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The Bollocks - Brash Brewing Company

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The BollocksThe Bollocks

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very good

226 Ratings
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 8
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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Photo of drh1382
4/5  rDev +4.4%

drh1382, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of crewfan16
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%

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 jjcote
4/5  rDev +4.4%

jjcote, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

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!

EgadBananas, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%

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
Photo of Bilco
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Bilco, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of SaxmanRick
4/5  rDev +4.4%

SaxmanRick, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

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!

Cyberkedi, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of hardy008
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

Hazy marmalade orange with a 2 finger off white head with decent retention and nice lacing. I can smell citrus, citrus zest, caramel, and pine, even before I bring the glass close to me.

Tastes a bit sweeter than I like for an IPA. Has tangerine, grapefruit, caramel, and citrus zest. The citrus zest gives a lingering bitterness at the end.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Feels a bit oily, and finishes somewhat bitter and dry. Not a bad DIPA by any means, but not as good as the best either.

hardy008, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of jriggins6
4.25/5  rDev +11%

jriggins6, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

TMoney2591, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Hopstout, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

MattyG85, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of smcolw
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

smcolw, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of yamar68
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

A new beer to MN!

Pours a hazy burnt honey gold with a finger of dense creamy white head. Perfect lacing.

Thick syrupy hop aromas - citrus, conifer and mango. Great sense of balance that is shaken by the high ABV. Alcohol gets a bit spicy.

Real hot - even hotter than I expected. Grape juice, warming citrus/booze, pine needles, various hints of hop varieties. Just too damn hot though.

Love seeing new brews in the distro, I'll have to try some other stuff from these guys.

yamar68, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of end_27
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

end_27, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

ThickNStout, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of DaveAnderson
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

DaveAnderson, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of jlove5
4/5  rDev +4.4%

jlove5, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of AdamHart22
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

AdamHart22, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Newper
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

Appear - Poured into a tulip. Attractive dark cloudy apricot color. Head recedes from about an inch to a half inch. Nice attractive look.
Smell - I am coming off a cold, but I get some pineapple, apricot, and citrus from it as I would expect.
Taste - It tastes pretty good. Like with most IPAs, you get those grapefruit tangerine type tastes. The alcohol isn't completely hidden though. I've read another review and agree with the fresh cut grass taste in there as well -- I think that is the alcohol flavor mixing with the hops.
Mouth - Decent consistency to it. About what I expected -- not too light or too heavy. A little bit of acid late, but not too bad. It's not as smooth as would be ideal, but by IPA standards not bad.
Over - It's nice.. If someone gave me one, I would be happy to drink it, but I think I'd go look for something else next time.

Newper, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

johnnnniee, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

jlindros, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Kromes
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a hazy gold with a thick off white head that leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

Smells very sweet with lots of hop oil. Mostly pine with a touch of floral and citrus in the background

Initial taste is of toasted malt. A nice sweet flavor that lasts through the finish and finishes sweet. Wow, the hop kicks in with a bit of pine and floral hop and competes against the sweetness. There is a bitter bite and sweetness with some alcohol burn in the finish.

The feel is a bit oily from the hops. The body is bordering on heavy, there is a lot of sweetness in the beer. For the style it is somewhat normal.

For a double IPA, this one is sneaky. For as much hop and bitterness that it has, it is balanced out by the sweetness in the beer. Not a session beer, but at 12% you could put back a few beers pretty easy.

Kromes, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of firkinhophead
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

22 oz bottle for $8.99 at Highland Package Store in Birmingham, AL
A - burnt orange; tight, thin head; minimal lacing; good legs
A - big, resiny pine; some tropical fruit; wet wood; fusel alcohol
T - pine sap; wet grain, orange pith, honey, boozy
M - sticky; smooth upfront with lingering bitterness; syrupy and heavy
O - good flavors; good structure if a bit heavy; piney hop bite is satisfying; lacks some brightness, and the maltiness is limited to a sweet, woody, honey-like graininess. Definitely a sipper for those who like a monster DIPA.

firkinhophead, Sep 11, 2012
The Bollocks from Brash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.