Makeweight | Furthermore Beer

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Furthermore Beer
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Golden2wenty1 on 01-11-2008

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Photo of koopa
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with imperialking...thanks for the opportunity to try this local brew!

Appearance: brownish red body with 1 finger white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves some lace.

Smell: caramel malt, booze, and floral hops.

Taste: Lots of caramel malt, a touch of herbal and floral hop presence.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, a touch creamy, with a slightly sweet finish.

Drinkability: Not digging the flavor profile enough to call it drinkable. 8.50% doesn't help either.

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Photo of blackearth
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Poured into a DT snifter, the body was very dark red copper with suspended sediment that doesn't move. It looks like it's frozen. No head at all. I poured this nice and slow, so I'm guessing this is an old bottle. Aroma is of alcohol, sugary syrup and toffee. Full bodied with medium carbonation, this beer has a sweet caramelized sugar flavor that leads to a bit of an alcohol finish. It wasn't bad, but I think a fresh bottle would taste much better.

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Photo of sonicdescent
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Given as an extra in a trade that I didn't properly document, thank you to whoever this was and cheers!

I have no idea about this brewery or this beer going in, so here goes!

This is a looker of a beer, nice dark red liquid with insane carbonation, a very thick and creamy off white head that leaves thick lacing.

Scent is very belgian, bready and light hops. The label says this is a mix of belgian, american, and english pales, but the scent is a very nice and clean belgian. Good, but not pronounced enough to get past 4.0

Taste certainly leans in that direction too, as well as mouth. A relatively crisp and dry finish over a thin-medium bodied liquid with high carbonation. Taste is an odd conglomeration of hops and malt that I dare say is balanced, but somewhat off putting. Has a refreshing feel, but the taste is just a bit off.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass, courtesy of Jason (MBABJJ). Thanks again!

Pours a toasty brown with just a bit of darkest copper showing through, clear, with a super dense, meringue-like head on top that leaves incredibly thick walls of lacing behind. Great retention.

Nose carries notes of citrus up front, just a bit piney, blending with yeasty clove, orange zest, caramel, and tea-like tannic note as well.

Taste is kind of a mess. A bit pungent up front, some grapefruit, blending with a caramel note that has more of the weird tannic, tea-like qualities from the nose. The noble hops really come through. The hops are persistent throughout the entire flavor - this feels like a standard English IPA/DIPA (and not a particularly good one) that just had some Belgian yeast thrown in.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy, syrupy. Carbonation is nice, lightly sharp, though could use significantly more of it.

Drinkability is meh. Too much going on, not much of it really that pleasant, and the moutfeel is very heavy. Not sold on this one.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to maximum12 for the opportunity to try this one!

A-Pours a cloudy amber, almost the color of iced tea, with a thin white head and a biot of lacing.

S-Lots of sweet malt with a hint of Belgian yeast.

T-Sweet malt dominates the flavor as well. Very sweet in the front, with some honey in the finish along with some earthy hops.

M-Medium bodied and a bit dry.

D-Very tasty and drinkable.


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Photo of roadhouse
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter

Pours up a clear and deep orange-red color with a one inch off-white head that falls down to a skim. Spotty lacing is left behind.

Aroma is sweet with a sugary note up front. Some fruity esters of tropical fruit and citrus. Slightly spicy with a floral tone too. It's like it has elements of everything in it.

Taste is sugary sweet up front with fruity notes coming in quick. Again slighty tropical, some mixed berries, with a slight citrus and floral kick. Definitely not like an IPA as this one is really soft on the bitterness. Finish brings about some mild hops but nothing extreme while the other flavors linger on.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, extremely smooth and creamy going down. Not excessively drinkable, but it wouldn't be hard to finish a couple.

Another interesting beer from Furthermore. Of the three I had this one is probably the best. Give it a try.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MBABJJ for sending this generous extra! Poured into a tulip.

A: 2 fingers light beige, bubbly and creamy head. Dark ruby and copper hues. A bubbly ring of lace and spotty retention on the surface.
S: Bready malts, berries and other dark fruit notes. I also get a clean whiff of yeast.
T: Vanilla, dark berries, and super ripe fruit. Toasted bready malts, with moments that close in on yeasty. A bit of candied sugar expected in a Belgian.
M: Medium-bodied and creamy. Good carbonation. Tons of residual sugar, which isn't my favorite thing in the world.
D: My dog knocked over about 1/3 of this beer. It was a bit sweet for me, but it was a cool hybrid nevertheless. Definitely a sipper, and I'd recommend it for dessert.

