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Palate Mallet - Back East Brewing Company

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Palate Mallet
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 48 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: 127 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by GmAn613:
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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of weiserr
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
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 braugon
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of ccurrid
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of bbudnik
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of JoshJayne
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of CoffeePorter
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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 -8.2%
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 +7.4%
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 grahuba
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mriley1984
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of ScottieD
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Spadesiwin
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hutch517
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Tbone2131
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hos
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of RMoeNay
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dd43
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Palate Mallet from Back East Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.