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 soulgrowl
2.31/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy gingery cat fur orange. Not a great head – what's there is white, but there ain't much there. Smells more like a... I don't know, like a blonde ale than an APA. Not much citrus or floral from the hops. Not much biscuit or toasty from the malts. It's a little bit tropical – some pineapple in there – but on the whole this is really lacking in character. It is, however, slightly yeasty. That's all well and good but it's not what I want in this style.

Frothy and balanced, but this tastes like a pretty average English golden ale – there is some fruity sweetness there, a touch of resin here, some apple and tangerine... but pretty drab across the board. And in the end it's totally out of whack – it feels like it's having an identity crisis. Is it American? The sort-of English malts and the vaguely Belgian yeast and the echoes of Pacific hops say no, but its heart is in the right place.

A confusing and ultimately underwhelming experience.

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Photo of WynnO
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of brandonld23
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bylerteck
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. BB 30.04.13. From notes.

A - Poured hazy dark golden. One finger of soapy white head. Strong carbonation. Good rings of lace and one finger of retention.

S - Tropical fruit, hay, pear, some spiciness, caramel.

T - Really grassy. Fair bit of honey and grapefruit. Some spice and tropical fruit. Rye is definitely there.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body, spicy in the finish.

O/D - OK. Rye and spice were a bit much. No real noticable hop note to counter the spice. All said, not too bad.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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 -DF-
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Raven3464
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of dansmcd
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Andy_Luft
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of beerdrifter
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Slightly hazy yellow-amber pour with a huge three finger peaky, meringue-like head with great retention and lacing. Lots of piney, grassy, citrus hops in the nose with some subtle bready, caramel malt as well. The tangy grapefruit and pine from the hops dominates the taste. A measure of balance is reached as it warms and some subtle caramel malt sweetness emerges. The mouthfeel is a bit on the fizzy side, but the finish has a great tangy, bitter hop bite. Another solid offering from Brewfist.

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Photo of Rwalford74
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thin head that did not last, but who cares?
Tastes of lemon peel, a bit of mango, some grapefruit.
Thinner and lighter than I was expecting and a little dry. Like a thinned out IPA almost.
Maybe I've been drinking too much old engine oil in recent weeks and everything bar an imperial IPA will not stack up ...
Very easy drinking and would be fantastic on a hot afternoon at a BBQ, but would go down rather too quickly ...
I liked it a lot, but would not go wild about it. Definitely too expensive for what it is.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Local Taphouse as part of the Italian SpecTapular festival.

Pours a slightly hazed golden colour, with a pretty decent weight behind it. Head is a disappointingly pocked white bubbly mess that leaves specks of lacing but no more. Looks pretty average.

Mild citrus on the nose, with some sweetness to back it up and a touch of apricot. But it's so bland overall, and these characters are really muted. I have written on my notes: "V V MILD" in all-caps.

Again, light apricot on the palate, but here it crescendoes into a juicy sweetness midpalate, which is concomitantly matched with a clean bitterness on the back, and perhaps a slight crushed vegetation note. It's really quite pleasant.

Feel is smooth and solid, if not perfectly matched.

This was easily the best BrewFist beer I had at the festival—the others being pretty bland and weak (and I discover belatedly that this is actually a collaboration, which may explain much). Still, this is a drinkable and pretty enjoyable drop all up.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a lasting head.
NOse shows soft pine, resin and grapefruit, along with some biscuit-like malt.
Similar flavours: grapefruit, pine, caramel and biscuit notes. A bold, sharp, piny bitterness finishes things off. Quite enjoyable.
Carbonation seems just a little full on.

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Photo of Allegue04
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of life_of_agony
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of laituegonflable
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-amber colour, very slight haze in the glass. Head is webbed out, nice and big. Could stick around more and maybe be a little denser, but still nice-looking.

Slight nutty malt on the nose, but pleasant fruity hops backing up. Mostly US, with piney and citric notes dominating for a pleasant tang. Fresh, and fairly clean.

More of that nutty malt upfront. US-style hops again take the fore midway, but the grainy malt upfront lasts a little too long. Refreshing enough with a decent slug of bitterness late that is almost peppery in character.

Pale ale texture; slight bubbles, fairly decent.

OK pale ale. Certainly the best offering from Brewfist I've had.

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Photo of Poupae
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of heygeebee
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Jims.

Pours a copper amber. Hazy body.

Aromas mainly of citrus hops. Rye in the mix as well.

Taste is medium weight, apricots, mango, citrus and citrus hop back palate. Quite dry from the rye.

Mouthfeel medium weight. Well carbonated.

Not sure what this wants to be. Quite a heavy taste for an APA but this methinks tries to be an AIPA. Quite expensive for what it is tho.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of ADZA
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first look at the label it definately looks like Beer Here's artwork a nice alice in wonderland pic and pours a dark hazy golden hue which leaves a two finhger head and nice lacing,the smell is peppery spicy rye,kiwi fruit,floral grassy hops and tropical fruits,the mouthfeel is medium bodied not overcarbonated and suits nicely with tastes of gooseberries,spicy rye,lemon cheesecake,candy and finished with a wild berry bitterness and overall its a nice collaboration between the two breweries and cant wait to try this on tap cheers.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky honey orange with thin film of white froth and the odd trailer.
Lemon peel, crushed mango and rye spice on the nose.
Rye bread with a touch of caramel and tart papaya then tropical fruit (guava?), pine and citrus hops.
Grassy finish and looonger bitter lemon rind linger.
Lt medium, crisp, slight chew, some oil.

NZ hops and rye make an novel combo, and it's all restrained enough to fit into an APA. Reminds me of Spaceman in just how hard, almost harshly, it hits with the grapefruit side of hops. Noble bite in there, too. Musty citrus moves to the front in the end, but there's plenty of interest here.

Innovative, if a tad rough.

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