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Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not sufficiently weird enough to fit with all the other italian beer out there, which i dont know if thats a good thing or a bad thing. i assume they call this spaceman because of the yeast suspended in the orange honey colored beer. there a billion little particles like stars, orbiting the edges of my glass as i twirl it gently, far out man. the head is short and white, and the beer smells distinctly like peaches. i know there is no fruit in this, but it seems to have that peachy o ring candy flavor to it as well. its all from the hops, which is kind of cool. i expected it to have faded more over time, i have seen this on a shelf for ages, but finally tried it. ill bet it was even more dynamic when it was fresh. plenty of bitterness too though, and even with all the fruit it never appears sweet. surprisingly not very yeasty though for all of the sediment in this one, it doesnt have a lot of yeast flavor. clean finish, lush fuller medium body, and plenty of carbonation. excellent beer, but this is the first italian beer i have had that really fits in any style guideline.

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Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has some orange hues along with a light amount of visible carbonation and lots of fine particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass and delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of herbal hops and hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, with flavors of citrusy hops—grapefruit stand out in particular—along with a light to moderate amount of associated bitterness and muted notes of caramel malts. The bitterness persists through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seemed like it might have originally had a lot of dynamic aromas and flavors from the hops but these got muted in its trip across the Atlantic.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draught into a half-pint glass at Ma Che in Roma, Italy. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice soft cream, great thickness, and excellent retention. Colour is a cloudy semitransparent textbook copper.

Sm: Heavy bittering hops, lemon citrus ester hops, orange peel, and a certain tingly tangy sweetness. Pleasant and complex.

T: Lemon and orange, malt, bittering hops (which are thankfully restrained, avoiding the main pitfall of IPAs), and a full bodied barley foundation. Complex, decently built, and well balanced.

Mf: Smooth, with enough coarseness to bring out the flavours. Wet. A bit too thick.

Dr: High price, easy to drink, and of decent quality.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly misty golden, poor whit head, quick to a bit of froth.
Citrusy hop and grainy biscuit, touch of pineapple, light floral notes, light caramel, faint pine.
Rich bitter (more than) sweet citrus up front, lots of grapefruit, underripe orange, some fresh pineapple too. Caramel, grain, faint honey notes. Pine resin in the finish, not too strong, perfumey floral notes, grassy bitter hop too.
Aftertaste has bitter citrus peel, grass, light grain. Pretty dry. Medium body, medium carbonation.
A bitter dry, slightly sweet IPA. Generous with hops, tasty, what more to ask for?! Brewfist really know how to make'em.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, copper color. 3/2 inch head of off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight caramel malt, resin, piney hops, hint of yeast, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of caramel malt, piney hops, slight resin, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance and aroma, but body was a little metallic and not well blended.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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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Photo of avalon07
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. Some sediment. Had a two inch, fluffy, white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Lots of hops, citrus, and tropical fruit in the aroma. Pretty good.

T: Smelled like it tasted: A decent aroma of hops, citrus (grapefruit), tropical fruit (mango), and a little malt. Definitely a hops-forward beer (almost too much so), but there's also a good mix of fruitiness and malt.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a very bitter, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Spaceman is a solid IPA, in spite of its overabundance of hops. A solid effort.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beer Deluxe.

A - Dark gold, a little haze, one finger of off white head. Good carbonation. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Citrus fruits, peach, biscuity malt.

T - Peachy, some citrus again, orange. Bready as well with some bitter pineapple. Odd.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body which shouldn't be so for 7% and a lightly bitter finish.

O/D - Not bad but just a pretty standard IPA. A few off notes like body and lack of bitterness lose it points. Good enough.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange with a thin white collar and lots of floaties. Solid Centennial-ish nose with something sour and slightly pissy (Citra?) underneath.
Fresh white bread with bit of baguette crust and honeydew with spicy white grape pushing through before lime zest and musty hops end.
Pink grapefruit finish and fennel sorbet linger. Light to medium, crisp, slight chew, soft, oily yet astringent.

Hops, according the the website, turn out to be both Citra and Simcoe (along with Columbus) so there's your funk and piss. Definitely distinctive form Burocracy; leaner and tarter than their other IPA. I'm not sure the hops combo is a good idea, and it's pretty merciless (especially with lager malt and no crystal) but it is unique and ultimately refreshing.

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Photo of stcules
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opalescent orange, a bit oo hazy. Average white creamy foam.
In the smell fresh hop, tangerine, resinous and piney notes, bitter.
A good balancing maltiness in the taste, strong and pleasant bitterness, with the same notes of the smell.
Light body, quite long aftertaste, resinous, piney, tangerine.
Good, and well balanced.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Jeffo
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
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 ADZA
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Italian beer ive been looking forwards to trying and pours a fast vanishing one finger head and hardly any lacing at all,the smell is very citrus with aromas of orange,lemon juice,mangoes,pineapple and sherbet,the mouthfeel is just under medium bodied with nice still carbonation and has tastes of piney citrus infused hops,bitter grapefruit,pineapple,mangoes,only the slightest touch of toffee and finished with a sherbet bitterness and overall its definately a one sided hop affair with the malts playing only the slightest cameo and with a few tweaks of the mouthfeel this could have potential but once again another beer you have to try especially if you like your hops cheers.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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 bmwats
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a nonic.

