Vuuve XXxXX
McKenzie Brew House

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American Imperial IPA
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4.41 | pDev: 2.95%
McKenzie Brew House
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 6
Photo of egajdzis
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy amber color with a medium sized, creamy, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, resin, grassy hops, tropical fruits, spices and caramel malts. Taste of grapefruit, more spices, juicy Styrians, lots of pine (tasted like a christmas tree!), with nice sweet malt to balance everything out, and finishing with just a little alcohol. This is a serious fucking beer! This can certainly compete with the best double IPAs in the world, hands down.

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Photo of weeare138
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

much thanks to egajdzis for breaking open this growler...
Appears a hazy amber with a small white head and tons of scattered lacing left around the glass. Small streams of bubbles pump up from this bad boy, despite being aged 5 weeks.
Smell is of sweet biscuit malt, perhaps a touch of pils & munich, and a huge hop profile...bitter sweet pine and rich pine sap stand out. Definite Belgian yest present.
The taste is of the same aromas. Huge hops in here.
Mouthfeel is hugely bitter and sweet with bitterness winning out the overall war but it still remains a nice, decently balanced brew.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mouthfeel was smooth but watery. I think there was a carbonation issue with this one. Growler seemed to be sealed fine though.

Aroma was incredible. Hops combined with Belgian esters. Amazing. Could be stronger. But it is just perfect.

Nice head. Beautiful brown/amber color in my Hennepin glass.

Hops are very noticable in the taste but do not predominate. Belgian esters blend in seemlessly. I'm getting sweetness. Am I noticing candi sugar or is my mind playing tricks on me?

I have to mark down drinkability due to the watery mouthfeel and lack of carbonation. Again, I'm pretty sure this is an anomaly.

The Dude needs to keep making this beauty.

blitheringidiot got me a growler of this one. Many thanks.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big frothy white cream crests atop the well clouded dark golden pour. A beaufitul sight that is strongly enhanced by the absolutely enticing yeast work. Never overdone, it nonetheless brings a funky, musty, soapy and doughy aspect that, whether you’d have suspected it or not, works amazingly well with the hop shelves surrounding it. The malt is mostly a texture affair, being slightly cerealic and simply a field for the hops to evolve through. They are extremely perfumey those hops, yet almost as leafy, piney, limey, orangey and floral. A truly complex phenomenon which eventually unleashes peppery and pineapple undertones, pushing their luck to hinting at drying dead wood. Medium body, fully creamy and powdery texture from an initially airy palate. Very attenuated and remarkable well hidden alcohol make it a champion. Raw bitterness, rough and sawy, reminds of exponential hoppiness with more yeast.

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Photo of ksqdomer
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewpub via growler. Please note the I was one of the 5 X's (not the little x) that helped Scott Morrison brew this beer.I am his friend but the only thing clouding my judgement of this magnificent creation is the beer itself. Scott Ok'd this review even though the beer has not been released.

My sample was topped with a lovely two layer head, the lower being a full 1/2" of tight creamy goodness over which a 1/4" ring of larger playful bubbles resided. The color is a blinding fireball summer sunset, light on the edges and dense thru the middle.

Althought listed as an American DIPA look east across the great Atlantic for that quintessential McKenzie Belgian aroma and spiciness.

My nose was fooled at first with this cold sample. A familiar west coast citrus aroma emerges but as the beer warmed wonderous fresh hay, barnyard, and sweaty aromas billow from the glass in a truely hypnotic fashion. I found it difficult to take the glass from my nose to finally taste the XXxXX.

However, I was glad that I did. The tangy citrus hits immediately in the
forefront, backed ever so slightly with a refreshing lemon zest. A wave of pine needles follows all held together nicely with that spicy Belgian yeast. Not hot at all for 10% and dangerously silky smooth and drinkable. A half pint left my tongue a buzz and my brain a bit as well.

Absolutely another winner from the Dude.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy orange and brown hued Belgian Chouffe yeast strained beauty topped with a settled ivory sticky bubbly cap.

Delicious scents of sweet pastry and peaches and cream in a bowl that follow into the flavor of sweet spice wafer. Middle of some tangerine and bubble gum.

Last swigs: Oh, how many growlers of this sweet peachy nectar I had the pleasure of imbibing. This is my last 750 mL and it is with a bittersweet feeling that it goes down my gullet. I feel like Homer Simpson eating that lobster that he called Pinchy.

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Vuuve XXxXX from McKenzie Brew House
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 6 ratings