Aquarius | Buckeye Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Buckeye Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by drgonzo3705 on 04-21-2009

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by TheHoppiest:
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from a voice memo recorded at the Beer Engine.

Served in a small snifter, filled to the top with this amber beer that has minimal head.

Smell is sweet, with floral and citrus notes. Smells good enough that my companions decided to order oone based upon its smell alone.

Spicy, floral taste with pine resin and smooth hops. Some fruitiness as well, with apricots and pear, topped with sweet malt. No bitter aftertaste; it does leave some nice vapor in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is smooth, and this beer is highly drinkable, which is scary given its high alcohol content. Definitely recommend you try this one!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Stigs
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, served in a Stone Levitation glass

A - pours with a thin film and small mound of loose bubbly white foam. the beer is crystal clear, gold in color with some amber highlights.

S - bright piney and citrusy fruit hops. coming through is some candied orange, pineapple, and apples. light layer of caramel underneath. good if not a little weak.

T - fruity off the bat. mango, pineapple, and oranges meld with some wet pine and slightly floral hops. caramel sweetness mellows it out just a bit but still remains hop-forward.

M - medium to almost thicker body, very light carbonation almost gets lost amongst the voluminous body and bitterness. finishes pretty clean, with some lingering fruity sweetness and a mild bitterness.

D - has a good flavor profile that unfortunately doesnt get much of a chance due to an awkward body. everything just falls apart a bit right when it starts getting good.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from brewery. Passable DIPA, but somewhat overated. Orange coloured body with low amount of head. Neutral aroma. Alcohol was hidde by the hops and malt, and got some orange flavour from the amarillo and summit, but not all that much. Finish was more malty and ordinary.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, grapefruity hops, and a hint of spice, almost minty. In the taste, grapefruity hops, and small minty burn, and nice malt. A small bite but mainly smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry, grapefruity hop in the aftertaste. Hides ABV, nice big flavor, I really enjoyed this beer!

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Photo of djtomain
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of sitarist
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep copper with a thin white head that stuck around and left attractive ringing lace.

S-Citrusy sweetness and a touch of alcohol burn. Very nicely balanced and aromatic.

T-Bittersweet caramel and citrus rind bitter combo. Well balance and nothing over the top. Flavours come together and work well in concert.

M-Medium bodied, a touch of residual sweetness and good lingering bitterness.

D-Solid. Missing just a touch on the hops IMHO but certainly not bad. A good DIPA only slightly missing the mark. Presents itself nicely from the engine.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep amber color with a thin to non existant head and nice sticky lacing.

S: Smells like I fell face first into a big pile of oily hops. Not too distinctive in smell but you can definitely tell nice oily hops were used for making this beer.

T: Nice mix of earthy and slightly piney hops.

M: Medium body with very light carbonation. Not a huge hop presence in the mouth but very oily hop feeling left over.

D: If I wasn't toward the end of my night I would definitely have another!

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Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 4/22/10 at the brewery.

Served in a snifter, it appears a very clear amber orange color with a thin white lace that doesn't retain well and sticks is spotty patches of lace about the glass. Aroma is sweet with hops akin to flowers, pine and mint. Taste is sweet upfront with a mixture of malt and hops that are floral in flavor. Light feel with a very low level of carbonation. Lingering bitter hops catch you off guard in the aftertaste that is blended with some of the nearly 10% alcohol bite showing through. Overall not bad, the floral and minty hops were an interesting swith up from what I am use to. Overall not bad.

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Photo of mattsucks
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Tyler for this bottle. First beer I've had from this brewery.

Pours a crystal clear, deep amber with some bubbles streaming to the top and feeding a small creamy beige head that leaves some decent lacing on the sides.

The aroma is heavy on the citrus hops with grapefruit and pineapples jumping out. Light bready malts and some caramel sweetness in the background but the hops are the star of the show in the nose and have a slightly astringent character to them.

Taste has an initial blast of oranges and grapefruit, bitter and astringent on the palate, with a sugary sweet caramel backbone following on. The finish has a mixture of the bitter grapefruit and resinous pine hops.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a little bit lower carbonation than I was expecting.

This is certainly an impressive introduction to a new brewery for me - an aggressively hopped DIPA that still remains very easy to drink. Really good beer.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Buckeye Beer Engine.

A-Pours a clear orange amber, just a little bit of lacing.

