HopCat C-Beast

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American Imperial IPA
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4.11 | pDev: 6.08%
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 6
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3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It arrived in a generic tulip, glowing a dark golden ruby coloring. It held a one finger head of latte colored bubbles, showing decent retention, and leaving a single, thick sheet of lacing around the glass. A thin bubbly film remained atop the liquid for the remainder of the tasting. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma gave bubblegum esters, Belgian malt sweetness reminiscent of a tripel, whole lemon freshness, big citric hops, clovey phenols, tannic breakfast tea, biscuity pale grain, and caramel toast. With warmth came enhanced caramel maltiness and sweetness, chemical bite, and more herbal and soapy hops. Our first impression was that there was big booziness on the end of the sip, but it was nicely balanced throughout, with more hops than burn left lingering on the buds. As we sipped, the taste opened with pale and syrupy caramel malts, big citrus hoppiness, apricot and nectarine fruitiness, lime and lemon zest, sand, salt water, and juicy bubblegum esters. Moving to the peak was a blend of that continued caramel sweetness, but this time it seemed independent of the pale and toasty malt base, along with brown sugar, tannic dryness, and a soft meaty warmth. Lemony hops crashed in, pulling us to the finish that was otherwise inhabited by pale and metallic maltiness, ethanol, vanilla ice cream creaminess, sweaty salts, light minty coolness, herbal hops, and basil leaf. The aftertaste breathed of fusel vodka booziness, herbal and citric hops, lemon rind, clovey phenols, toasty barley, faint rye twang, graphite, stone dust, and bittered pales. The body was full, and the carbonation was medium but brightly effervescent. Each sip gave nice slurp, smack, and finishing pop, but lesser smoothing creaminess. The mouth was left wetly coated and oily slick, but with surprisingly little dryness. There was toasty warmth throughout. The abv was appropriate, with decent drinkability.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the nice sweetness to the flavoring, and the unique contrasting blend between the spice of grain, curious Belgian-ness of it, booze, hoppiness, and finishing phenolic spice. The nose started things off with big caramel body, tannic dryness, and interesting maltiness. This all translated similarly into taste, with decent balance and continuing intrigue. The feel gave nice sticky smack, but did lose points on the heartiness of the slurp, froth, and creaminess. This is a nice house DIPA, with an interesting flair, but is just a bit rough around the edges.

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4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at HopCat. Served in a tulip.

A: Pours a dark ruby color with one finger height of white foam forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin cap. Splotchy, sticky lace is left down the glass.

S: Very fruity. Tropical fruits. Some mango and papaya. Stone fruit and berries. Pale malt sweetness.

T: Sweet booze with a candied grapefruit. A little zesty with some floral notes as well. Fresh red apples. White bread malt sweetness.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Really easy drinking for the ABV. Fruity sweetness on the finish.

O: Really easy drinking and light bodied for the ABV with a nice array of fruity flavors. Solid offering from HopCat.

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Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 6 ratings