. alcohol content is obvious. the taste is just like the nose, very very sweet for an ipa, and the alcohol blisters though the pale malt body easily. bitterness only comes on the finish, which is hot from the booze, and still a bit sweet. there is a lot going on here, but this is a beer in need of refinement. its good as it is, but need to find its center so to speak. more carbonation would help, as would a bigger grain bill. its a massive beers as it stands, not something I even need 10 ounces of, but its obvious that brash is going to be making some pretty interesting beers, and they have my attention with this one, although I will not seek this out again for some time. (1,068 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  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. (466 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (277 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 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 Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
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. (869 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.32/5  rDev -39.7%
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. (1,228 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 superspak
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,401 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy deep orange amber color with a huge bubbly white head that persists forever. I can smell citrus and ethanol as soon as I pop the cap on this one. Curiously the cap is from clown shoes. Sticking my nose over the glass reveals a solid shot of caramel and bready malt sweetness. Citrus earth pine and resin tell me this is a serious IPA and the ethanol reminds me its a huge IPA. The flavor threw me a bit, its not what I expected based on the nose. A hint of bread and some big caramel sweetness at first then a solid shot of bitter resin and pine. We work our way into a light heat then it gets really dry and leaves a long lingering and I mean lingering hop bitterness on the palette. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and bitter resinous mouthfeel. This is an interesting beer that's for sure, and its a solid IPA. I'm not sure I reach for this again, but I'm glad I got to try it. (927 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 DrDemento456
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (999 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma has a malty core with a firm hoppy overtone and a hint of fruit. Pours a nice clear dark amber with a fairly thick wheat head that leaves about average lacing. Flavor is quite hoppy and somewhat bitter, with a malty undertone and a hint of fruity/honey sweetness. Texture is full-bodied and quite lively, practically dancing on the tongue. Bollocks, a darn good beer! (373 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
2.85/5  rDev -26%
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. (1,852 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Very cloudy, very hazy. Small head isn't completely uniform. Unless the beer sits for a while,it leaves no lacing after each swig. Looks like a huge beer.

S-Concentrated, sweet citrus. This doesn't smell like my sort of DIPA. Honey, bread, biscuit,caramel and booze. Not loving the hop bouquet. Liqueur-dipped citrus hops. Candied oranges. Balanced. Not a lot of hop complexity and the hops are dull smelling. Not alot of vibrancy here.

T-The flavor isn't my Amorites either. Honey dipped croissant, doughy biscuit with sugared butter. Booze. Then that portly hop profile lumbers in. Seems to be a bit past its prime. Kinda has that, jaded and faded IPA/DIPA flavor.

M-Big, resinous and boozy. A sipper. Booze cuts through.

O/D-Tastes a bit out of date. Either way, I don't love the specific hop flavos here. Wile it is boozy, the 12% is masked decently well. If you're into a balanced DIPA, this may be it for you. It's huge in both bitterness and sweetness. For me, one bomber will forever be enough. (1,008 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (297 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 laituegonflable
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a day-glo orange colour, bit of cloud. Head is off-white, bit cloudy and whispy. Decent, but not amazing.

Smells nice. Sweet malt with cake batter, but plenty of West Coast hops with it too - citrus, paw-paw, touch of mango. Pleasant. Right in the sweet spot.

Taste is massively hoppy from the get-go. Not to its advantage. Sweet, fruit salad flavour, with intense apricot, sultana grapes, peach and mango. Yeah, fruity sweet and could use more citric bite. Has that hop heaviness on the back, but not really flavour, which is all just sweetness. Needs more grounding.

Smooth, bit of edge at the end, but quite drinkable and pleasant.

Could see people really enjoying this. It's really quite drinkable, but for me it just lacks edge. (743 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 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 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 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)

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