Brewmaster's Reserve Double IPA "The Rock" | Dunedin Brewery

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Dunedin Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Josiah2729:
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4/5  rDev +1%

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, 6 September 2009:

Well it's kind of hard to say what exactly the color of the beer was, as it was served to me in a plastic cup, but it appeared to be an amber-orange with golden highlights. Additionally, I couldn't even guesstimate how clear it was at all. It did have a creamy white head though, and that held quite well and left excellent lacing behind.

For a double IPA it was not as aromatic as I'd have expected it to be, and, in fact, it was not nearly as aromatic as it was flavorful! It was surprisingly rich with a gently biscuity malt base that was covered in citrus and pine hops. It had a full-medium body, and it was creamy-smooth across the palate. It was solidly bitter, but not over-done, and surprisingly well-rounded and balanced for such a big beer. It finished dry and hoppy, but not particularly bitter.

I felt like I could have had another, but I could feel its strength - although I never really tasted any alcohol. And if I wasn't moving on I might have had a second, and I guess that goes towards drinkability. I'd certainly enjoy another one if I had the chance! One of the better double IPA's I've had in that it was so round and supple, so pulled together and focused, and so easy on the palate even in the finish. Kudos!

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this after a sampler on 9/25/09. Unlike the review before mine, My brew was served in a pint glass sorry dude.

Poured a hazier golden color with a very thick white heading that left alot of lacing throughout the tasting of this.

Smell is well a big let down very malty and a light tropical juicey smell. Where are the hops ???

Taste again the same thing no hops in this beer no hoppy bitterness on the tongue no lingering oiliness just malt. Full bodied with a big boozy bite.

Drinkability is good but except a hoppy as hell beer it will disappoint.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cigar City

A - It pours a golden-amber hue, with moderate off-white foam, good retention, and lots of lacing.

S - The smell is quite subdued for a fresh local DIPA, on-tap. I detect some unusual hops, grassy and leafy, and a bready-biscuity malt.

T - I feel like this is an English-influenced DIPA. It has continental flavors in the hop and malt, is not bold and aggressive, nor a huge hop-bomb; instead it is a measured, restrained brew, big, but focusing on balance. The alcohol is ridiculously well-hidden, too.

M - Fairly medium-bodied, easy drinking.

D - The alcohol is almost imperceptible in the flavor, the brew is mildly flavored for the style, it adds up to 'The Rock' being quite drinkable.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Dunedin Brewery. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours with a 1 1/2 finger white head, a hazy medium amber with hints of gold to yellow, and has some visible carbonation.

S: An overall muted smell for a DIPA. There are some flowery and tropical fruit hop aromas, with some caramel malt as well.

T: This is pretty tasty. Citrus and pine hoppiness, although it is trending towards overly bitter. There is a good counterpoint with the malt sweetness.

M: Medium body for style. The bitter finish lingers, and the alcohol content is fairly well-hidden.

O: This is a good beer. My biggest complaint is the aroma - not that it smells bad, but generally IIPAs smack you in the nose, and this one didn't. The beer did get even better as warms.

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Photo of Gtreid
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Featured as a guest tap at Cigar City. This one was shared by mrstevens. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy coppery, yellow color. The pour dropped a quarter off white head, that retained well and left some sticky lace.

A: Very hop forward. Citrus notes in the form of grapefruit, orange peel, and some lemon. Some crystal malt try and balance this out, but this is like a west coast hop bomb.

T: Again, this is very hop forward. Huge dry grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Light sweetness from the malt, and maybe a touch of honey. Finishes very dry and bitter just as it should.

M: Light to medium body, aggressive carbonation. Pretty darn crisp.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is good not great, the dry bitterness will limit how many of these one could have. Overall, I thought this was a very good example of the style. A West coast style, dry, bitter, palate wrecker. Recommended. Skal.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having this on-tap at the brewery as I type. Served in a pint glass.

A - Poured with a finger of eggshell foam that slowly dissipated to a thin cap and left lots of pretty lacing I suspect the head volume would have been even bigger if they weren't trying to fill the glass. Hazy golden apricot body, with a few stray bubbles.

S - This is an East Coast DIPA in the mold of Dogfish Head 90. Fruity Centennial hops and perhaps some Cascade or Warrior in there as well. Well balanced, with a healthy dose of sugar cookie and doughy malt as well.

T - The taste starts with sweet tropical fruits and sugary malts, and then dissipates some moderately intense bitterness that persists well into the aftertaste. I'm not sure what the other two reviewers are talking about, as this gets pretty ferocious after about a half-glass.

M - Sticky, medium, body that is perhaps a bit gritty (compared to the nitro stout my wife had anyway). Zesty moderate carbonation, and a nice dry finish with residual oily hop resins.

D - The bitterness gets a little potent after a pint, but the alcohol is well-hidden. If I weren't driving I could definitely have a couple of this one. Worth trying if you're in the neighborhood, or if a local can snag you a 32oz growler fill.

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Brewmaster's Reserve Double IPA "The Rock" from Dunedin Brewery
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 9 ratings