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Photo of ZAP
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great tasting and smelling beer.

The aroma is rich, and malty....brown sugar glazed bananas....caramel....and some other sweet fruitiness (blackberry ice cream, pears, and sweet apples)...great aroma...

The taste is similar but toss in some pistachios for an added nutty note....caramel is big again as is the sweeter fruit notes..

Body is it full....has almost a slightly acidic yeasty fade on the finish....barely noticeable but fits in nicely..

Hell of a beer...great experiment of 18 different pale ale styles or some shit like that...whatever the case this is a winner...great beer....I would love to drink more of this one...

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another interesting beer from Furthermore. I really like the direction that they are taking and that they are not afraid to put out something that no one else is. This pours a light russet brown with ruby and orange highlights. Head is moderate at first but dissipates rather quickly. Nice aroma of caramelized sugars, crystal malts, and yeast esters. The taste is rich and full of residual malt sweetness yet the finish is fairly dry. There seems to be some decent complexity with the grain bill. Possibly vienna or munich malts? The mouthfeel is great and smooth with soft edges. The abv is hidden well but adds a sense of warmth to the beer. A very nice beer overall that is a bit different than the standard choice.

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Photo of deepsouth
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a big thanks to KeefD for this one!

beer pours a beautiful amber with a thin tan head that lingered and left lots of lacing.

this beer smells pretty complex. dark fruits and booze. hard to finger it all, but lots going on.

the tasete is delightfully sharp. a bit sweet and spicy.

beer is a blast in the mouth. needles of tartness prickle tht toungue.

drinks easy for 8.5%. didn't realize it was that strong. fantastic beer that's easy to drink despite the booziness.

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Photo of jebert
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

The brewers at Furthermore continue to create some very eclectic libations. Make Weight is another fantastic addition that I've been wanting to review for a long time. Here goes...

A: Poured a dark copper bordering on brown with a shallow head that didn't seem to last very long. Remarkably, the carbonation seemed locked in and persisted well beyond half a glass. In fact, it never truly left.

S: The aroma is frenetically strong, fruity bursts with a malty sweetness rising past notes of hops. It was reminiscent of quite a few triples but with a less-than fruity yeast. I want to call it pungent, but in a very cool (i.e. good) way.

T: Very heavy on the malts. This is an in your face beer with malt, malt and more malt. Slightly dry finish with some tones of biscuit and a touch of chocolate somewhere. A bit of caramel lurks. I love it already.

M: The feel on this beer is superb. Absolutely the best. Yes, it's a bit heavy. Yes, it sticks with the tongue way past a normal beer would. Yes, it coats and melts and oozes around. Let me tell you...just try it, then you be the judge. I'm hooked on this. Typically, this much alcohol would be a problem, but Chris and Aaron pulled this off beautifully.

D: This is a one beer per night attraction. It's on the high end of alcohol-induced beers, so it must get a reasonably lower rating than a pilsner or many other beers.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a dirty brown color, with one finger of tan head. Smells of malt and fruit, a very pleasant aroma. Taste doesn't quite measure up to the aroma, but it's not bad at all. I didn't know what style this was before drinking it, but it tasted like a weak barleywine. Various fruits, which I couldn't really identify--a good flavor, but kind of middle of the road. About halfway through the glass, I got tired of it and had to force myself to finish it. A good beer, but just not quite my cup of tea.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy scarlet red. Thin beige head. Bubbly collar. Stringy and sticky lace. Aroma is a mix of belgian like candy sweetness with some citric and piney hoppiness. It's a good aroma. Flavor smacks you in the face with bold flavors of Belgian yeast spice and esters and piney hops and slight alcohol. Malt base is that of warm biscuity bread tones. This is a great tasting beer. Probably my favorite from Furthermore so far. Full bodied and lightly carbonated. Alcohol is present, but not significantly so.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark pumpkin orange sporting an impressive blizzard of fine yeast. There may be rust red in there as well. In any case, it's a wonderful hue. The ecru colored crown is on the small side and looks far more American than Belgian. Makes sense.

