Groundswell | Backlash Beer Company

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Backlash Beer Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by OldIronLungs on 08-05-2011

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 1: brewed June 2011
A: golden straw with a1 finger white head. Tiny bubbles are constantly floating to the top leaving a thinner head
S: banana, pepper, a hint of booze
T: spicy, sweet and there is not a hint of alcohol at all but it's very drinkable. Starting to feel the booze as I can't put it down
M: very light and smooth. Very silky.
O: very drinkable and tastes like a lighter bodied Duvel yet not as overpowering/overwhelming to the taste buds. Not as intense. Not bad.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A gorgeous hazy golden yellow-orange. Head is big, laces well, with good retention.

S - Awesome aroma. Smells like it was cooked. Roasty fruits. Pear. Citrus.

T - Citrus. Coconut. Yeast. Nice smooth dark malt flavor that I can't quite put a finger on. Again, a roasted a cooked flavor. The flavors have a real fusion.

M - Pretty good mouthfeel. Medium-bodied. Heavier on the sip than on the swallow. Comes apart a little bit, but it's hardly noticeable. Maybe a little more carbonated than I'd like.

D - A solid offering. Look forward to more from Backlash.

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3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the tapping of the first keg at Sunset in Allston, poured into a tulip.

Nice golden hue, but almost zero head, not sure how much I can attribute that to the pour.

Nose is malty sweetness and a touch of Belgian yeast spice.

A sip is moderately sweet caramel/pils malt, a bit of citrus hops and hints of spice and yeastiness come through mid sip - medium body and lighter carbonation, the abv is very well blended, making this very drinkable. I definitely enjoyed the last few sips more than the first, a testament to the complexity.

A solid first offering, will definitely give it another go from a bottle. I'm interested to see what else Helder comes up with!

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a label buy, and I'd never heard of the brewers. Stumbled upon it at Gordon's in Waltham last weekend and was VERY impressed. I'm a huge fan of Duvel, and this at first came off as a smoother, less aggressive version of a Belgian Golden.
For a typically strong version of a BPA, the rich taste seems less boozy than it's counterparts. Throughout my pint and a half, I was staggeringly impressed with it's simple complexity. This is a smooth beer. Luckily I found another 22 today and will enjoy it later on. I can't wait to make it out of my city to grab one on tap. Or better yet, for a pour house in Waltham to give it a line.
I can't wait to try their next batch, a Saison.

Groundswell is a very tasty surprise. Way to go Backlash!

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3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 16 oz. can. Sampled on July 10, 2016.

The pour is mostly yellow with a slight haze. Modest white head.

Nice aroma of Belgian toasted malts and a bit of grass.

The body is light to medium.

Nice pleasant pale malt toastiness at first with a dough-like ending, Mild bitterness. ,

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look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the BBC in Walpole, MA

Was taken back by a new local brewery I'd heard nothing about. most intriguing.

A - Served in a pint glass full to the brim, no head whatsoever, not due to the pour itself as several other pints showed similar appearance. perfectly clear orange amber hue, showed good effervescence.

S - Despite the lack of head, quite a powerful nose. Pure Belgian spicy yeast akin to an Abbey Dubbel but without so much dark fruit or malt. Hints of alcohol content as well as fusels giving a faint sharpness and solvent character.

T - Follows smell. Sweet sticky malts up front were quickly overpowered by the yeast character leading to a peppery, spicy, highly phenolic finish. Alcohols become apparent quickly thereafter, with a touch of burn from higher alcohols.

M - solid med carbonation. could have used a bit more to cut that spiciness.

O - A beer packed with Belgian yeasty flavor, and a welcome change to some other Belgian Pales from America that pushed the yeast too far in the background, though might have even overdone it a tad. only setback is the lack of head and the alcoholic finish and hotness which would have mellowed out nicely with age. a bottle at 1 year would be epic.

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look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Can to can glass pour with a slightly hazed golden body. The head attempts to form but dies immediately as foam recedes away fast. No lace or ring left behind.

S- Pale fruits and a somewhat laidback Belgian yeast. Hints of apple, peppercorn, white grapes, orange peel and pale barley come to mind.

T- Have to preface by saying carbonation is very low for the style which for me allows sweetness and the pale fruits to become prominent. Mosty the same as the nose but the pepper gains strength with a bit more lemon essence. Pale barley sweets, pink peppercorn, coriander, slighy banana esters, white grapes and bread.

MF- As mentioned the lack of carbonation hurts in this style of beer; it comes in at a low level. Texture fails to develop as the brew lands with slightly fizzy and frothy consistency.

Lacking overall and that all starts with the body. Low end carbonation makes the brew dwell on yeasty fruit tones and sweetness rather than those spicy Belgian tones.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that tries to fade but is reinforced by the many bubbles rising up, over crystal clear golden lemonade colored beer.

Nose is definitely Belgian like, golden malts, slightly toasty and sweet, some fruits and esters with hints of apple and pear, some wheat and banana, hints of floral spices and citrus lemony aroma, and just a touch of yeast itself.

Taste continues where the aroma left off, with plenty of Belgian malts, golden malts, and just a hint of what should be sweetness but is quite dry. A light fizzy flavor that gives a light saison feel, and plenty of yeast additions, including light fruity esters, apple and pear, hint of floral spices, touch of bubblegum, etc. and a light dry saison rustic gritty taste. Light wheat and banana flavors as well. Finish is still very dry, light bitterness from hints of floral hops and the yeast flavors, more yeast spices fruits and esters, and light golden malts all lingering.

Mouth is med ot lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall pretty good beer, nice and tasty, some bits of wheat and saison mixed with a good Belgian golden ale. It seems like the booze should kick up a bit but stays light for more of a summer beer. Fairly tasty and drinkable. Not sure why they used wax either.

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