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Zapata Bot - New England Brewing Co.

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Zapata BotZapata Bot

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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 19.19%
Wants: 40
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jdiddy on 11-26-2010)
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67couple, May 15, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev +2.4%

Review from old notes, drank fresh. 500 mL bottle 41/713 pours a lightly hazed gold color with a minimal white head. Fades fast and does not leave much lace.

Can definitely smell some musty tequila wood aromas along with some bright fruity hops. Damp grainy malt backdrop.

Wow...unique to say the least. Has an aftertaste similar to tequila - a little catch in the back of the throat. I wasnt sure how a hoppy IPA would taste aged in tequila barrels, but shit, it seems to have worked pretty damn well! Mouthfeel is drying from hops and alcohol, sweetness remains low throughout. Malt stays in the back and is lightly grainy. I have to give NEBC an A+ for creativity, and ended up with a pretty tasty beer to boot.

twiggamortis420, Nov 13, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

t0rin0, Nov 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

KalH, Aug 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

phorestfreak, Aug 27, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -10.8%

sampled 5.13.11. reviewed from notes.

A - hazy yellow/copper color with lots of floaties. not much head, just some off-white swirling. little lacing.

S - agave, light citrus, toast, hops

T - tequila(almost vinous, or white grape), pale malt, hops in background, dry overall

M - light-medium bodied with low carbonation. light bitter aftertaste with some barrel present.

O - unique, good even, but not my thing really. for tequila drinkers and tasting groups mainly.

cwguy5, Mar 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

nicholas527, Mar 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Bottle (2010)

Thanks for opening this, FosterJM!

(Aged for 1 year)

Hazy golden orange with a moderately sized white head that leaves spots of stick down the glass.

A strange aroma of cactus/tequila, mild citrus character, and sweet, freshly baked bread. I've never been a fan of tequila-barrel aged beers, and this one certainly doesn't make me "see the light."

The flavor is just as strange as the aroma, with the semi-sweet cactus flavor dominating the citrus hop and biscuity malt presence. Strange, and I suppose drinkable, but this style doesn't seem to be aided by any sort of barrel treatment.

Thin to medium bodied with ample carbonation.

No more tequila-barrel aged beers, please.

ehammond1, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%

Thanks to FosterJM for sharing this one

Look: Murky orange in color with just under a finger head and ok retention

Smell: Tequila with some citrus hops and a touch of oak the nose doesn't really work for me

Taste: The taste of this beer is just wrong. The tequila is a bit overpowering and does not play well with the citrus hops and finishes with some harsh alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation and a bit dry

Overall: I do not like tequila in my beer and I'm not sure why anyone would do this. Just a bad idea

DarthKostrizer, Feb 08, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

1061st Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
500 Ml

2010 release
Courtesy of Kzoobrew

Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- A very robust orange color with some good oil looking highlights in the glass. A good amount of bubbles still lingered in the glass with a small amount of cling.

Smell- I wasn’t sure how this one would go over but the tequila was quite tamed after sitting for so long. It was aromatic but not punchy. It had tequila, citrus, malt and a tad bit of a floral note to it.

Taste- Well this was better than I thought. The base beer is a very good DIPA in its own right and this treatment really changed it up. The flavors were a bit sticky with a good malt presence and then faded into a small bit of alcohol with a tiny bit of floral notes.

Mouth- A good bit of a medium body behind this one with a medium carbonation. Left behind a good amount of booze, floral and citrus notes.

Drink- Huge thanks to Kzoobrew for sending out this limited bottle. It was a big hit and I can say I really did enjoy it a lot. Layered, well crafted and holding up well IMO.

FosterJM, Jan 24, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

Thanks to FosterJM for sharing this one at MrHirschybar's place!

Pours a murky light orange with a off-white head that settles to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of malt, fruit, and subtle tequila aromas. Taste is pretty much the same. It's interesting because this really doesn't smell or taste like an IPA in my opinion. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting premise behind it but falls short of being all that good.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 23, 2012
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2.65/5  rDev -28.4%

such an odd beer, pours out a medium amber with a smooth and even profile, aroma is odd at the least, tequila is warming with hints of light hops and nice touches of alcohol, but the flavor is all over the place, soo hard to describe the mix of the two, never had the tequila before in a beer and definitely different and maybe just not my cup of tea,

mikesgroove, Dec 04, 2011
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Zapata Bot from New England Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.