Bootleg Fireworks | Baxter Brewing Co.

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3.95/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
baxterbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is our annual opportunity to abandon subtlety and replace it with chaos and volatility. For this sixth edition, we combined over a metric ton of grains with heavy hop additions and then dry hopped the beer three times with inordinate quantities of nine hop varieties, just to be ridiculous (ridonkulous?). Intentionally unfiltered, unbalanced, and surprisingly smooth. Reekris!

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,315
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
258
pDev:
13.92%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
85
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 258 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of KMcGrath
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smi69
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dedgarmcvey
1.48/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The hops in this brutality don't stand a chance against the overwhelming syrup of the beer's boozy, sugary body. Hard to even find them in there. I formed up a search party but we had to turn back.

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Photo of Craig-er
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely foam that lasts and lasts. Three fingers worth. As Dutch say, I won’t drink it unless three inch’s of foam.
A strong brew at 9%.

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Photo of beergoot
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear body; golden hued; lively carbonation with a lasting, one-finger thick head. Respectable spicy, herbal hop nose. The taste hits first with a caramel flavor that just as quickly turns into a sweet orange presence; there is a bold hop bitterness that builds to a crescendo at the finish. Heavy body; velvety but with a mildly spiky feel; residual sugar heft; battle between a heavy sweetness to the finish and a more dry note with the dryness getting the edge with the hop bitterness and alcohol presence.

An interesting DIPA and full of flavors and aromas that come at you from out of the blue. It ultimately leaves you with a bitter, boozy presence. A full-power DIPA through and through.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fitzy01
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bammer21
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrc1093
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 6/14/18

A frothy off-white head sits atop a clear golden amber body; walls of thick lacing stain the glass as the medium-sized head slowly dissipates. Beautiful sheen on this one; an attractive-looking beer.

Smells of spiced hops, unripened grapefruit, and some notes of rye bread brought on by a big malt presence; it's all rather clean and manages to not overwhelm the senses, which is definitely a plus in this case.

The taste is deeply hoppy but soaked in malty undertones; I'm getting dense grapefruit peels, boozy pine, and zesty malts with a purely earthy but restrained hop finish.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbed with just a hint of heft. Booze is present but impressively restrained, never really effecting the body of the beer.

Big, boozy tango of hops and malt, ye remains clean and balanced throughout. A decent beer, but my desire for a boozy malt profile would certainly influence my likelihood of reaching for one again.

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Photo of SHMD_Brewing
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ronl12
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kayakguy
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Maudrey
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bloodsnot77
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mleblanc25
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of farrago
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Close to three finger high head of orange tinted cream white, lots of pockmarks and dimples, you can watch them pop across the surface, retention is good plus and the lacing forms very broad sheets which stick tenaciously. Past haziness into cloudiness, so much particulate floating about it’s opaque, what bubbles can be seen form loose beads. Concentrated tangerine, orange citrus notes in the nose, like pulpy orange juice, very dank and herbaceous and earthy, dried fruit nature to the pineapple, apricot, guava fruit scents, pine sap and cocoa to Ovaltine nuances, its power makes it somewhat unfocused. Full-bodied, were it not for the keen prickle to the carbonation it might sit inert on the palate. Bitter twist through the green leafiness and grassiness, the inherent sweetness of the apricot, peach, pineapple fruit does not find its footing. Pine, earth appear throughout, there is a strong booziness to it which can even evoke coconut, caramel oak flavors. Here too it’s all about the brawn, scoffing at the though of subtlety or integration. So, kudos for pushing the pedal to the metal but would be much better were it to put it on cruise control for a few miles.

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Photo of MilaMila
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ummswimmin
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXMRTN
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of k47k
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmoriarty
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Bootleg Fireworks from Baxter Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 258 ratings