Kilowatt | Birra Toccalmatto

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Birra Toccalmatto

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Thehuntmaster on 12-24-2013

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by beerdrifter:
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4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Hazy copper-amber pour with a nice three finger foamy white head with great retention and lacing. Really nice resiny, fruity, citrus nose with hints of grapefruit, tropical fruit, sweet caramel malt, orange blossom, pine, and fresh hops. The taste is rich and bold with resiny fresh hops and juicy citrus along with hints of brown sugar, caramel, tangerine, pine, grapefruit, and orange zest. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with great balance between the mouth puckering fresh hops and sweet caramel malts. Hugely drinkable with a nice tangy, bitter finish. Overall, this is another winner from Toccalmatto. Surfing Hop is probably my favorite IPA, and this is not far behind, albeit a totally different interpretation of the style.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of interistacanadese
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-Ed
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of epyon396
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexAfonin
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zekeman17
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

75cl dark green bottle purchased from Domus Birrae in Rome. Freshness date of 03/15.

Pours a musty, very dirty hazed golden colour, with a coarse, frothy head of white. Lace settles out in falling streaks. Body looks surprisingly light given the size of the beer. Carbonation is coarse as well. Overall, I'm not finding a great deal to like about the appearance, to be honest.

It gets better though. Nose is ripe with a full, albeit generic hoppiness. Fairly clean fruit characters, some pithy orange and a muted resin note. Boiled orange peel, pot-pourri a little sherbet. It's pleasant stuff—not the biggest IPA nose, but solid enough.

Taste follows a similar pattern. It's hoppy and balanced, but it feels a bit dank and tired and a little muted overall. Clean enough entry though with some of those orange-peel hop characters coming through on the mid-palate. There's also a slight yeasty tone to it that's not all that pleasant, and the malt is a little flat. Carbonation is high, making it feel a little overly frothy and slightly bloating.

Overall, I'm really quite astonished at how this turned out. Toccalmatto have quite a reputation, and this is one of their most well-regarded beers according to numerous sources. But this is tired at best, a pretty weak effort. It's not awful, and is certainly still drinkable, but I'm just surprised at how ordinary it was.

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Photo of Oidmoe
3.9/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kilowatt from Birra Toccalmatto
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 11 ratings