Tiny Batch Edition No. 3 - Hot Box - Tiny Rebel Brewing Co.
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Reviews by CwrwAmByth:
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.78/5 rDev +8.4%
Bitterness: 49 IBU
Malt: Pale, Rauch, Munich, Carafa
Hops: Pacifica, Pacific Jade
Special Additions: Dry hopped with Columbus
Hot Box is an "Indian Smoked Ale", which basically has been defined by the brewers as an American IPA with smoked malts used to create a new style and flavour, to give the beer a great level of hoppiness as well as a nice smoked flavour akin to a Rauchbier.
Poured from a 330ml bottle into an Orval goblet glass.
Pours a mid-dark brown colour with a short lived white head. Clearly unfiltered, and it looks good.
Smells faint to me, but fairly smokey and hoppy.
Tastes like heaven in a glass. Very hoppy like an IPA but with an amazing malt presence that balances the whole thing out, and to top it all off it has smoke flavours too. It's like some sort of crazy but awesome hoppy cigar. The smoke isn't too overpowering though, none of it is. It's just all perfectly balanced.
Overall this beer is brilliant. It's so drinkable yet tasty at the same time. I love it and I wish I had more.
11-22-2012 22:54:35 | More by CwrwAmByth
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United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev -10.4%
A special beer to celebrate my 3*th Birthday today, this bottle was picked up at the UTOBEER in Borough Market, London last week. Bottle-conditioned, coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, BB June 2013, served cool in Gulden Draak’s tulip-shaped short-stemmed sniffer.
A: pours a deep mahogany to dark brown colour, coming with a creamy off-white frothy head (following a force pour) retaining well and an unknown level of carbonation.
S: lovely aroma, full of stinky-sweet smoked longan-fruits, old leather, hickory smoked nuts, licorice, and very very juicy smoked, caramel and/or crystal malts; served a good swirl, the creamy/buttery texture of malt-yeast mixture as well as superb perfumy exotic hops (like overripe guava!) abound, accompanying the fruity malts and smokiness upfront all too well. It smells exceptionally rich and sweet though, not quite tallying with an imagination based on the reported strength 5.7%abv..
T: softly carbonated, the flavour is bitterly hoppy from the start with tangy, earthy, flowery and spicy hops developing hand in hand with darker malts’ tar, smokiness, roast-coffee and bitter-sweetness; the foretaste is fast ensued by a deepening flow of chewy, tannic and roast-tea-leafy bitterness where the salty-sweetness typical of smoked malts adds complexity to the otherwise overwhelming earthy bitterness. Rauch malts also lend a lingering smoky aroma, but only just, seemingly well-integrated into the overall balance with skill.
M&O: pretty decent on the palate, the carbonation is not quite enough for a bottle-conditioned beer but not far off, either; the flavour profile points to, yes, like the name suggests, a smoked-malt-influenced AIPA. The length of the tannic bitterness is not achieved only through hops, but the dry-ish palate I suspect is rendered also through deeply roast malts. All in all, a very very enjoyable, medium+ bodied smoked hoppy ale this is. Was wondering how different it might be like when served on cask and cooler on tap?
03-07-2013 23:30:54 | More by wl0307
Tiny Batch Edition No. 3 - Hot Box from Tiny Rebel Brewing Co.
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