Palate Mallet - Back East Brewing Company

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 10
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
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Back East Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: oriolesfan4 on 03-13-2014

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Ratings: 156 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by Boto:
Photo of Boto
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draught @ Brewery and Cambridge House. This one pours a clear, darker golden color. There was a bit of a white head on it that leaves some lacing. The nose is good. Mainly hops: pine and grapefruit dominate. Some sweet malts poking up in there also. The taste is good. Some sweetness from the malts on top, yet quite a bit of hop bite also. Pine and grapefruit dominate. Some of the caramel malts poking through. A touch sweet, with some dryness in the finish. A really good DIPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of weiserr
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was looking forward to this beer. All I can is that making your beer less accessible does not automatically put it on the scale of Heady Topper. I love supporting local breweries; in fact, I would prefer to drink local. It amazes me that local purveyors already have this on an "invite only" e-mail distribution. Brewed with 3 different hops and balanced by a dry malt characteristic, I'm not feeling the balance at all on this one. It subdues the citrus-like hops that are trying to break through. It finishes peppery, just like their single IPA and I think that it takes from the overall experience. In a market watered down by the next great IPA, this one misses the mark due to its failure to marry the hop/malt profile. It's not a bad beer by any stretch, but being my favorite style, it misses the mark.

Photo of CoffeePorter
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very cloudy in the glass, copper like orange in color.
The aroma is very bready, caramel like sweetness. I can smell the alcohol.
It tastes very interesting. It is very boozy with some hop bitterness. It tasted to me like a beer version of ginger ale for some reason.
Mild amount of carbonation.
Overall, there is a lot of hype surrounding this beer and to me it missed the mark of a good DIPA. Worth trying it.

Photo of Roguer
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great appearance: dark gold brew, translucent (not exactly hazy, though; more thick), topped by a big fluffy white head with great retention and nice lacing.

Nice hop-forward aroma: citrus and tropical fruit about equally represented, with a notable pungent dank herbal note (reminiscent of Citra or perhaps Mosaic). Just a touch of malts coming through; grainy pale and perhaps a touch of caramel.

Flavor follows, with tons of sweet dankness, easily overwhelming the citrus peel and mango that lurk behind. Slightly buttery malts. Fruity, flowery, and herbal. No bite to the bitterness (although it is plenty bitter).

Easily drinkable and smooth; medium, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Fairly wet finish, with a vegetal touch as the hop oils linger.

This is a decent fruity, dank DIPA. If that's your thing, you'll love it. I personally would prefer much more bite and abrasiveness to the bitterness; this is obviously more about late-hop additions.

Photo of Mikedhoppy
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big fan of this brewery: the staff are really friendly and frequently have cask tastings. This is my first time finding the 4pack cans - labeled "canned 3/19" (just 8 days ago): Strong hop smell, nice mouthfeel, with a bitter hop finish. This is easily my favorite beer by Back East and well worth trying; looking forward to their summer IPA which is also sick!

Photo of dd43
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminiscent of Gandhi-bot in some ways, but this beer does not achieve the same level of balance as NEBCo's flagship.

Pours a coppery orange with slight haze. Didn't lace much in my glass (which was cleaned properly) but who really cares. A decent fingers worth of head that receded in less than a minute.

Aroma mix is that of caramel malt sweetness, bitter citrus, mild peach note, and the expected pine hit. I don't get the resinous quality that other reviewers have picked up. Unlike other DIPAs I've tried it doesn't change much as the beer warms and you pretty much get the full expression when it's cracked open at fridge temperature.

Flavors are skewed towards hop bitterness, with the malt backbone being a little more in the background than I like for an east coast IPA. I guess it's a bit of a one trick pony in the flavor department. It's nice, if you're in the mood for bitterness this is your huckleberry.

Mouthfeel is lively due to the carbonation level, which keeps the malt sugars at bay somewhat. My favorite imperials feature a citrus "chew" that I adore, which was lacking somewhat in this beer.

Would I order one of these in a bar? Absolutely. Would I go far out of my way to score a four pack at a package store? Probably not. But this beer is worth trying and Back East is doing good things for the CT beer scene.

Photo of brianlapointe
4.81/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a white lacy head...the nose is beautiful...amazing pine grapefruit pineapple with a strong banana peel finish. very smooth slight alchohol finish. Not very bitter and well balanced. I only wish I could get this stuff in a package store!!! This is a must have beer

Photo of PicoPapa
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 2 Bros. Pours a murky burnt orange color with an inch of head. Tons of lacing. The aroma is sweet caramel malts, bread, and some spicy and herbal hops. The taste is the herbal and spicy hop bitterness upfront. Floral notes as well. Toasted bread with some lightly toasted malts, peach and caramel. There is a lot going on here but it balances out fairly well. Spicy bitter hops at the finish with a good deal of pine. Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side with a lot of carbonation. Slightly boozey tasting. Overall, a solid Imperial IPA I look forward to buying some cans of.