Furthermore describes Makeweight as a triple pale ale, by which they mean a combination Belgian-English-American pale ale (boozed up with candi sugar) rather than a tripel. I don't know that Belgian IPA is an appropriate style choice because the beer doesn't smell very hoppy. In fact, other than light caramel malt and spicy Belgian yeast, there isn't much to smell at all.

I decided to forego reviewing a 6 month old bottle and waited until I could get my hands on a super-fresh sample, which happened on a recent trip to Madtown. Yeah, this is pretty good beer, but it really needs a flavor focus. For my money, it isn't the equal of Fatty Boombalatty.

I'm not sure what getting three countries involved really accomplished. The malt is from Belgium and England. The hops are from England (Kent Goldings) and America. And the yeast is from Belgium, England and America. The malt tastes significantly toasted bready, earthy, woody and nutty, reminding me of a strong Belgian amber ale... or even a Belgian bock.

The hops are still going strong with respect to bitterness, though there isn't a huge amount of good hop flavor. As is the case with most good Belgian (and Belgian-style) ales, estery yeast dominates the flavor profile. This one is especially zesty, almost peppery. In the end, the beer is good, but doesn't sniff great.

The highlight of this whole shootin' match is a mouthfeel that is more full (and equally as creamy) as the best big Belgians. I could go for another bottle right now just for the pure pleasure of feeling it slide over my tongue and down my gullet.

Makeweight (noun): 1. a weight added to the scale to reach a required weight. 2. anything added to fill out a whole. Furthermore filled a hole in their lineup with this intriguing Belgian-style brew, but it falls short of their best. Having said that, I'd be happy to drink it again. And probably will.

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Photo of KeefD
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a tan head that leaves behind some very generous lacing and had a lasting cap. Aroma is loaded with American hops, English caramel malts, and Belgian yeast. Very nice, but I was expecting more hop aroma. It's mostly sweet and fruity smelling. Taste is very good! Plenty of caramel malts are in play, some notes of apple and other ripe fruits, and then a nice biting bitterness on the finish. It's sweet, but not cloyingly so and it's very well balanced between the hops and malt. Medium body, low carbonation. I'm thinking this is an older bottle and the hops have faded a bit, but it's still delicious, nonetheless. I can't believe this actually clocks in at 8.5% because the alcohol is completely hidden and drinks like a sessionable pale ale rather than high ABV IPA. Very good, definitely Furthermore's best!

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Photo of mjryan
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby colour with lots of sediment, I poured carefully but must have shook it a bit pulling it out of the fridge. Nice head with good retention. Minimal lace. Aroma is of toffee and slight bannana. When fresh, their is a defenite citrus hop character in the aroma as well. The bottle I drank last night had pretty much lost its up front hoppiness. Flavour is of toffee with a bit of a roasted edge. A little sweet at first but finishes with an assertive bitterness. Medium bodied and smooth on the palate. I cant believe this beer is 8.5% ABV as I tasted only the slightest alcohol presence. Fresh this beer is very hoppy, but it aged well. The slight roasted and toffee character of the malts steped in to where the hops were. A fun beer and something Id recommend to anyone who appreciates unique beer.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Light red-copper beer, relatively clear. Tan head rises small off the pour, retained mildly.

S-Spice, mild and sweet bready malts, and a little bit of chocolate crisp. Slightly yeasty with a bit of hoppiness.

T-A hodge-podge of spicy Belgian yeast characters, hop character is spicy with some slight citrus and resiny characters. Some other spiciness in there melds with a big bitterness and some toasty malts. A little warm on the aftertaste, with bright sticky hops and bready malt.

M-Moderate small-bubbled carbonation, feels fluffy. Medium-bodied brew, but still felt heavy, in a way.

D-OK. Interesting to try this time, though I don't think it's a brew I'd want to pursue in the future. Of course, I wouldn't turn one down :D

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Photo of darklordlager
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice a ruby amber colour with a 1" head that recedes to nothing after less than a minute. With a light swirl, a head is easily roused.

Smell is a sweet maltiness up front, fading into a pleasant hoppiness. Lingers with a biscuity taste. Carmelly, a hint of rye, with a bit of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy.

Drinkability is a bit limited due to the huge flavours (and alcohol).

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Photo of solargoat
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beauty into a chalice.