S-Nice fresh scent of pine hops with a good backbone of caramel malt.

T-A nice medium earthy hoppiness dominates the flavor with some pine hops and caramel malt. A little understated.

M-A bit lighter bodied than expected for the ABV and style, nice lingering bitterness and a bit oily.

D-Tasty. I would gladly have one of these any time.


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Photo of Lunch
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased and consumed back in late 2010. Poured into a Great Divide snifter.

Golden apricot in color with a slight amount head that dissipates quickly. Fairly clear, but this looks like it is lacking in carbonation.
Smell is sweet and very fruity and hops are pouring out of this. Tropical and floral with hints of caramel malt. Taste is very similar and hops are the main feature, but this is a sweeter DIPA. Thick and full for the style and carbonation is lower than I would like.

A nice beer and that could have been a lot better if the carbonation was not lacking.

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Photo of fastsrt
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

growler in a tulip glass
A: copper, good head
S: citrus hops, malts.
T: malts up front followed by a nice hoppy finish
M: almost full body but right on point of for the style. coats the pallet and has a sharp bitter finish, this is a balanced ipa tastes great not a fan of straight hop bombs that have no back bone to them this one is well crafted.
D: had almost a full growler and polished it off with ease highly drinkable one of the better double ipa that i had.

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Photo of jampics2
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There are new 22oz bottles of this in the marketplace with a spiffy new approach to label art by Buckeye. These look good!

Looks nice in the snifter/globe I used. This copper colored beer is quite clear with some signs of active carbonation. Small white head steps way back quickly into a ring. Lacing slides right down the wall of the glass. Could be a bit brighter looking and have a touch better lace, but a nice looking beer.

Smell is predominantly hoppy, with the Amarillo and Summit hops competing for our olefactory attention. This creates a lush and stinky combination of grapefruit and green onion smells. I get a nice citrus burst, then the spicy Summit lends it's liver-like taste to the scene. Not my ideal mix of hoppy scents, but expressive nonetheless.

Aquarius tastes like it smells, hoppy with very distinct and powerful leading elements. The beer hits my tongue and instantly I get sweet and bitter getting their Aquarian groove on. The sweet, malty base is caramel kissed. The bitter hops give impressions of grapefruit, oranges, mango, and even a touch of meat at the end thanks to the Summit. This is a well executed beer - my only criticism of the taste is that the boil hop's lingering bitterness seems just a touch hot. Aside from being a hair too ruinous and just a touch boozy, this is really well made, guys!

Mouthfeel is just a touch syrupy. It's almost still for a second when I take a sip, and then the carb kicks in and makes itself known. This ends up feeling bright at the end, with lingering hop oil stickiness.

At almost 10% this DIPA isn't just drinkable, it's really, really good. I think this shows the penchant for the hops the guys at Buckeye have. They have done a good job putting out a hop bomb that could hang on the national stage. Now, please bring back Amarillo.


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Photo of mwill7287
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into Winking Lizard World Tour Sierra Nevada pint glass.

A- A rich golden color, very pretty. Slightly murky, plenty of carbonation. Little to no head, though a small amount of lacing makes itself present upon settling, which is retained through 2/3 of the drink.

S- Relatively muted smell for a DIPA, a bit disappointing but at the same time, not overwhelming, which is nice. Has the expected notes of flowers and fruits.

T- The floral/fruity tones in the nose are as expected present on the tongue. Not an overwhelming taste for a DIPA. Alcohol taste makes itself present, a bit too much for my tastes.

M- Mild bitterness for a DIPA, but still relatively high. Makes the beer more drinkable. Carbonation present upon appearance makes itself felt. Lighter, smoother.

O- Doesn't push the envelope as much as other DIPAs do, which is actually nice, as this high ABV beer can be reasonable enjoyed without destroying one's taste buds.

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Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured clear gold with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like a mix of grapefruit and pine, with some spicy herbal hops and alcohol.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and pine, with some herbal spicy hops and a bit of sugary malt for balance. It had a lasting but clean bitter aftertaste, with a bit of alcohol warming.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Pretty good body.
D: This was a solid double IPA, with a clean and very hoppy scent and taste, along with a nice body. The lasting bitterness and noticeable alcohol detract a bit from drinkability, but this was otherwise very enjoyable.

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Aquarius from Buckeye Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 18 ratings