Photo of NJBeer265
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tropical aroma. Big malt flavor. Bitter finish but I want more hops

Photo of HopDeezy
3.9/5  rDev -3%

A - again with the can...only had one.

S - lemon, tangerine and pine

T - light butterscotch, piney, sweet light caramel malts, citrus fruit

M - explosive hops, bitter sweetness on the finish

O - very nice double! I really enjoyed this and will be picking some up when in Connecticut.

Photo of WesMantooth
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can. No date visible.

Pours a completely opaque and cloudy golden color with a big frothy white head.

Smell is a very earthy and dank. Subtle hop aromas though. Very fruity.

Taste is tropical. Sweet, dank, not very bitter. No grapefruit. More like orange, lemon, mango. Something like a rosemary or thyme in there to me too. The malt base is fairly prominent. With no abv listed, I would guess it is under 10% for sure. Not noticeable at all.

Feel is excellent. Very smooth, like whipped buttercream.

I love the name. May be my favorite. However, if you are going to throw a name like this on your can, it better deliver. Hop heads seeking out that bitter, face smacking hops will probably be a bit disappointed. This is a very smooth, well balanced East Coast style with a body that follows along the lines of Heady, and Sip of Sunshine. I thought it was excellent, just not in the same group as some of the other eastern brews.

Photo of BeerEsquire
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the AMERICAN IPA (2x)!!! American hops all up in your face - delicious w/o the harsh bitterness typical of most American IPAs (well balanced hop profile).

Photo of von_kaiser
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

holy f-balls!
A: light golden far so good
S: citrus far getting better
T: citrus bomb well balanced...not to malty...getting greater
M: well carbonated...bitter dry...getting exquisite
O: damn fine beer! damn fine dbl ipa!!! i'm still amazed how good this beer is / was. i'm a sucker for good dbl's and this one got me. i'm sold. when's it on tap again and where?

-edited.....great first time release off the tap. canned, they need to get more consistent as it is all over the place. not feeling it as much as i once did.

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a two inch head that leaves a few strands lining the pint glass

Smell: Resinous and piney with a peach undertone

Taste: A touch biscuity, but so juicy that you can barely taste the malt; resinous and piney, like the aroma, with grapefruit and orange tones as well; there is quite a wallop of bitterness, after the swallow, but that peach element sneaks into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Superfresh, as the cans were just released earlier this week; really am enjoying this beer and glad the timing of my trip to CT coincided with the release; the peach on the finish makes this beer a real treat for me

Photo of JGam115
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid IIPA. Lighter yolk in color. But pineapple and mango, tree sap and balanced malt with a bitter finish.

Photo of InkedinRi
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is dank.. Super hoppy.. Dank.. Like chewing on raw hops.. I love it! But it could be a little more Balanced..

Photo of krodrigues7
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer highly recommend it

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ACBF pour

A-Palate Mallet pours a darker orange color with a minimal, white head.

S-A heavy scent of hops. It's got the textbook citrus and pine combo but it also has some tropical fruit notes. Pungent hop aroma.

T-Bitter grass, orange, grapefruit and pine. A little bit of peach as well as some leafiness. Caramel and bread malt that isn't exceedingly sweet.

M-Bitter and dry. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. Lingering flavor. Medium to full bodied.moderate carbonation.

O-I enjoyed this beer a bunch. One of the more memorable beers from ACBF. Nothing that hasn't been done before but they still did it right.

Photo of tryemdad
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New release...less than a week old.

Dull caramel orange color. Not much in the nose department. Decent body, not too thick....just right.

Bitter up front of course. All pine/citrus. Not much of the floral/tropical I'm looking for in a DIPA.

Solid attempt though all around. I'd drink it again.

Photo of kjeldoran0
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

When the manager at my local packy pulled this out of the back, he assured me that it was "equal to Gandhi-Bot and Heady Topper" in being hard to find.

Maybe, but I'm not as impressed.

Gorgeous golden clarity and a half-inch milky head were nice, and the mouthfeel was reasonably comparable with a thinness that felt nothing like water thanks to generous carbonation.

It felt more like a rubber mallet than the Mjolnir depicted on the label when sipped, though. The overwhelming clout I was rooting for was notably absent. The hops were robust and well-balanced, making this a very approachable brew but not quite the pine-y devastation I was looking for.

Photo of Oap--1127
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Excellent double IPA. Smells and tropical flavored really blossomed after it warmed up a bit.

Photo of Ian_B
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, orange-copper colour with a thin off-white head.

Smells pretty resinous, with a good amount of citrus playing off the sweet but subtle malt scents. A little bit of peach and grassy hints as well, with a tiny bit of alcohol peeking through.

Starts with sweet malt an citrus flavours before exploding with sweet orange, bitter grapefruit and savory peach. Lots of resinous, grassy flavour on the middle, with peach and a bit of bitter resin lingering on the end.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth, but with a very dry yet flavour-packed finish.

Overall somewhat bitter and straight-foward in character, but nicely balanced with various flavours coming in and out from start to finish.

Palate Mallet from Back East Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.