Red Duck Sabre Tooth | Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

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Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ADZA on 11-24-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large lasting head.
Aroma of honey, white wine, sweet malt, sultanas and some light fruity hops.
Flavours include more honey and sweet malt with soft banana, sultana and fortified wine notes. Some booze later on along with a metallic note.
Way too much carbonation.

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Photo of Rwalford74
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml brown bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne by Sarah.

Pours a lovely bright yellow-orange hue, slightly hazed, but quite vibrant. Head is great: a full crest of pure white that stays fine and persistent all the way down. Body is pretty light: actually works well for an IPA, but it could be thicker for an Imperial. Love the colour though.

Nose is clean and fairly hoppy, but is missing that big punch of hops you get in the best examples. Instead, it's neutral and clean, lightly herbal, with a bit of resin. But a good DIPA should really smack me about a bit.

Taste is also pleasant enough, but missing both of the key parts for an IIPA in my mind. Firstly, while it's bitter, the hop character only really comes through on the very back, leaving most of the palate fairly dry. And that brings up the second drawback: it has very little body. In a way, this helps hide the booze rather well, but it does present itself with the hop bitterness on the back to create a little astringency. It's okay, but feels very neutral and bland in many ways.

Overall, it's bumped up a bit by the fact that it's actually surprisingly drinkable for its ABV, largely due to the plain nature that it lays out. Were it bigger or bolder, it may be less drinkable, but it would almost certainly be a better beer.

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Photo of ADZA
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a honey dirty blonde hue with a huge three finger head and lacing everywhere quite the looker,the smell is massively hoppy and very impressive with aromas of pineapple,citrus and big floral hoppiness too and once again very impressive,the mouthfeel is full bodied with above moderate carbonation and has tastes of pineapple,fruit salad,citrus and finished with a floral hoppy bitterness and overall what a cracker of a beer and yes I'll buy this again as its their best beer yet cheers.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 1 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Recommendation from Beer Cartel. No BB.

A - hazy dark straw, one hand densely packed head. Yes, that is not a typo, one hand. Head dies to suds.

S - hop assault, with grapefruit, pine, fruit salad.

T - same as smell, big beer and obviously fresh. Hops do not overpower, and a nice solid malt backbone to balance. Resin not astrigent.

M - medium weight, balanced, light carbonation despite the pfft on opening and the disastrous pour.

O - good beer, let down by need for a five-way pour. I am dissapointed that Beer Cartel would recommend this. I asked for a recommendation from the range and this was it.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: solid brown 330mL bottle with a very stylish (and cute) label. A lovely package.

Appearance: pours a lively amber-orange with a limited haze. A good, two-finger white head pops up and last a good time, dropping to an intensely creamy and rocky finger, with great lacing. A great-looking beer.

Aroma: a pleasant nose of mainly citrus and orchard fruits - quite smooth. Not as punchy as I would have thought for an Iperial / Double IPA.

Taste: pretty much follows the nose - citrus and orchard fruits and some biscuit malts. Refreshing.

Aftertaste: lingers nicely on the palate - some hop bitterness, very smooth.

Mouth feel: fairly light in body - lighter than I would have expected. A fine carbonation with a smooth character. A little odd for an Imp, but nice all the same.

Overall: a good IIPA, but probably not the best example I have had. Pretty expensive per the Red Duck norm - this one probably isn't quite worth it. Doesn't feel as strong as the ABV would indicate. Very drinkable, and no sign of an alcohol fug.

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Red Duck Sabre Tooth from Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 7 ratings