A- Dark red, cloudy. Nice head that dissolved into a thin rim all the way through.

S- A lot of aroma going on, wheat, vanilla and what I think is a earthy yeast.

It tastes extraordinary, Sweet at first finishes dry, Spiced like a belgian
I like it in my mouth and I would like it too stay in my mouth for all time. I could drink this one all night, and not regret it.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- one inch light tan head with good retention and minimal lacing. The color of the beer is deep orange almost red. Reminds me much of Autumn leaves.

S- Initially very sweet with caramel, toffee, brown sugar and roasted almonds. There is also a lot of piny and citrusy hops in the nose with hints of spicy earthy yeast.

T- Chocolate and caramel up front then some roasted nuts and and piny hops. The hops take over the palate in the end and stick with you. Very good balance all the flavors blend together nicely. It almost taste like a heavily hopped brown ale.

M- smooth medium bodied beer with good carbonation with a hoppy and alcohol bite in the end.

Overall- This is an interesting beer that I would recommend trying though it might not be everyones favorite.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dirty brown color that was very cloudy. It had a small, thin, tan head that left little lace.

S - It smelled floral, grassy, and somewhat malty.

T - It tasted very malty, spicy and earthy. There was some citrus and a slight funkiness to it.

M - It was smooth and crisp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was a pretty good beer. It didn't really seem like a Belgian IPA, but it still was good.

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Photo of dancinwillie
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark amber. Small beige head is quick in it's retreat. Ruby highlights. Looks, and pours quite heavy.

Aroma is mostly yeast, the Belgian third of the brew. A bit of bready malt sweetness as well. I'm picking up a bit of citrus hop aroma as well.

Citrus hops mingle with fruity Belgium yeast flavors wonderfully! This is a new style to me, and a I've picked a very good ambassador in Make Weight. Malt is present, however restrained, and a bit bready, with some good sweetness to balance out the bitter hops, and tart fruit yeast. This is a tasty brew, and the flavor makes good on the aroma's promise.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, but somehow, doesn't seem out of place. Low carbonation, maybe too low, is the only thing stopping this from being a 5 category.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. No alcohol comes through, and delicious, and sessionable to a certain degree. As soon as I'm done reviewing this, I'll be having mine with some homemade gumbo, which I made with homemade chicken stock, chicken, andouille sausage, and shrimp. I'm hoping they will go together well.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stub and Herb's next to the U of M. Appeared a dark amber with a short off-white head, no lacing. I don't get a lot of hops out of this beer, but it's still a very fine Belgian pale ale. The around has bubblegum and mild clove phenols that follow up in the flavor along with spicy herb, grapefruit and citrus rind hops. It's deceptively drinkable, and at the $3.50 happy hour price, I could get myself in trouble all too easily. It's moderately bitter, and certainly bitter for a Belgian ale, but no stronger than your average American pale ale. Still, it's delicious and worth a try.

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Photo of morimech
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, clear copper with a small head even after an aggresive pour. The head quickly settles to a thin ring of suds. Minimal lacing is left on the glass. Darker version of the style but it lacks the visual attractiveness of Belgian versions.

Has a sweet aroma of caramel malt and candied sugar. Some hints of dark fruit. Hops add a citrus aroma of oranges and grapefruit. A little alcohol is picked up as well.

Hops really make an appearance in the taste. Citrus flavors are first and foremost. Belgian in the sweetness and boozy characteristics. American in the hop profile. Even the caramel malt adds a nice flavor.

Nothing spectacular about the mouthfeel. Feels heavier than it should and the carbonation does nothing to influence the score.

Earlier in the day I asked what would happen if darker malts where used in this style. I think it works. Maybe not perfectly executed in this beer but I think it is something others should use for inspiration. And why does this style require the ABV to be so high? This beer would of been just as good, if not better, at 5-7% ABV.

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Photo of brewbucker
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark very clean copper and has a medium off white head. Aroma is sweet hops and malts, light spice. The flavor has a wonderful spiciness to it. Mildly bitter hops, peat, and sweet malts. Also hints of pepper. Lots going on with this beer. As it warms now I am getting a bananna aroma. Mouthfeel is mildly silky. Overall I am quit impressed with this one.

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Makeweight from Furthermore Beer
3.84 out of 5 based on 140 ratings.
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