Excess Is Not Rebellion - Blue Lobster Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev +4%
Thanks to Jeff for the growler. This is the 100% Columbus hop version. It pours out like the color of bruised oranges and rusty copper pipes with a microbubble, foamy white head that lumps up at about a finger and a half and retains itself for a respectable amount of time. Decent lacing on the way down, spotty and webbed, from nearly the top of the glass to the bottom.
Excess wastes no time slapping you senseless with a sensory overload of piney, resinous, and dank ass hops; we're talking Pineapple Express here, guys. The nugs are surrounded by dripping wet fruits; oranges, grapefruits, mangoes - a good collage of both tropical and citrus that mold together to form one, cohesive hoppy fruitgasm. Very fruity, very dank, resin to the core. Droppin' that sticky icky into a blood orange sweat bath.
Pale, cracker-y malt makes itself known in the first sip, but only for about a second or two before the hops come in an seize everything like Poland in 1939. So many flavors going on at once; pine, resin, oranges, buttery bread, stanky danky hop oils, sweet papaya, mango, holy shit what the hell is going on here? Lovin' the tropical fruit, lovin' the citrus, lovin' the hop juice. Bitter... quite bitter indeed, hitting the back of the tongue like a box of rocks in the final moments.
The finish is dominated by more hop oils and fading tropical fruits with a mild grassy and green onion-like note in the background. It's fairly light bodied, perhaps thick enough to reach the "medium" range, but I'd still like something a little more full from my 7.8% IPA/DIPA/whatever you call it. Moderately sticky and resinous and coating, get ready to brush them hop oils off before they eat away your gums.
Didn't really have any expectations from this one and it turned out to be really quite awesome. Not quite as explosive as other citrus-centric hoppy DIPAs out there, but it's approaching exceptional status, no doubt. Crazy to think that all of those flavors were coming from a single hop. Columbus hops nonetheless... color me impressed. I'd like to try other hop varieties of this brew, but I'm afraid they won't be as good.
08-15-2013 16:19:05 | More by tectactoe
3.65/5 rDev -9.7%
750 mL growler poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Deep copper body with a small white head. Just a few wisps. Clear. Thin collar.
Smell - Citrus, grapefruit. Herbal notes also. Floral. Lots of caramel. Grassy in the back.
Taste - Lots of citrus. Sweet orange and grapefruit. Lots of caramel malt. Nutty, almost. Herbal and grassy finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium body. Low carbonation. Maybe from the growler.
Overall - Pretty good. Hearing great things about this place. It isn't that great but I'd try more from them.
05-21-2013 00:25:42 | More by Alieniloquium
4.39/5 rDev +8.7%
Excess Is Not Rebellion pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a creamy head on top. As the foam dissolves some spots and lines of lace remain on the glass.
The strong aroma is loaded with orange citrus, grapefruit, and a touch of grass. There's a little sweet malt in there too. The aroma does tend to fade as you drink the beer.
Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is chewy with firm carbonation. The flavor has nice floral notes, orange citrus, lemon grass and a sweet malt balance with some caramel and bread plus some tropical mango notes. It finishes bitter with lingering tropical flavors and citrus.
Overall this is a very tasty beer with a great aroma and easy drinkablility. It's a bit puckering at the end and leans bitter.
05-13-2013 22:30:01 | More by WanderingFool
4.48/5 rDev +10.9%
Presentation: 750 mL swingtop growler filled at the brewery yesterday. This is the Galaxy hop edition of this beer. Poured into my Hill Farmstead stemware.
Appearance: Light brown to medium orange in color with a light, beige head. Recedes into a light lacing and leaves some nice lacing around the glass.
Aroma: Bright citrus zest and tropical fruit notes from the Galaxy hops. A touch of bitterness is noticeable in the nose as well. Really nice.
Taste: Juicy citrus tones upfront with some nice mango and pineapple. Some light resin and earthy hop qualities come through as well. A lot of bitterness from the hops on the back leaves a nice dry and refreshing finish.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing with a light dry finish. Really drinkable and thirst quenching.
Overall, a really enjoyable, refreshing and well done IPA. There is a nice combination of tropical fruit, citrus and bitterness that goes on. The ABV is nicely hidden and keeps me coming back for another sip. Definitely look forward to more of what they are doing in my home state.
05-25-2013 21:15:53 | More by Gosox8787
Excess Is Not Rebellion from Blue Lobster Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.