Groundswell | Backlash Beer Company

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Brewed by:
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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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The clear golden liquid arrives with a modest head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: A veritable fruit basket, with banana, lemon and papaya along with candi sugar and bready elements

Taste: Fruity, up front, with a tropical citrus element that builds, bringing banana and papaya; candi sugar and grassy elements also appear at mid-palate; after the swallow, some spices add character, including clove, coriander and pepper

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Very impressed by this beer which brings a complex flavor profile (grassy, fruity and spicy) and rings true to the Belgian style

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Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm a little disappointed with the head which is only rim bubbles. I'll chalk this up to the bar pour. Still there's no lace. The beer is golden and appropriately cloudy.

Traditional sour, wheaty aroma with plenty of Belgian yeast as well.

Pale malt start with plenty of flowery wheat (slightly sweet). There's a good pepper kick from the hop. Thin bodied with a light (almost airy) but high carbonation level.

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Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puboflyons
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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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%

On-tap. Poured mostly clear and golden in color. Thinner head. Head is bright white. Aroma is phenolic and somewhat hoppy. A bit bready. Flavor is Belgian I spirited but not too intense with its Belgian flavor. Hoppy with some banana and spice. Cloves. Bread. Zesty carbonation. Lighter bodied. I enjoyed this interpretation of a Belgian Pale Ale. Worth the tried pint.

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Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of cbutova
2.89/5  rDev -25.1%
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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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, 6.4% instead. Bottled March 2012.

A: Pours a cloudy pale orange with a huge fluffy white head atop it. Fades slowly. Somewhat minimal lacing.

S: Grassy with lots of spicy yeasty bread. Citrus, orange and lemon mainly. Banana.

T: Loaded with orange and lemon up front and throughout. Grass hits next with the banana and then the spicy yeast. Drying grassy hop bitterness on the back end with some cloves. A bit grainy.

M: High carbonation (almost a little too high), otherwise it's light, crisp and refreshing.

O: Good example of the style, I felt it could have garnered a 4.5 here and there but it was just a bit too carbonated for me which let down the taste and mouthfeel components a little. Very tasty and very sessionable, however. I'm giving it a 4.5 in this category just for the pure drinkability aspect.

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Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nate for sharing this one.

A - Amber orange colored beer with minimal head. Not really much left on the glass.

S - Smells a lot like a hefeweizen, which was not what I expected. Some banana and clove, grain. Has more of a phenolic character that reminds you this is a belgian style beer.

T - Taste is a lot like a it smells. It's a nice, slightly less sweet hefeweizen with a bit of the pheonlic belgian yeast you would expect in this style of beer. No trace of alcohol, drinks like a session beer and has good taste.

M - Nice carbonation, lighter side of medium bodied.

O - Really nice beer. The alcohol in this is criminally hidden as this one could really sneak up on you. Very tasty, this was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of braican
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Masters
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of paresis
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Groundswell from Backlash Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 99 ratings
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