Spaceman | Brewfist

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Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kojevergas on 08-23-2011

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3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And the Italian invasion has begun! Though the avant garde beer scene is well documented, Brewfist delivers a taste that might as well be out of America's West Coast. Welcome Spaceman!

Like many an IPA, the medium amber body shares an orange tint and the standard dry-hop haze. As the ale settles, it develops a creamy ivory froth to cap the beer during the entire session and lacing with well defined rings at each sip. Its the quintessential IPA appearance.

Strong citrus aromatics infiltrate the olfactory senses with zesty grapefruit and ripe oranges. A nod to pineapple, apricot and mango comes in a secondary role. Backed by caramel-dipped sweet scent, the balance is supportive but careful not to tread on the hops.

And its that short-lived caramel note that hits the mouth first. But as soon as it plays on the palate, it fades- or is rather chased off by the onslaught of hops at middle palate. Grapefruit juice, orange juice and "Hawaiian Punch" make a lot of headway for the bulk of the beer's taste. But as it turns toward finishing, the bitterness grows from that of citrus rinds to bitter herbs, grasses and pine resin.

Medium-light in body, the ale's early sweetness and creamy carbonation is soon shrugged off in favor of a firmly dry finish with deceptively smooth alcohol warmth.

Ten years ago, this would be considered a world class IPA. But today, this is the common flavor that's expected of simply well made examples. Where it may not be the most stellar of standouts, its only a very good beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.53/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this from the De Molen beer shop in Bodegraven.

From a bottle into a snifter
Best before 30 March 2014
IBU: 70

APPEARANCE: Another Brewfist foamer upon opening. Pours a three finger, medium looking, white head with good retention. Clear gamboge orange with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full foam cap and some foamy lacing clings to the glass. A half wisp remains leaving some decent lacing down the glass. Not bad, but they need to fix this foaming issue.

SMELL: Bread, grainy malts, light caramel, as well as s decent amount of floral and grassy hops on the nose. Still a bit too grainy, but better than Burocracy.

TASTE: Some grainy bread and caramel up front, then lots of floral hops and grassy flavors at the swallow. Bold and relentless finish is bitter, spicy from the yeast, with lots of grassy hops as well. Better than Burocracy, but still not my type of flavor profile. Too grainy and spicy for the style.

PALATE: Better, but not good. Thinner and lighter on the palate with higher levels of carbonation. Slightly airy, goes down okay and finishes dry. Some bitterness lingers. Still too thin and foamy for the style.

OVERALL: These guys just can't seem to get it right. Slightly better than Burocracy, but that isn't saying much at all. Too grainy, thin and foamy for the style. Not worth the calories. Pass on this and try anything else.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Cpawsat
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2013. Picked up a little while back from Trembling Madness in York.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy orange-amber hue with visible sediment and decent carbonation. The yeast expands through the liquid like smoke. Produces a good head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of fruity hops with a mix of peach, apricot, white grape, melon, pineapple and citrus notes. Underpinned by sweet caramel malt, earthy yeast and a faint whiff of alcohol. A mild hint of sourness and funk in the background (catpiss?); it calls to mind certain Belgian yeast strains.

Tastes of aromatic hops with a malty backbone and a strident bitter finish. Notes of peach, apricot, white grape, citrus, pineapple, melon, caramel, earthy yeast esters and stewed hops. A touch of sourness/funk lurking in the background (though less than the aroma). A warming hint of booze to round things off, followed by a restrained bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, spicy and tingly, with good body. Feels a tad undercarbonated - could benefit from being more effervescent. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity hop notes, malt and bitterness.

A tasty beer, and a solid effort from this Italian brewery. Very fruity hop notes - quite an unusual range of aromas/flavours (peach!). Good malt presence even if slightly on the sweet side. The bitterness is rather toned down relative to the hop aroma, though perhaps the malt balances it out. The sour hints are odd - not sure if that's down to the yeast or the hop varieties. At any rate, it goes down nicely enough. Worth trying if you have the chance.

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Photo of goodbeerallday
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at local tap house balaclava.

A: extremely good looking beverage. Clean sun orange with low amounts of carbonation rising up the glass and a 2 finger white head which decays to a reasonably think fluffy covering.

S: heaps of zesty orange peal! Some spice but mainly orange being the overwhelming scent recorded on the nose.

T: again some orange, lemon and wow an exploding up front bitterness! A very sharp taste and direct to the point. The thing I don't like is there that it doesnt have the same appealing taste as what the nose and appearance suggest. Astringent, unpleasant lingering flavours follow through down the tounge and stay around the whole mouth.

M: almost sandpapery.. Really not the most enjoyable beer.

O: a great looking beer and smell keeps you interested but that initial taste really doesn't help in any way. I feel as though this would look really good on the cover of a beer mag but no name to say what it is.

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Photo of RickyS
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of earlholman
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Antyk
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a small, off-white head.
Nose shows grapefruit, pine and resin. Underneath is caramel and nutty malt.
Flavours include pine and grapefruit, copious amounts of caramel, followed by an assertive bitterness.
Nice thick mouthfeel.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

30 07 13. 2312 on label

A - Slightly cloudy medium yellow with deeper orange colour in the middle. Thin layer of off-white head.

S - Grapefruit, peach and mango up front with some sweet honey and caramel aromas present as well.

T - Bitter up front with some tropical fruit and grapefruit notes present. A somewhat dank flavour is present at first that somewhat diminished as I continue to drink the bottle. Some sweet caramel present as well.

M - Medium body with some good hop oils present. Moderate carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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