Batch 4000 (Belgian Double IPA) | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Batch 4000 (Belgian Double IPA)Batch 4000 (Belgian Double IPA)
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Batch 4000 (Belgian Double IPA)Batch 4000 (Belgian Double IPA)

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by orbitalr0x on 11-28-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
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3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm told that this is a Belgian IPA made with Orval Yeast like Matilda and a combination of hops, which includes Saaz and Amarillo. Many thanks to John for sharing a couple bottles.

Appearance: Copper body with ¼ inch white head that quickly dissolves to thin glass clinging skim.

Aroma: Very hoppy aroma. Pine with a good deal of orange zest. Where is the fruit? Where is the yeast character?

Taste: Wow. This is hoppy. I'm actually disappointed. I can't quite taste much in the way of malt or yeast character other than a hint of caramel and a sprinkle of spice.

Mouthfeel: Nostril burning with extremely biting carbonation. Very bitter and very dry.

Drinkability: Great.

Overall a very good beer but it is too dominated by the hops. Had I not been told that this was a Belgian IPA, I never would have guessed it. I will sit on one bottle and see if the yeast character develops as the hops mellow.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish orange along with a good quarter inch of white head and some spotty lacing. Aromas of bright green herbal and citric hops mixing with floral accents. Caramel and light candied malts along with a nice spicy Belgian yeast kick. Nice and estery. Really enjoyable to smell.

First sip brings smooth malts upfront with caramel and a bit of sweetness. Citrus and herbal hops roll in and make themselves well known. Floral accents along with a spicy Belgian kick that's bright and tasty. Yeast esters meander down along with a solid hit of bitterness that balances out with the malt sweetness well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a solid medium body and good carbonation. Goes down easy and is quite drinkable. I would mind a six pack of this any day and I was glad to be able to try it. This was brewed at Fulton and is extremely limited in bottles. Thanks to autumnaldave!

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Belgian-style IPA pours a bright orange jewel tone, plenty of intricate lacing around the edges. The foam has a soft sheen to it on its surface. The aroma is distinctly Belgian, floral and phenolic with spicy hops and wildflower notes. Citrusy flavor, crisp and dry, it has a long lasting spice and hop bitterness in the aroma. Overall the level of bitterness is only moderate, and well integrated for a DIPA. Softly sweet malts give a honeysuckle element that balances the hops nicely. Light bodied with a well hidden abv. Hope this sees a commercial release. Thanks to the autumnal one...

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Photo of GbVDave
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip. Extra special thanks to Ottobomb for hooking me up with this rare GI beer!

Bottle labeled: BREW 4000 2009 0752

A: Pours a relatively clear, tarnished copper color that's capped by a luxuriously thick and creamy, eggshell colored, two finger layer of foam. Head retention is good and the active carbonation provides quite a bit of sticky lace to the glass.

S: Initial pour yields a fantastic nose of domestic IPA hops and spicy Belgian yeast. Also playing a large role is fruit. Peach, red apple, pear, and apricot. Cut grass, too.

T: Sweet ripe fruit, spicy Belgian yeast, and hops. Lots of hops. Caramel pops up during the middle and hangs around on through the finish. A slight solvent alcohol flavor comes on in the finish.

M: Initially, quite bitter and spicy. That is tempered by a sticky sweetness that laid itself all over the inside of my mouth. Bits of tangy fruit and prickly alcohol pop up to keep things interesting.

D: Fantastic beer! I'm so glad I was finally able to try it. Big hopes, to the powers that be, that Goose Island bottles this for the masses.

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Photo of htsprint1
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle @ Champaign-Urbana Beer Club meeting, December 2009. We thank our provider.

Pours a solid gold with a thin white head. Leaves significant lacing on the glass.

Strong hop aroma is immediately evident. Somewhat dry mouthfeel gives way to amazing hop flavor. The Belgian strain adds a level of complexity. Matilda's influence is clear here, but the flavor is quite unique.

Probably one of the better Belgian IPAs I've ever had the privilege of tasting.

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Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -5%

Batch 4000 (Belgian Double IPA) from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 6 ratings