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Bootleg Epic Ale | Bootleg Brewery

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Brewed by:
Bootleg Brewery

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ADZA on 07-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pale yellow colour, quite cloudy with a nice fine bubbled head of white foam. Nice, but surprisingly light.

What a nose, full of massive passionfruit sauvin-ness. Just gorgeous. Very sharp and sweet. It's nothing more than that, but screw it, I love Nelson Sauvin.

Light bubblegum on the palate, with a pleasant crisp bitterness. Banana and tropical. Quite a note of weizen but with the hoppiness to bring it back to beerland. Very light, but exceptionally easy to drink. Mouthfeel is crisp. Very nice.

A very smooth and drinkable brew. Very enjoyable. I wish this were available everywhere.

Pleasant as this beer is, someone is kidding themselves that this is a Double IPA. Not a chance in a mile - this would be pushing it to be classified a single IPA. I'd be happier calling this an Australian Pale Ale - it's certainly a beer style I'd love to claim for this country.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried at the Local Taphouse's July 4th SpecTAPular.

Pours a pale, very hazy appearance, with a little bit of head, has sunk to a ring around the top. Lacing is excellent, cascades down nicely with dense bubbles. Looks pretty good.

Nose is insane. Sauvin hop smell - well, passionfruit. But yeah, very little else on that, just passionfruit and passionfruit seeds. Not too intense though, and pleasant, but really, it's just sauvin hops.

Taste is a burgeoning hop flavour, with a nice development of taste, good passionfruit sauvin flavour with a bit of banana on the middle, some bubblegum on the front and a nice, just slightly bitter pang at the end. Really quite a good palate, well constructed with good use of hops, not overdone. They are very dominant but not too intense.

A bit of tingle on the feel, a little bit champagney with just a light sparkle and slightly puckering. Very drinkable beer, very crisp.

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Photo of ADZA
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came in a 330ml brown bottle with a tiny little white label on the front stating that is a double west indian pale ale,the bloke at the bottle shop told me that this was a limited release and it was lucky that they got some,this beer pours a beautful pale straw colour with a two finger head that hangs around and it leaves no lace on the glass,the smell is quite hoppy,floraly and bitter and the taste is quite bitter indeed but pleasant enough to quaff down easliy,not a beer i would drink all the time but not bad

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.0
Poured two fingers of loose, bubbly off-white head over a slightly hazy body of amber-gold. In time the head reduced to a thin layer leaving no lace.

Smell - 3.5
Banana upon opening fades leaving an enticing aroma of caramel, hard candy and funky, fruity yeast.

Taste - 3.0
Instantly recognisable as a Bootleg beer thanks to the dusty yeast character common to the brewery. Moderately bitter, somewhat sour, sweet pale malt, lightly fruity and spicy.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Aggressive but fine carbonation gives a very light mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 3.0
Not one I'd come back to, but certainly not hard to drink.

Not a bad effort, but not quite what I look for in an IPA either. For me the dusty, yeasty character detracts from what is otherwise a pleasant beer.

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Bootleg Epic Ale from Bootleg Brewery
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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