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Bling Bling Imperial IPA | Bridge Road Brewers

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Bling Bling Imperial IPABling Bling Imperial IPA
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Bling Bling Imperial IPABling Bling Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Bridge Road Brewers

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by heygeebee on 04-12-2013

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Hoptron_3000:
Photo of Hoptron_3000
2.09/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A: Very murky light brown colour. No carbonation and no head.
S: Brown sugar and general sweetness. Small hint of pine.
T: Brown sugar syrup. Very sweet.
M: Chewy syrup. Is this terribly under attenuated?
O: Bridge Rd Brewers makes great beer but ekk... I'm guessing this is an old bottle that all of the hop flavour and aroma have dropped out of. In it's present state it's more like an American Barleywine.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nataliette
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of MrKennedy
2.17/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle into a Teku.

Thought i must've got this and Thomas Hardy's Ale mixed up as it pours with very little head on top of a murky muddy brown coloured beer. Double IPA?! There is some carbonation but it is minimal and the tiny head clings on for dear life around the edge of the glass.

Smells of candied pine and that's about it. If there was more carbonation i'm sure there'd be more to it, but candied pine it is.

Sweet, some pine and candied fruit with a little bit of pineapple and passionfruit but not much more than that.

The low carbonation has it seem a bit syrupy, the effect of the bitterness doesn't translate. Some bitterness at the end and after, but too slick before that.

Was looking forward to drinking this. Very disappointed. Hoping it was a bad bottle with carbonation issues. However, given the pricing of these beers in Australia, you generally won't go back to find out.

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Photo of OwlyFool
2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours a murkey dark amber with a thin, dense, head which to it's credit hung around :)

first impression: sweet, hoppy, fruity, wonderful aroma on opening, got me very excited about trying it. later came malt, pine.

predominantly malty, piney and sweet, there is a nice flavour somewhere in there but way too sweet on the way down for me to enjoy. Bitter aftertaste.

thick & under carbed which really accentuated the sweetness (or was the sweetness a symptom of under carbonation?), chewy, syrupy, unenjoyable.

2.5/5 despite being well in the mood for beer, i didn't didn't really enjoy nor even finish my bottle. For the price a bit disappointed as the aroma is the most enjoyable thing about this beer for me. Fun bottle design and name that really jumps out at you, but might have been better applied to a more feisty beer than this.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy dark brown with a very fast fading white head. Nose is less imperial IPA than it is a brown or perhaps a strong ale in that its very malty but sort of faded or old malty.

Mouth feel is thick and bold with a heavy character. Not bad but very rich and mouth filling in al almost too big way.

Flavors are simply big malty and bitter pineapple with some chocolate undertones - sounds good but actually not all that appealing. Tastes a bit heavy and dull with a lack of character and no bright tones at all.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy dark amber with a large, fading head.
Lots of pine, grapefruit, caramel malt, booze and confectionery on the nose.
Pretty aggressive flavours, lots of pine and resinous hops along with a massive serving of sweet clean malt. Finishes with an assertive bitterness.
Body feels a bit too thick.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Dhamma73
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spicelab
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Same vendor and BB as previous reviewer.

Opaque mahogany bronze with a modest beige head. Retention is strong, eventually settling to an immovable collar and film.

Big candied passionfruit and mango, with the richer malt bill very prominent, doling out some hefty caramelised backnotes. Basically does exactly what it says on the bottle.

The tropical hops are slightly shaded by the strong baked toffee notes, before giving way to a solid pine bitterness.

Thick and oily, almost beefy. Unlike the best IIPAs, this struggles to hide its size. Carbonation is pretty understated. Firm rear palate bitterness melds with a little heat.

Not bad, but not really exciting or surprising. Kind of get the feeling Bridge Road did this because they could.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brewsky18
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Deep amber body with about a finger and a half baige head that fades to very good lacing.
S - Pine, Passionfruit and mango, nice.
T - Deep hop bite to begin, although not massive, mostly malty sweetness with nice hop bitterness. Nice aftertaste too.
M - Low carbonation which takes away from this beer I think and makes it a bit syrupy. Light to Medium bodied.
O - Not too bad, I like theflavour profile that Bridge Road has put on the side of the bottle although it says its hop profile is off the scale but I've had more hop heavy beers. Overall this is a decent Imperial IPA but I would like it more if it had more carbonation.

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Photo of k3ve
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sirdoctorj
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of BDeibs
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amberish brown. Has a bit of an odd smell for an imperial ipa. Not off putting but not typical. Lots of caramel notes in the taste and a thicker mouth feel. Tough to categorize as a typical imperial ipa but still a decent beer

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle purchased from Oak Barrel in Sydney. Bottle dated 21/2/2013, so it's certainly far from being super-fresh.

Pours a pretty hazed and pretty dark amber hue, with a smooth, slightly fine head of off-white. Lace forms in stretchy streaks around the glass. The body is suitably heavy, and given it's only 8.2% it pretty much matches expectations. Carbonation is fine but latent. Looks pretty good.

Nose is definitely hoppy, but with a husky, vegetative quality to the hop character. Slight herbal tones, some grain-bran and an earthy, dusty character. Minimal malt sweetness, but with a touch of musk and a peppery overtone once you notice the musk. It's not bad.

Taste is similarly "not bad". Pretty smooth entry, with a rounded and solid malt basis that gives off a little booziness and some aromatic caramel and carob characters. The hops that come through later are strong, but a little generic: giving a straight resiny bitterness, but little nuanced flavours. These may have been a little better when it was fresher. Aftertaste has a pronounced buildup of hops, leaving an increasingly robust bitterness sip after sip.

Feel is based on the smoothness of the malt, but has influences from the boozy heat and the build up of resiny hops on the back.

Overall: this is solid stuff. To be honest, I don't think it's as good as the regular Bling, and it doesn't compensate for that by at least being a really proper huge DIPA. It's sort of in the middle: if it had have gone really stupidly big I would at least have been a little scared.

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Photo of hopnerd
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bsmithmaths
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of dansmcd
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of ADZA
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a blood orange copper hue with a wispy half finger head and lacing here and there,the smell is resinous piney hops,liquorice,caramel and grapefruit,the mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy with tastes of grapefruit,blood orange,boiled candy,piney bitter hops and finished with a citrus bitterness and overall yeah it's alright but not the best IIPA going around cheers.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Beer Cartel. Bottled 21/2/13. HALLELUJAH!!! - bottling dates appearing....

Pours a two finger head over a murky brown body. Sporadic lace.

Given this is fresh, and just available, the aromas do not really jump out of the glass. Mainly Centennial I believe on nose, may be wrong, kind of passionfruit / peach.

Taste is also creamy & peach/mango, without a massive hop bite. Which to be fair to the bottle notes is what was intended. Massive malt backbone, but.... still ... it's not a huge beer. No noticeable pine or resin...

Mouthfeel medium / oily. Alcohol well hidden, tho it is warm overall.

Overall, it is well balanced, it's just not bursting with flavour. Imperial IPAs seemingly being a difficult style for Aussie brewers.

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Photo of benjaminkhlaw
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bling Bling Imperial IPA from Bridge Road Brewers
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 23 ratings
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