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Caterpillar | Brewfist

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Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Beer Here this is a pale ale from 5.8 degrees with malt, rye and Columbus & Motueka hops.

Added by GONZALOYANNA on 05-03-2012

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is way better than its ratings, but maybe just to me, as i must admit i am a sucker for basic styles like a pale ale that are respectfully jazzed up just enough to be different, and i think that describes this neat beer perfectly. its got a little rye in it, and the use of the new zealand hops also makes it quite unique as pale ales go, and i though it was really good, even if a likely a little older than it wants to be for optimal quality. very pale in color, straw shaded, hazy but not murky thick or anything, and with an extremely lively belgian looking rising white head from the bottle into the globe glass. aroma here shows the tropical and citrus fruitiness of the hops used, obviously new zealand type, with a dry but interesting cereal grain base. the rye is soft in the flavor, but its just enough to make this a little different, with its characteristic spiciness, its awesome with the heavier hop elements in here, and the dry, light body is just right for the more delicate fruity hop aspects, its the best of both worlds in one beer. i was expecting something a little more uncommon on the yeast, which is something i have come to expect from most italian craft beers, but this one is pretty clean and simple, maybe a slight saison character to it, but this stays pale ale all the way. i love the hop and grain together, exactly what a pale ale should be. surprised this hasnt been more favorably reviewed on here...

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Photo of brandonld23
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Allegue04
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of life_of_agony
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rbloomberg3
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of drpimento
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not bad. Huge, thick, fluffy head that slowly settles and some lace. Color is a cloudy orange amber. Aroma is a slightly herbal caramel malt. Flavor's slightly bittersweet at first along with the carbonic tang, goes dry, then a little sweet comes back. Finish is quite bitter. Body is full and soft with good counterpoint to the bitter.

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Photo of -DF-
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexAfonin
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy apricot with a poor white string of foam.
Sweet citrus hop smell, with some peach, white grape, pineapple, faint lychee, a nice caramel base, bit of pine and there's quite a nice spicy grain feel, definitely the rye. Should be nice.
Juicy pineapple, peach and pomelo, riddled with lots of bitter lemon peel and grass. Light grape and some more tropical notes too, in contrast with dry and spicy grainy malt. Light caramel. Some floral notes and grassy hop in the finish.
Aftertaste is hoppy bitter, a bit fruity still, dry and with just a bit of sweetness. Medium body, medium carbonation.
A generously hopped pale ale, enriched with the spicy rye to create a really nice combination. Pretty cool.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, orange color. Two inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus, herbs, slight yeast, hops, sweet malt, earthy malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of floral notes, citrus hops, earthy malt, hint of alcohol, sweet malt, yeast, and herbs. Overall, refreshing, good body, blend, little too carbonated, and flavorful.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Toteezz
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.7/5  rDev 0%

Photo of doktorhops
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Finally I get to review a brew from a second Italian craft brewer, the first being the outstanding Birra Del Borgo, the stakes have never been higher - will our challenger Brewfist topple the craftweight champion of Italy? I’m betting my money on Birra Del Borgo (they are an awesome brewer after all). My logic for reviewing new brewers usually dictates that I start with a heavy ABV Ale such as an IPA, as it takes real skill to brew high ABV beers, but this time I was drawn to the labels psychedelic Alice in Wonderland caterpillar. Do not disappoint me Brewfist (and BeerHere!).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a cloudy mandarin body with a frothy cream coloured head. There are yeast particles floating around the glass, excellent! 9/10.

S: Funky and spicy upfront, a mixture of yeast and rye aromas. There is an acidic citric note as well (welcome hops!) that adds a grapefruit sheen to an already intriguing aroma. 8/10.

T: Flavour really lets it down a bit - it’s sourdough bread, rye spice, hints of sweet malt, with a dry bitter orange peel finish. Lacking all the depth and finesse of a good American Pale Ale. Definitely could benefit from a dry hopping to add a more hoppy dimension. 6/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a creamy carbonation. 8/10.

D: Overall this is not even in the same cricket stadium (to recoin an American phrase) as Birra Del Borgo, maybe I should give their Spaceman IPA a try before I totally dismiss Beerfist? [shut up me, you know you will] Well anyway it’s not all bad news. At least it has a unique flavour (due to the rye) - one that I’ve never encountered for this style. Yay Beerfist. 5/10.

Food match: If we’re going to go all the way Italian a nice fettuccine all'arrabbiata would suit this beer.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of UncleEmu
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of fmccormi
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 11.2oz/330ml pry-off bottle to a stubby tulip stem; no dating of any kind that I can see, but it was new to me, appeared to be relatively well-stocked on the shelves, and was the last one in the cooler so I figured there was a decent chance it’s fresh-ish.

Appearance (4.25): The body is perfect—a perfectly hazy, glowing honey-orange color, capped by about two fingers of cream-colored foam that bubbles away slowly with fine-grained, full lacing around the sides where the head has receded. Retention is average, overall, but the lacing is very nice.

Smell (4.0): Generally comes off as a dry, aromatic American Pale Ale, and a pretty decent one: candied orange peels, sweet pineapple juice, some dry, rustic grains and cereal, and finally some dewy, grassy aroma.

Taste (4.25): Quite floral in terms of hops and quite spicy in terms of malt: grassy, floral bitterness and the flavor of edible flowers mixed with some subtle, sweet citrus flavors (blood orange, bitter grapefruit). The hop flavors blend, on the back end, with the markedly spicy rye (kind of a mix of black peppercorn, herbal spiciness, etc.) and pale, starchy, rustic-bready malt undercarriage. It’s got a moderately long finish that’s herbal and resinous with a lemony undertone—overall it’s very nicely crafted with more layers than the average pale.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Really, really drinkable. It has a medium-to-light body with just a bit of heft, a slick feel, dry, resinous finish, and nice carbonation that distributes itself evenly across the palate before foaming out with a solid tingle all over.

Overall (4.0): Honestly, I really like this beer. It’s definitely an American Pale Ale, but the hops used and the combination of the hops and rye together add new, solid but not aggressive, subtle but not invisible, layers and background notes that add a lot. It’s got depth, but it doesn’t make it any less easy to drink. This is a solid APA.

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Photo of Andy_Luft
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mverity
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. Pours peachy yellow orange. Aroma is of the rye make (a bit if spice and slight herb), and a slight funk. Taste is similarly spicy with a piney/spicy hop profile. Some medium malt character. Mouthfeel is a bit if hop bite, highly carbonated and medium body. Good beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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