The Bollocks - Brash Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev -1%
appearance: hazy peach amber. messy swath of a slightly off-white head.
smell: biting hops on a lush bed of fruity sweet.
taste: More of the same. Sharp hops up front with a creamy bed. Nice bitter finish.
overall: another fine dipa. The 12% is well hidden.
02-12-2013 00:34:33 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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
4.04/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
01-13-2013 02:15:48 | More by fank2788
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
So I guess this beer is contract brewed by Clown Shoes. Or brewed on their system? Don't know for sure, but this place is somehow affiliated with Clown Shoes, which, I will assume, is how this beer found its way to the Illinois market.
A: Mildly hazy apricot-orange in color. Forms a moderate off-white head that reduces down to a thinnish surface coating and a thick collar. Fairly heavy lacing.
S: Aroma is a bit muted. It's mostly citrus with some alcoholic heat. Maybe a slight bit of breadiness.
T: On the sweeter side, with a heavy dose of citrus. Mostly orange, with some tangerine and a slight pithy bitterness. Appreciable, sweet malts. Some caramel, but the hops dominate (and I can appreciate that). There is some alcoholic heat on the finish, but the fusel quality is quite low for a 12% beer.
M: On the heavier side of medium with a moderately slick or oily mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Moderate bitterness
O: Overall, not a bad DIPA. Certainly not the best I've come across, but I've never been much of a fan of the sweeter DIPAs. However, I've got to admit, for a 12% beer, it drinks pretty easily.
12-01-2012 03:02:56 | More by Florida9
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
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
11-21-2012 02:48:28 | More by SawDog505
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
3.55/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
11-13-2012 23:07:51 | More by VelvetExtract
3.33/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
11-08-2012 05:19:19 | More by crewfan16
The Bollocks from Brash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.