Robot Bastard! | Spring House Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Why is this robot such a bastard?

Added by Tucquan on 03-14-2010

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 9
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3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the brewery on 2010-03-13

A - Pours a cloudy, dark amber with a tan head

S - Grain, citrus

T - Nice complexity with tastes of sour dough and banana, well-balanced against the 56 IBU bitterness. Cascade and Centennial leaf hops were used.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. The complex tastes and aroma would keep you coming back for more.

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Photo of BeermanEspo
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Rizzy17
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled on 13-Mar-10 at the brewery.

A: The Belgian IPA is a hazy amber/copper color, a slightly worn penny. The haziness envelops the ale, leaving it opaque. My first pour was rather vigourous, resulting in a finger to two worth of head. Surprisingly, for the volume of head there isn't ay lace left behind.

S: Tripel aromas stand out, sweet with candi sugars and fruity yeast. A boozy heat, far stronger than a 7% ale should have, tries to drown out the sweetness. As I linger, I pick up pears and white grapes. Hops are earthy, mixing nicely with the sweetness.

T: The ale is a wall of flavor, starting off big and never wavering. Apples, bananas and pears are more pronounced in the body, sugary and sweet. The yeast by-products share the stage with more sweetness that is rock candy-like. Mid-sip a strong dose of black pepper adds heat before fading away. Hoppiness follows the pepper, bitter with citrus flavors (oranges stand out). Residual sweetness lingers on the palate.

M: The mouthfeel is appropriately sloppy, offering up competing tripel and IPA flavors. Hey, though, I love the confusion.

D: A nice sipping beer that evolves as it warms. The hops could be a little crisper, but I don't see an issue with finishing off the growler today.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler into a snifter. $15 for the fill at the brewery.

A: Honey colored, goldenrod, extremely hazy, nearly opaque. The small head is now just a collar. Bright white, tight knit bubbles and spare lacing.

S: Heavily hoppy with dank, musty earth and herbal aromas.. Heavily yeasty. Light fruity esters and peppery spice. Pale malts, lightly sweet. Slightly hot. Hay and a very faint barnyard funk.

T: Very bold flavor qualities. YEASTY. HOPPY. BITTER. But while the Robot Bastard has a solid flavor profile, I think it is stronger in the other sensory departments. The presence of alcohol is way too strong and keeps the score in the middle of the road. The growler was kept inverted for a day or two before consumption, so when it was time to pour, the yeast was well incorporated. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn't. I'd like to see how this brew benefits from letting the yeast settle to the bottom and decanting prior to serving. For me, the yeast was a bit harsh and the flavor nuances hidden.

M: Hot again on the palate with noticeable warmth all the way down to the stomach. Prickly carbonation. Medium body, slick texture. Dry from front palate to finish. Bitter finish and hardly sweet at any point. Enduring flavor with an excellent spritzer-like effervescence.

D: I am mostly impressed with how this brew is unquestionably a Belgian IPA. I found it to be equally "Belgian" and "IPA" whereas others in this style tend to gravitate more towards only one of these qualities. Do we need an "American style Belgian IPA" and a "Belgian style Belgian IPA" guys? Let's hope not.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of oline73
2.51/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I had this on-tap at the brewpub in Lancaster. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a layer of off white head. There is decent retention with some lacing.

Smell: Slightly fruity hops with some sweet malt. The smell is quite mild overall with no real Belgian spice showing up.

Taste: This IPA is missing most of the hops. Not very bitter at all. Bready malt with some mild hops and little Belgian Spice. This would be better as a Belgian pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer needs more hop bitterness. I'm fine with letting the Belgian yeast do its thing, but there needs to be more.

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Photo of mickeyartery
4.88/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of berpwillie
4.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

little to no head on the pour, hazy copperish orange color. lot's of flavor but i can't really distinguish a certain one. Fairly hoppy. This beer to me has a very unusal taste that i really enjoyed. I've had this beer both on tap at the spring house brewery, and out of a growler fill. I was very impressed both times.

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Photo of thain709
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a hazy, amber body that yielded a one finger white head...the head showed great staying power and left some lacing behind

S - The hops have a citrus note to them as well as an earthy underlying spice bill creeps up as the beer has a chance to warm

T - Hops are present with the first sip...they give way to a huge fruit flavor going both ways, bright and dark...a sweet candied sugar flavor presents itself in the middle of the beer and lingers to the finish...the Belgian spices have a chance to shine in the middle...I like that they never become overpowering...they have a chance to pair nicely with the earthy hops

M - Medium bodied...smooth, sweet, no hop bite or spice presence

O - I enjoyed this Belgian IPA...there was a nice fruit presence along with a sweet candied sugar flavor only complaint would be the lack of hop and spice presence in the finish

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Photo of billzee
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this at akorsak's -thanks ffej for sharing this growler. Poured chilled into my Allagash cervoise

A- A clear amber -beautiful orange shade w/ thin white cap and good amount of lace develops w/ tight beading

S - A sweet herbal nose -mildly vegetal and slightly phenolic aroma from the yeast

M - An astringent and spiced texture w/ mild bitterness w/ medium body and subtle toasted malt textures

T - A tasty caramel maltiness w/ slight piney hop flavor - mild bitterness in the flavor - it comes off as more bitter thought than hop flavored perhaps it is the way the hops blend with the particular yeast strain - dry and bitter finish-wise

D - A good Belgian IPA, pretty smooth condidering the abv, I consider this very good drinkability wise. I would not hesitate to go for a second glass

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of BeerSquid
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Once again, Matt has done very well on this beer. When I first heard about this one it was described as a mix between the Seven Gates Pale Ale and Beyond the Gates Double IPA. A Pale and a Half Ale, it you will. I must admit at first i was disappointed at the result at the first sip, however after analyzing the beer for what it was I became impressed as i usually am when drinking a Spring House beer.
Poured from growler to standard pint glass.

A- Very nice pour. Not what I was expecting at all. It has a very cloudy quality that resembles a Belgian Wheat beer. There is a quality head present that leaves a light lace.

S- Grassy, flowery, and earthy notes. It has a sent that i can only describe as "clean", but thats not the word. Almost like fresh laundry. There is also a hint of citrus and hops, but it is very slight.

T- Very floral. Slight hops, not as much as i would like. A bit of sweet orange with a good, clean, not overly bitter aftertaste.

M- Holds nicely. Leaves a bit too much of a floral taste in the mouth to be exceptional though.

D- Quite drinkable. I plan on having more.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ffejherb
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dispensed via growler on 4/3/10.

A - Poured a clear amber/orange body with a cyclone of carbonation bubbles up through the middle and a frothy cap of white bubbles that settled into a thin patch and ring around the glass, but yielded thich swatches of web-like lacing.

S - Pretty muted aroma overall with a slight spicy yeast character, citrus notes and a hint of grainy malt. A faint alcohol presence also emerged as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Citrusy and earthy notes with an herbal flair and a slight musty yeast character reminiscent of damp basement walls, the latter of which demonstrates characteristics of a Belgian-style ale. Finishes with a toasted grainy malt aspect and light alcohol notes.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth texture, although just a tad watery perhaps. Finishes with a moderate hop bite on the palate amid mild funky notes.

D - Robot Bastard! seems to lean a bit more toward the "Belgian" than the "IPA," but overall I found this to be fresh and tasty. FINALLY ROBOTIC BEINGS RULE THE WORLD! THE HUMANS ARE DEAD!!!

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Robot Bastard! from Spring House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 25 ratings