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 Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of kencarman
2.65/5  rDev -31.5%
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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Photo of Domvan
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This was stale and not very balanced, the beer may have been accidentally aged by the person who brought the beer out, but considering that most straight to ale beers I've had, it probably just wasn't up to par

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Photo of JayS2629
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Decatur Alabama at the Brick. I was not impressed witth the appearance at all. It was cloudier than a wheat beer with chunky opaque orange beer with floating, chewy debris swirling around. A nice white cap though and thick creamy lace. The smell was very nice with orange, grapefruit, pine and spicy hops dominating a biscuit and caramel backbone. The taste was not as intense as the aroma and a bit too pungent on the grapefruit profile, but had nice orange zest, and pine notes throughout and was balanced very well with the malt. The mouthfeel was a bit chewy, thick and creamy for the style. Overall, not my favorite IPA by far.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
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 ThickNStout
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

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 flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark golden hue with a dash of haze and a moderately strong effervescence. Head pours a thick finger of frothy ivory foam which sticks around a decent time. Not bad.

Smell: citrusy, dank hops atop a richly sweet malt base. Not especially complex, but not too bad.

Taste: quite malty indeed with a bit of a dusty, musty hop character up front. At the back is a little bit more of a citrusy hop along with a good bitterness. A decent DIPA.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: not a special beer, but pretty well-made. I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again, but I wouldn't avoid it either.

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Photo of BigGold
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a faceted mug. STA's Gorillanaut is definitely a bigger version of its Monkeynaut IPA--which is a very good thing.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No label information. GorillaNaut is brewed in the style of an American Imperial IPA, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy, cream head of a golden-beige tone over a densely hazy sunset amber body with ample, lively carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Strong aromas of juicy citrus, lemon and herbal hops with a bold bitterness, atop a grainy caramel and pale malt body with a reserved sweetness. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Grain malts, light caramel syrup body, biscuit malts, herbal tea, lemon and faint citrus notes. Juicy citrus, gruff, filling and brash malt character and an equally brazen hop bitterness comes together in an aggressive DIPA. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is lightly chewy, grainy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a medium crispness. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is moderately hoppy bitter and grainy over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A fairly solid DIPA with an equally bold malt graininess to hop profile. Hops in my batch were a little off, possibly an older batch. Unfortunately Straight To Ale doesn't seem to have adopted a dating policy for their bottles like they have their cans, so be cautious when seeking out what is supposed to be this late-summer arrival. 3.75

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bomber at 41 degrees into SA Perfect Pint
Aroma of pine
Head large (Six cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to one cm frothy layer
Lacing fair – some islands and broken curtains of tiny to medium bubbles
Body orange, slight chill haze, slight effervescence
Flavor begins bitter, ends bitter, long hang time; no particular hop flavor, no malt flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Freethyhops
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at The Nook yesterday. from notes

a- pours an opaque rusty orange. not a big head. heavy lacing from the small amount of head, though

s- pine, grassy/floral notes, a big caramel malt backbone and the infamous simcoe "cat piss" aroma. some light citrus mixing in, too.

t- again, heavy piney and earthy tones. that simcoe factor is still heavy and so is the caramel malt. big bitterness mixes with some breadiness and a bit of citrus in the finish.

m- medium/full bodied. crisp carbonation and a bit of slickness to the feel. very enjoyable.

d- nothing keeping you from knocking back a few of these. the only thing that could get a little tiring is the simcoe.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter that disappeared halfway through. the body was a dark mahogany color.
s - minty sweet with some orange zest coming through.
t - dominating herbal, piney, spicy hop flavors with a caramel backbone.
m - medium and creamy.
o - solid DIPA here from STA, falls short of the classics but still a good one.

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Photo of justinp444
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass it has a fluffy off white head of an inch and a half with a orange amber clear body. Smell of citrus, hops, earth, lots of malt, clove, and a bit of spice. Taste is much the same, very bitter piny, not too sweet, lots of malt, citrus, and earth. Mouth feel is full with a moderate body and a moderate to heavy carbonation. A decent double IPA but it isn't anything fantastic or I'd pick up again, not flavorful enough to make a complex bitter DIPA.

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Photo of benloho
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden tangerine color with two fingers of head that fades down to one. Nice lacing. Pretty clear with a few carb bubbles. It is an absolutely gorgeous beer in the glass.
S: Big juicy smell of tropical and lighter fruits. I get the aroma of Juicy Fruit bubble gum. Definitely strong malty character as well.
T: Beer starts off more malty and ends tongue scraping bitter. I don't get much of the juiciness that I smell.I more of a taste of herbal hops than tropical.
MF: A little sticky, coats my mouth a bit. Definitely warming alcohol presence.
O: Solid imperial IPA. Really smooth. Very well constructed beer, just not at that "it" level.

