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Rambler - Back Street Brewery

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Reviews: 6
Hads: 7
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Back Street Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: blitheringidiot on 03-17-2007

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Reviews: 6 | Hads: 7
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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn, Backstreet is just pumping out the brews with the hops!!! (Actually, i believe this one is brewed at another locale than Irvine, but oh well, i'm drinking it).

This one poured a rich burnt orange peel/apricot bronze with a off white-rice colored head. Aromas were of a stickey sweet orange pulp and sweet malt... quite solid.

Taste is delicious. I pick up over ripe tangelos mingled with grapefruit on a sweet malty finish. Very solid and addicting taste... a sticky sweet if you will. (and if you don't, i will :) The 9%+ aclohol is very well hidden.

Medium/heavy on the palate and very addicting, clean and satisfying. You dont taste the alcohol on this one so watch out... in a good way.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap with a very substantial off white head.
Aromas are lots of hops...orange peel (sweet hops) with a touch of pink grapefruit and toasted malt.
Flavors are mostly about the bitter citrus hops although some toasted grainy malt makes itself known, especially in the aftertaste causing for a pleasantly dry finish.
With all of that going on, this is still a very, very hoppy version of a very, very good West Coast DIPA.
I'm going back for more. Nice job, Dave!

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Photo of Phatz
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to blitheringidiot who shipped this beer to SkinnyElvis who in-turn open it up to us at his home this afternoon. What a bunch of terrific guys! =)
Appearance: Pours a clear copper color out of the growler and has a nice size head.

Smell: Pine and grapefruit with a sweet caramel base.

Taste: Sharply and dominantly and boldly citrus bitter.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: Exceptionally easy. Very easy and I would not have guessed it was 9.%

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Back Street (Irvine)

A: The pour is a nice golden color with a minimal amount of white head.

S: This isn't all that aromatic for a Double IPA. Some sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes, maybe a hint of pine, too. Plenty of sweet caramel malts.

T: The flavor is decent enough, with a nice bitter hop bite up front and also on the very finish. Some grapefruit and bitter orange peel along with a grassy note on the back end.

M: The body is medium with a light to medium level of carbonation.

D: I think this might not have been at the peak of freshness (mostly due to the aroma), but still a decent beer. Turned out to be one of the better Back Street beers available on this trip.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with a frothy topped statuesque ivory headcap.

Orange peel and big malty toasted malt backing.

First swigs: Bitterness is in full effect. Pink grapefruit meets a citrus malt backed wheat bead backing.

Feel is crisp and bitter. Dry finish.

Last swigs: Amazing 2IPA. Fresh citrus with a beefy malt backing.

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Photo of Overlord
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Looks like this beer has made a comeback!

Pours primarily gold with an orange cone in the middle. Starts with maybe half an inch of white foam, quickly settles down to a fairly thin crust.

Smells primarily of floral hops, with some pine and a splash of definitely bitter-ing grapefruit. Not a lot of sweetness in the aroma.

Taste is unexpectedly dry, with a bunch of fresh, grapefruit soaked pine needles, a bittering almost uber--ESB/floral bittering, more bitterness, and a lingering splash of citrus and ... sweet malt! ... on the tongue. I'm noticing that the better backstreet brews really have some interesting aftertastes that are often quite different from the "main" flavors.

Mouthfeel pleasantly thick, though not superlatively juicy. Very nice.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Rambler from Back Street Brewery
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.