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The Bollocks - Brash Brewing Company

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The BollocksThe Bollocks

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very good

233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brash Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, 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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4.25/5  rDev +11%

The_GrassHOPper, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of jakecattleco
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

jakecattleco, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.06/5  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.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ejimhof, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of mattst
3/5  rDev -21.7%

mattst, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Sammy, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of bralston345
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

bralston345, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of Tyrus
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Tyrus, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of MickeyHops
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

MickeyHops, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of MinorThreat
4/5  rDev +4.4%

MinorThreat, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of KimenTshom
4/5  rDev +4.4%

KimenTshom, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of hiphopj5
4/5  rDev +4.4%

hiphopj5, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of IPAFrankieH
4/5  rDev +4.4%

IPAFrankieH, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

MLaVioletteJr, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of ali1987
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

ali1987, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  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.

nickfl, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

kylehay2004, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Lovely85
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Lovely85, Sep 02, 2013
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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4.25/5  rDev +11%

drunkheathen, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Beaver13, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

scxcrunner, Aug 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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

APB, Aug 15, 2013
4/5  rDev +4.4%

The Bollocks from Brash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.