Gorillanaut Imperial IPA | Straight To Ale

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Gorillanaut Imperial IPAGorillanaut Imperial IPA

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Straight To Ale
Alabama, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Todd on 04-21-2010

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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by kencarman:
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2.65/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Wow, looking over the reviews, did I get a bad bottle? The nose and the appearance has me excited. I had yet to find a STA beer I didn't think was incredible... until now.

As a hop head I like incredibly hopped beers. Loved the 100 plus beers Tim Rastetter was pumping out of Brew Works south of Cinci in the 90s. Love Pliney.

But this is as if they took all the hops and tossed them in at the start of the boil. maybe if the malt sense was a bit more upfront I might cringe, but still enjoy the rip the roof off the top of your mouth astringency, but most homebrewers I know who would never enter something this harsh.

Note: I also like fresh, so the grassy isn't the point. to me: except fresh hops not declared on the bottle. Indeed: no style is.

An inferior beer from a brewer I was close to idolizing. It's kind of like a magic trick where the set up is superb, but when the brewer attempts to carry off the illusion he fails in a very obvious manner.

Try a few other STAs. Promise you'll be impressed.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden light amber with ample off white head - nice retention and lacing.

Smells of floral, pungent bitter citrus and resinous earthy pine.

Taste starts with bitter citrus giving way to some sweet orange. A thick biscuity malt comes through for a brief moment before it is dominated by resinous pine. A decent II IPA, but a little too much conflict in the flavors. Needs some harmony and a little less pungency to be great.

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Photo of Ezymuny23
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dankjohn
1.75/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

I think the one I had was bad - really like Straight to Ale and like Monkeynaut. Thought this particular bottle might have gone bad or something.

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Photo of cnagle28
3.88/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Zachb4au
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of seavercm
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Riverared
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ordybill
4.81/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark golden brown with a medium sized white head. The aroma is full of citrus, honey and some biscuit style yeast. The taste is a great awesome hop punch. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisCBeets
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this little gem on draft at the Tipping Point in Montgomery, AL. Not very familiar with this Hunstville brewery, Straight to Ale, but was pleasantly surprised with this Ale.

Great nose off this beer, citrus hops, pineapple, papaya, mango. It had a nose and hop profile that reminded me of Hopslam.

Taste did not disappoint. Good balance, decent malt backbone, maybe a little thin on the mouthfeel. Didn't taste the 9.00% ABV on this, but after my second pint I definitely knew it was there.

Good find, will look for this beer again in the future. Will have to try their single IPA as well.

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Photo of BeerRunner
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tweezer159
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of richj1970
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep honey brown with 2 finger fluffy white head. Some nice retention, but it settled to a small ring around the edge with some minimal spotty lacing.

S: Big punch of citrus. Grapefruit and mango dominate the nose. Biscuit and honey mixed with a piney punch at the end.

T: Complex mix of hop bitterness, and some tropical fruit sweetness. Again, I'm getting a fair amount of grapefruit and mango. The faint sweetness reminds me of honey.

M: Lots of hop resin gives this a bit of an oily texture. It finishes quite dry and bitter.

O: Interesting Imperial IPA. Lots of hops to enjoy and balanced fairly well with just a touch of sweetness. Not something I want for everyday, but this is a nice occasional brew which works well with its seasonality.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of uncccegr
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of CraigTravor
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 11.99. No bottling date but I assume fairly fresh because it just hit shelves in the past week. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a brilliant, clear, golden amber with a three finger pillow of off-white froth. The head lingers almost indefinitely and leaves huge cakes of lace

Lots of sugary malt on the nose along with a great deal of piney, earthy hops. Floral, herbal, mild citrus rind and pepper follow.

The flavor is big, bold, bright and bitter with piney, resinous hops. Pine, citrus zest, floral, hebal, earthy, black pepper, vague mint, dankish garlic/onion, a little cracker and a considerable bite of booze. Far from balanced, with only a hint if the malt I caught in the aroma yet quite tasty.

Sticky, medium full feel with plenty (but not too much) feisty carbonation. Brutally bitter and long lasting aftertaste of piney and dank hops.

Gorillanaut is a quite good IPA for those that want a terrifically bitter hop assualt. I enjoyed it but tend to prefer more tropical, fruity hops and malty sweetness. Worth a try but most likely not a repeat purchase for me.

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Photo of GTJayG
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of markjarema11
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of earlingy
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of GratefulEdd
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of freduardo
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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