The Woodwork Series - Base Beer | Revelation Cat Craft Brewing

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The Woodwork Series - Base BeerThe Woodwork Series - Base Beer

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Revelation Cat Craft Brewing
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jgasparine on 07-10-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a murky dense caramel-red body with a thick butter cream head that takes up half the glass. Racing strands of carbonation swirl around some jetsam that looks like hop leaves.

S- The rich toffee mellow aroma has some fresh malt sweetness and a faint butter quality to the finish. There is a nice pine hop note that comes through when the beer opens.

T- The dry caramel richness leads to a sweet finish and some oxidative plastic notes that have a bit of a woody malt quality to it. There is a bitter note that lingers and grows a good bit as it opens.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy fizz in the finish and a faint alcohol heat only when it is pretty warm.

O- This beer should compliment a barrel very well. It has lots of nice big barleywine characteristics and some bold flavors that can stand up to the barrel aswell.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to opening these at a recent tasting. Had been waiting to find the final piece of the line-up puzzle (mixed oak and acasia barrel), but could not find this and seeing no reviews for it I broke down and had what I had.

A: Pours slightly darkish golden with a thin off-white head which leaves some clingy lace.

N: Fruity and floral with some vinous quality from the Nelson hops.

T: More malts than fruity citrus here. Some sticky resiny notes.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry and semi-bitter.

O: The base of the series shows the hops. ABV is noted.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at my tasting.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, herbal hops, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of Yabev15
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Revelation Cat Woodwork Series. Let's line'm up and knock'm down. The base beer seems a good place to start.

Appearance: Pours a clear, darkened orange body with a tall, unabashed, off-white head.

Smell: Toasted maltiness in the nose with some caramelized sugars traces to it. Pinch of spice. Slight hint of dried apricot. Citrus peel notes, though with more of an orange-like quality for me.

Taste: Moderately sweet, with a taste of toasty, bready malt. Hint of inherent apricot fruitiness. Orangesque hop flavor with a low bitterness and mild hints of late-arriving spice and resinous pine. Drying, lightly citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Buy simply one of these Woodwork beers would make about as much sense as buying just the rook bishop from a chess set. You'll need all the pieces present for this undertaking. Speaking of chess, I'll make the first move: e4.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.23/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The Dooper and I collected the base and three BA versions, then opened them all back to back. We started with the Base, then went French, American, and Acasia.

Source: 375ml into snifter
100% Munich Malts
100% Nelson Sauvin hops
IBU: 70

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium-thin, off-white head with lousy retention. Head quickly recedes to a splotchy wisp and ring. Color is amber or burnt orange and slightly hazy. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing at all.

SMELL: Very yeasty. Green fruits, apples and pears perhaps, with some boozy white wine notes. Some spicy yeast qualities in there, as well as a sour hint in the back. This doesn’t really remind me of an IPA in any way, shape or form.

TASTE: Some pale malts, lots of yeasty spices, as well as some green fruit again. Very boozy for sure; lots of white wine and alcohol flavors in there. Big aftertaste is boozy with lots of spicy yeast notes, a hint of sourness, and a good dose of hop bitterness as well. Quite boozy and the bitterness lacks any real flavor, while the sour touch is just out of place.

PALATE: This is by far the best part of the beer. Full body and quite thick on the palate. Creamy smooth, goes down nice and smooth with a good deal of heat on the swallow and finishes slightly dry on the palate. I’d like the heat to be toned down, but this is solid.

OVERALL: If this is the base beer for the three barrel aged versions, I’m in for a rough ride. This is an IPA in name only, sharing way more characteristics with a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. This one was too boozy, sour, and was perhaps bitter for the sake of being bitter. Here’s hoping the barrel did something to make this more enjoyable, because as it stands now, this is pretty rough going.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Can't recall who brought this over to share.

A: The pour is copper in color with a finger of off-white head.

S: There is some citrus to the nose, particularly orange and grapefruit peel. However, it's definitely on the sweet side. Lots of caramel and toffee malt aromas with a touch of pine on the back end.

T: As I had expected, the flavor was definitely sweet, too. Seems sort of oxidized, although it hasn't been barreled. Caramel, toffee, bread, and stale sugar. Orange and grapefruit peel provide the bulk of the hop flavor and there is some pine bitterness on the back end.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Far too sweet to really enjoy it as an IPA, especially with the hop flavors being the way they are (sort of stale).

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buckeyeboy shared this one.. Thanks Jeremy.

Long lasting off white head... great lacing atop a slightly hazed orangish amber brew.

Nose is clean crisp fruity sorta floral hops... What malts there are are pale and provide just enough maltiness to deliver the hops to the sinuses..

Flavor begins with a good bitterness and moves quickly into a toasty malt presence... the hops deliver differently on the palate, more like a berry like fruitiness... interesting... sweeter than I was expecting.

Body is on the heavy side of medium... good carbonation.

Interesting brew... glad I got a chance to try it... Thanks Jeremy.

All 4's.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Revelation Cat The Woodwork Series Base

Appearance: Copper, huge head, and a little lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and citrus.

Taste: Grapefruit, slight hops, and malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium and malty.

The gist is a malty-grapefruit/citrus with a bit of hops. It is quite good, but an expensive brew.

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Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a huge off-white head. The head eventually settles into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth pale and caramel malt aromas with good amounts of earthy and mildly floral hop aromas. As the beer warms mild amounts of pine and Concorde grape aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A combination of pale and caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light citrus and Concorde grape hop aromas. Midway through the sip the hops turn mildly bitter and take on more earthy flavors. The ending is moderately bitter.

Mouthfeel is OK. The thickness is a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass with no problems and could have another.

Overall I saw that this beer was brewed with one malt and one hop and the main purpose is to serve as a base beer to showcase different oak treatments so I can't really expect it to be above average as a DIPA. I wouldn't recommend spending the money on this unless you're going to buy the others for comparison.

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Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear amber with an enormous fluffy white head that goes nowhere and leaves sheets of lacing as it eases down the glass.

The Nelson Sauvin is evident in the aroma with the earthy wine-like character dominating. Some sweet grapes and light biscuity malts.

The taste is very spicy with a tingling of earthy hops and alcohol stinging the palate. There is a light malt presence in the background but it keeps coming back to the dry wine-like nelson hops.

The mouthfeel is almost effervescent with tons of carbonation and keeps the beer from seeming too heavy. It might be a tad overcarbonated though.

This is a solid DIPA with a dominant nelson hop profile which is very distinctive but fairly one dimensional. I'm interested to see what the barrels do to this.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured from the bottle with a massive cream-colored head which was well-retained and produced some substantial sticky lacing throughout the drink. The body was a slightly hazy orange-amber color with no visible carbonation.

S- Smells dominantly hoppy (earthy and citrus), over a base of crackerlike malt. Above average for an Imperial IPA, but nothing to write home about.

T- The crackerlike malt is still evident on the palate, but as anticipated, this is overwhelmed by bucketloads of high-alpha hops (earthy and citrus). The finish lingers with hop bitterness long after each sip. Very bold flavors overall.

M- A medium body with a creamy texture imparted by the soft carbonation. Definitely some heat from the ethanol, and a moderate astringency from the oak. This mouthfeel profile stands-up well with the bold flavors and aromas.

D- While this is all very interesting, it is simply too bold to be consumed on a regular basis. I would STRONGLY recommend drinking this along-side the other beers in the Woodwork Series to appreciate what Revelation Cat has done here.

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The Woodwork Series - Base Beer from Revelation Cat Craft Brewing
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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