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Photo of bongobeer
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer with a strong citrus smell. The taste starts out with a hops, citrus peel and then some sweet malts, but ends up with a bitter finish. An interesting DIPA from north Alabama!

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Photo of Buck89
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. A fairly murky rusty brown-orange color with a nice frothy light tan head. Great retention. Big citrus on the nose - oranges, grapefruit, and a hint of lime. Faint malt presence. Bracingly bitter on the first sip with predominant citrusy notes but more resiny, pine as well. A big malt backbone with a spicy rye character. Clean finish.

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Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, sweet and creamy. Hoppy enough to make it a DIPA and malty enough to make it interesting and drinkable. Very well balanced with just the right amount of carbonation. Makes it even more worth visiting Alabama. This is on3 company I wish woukd sell farther north.

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Photo of richj1970
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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 sommersb
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 06-04-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Clear and bright copper-colored beer, with 4 fingers of cream-colored head. Lacing is fair with a great head retention.

Smell has a huge amount of tropical fruits plus some floral hop elements, with a backbone of caramel malt aromas.

The taste is heavily weighted to the big hop bitterness but there's always some malt in their to keep things from being one-sided. Flavors are citrus and tropical fruits; grapefruit primarily.

Thick in body, the finish is much like the initial tastes; a big citrus hop bomb with an undercurrent of a little malt sweetness.

Overall a delicious DIPA that could just as easily pass for an American style barleywine.

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Photo of breardon1776
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In my flight at J Clydes in Birmingham.

Color is amazing. Super clear but reddish hue. For an amber ale. Flavor is spot on.

Nice beer for fall/winter to dip in front of fire with cheese platter.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight to Ale Gorillanaut Imperial IPA

Pours a nice copper orange color. There is a nice half inch white head that stays for a bit and recedes slowly leaving a thin sticky film.

Aroma is of WOW!! This is a tropical fruit explosion. There are mango and papaya with some peach notes in the nose. There are slight citrus notes also present with some mild orange rind in the nose but its smooth and fruity.

Taste is intense and amazing. It starts off bitter and abrasive but in a good way. Pungent and citrusy with some grapefruit and tangerine in there. Then, a nice tropical fruit sweetness creeps in with notes of mango and papaya as in the nose. Then there is a nice earthy and grassy hop note and bitterness that brings all the flavors together. Quite bitter and intense. Definitely for big hop heads. The tropical fruit notes that entice you from the nose serve to mellow out the slight pine resins and big hop characters but they round out those intense flavors in a very nice way. Nice dry bitterness adds plenty to finish this nice light-medium bodied IIPA.

Overall, the aroma in this brew is awesome. Nice notes of tropical fruits that really entice the drinker. Then the intense hop bitterness with a background of tropical fruits brings the awesomeness back around. Well done.

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Photo of mattsdenney
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Spieglau IPA glass. Great pour, great looking, deep copper color with a thick head. Great lacing and retention. Smells of fresh hop, grass, earth, floral. This beer has such a rich and pungent hop flavor that finishes with a great balance of bitterness and malt. Somewhat boozy in taste as expected. Heavier in body and mouthfeel, perfect for a Imperial IPA. Overall a fantastic beer. Haven't had a beer from STA that I don't like.

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Photo of hopoilcrazy
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It is good to live in Straight to Ale country. This is one beer out of three cases that made it to Nashville.

This beer pours a dark amber with some hues of port or sherry and a thin tight head that stays in it for the long haul.

Bananas foster is the first whiff that hits me over the head. Some very pungent hop oil hits with notes of pine and citrus.

The taste is huge. It encompasses almost the entire hop gamut: peachy, piney, minty, resiny, weed. And there is an awesome malt balance with a shit ton of caramel, biscuit and bourbon notes

Smooth and creamy with a medium body.

Great stuff another hit from STA. This brewery needs to get checked out by more people. Worth the trip!

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Photo of zookerman182
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic local brew and fantastic brew all together. Deep dark color with hints of dark fruit. Sticky but in a good way. Doesn't get better as it warms. Quite bitter. Sort of boozy but not overwhelming. Very complex. Very tough to get in a bomber so on tap was my only option. I can't imagine it tasting this good out of a bottle.

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Photo of ChrisCBeets
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
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 ordybill
4.81/5  rDev +24.3%
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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