Heavy Machinery Double IPA | Austin Beerworks

Heavy Machinery Double IPAHeavy Machinery Double IPA
BA SCORE
4.23/5
238 Ratings
Heavy Machinery Double IPAHeavy Machinery Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Austin Beerworks
Texas, United States
austinbeerworks.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by htdoerge on 06-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,368
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
238
pDev:
8.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

16 fl oz aluminum can with uninteresting label acquired at a local H-E-B grocery and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current 94 rating. Reviewed as an imperial IPA.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of khaki-white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Okay frothiness. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes. Little lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a quasitransparent translucent copper with warm orange hues. Above average in terms of vibrance. Clean; no floating yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for the style, albeit a pretty conventional one. Far from unique or special, but it looks good for an imperial IPA. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Dank grapefruit and citrusy resins, with an accompanying hop bitterness bite. Dry pine needles. Evergreen sap. Light nectary hop character. Floral hop character. Caramalts. Pale malts. Light bready malts.

The untamed hop bitterness is hugely problematic, and the dryness of the aroma is already signalling this is unlikely to refresh. That said, it's got some nice hop notes and I'm hoping the taste is more balanced than the aroma. A somewhat pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No overt alcohol, yeast character, or off-notes are detectable.

T: The disastrously imbalanced hop bitterness severely restrains the quality of the taste. The grapefruit is way too aggressive and too biting. I wish the citrusy notes were juicy and had more depth. Aside from the poorly executed grapefruit, I find some generic floral hop notes, a bit of dank hop oils, and some mediocre sappy character. As far as hop profiles go, this doesn't match my personal tastes well at all. I will say I'm glad it's not real soapy. The tropical hop character it has - the mango and light pineapple - isn't particularly likable.

Caramalts, pale malts, and a light bready malt sweetness provide the foundation of the beer. I think I find some honey/honey malts as well.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-flavours are present.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. There isn't much complexity or subtlety here, let alone intricacy and nuance. It's a hugely imbalanced flavour profile for an imperial IPA, and seems to be following Stone and Green Flash in terms of imperial IPA brewing becoming a dicksizing competition with IBUs and hop content. This is more a juvenile exercise in packing in hops than a sincere attempt at brewing a balanced and carefully executed beer. While I do appreciate some of the elements at play here, ultimately the build just doesn't feel intentionally constructed or even cohesive.

Mf: Way too dry and too coarse for an imperial IPA. It dries out the mouth while not providing much in the way of refreshment, and feels hazy. Could be softer and creamier. Full-bodied. Decent thickness. Filling. Lightly oily. Not crisp. Overcarbonated and biting. Sticky.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Okay presence on the palate. Overall, this texture doesn't suit the taste or style too well at all. The dry chalky feel featured here just plain doesn't work in an imperial IPA.

Dr: It's much more difficult to drink than many beers in the style, mainly due to the poorly executed texture and the highly imbalanced taste. I'm sure this'll attract its fans, but it won't impress the discerning drinker and it's far from amongst the best beers in the style. I wouldn't recommend it to friends and trade partners per se, and I continue to be underwhelmed by Austin Beerworks.

C

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Photo of javlin624
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of blastoderm55
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Wayne17
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of nsheehan
3.07/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Heavy Machinery DIPA
Austin Beerworks
20130619
16oz can to Duvel tulip
DIPA
Bought on 06/14/2013 (canned around 06/02/2013)

A – Amber, a tiny bit cloudy. Somewhat translucent but very much not transparent. I poured it quite forcefully to get more head as my first can didn’t retain the head well. It’s a thick and billowy off-white and dissipates at a nice rate.

S – Hops and malt are pretty big on this one. The malt is more than I’d like. I pick up some pine, citrus, and dark resinous smell, maybe soap-like. For the citrus, mainly orange that I like with a little lemon zest. Getting a heavy malty-earthy smell too, like some nutty, woody, muddled smell. When I swirl it I get a light smell that’s fish-like. Fish and cheese. Unexpected.

T – Fits smell somewhat. Hops and malt, but I think the malt is actually dominant here. The main flavors I get are a nutty-woody flavor with a tiny lemon kick the whole time. This flavor is accompanied by a hoppiness that’s more resinous than piney or expressly bitter. There’s no bright, clear hop flavor.

M – Thick, kind of syrupy. Feels almost sludgy on the tongue. A bit of tingle on the tip of the tongue is the only sign of carbonation. It softly slicks the rest of the tongue like oil. Is close feeling on the sides of the tongue but kind of distant on the top and front. Definitely what I would call chewy. Thickest DIPA I’ve ever had.

D – Not high. It’s thick and cloying. Malt seems to star instead of hops. I want to like it but think this is a strikeout. Even if I disregard style, this is still just an average beer.
3, 3.5, 3, 2.5, 3.

Wait 45 minutes and revisit.
S – Citrus, alcohol, and another fruit. It’s watermelon. A tiny bit of pine and cabbage when I swirl it. A sweet nutty scent too. Smells a little better.
T – Malt forward still. A nutty, sweet thickness with hops in the background. Citrus zest is very, very tiny on the swallow. Alcohol is coming out.
M – Thick and syrupy, more velvety than before.
D – The smell, well, nothing really improved on the whole. My numbers are good.

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Photo of MastaShonuf
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Boston_Steve
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Kiniey01
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Holland
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of traxstar7
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can. Much better at the brewery.

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Photo of mmulebarn
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Uanof
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:pours a burnt orange in color with golden shaeds towards the edges of the glass. Yellow cake decent head that slowly recedes to about 1/2". Some lacing left behind, bubbly and well carbonated.

S: intense piney, resinous hop character. Grapefruit and citrus aromas alike. The hop essence seems to be the most prominent caractheristic on this beer.

T: biscuity, bready, boozy, there's not much complexity here, the hop flavors try to shine thru, but it's quickly overrun by the booziness from the alcohol.

M: dry, light to medium body, no lingering flavors and chewy.

O: it certainly has the abv of a DIPA, but the aroma and flavor and mouthfeel just seem to each have a mind of their own. I couldn't find a connecting element between all of them.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Extra from a trade with Videofrog. Thanks man!

Split the can with a buddy, so poured half into a glass. Nice amber color (it was dark outside in the back so not 100% sure its full appearance). Decent head with some lacing

Smells of musty hops

Taste was kinda sweaty, like my ex's vag (not a bad thing). Kinda lingered for a few.

Mouthfeel was good. Decent oily hops and resin. Good body and carbonation

Overall, not bad, but I've had better DIPAs (and better vag's)

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Photo of westweasel
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OKFine
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hobojungle
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bieniek30
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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