A: Slightly hazy, golden hue. Pours a slight, bubbly white head. Slight lacing.

S: Pine resin, and honey.

T: Hoppy and bitter. Not much else.

M: Crisp with something of a papery finish.

D: Sipping experience.

Atmosphere is okay. Nose much of a head or lacing. Really sweet piny nose. Bitter hop. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Jim's. BB 10/13.

Interesting - another AIPA to write about... It looks the part, smells the part, and tastes the part. All good enough in itself. Notes include citrus, being grapefruit and then sweeter mango and apricot, with a good balance of that and the citrus hop notes on back palate.

Having said that it does not stand out from the crowd, but likewise has no brewing faults.

Solid beer from a long way away. I guess it has travelled well, but Aus brewers should be able to do better given freshness on side. Balance is best element tho....

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dated 30 09 13

Not much white head that falls down fast but clings to the edge on a clear orangey body.

Getting some orange and sweetness. I felt it was a little too cold and after warming a tad I got the signature citra pee smell and some more resinous character.

Carbonation and astringency hits the front of the tongue giving way to citrus hops, resin, and caramel.

Decent IPA but I enjoy their collab pale ale more than this.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy sunset gold, with a finger of retentive cream coloured head and splotchy lacing.

S - Citrusy hops, ripe juicy orange, shortbread biscuits.

T - Peach and mango, orange and lemon. Nice bittersweet balance. Bready biscuity malts.

M - Medium to full body, moderate carbonation.

O - A nice flavoursome IPA without blowing your socks off with intense hop taste or bitterness.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Mostly clear yellow-orange pour with a two finger head with minimal retention and decent lacing. The Citra hops are the star of the nose. Resiny and piney with that signature aroma, along with lots of citrus, specifically peach, mango and tangerine. The taste follows through with loads of orange peel, fresh hops, grapefruit, and mango, all very well balanced with a healthy dose of sweet caramel malt action. The mouthfeel is really smooth and slightly oily with a great tangy bitter hop finish. Surprisingly refreshing and drinkable for such a hop bomb. I had this on tap at Braukunst Live in Munich so I knew how good it was. The bottled version almost lives up to the draft, but not quite. Still, an amazing offering from Brewfist.

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Photo of janubio
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a golden colour, qieh a medium retention head that leaves a normal lace. Aroma of pinde, citrics, come grapefruts and caramel. Medium body, carbonation is OK. Standard carbonation. Taste of citrics, pine, caramel. Good.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

A-hazy gold color with a very large white head that fades slow
S-malt, orange, and hops
T-orange and malt are the first thing I tasted, then came a hop bitterness that turns back into a orange finish
M-high carbonation and light body
O-this beer was not overpowering and it had a good balance of malt, citrus and hops. My only complaint was the price of $5.50 for a 12oz bottle

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Photo of kitch
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Best before 30 May 2015 as stated on the back of the bottle. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a La Chouffe tulip glass.

A: The beer poured a nice copper orange with some haze caused by some small particles suspended. One finger white head.
S: Citrus aromas hit first with some light pine and light caramel malt.
T: Bitter and malt with light grapefruit and some other citrus. Interestingly leaves a mango aftertaste. However the fruit flavours were not really strong and did not last long which was unfortunate.
M: Light body with medium/high carbonation.
O: The beer poured nice and smell kept me interested but I think the taste failed to live up to expectations from the initial pour. The taste just seemed to be missing something which was unfortunate as everything else seemed pretty good… except that taste is probably the most important… I probably wouldn’t buy this again.

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Photo of djura
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got it from Italy, bottle 0.33 l
A - Typical IPA appearance. Maybe some thinner foam. Low carbonation.
S - Very, very pleasant smell. Mostly honey aroma, very fresh. Lots of hops.
T/M - Highly bitter. Maybe a bit more Caramalt or something similar. There is some sticky aftertaste. Honey aroma is mostly in the mouth.

O - This is good beer. High in bitterness, but in the good way.

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Photo of interzen
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Dark golden yellow/amber with a faint haze - I think this beer is unfiltered so the haze would be from sediment in the bottle. Fingers width of off-white head which diminishes to a thin foam cap. Not a lot in the way of lacing.

Smell: Yep, it's an IPA all right - a bit of citrus up front but this is soon overtaken by the overwhelming resinous tang of the hops. Heavy pine aromas, with maybe the faintest hint of yeast and malt. Very much hop forward though.

Taste: Very hop-forward - grapefruit and other citrus initially, but quickly overwhelmed by the grassy, piney, resiny hops. Overall, pretty bitter - not surprising since the bottle states that this is 70 IBU. It certainly lives up to that.

Feel: Fairly light with medium carbonation - the finish is very, very dry and sticks around long after the last mouthful. Hopheads will probably go for this, others not so much.

Overall: Not brilliant by Brewfist standards, and given the crowded nature of the IPA market, American-style IPAs in particular, there's nothing really here that lifts it above the competition. Sure, it's tasty and refreshing but there are lot of other IPAs out there that tick the same boxes. Good, but nothing special.

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