Pantius Droppus - Ellicottville Brewing Co.
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Reviews by portia99:
3.68/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Growler poured into a Vertical Epic glass.
A - Pours a clear medium amber color...exceptionally clear - one of those beers you can read the newspaper thru. Almost no head (likely a result of coming from the growler), only a small skim coat of off-white bubbles the results more in a collar around the edge of the glass.
S - Surprisingly low intensity in the aroma here...at first I wasn't getting anything at all, but eventually picked up some low levels of citrusy grapefruit, and some spicy and fruity esters. What I got out of it smelled good, but wish the intensity level was a bit higher.
T - Solid malt base, thick and a bit of sweet maltose, grainy and earthy malt flavors, touch of toffee. Only a medium level hop bitterness. This is a balanced IPA/DIPA...definitely not a hop bomb of a beer. Smooth and easy drinking.
M - Medium body combined with a low carbonation (again likely a result of coming from a growler) that gives a bit of an overall heavy-ness to the beer. Balanced but trending towards a bit of a malt forwardness.
O - Overall a good, balanced IPA...a solid malt body at its foundation a balanced by just enough hops...not a west coast style IPA by any means, but satisfying as a somewhat sessionable example of the style. There is absolutely no indication that this is a 10% ABV beer...this one could really sneak up on you quickly.
Serving type: growler
12-30-2012 22:45:50 | More by portia99
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3.53/5 rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This brew was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a nondescript goblet glowing a bright golden amber color. It held a finger of white bubbles around the edges, but had no head. Spotted lacing appeared once we started sipping. There was a moderate haze, no sediment, and lighter appearing carbonation. The nose was of sweeter pale malts, with honey sugars. Hops were bright with citric and floral noes. Booze came out with warmth, helping to cut the sweetness. Our first impression was in regards to the huge sweetness, with big honey and hops. As we sip into it, the flavoring opens up with sweet syrupy honey, and nectary floral hops. Fusel alcohols are present, even from the start. The malts hit at the peak of the sip, with a sweet flash of fruity esters, and a continued bite of that booziness. The latter brings us to the finish, with peppery sweetness cut more by bready malts, sweet and sticky hops, and white sugar sweetness. Actually, it is the huge alcohol that is balancing the extreme sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of lemon rind, bitter citric hops, ethanol, and pale sugary malts. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium to high. There is a syrupy, oily, thick coating, giving nice slurp and pop. The abv is high and appropriate, but not hidden well. Regardless, drinkability is great.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nice balance and the syrupy thickness. This beer is so sweet, and so boozy, they kind of act nicely to balance one another out for a nice balance. The hops were present and robust, but this battle tended to drown them out a bit.
Serving type: on-tap
04-26-2012 14:46:35 | More by TheBrewo
2.4/5 rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Picked up the last bottle of this at my local beer store. The beer poured out as a hazy yellowish brown, the smell was a little hoppy and some malts in the background. The taste was a little strange, for some reason I was getting a tart lime flavor in it. Not really the best taste in my opinion. The more I had the easier it got to put down thankfully. The mouthfeel was medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation. Overall I liked the name of the beer more than what it had to offer. Better luck next time I suppose.
Serving type: bottle
06-01-2011 23:39:53 | More by Knapp85
2.42/5 rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a murky caramel color with a thin white covering on top of the beer. The head settled out pretty quickly but left some good lacing on the sides of the glass.
The aroma is very sweet and malty with some sugary caramel flavors coming through. It also has a pretty big hoppy aroma with a a lot of citrusy grapefruit present.
The taste is a lot like the nose in that it's very sweet and hoppy with a big malt presence not unlike a lot of barleywines. It finishes with a very strange tart quality that doesn't fit very well at all with the beer. It's also too sugary sweet in my opinion for me to really enjoy the taste much.
Mouthfeel is on the heavier side with moderate to low carbonation. Drinkability isn't good, it's too sweet and the tartness to it doesn't do it any favors either. I'm not sure how this is classified as an imperial pale ale. I love a lot of their other beers but this isn't one of them.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2010 00:58:57 | More by billab914
4/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a bright clear copper with some orange peel hues.
A large fluffy eggshell white head foams up to overflowing, very creamy and tightly packed foam.
Aroma is grapefruit rind and citrus notes heavy even with the glass sitting on the desk waiting for the head to recede. Fades slowly to a sturdy surface layer leaving very tight lattice on the glass and never fully sinking into the beer.
The first sip reveals a fairly creamy textured brew with very mild to almost non-existent carbonation. As the beer sits a very faint phenolic scent develops, could be on the verge of going bad, but doesnt seem to affect the flavor.
Beer taste is good, some toffee and caramel malt, maybe a little white grape and fruit flavor. Rolls to a decent but not overwhelming hop bitterness, kind of grassy and herbal not as much citrus rind as I expected. No hints of the ABV anywhere in this beer.
I worry that it is close to going bad and hope that infection is not common in this well made beer. Not overly complex but not boring either, a good find, and a very cool name to boot!
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2010 03:39:52 | More by sulldaddy
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Split a bomber of this fine beer, with a friend of mine earlier this evening. Again, don't know why here are two entries for the same beer in this website's database. I poured my half into my oversized wine glass. This beer is a cloudy amber red copper color. Head is about 1/4 inch when poured and eventually settles to a thin white ring lining the inside of the glass. Aromas of hops and sweet malt and not much else. The taste consists of sweet toasted caramel malt and citrus hop flavors. Great balance here. Has a crisp, smooth, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. An overall pretty good beer here.
Serving type: bottle
01-18-2010 05:14:52 | More by neenerzig
1.55/5 rDev -61%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Pours a hazy burnt orange color with about two fingers of creamy beige head. Keeps a pretty good, thick lace and leaves some nice webbing on the sides.
Smells of some interesting, but seemingly out of place fruit. Passion fruit I guess I'll call it, but it doesn't seem to be a fresh, hoppy sort of fruit aroma. There is also a strong sweetness to the nose, with cough syrup and candied fruit qualities.
Woah. As uninspiring as the nose was the taste is downright awful. Starts with some tart fruit on the front of the palate, then comes some sickingly sweet, medicinal flavor in the back. Fruit seems like passion fruit and overripe peaches and oranges. Where the hell is this tartness coming from? I am searching for a redeeming quality here, but the search is in vain. This is just not good.
I'm not usually one to throw beers under the bus, but this beer is an absolute disaster. For a beer of any style it's not good (and I'm not sure what style it would fit better into; it's just bad beer), but for DIPA it's just unacceptable. Bottle says cascade dry hopping. What dry hopping; what cascade? I get none of either. In fact, it also says 95 IBUs, but lacks any quality hop flavors or aromas, and even lacks much bitterness. Where the hell did those 95 IBUs go? This is a terrible disappointment, plain and simple. I have had a few other EBC brews and they were ok. This one is a drainpour.
Serving type: bottle
12-08-2009 02:22:57 | More by number1bum
Pantius Droppus from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.