Braincake
Parish Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,092
ABV:
8.4%
Score:
90
Ranked #14,383
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 9.54%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
18
From:
Parish Brewing Company
 
Louisiana, United States
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SCORE
90
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Notes: Double Strata, Citra, Cashmere
Double Wheat
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 18 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Roguer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, pulpy, opaque. Visible sediment. Solid head production; decent retention; very nice lacing.

Dank, pungent, juicy nose. Pepper, oregano, mango, pineapple, weed - lots and lots of weed.

Thick, smooth, and incredibly juicy on the palate. Hops take a moment to get going, but evolve to present a wave of juicy tropical hops by the end of the first third, a growing dankness in the middle, and juice, dankness, and bright herbs on the back third. On the very far back end, there's a bit of bright herb.

Quite a lively bite, but plenty of creamy body as well. Drinks a touch easier than the 8.4% ABV.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can. Pours a pale murky orange. Smells of pineapple, tropical fruit, a little bubble gum, and booze. Tastes of pineapple, booze, and tropical fruit. Sweet fruitiness, but not overly sweet. Boozy back end with a little bit of that bubble gum, but only the slightest amount. Medium heavy. Not usually my cup of tea, but this is really tasty.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible beer. 3 weeks fresh at our local HEB. They couldve kept it fridgerated but I blame the HEB. Absolutely incredible beet though, here for Beaumont its one of the fresher and easily among the best options we have. Terp city.

That being said beer is a double wheat imperial IPA loaded with tropical flavors and an incredible creamy mouthfeel. This beer is nothing less than the shit, dont let the reviews fool you. $16 for a four pack of 16ozs. Juicy as all hell. Big head on it and just the right amount of bite to highlight the flavors

This is a pimpin ass beer, period. The buzz confirmed what I already knew - worth every penny.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is very good. Big juicy citrus aroma with piney resin. Taste is juicy but has some dryness. Citrus, decent piney resin and some mild dankness. Medium bodied with mild to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

16oz Can poured into Teku Glass. Canned on 01/28/2020.

Appearance: Pours an opaque tangerine with 1 finger of cloudy head with ample lace

Smell: Aroma leads to dank hops but very subtle. Grapefruit with mango, floral notes. Underwhelming

Taste: Citrus and bready flavors. Very little bitterness. Slight booziness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Heavy, which I'm sure was the intent with the malt. Cloying

Overall: Honestly a confusing beer for me. Personally this has all the worst characteristics of Hazy IPAs for me. If this is indicative of the direction IPAs will go count me out. The malt bill may have just simply overpowered the hops.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

$14.49 plus tax for a 4 pack of 16 fl oz cans at a beer store in New Orleans, LA. Label is neon/flashy. Standard pull-tab. Canned 01/16/20.

8.4% ABV. "Double India Pale Ale." "Double Strata, Citra, Cashmere | Double Wheat."

BODY: Turbid and hazy yet dull and murky. Lacks life and vibrance. Worse off for having not been filtered.

AROMA: Pungent. Subtle coconut, heavy Odwalla juice/fruit juice, muted citrus, wheat, faint pulp, gooseberry, more juice.

Suggests a low-bitterness imperial IPA with a Cashmere-dominant hop profile and lacklustre hop pungency. Frankly, it doesn't seem all that hoppy nor does it seem to showcase Citra well at all. Guava. Berries. The brewery's marketing online for this beer suggests its hop profile is like "berry cobbler" and I can certainly see why they'd throw that out there given its berry-redolent aroma and seeming cakey sweetness.

Aromatic intensity is high.

TASTE: Berry cobbler, sure. The wheat is strong in this one...stronger, probably, than it should be in a beer meant to be an imperial IPA (i.e. where is the clean 2-row?). Odwalla juice flavours abound with vague poorly defined fruitiness and murky pulp...no flavour really rings distinct or is particularly vivid or evocative here, but apart from the ambiguous berry flavours I think I get guava and subdued coconut.

Cashmere seems to dominate, but the coconut it imbues isn't particularly welcome. Lacks the hop pungency and depth of hop flavour it needs to really succeed as an imperial IPA, but it has a nice softness to it and its ABV is well hidden. If the point of an (I)IPA is to showcase the hop varietals selected by the brewer, this largely fails...Citra doesn't come through at all. Not a clean drinking ale by any stretch, tasting muted, vaguely defined, and shallow.

I'm reticent to call it "juicy" because though it nails an Odwalla/Naked juice pulpy mess flavour profile, it isn't vividly orange citrus-evocative or the like.

TEXTURE: Coating, smooth, wet, medium-bodied, overly thick for the style, murky (if not "dirty"), overcarbonated, unrefreshing. Hides its ABV well, but there's still a bit of warmth to it. Too chewy and viscous.

Not the clean drinking approachable mouthfeel one would hope for in an imperial IPA.

OVERALL: It drinks fine for an 8.4% ABV ale, but the hop pungency just isn't there and its hop varietals get wasted amidst the onslaught of muting wheat malt. An imperial IPA for the Odwalla juice drinker, but Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale probably has more true hop flavour than this does. Not a beer I'd buy another 4-pack of, but it's decent for what it is.

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01/23/20 2nd impression from another can:

Soft, coating, and drinkable, but boy is the hop profile a disappointment. Leans hard on coconut-heavy cashmere which just can't carry it. It doesn't help that this has less hop pungency than most pale ales.

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Braincake from Parish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 18 ratings