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Palate Mallet - Back East Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

21 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 21
Hads: 166
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 6.73%
Wants: 11
Gots: 69 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oriolesfan4 on 03-13-2014

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Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 21 | Hads: 166
Reviews by VelvetExtract:
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4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (616 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pith, Rind, Juicy, Pine

This beer is a creamy delight: semi-chewy medium body with thick layers of citrus and pine on the palate. The alcohol is noticeable with a kiss of pineapple and ripe pears in tow. More than enough bitterness, too; thick citrus rind and pith flavors in the middle. Each sip is expressive, yet a mild harshness in the finish challenges the palate, which most hopheads will enjoy. Nothing faint here.

STYLE: American Double IPA | ABV: 8.6% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #98 (MAR 2015) (544 characters)

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
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 say 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. (815 characters)

Photo of braugon
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of ccurrid
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of bbudnik
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopAttack3
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rack0flamb
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of JoshJayne
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of CoffeePorter
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (950 characters)

Photo of Mikedhoppy
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
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! (361 characters)

Photo of grahuba
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryantheide
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just got a fresh batch recently. Excellent as advertised. Great hints of peach. Smells nice in the can and glass. Stripes a glass like a good IPA should. This double is very good and getting better! A tad of a boozy after taste but overall AWESOME! (248 characters)

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of DanE
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of ChrisChagnon
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Tbone2131
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dental
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Palate Mallet from Back East Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.