Declaration | Backlash Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Backlash Beer Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Dope on 01-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jslot38
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Followed the brewer's request and laid the bomber on the table and rolled it to get the yeast in suspension before consumption.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass with a large white fluffy head. Body is a dark golden color, semitransparent and hazy.

Aroma: The yeast character really stands out here, straight forward estery yeast. Bananas and other fruit combine with clove for a distinct belgian farmhouse yeast aroma.

Taste: I can see where the brewer wanted this beer to go, but I don't think it gets there fully. Hops up front are piney-grassy bitterness. As the flavor changes and the yeast comes forward the beer gets extremely dry. The yeast has notes of clove, spice, and a touch of lemon fruitiness. Maybe a little more malt or sweetness and less cloying dryness would help round these flavors out?

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is right on for the style, but the dryness hurts the mouthfeel too.

Overall: I like my saisons dry, but with the amount of bitterness and hop flavors present in this beer some sweetness or malt flavors are needed to meld the hops and yeast together. A good beer, but a bit out of balance. I like the direction that Backlash is heading in.

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Photo of silentjay
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

slightly hazy copper/golden color that produces a huge off-white head that last for a while and laces very well.

definitely getting a lot of yeast. decent amount of lemony and zesty hops behind that, but the belgian spicy yeast with tropical fruit notes is out in front.

lots of herbal/lemony hops come first with the belgian yeast spiciness coming in behind that. pretty decently balanced with a lot of bitterness from the hops to complement the banana/coriander and spicy yeast flavors.

almost medium bodied with an abundance of prickly carbonation that is a bit too heavy-handed for the style.

It's decent. Not the best first impression for the brewery, but not one that would turn me off from this brewery, either. its good.

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Photo of splendidsplinter
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jdaelhousen
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange colored body after lucious pour. Pillowy soft head builds on top, about 1" of goodness. Aroma contains notes of peaches, citris, some mild honeyish notes. Flavor contains a hopcentric center of citris grapefruit, orange peel, and some other passion fruit notes. There is a biscuity malt backing to the beer with loads of hop flavor bursting through. Finish packs an earthy, rustic spice to mix in with the strong grapefruit flavors that remain on the palate. Aftertaste leaves tons of hop resin on the palate. This is quite an awesome beer. Belgian effects really come out in the flavor and center of the beer, with that hoppy imperial IPA touch at the finish.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Even with a slower pour it yields a big fizzy 2+ finger head that fades semi quickly with lots of bubbles and some soapy lacing, the beer is a super hazy honey nectar orange color.

Nose is pretty nice, starting with Belgian malts, fluffy golden Belgian malts with a light saison and light tripel like touch. Light Belgian malts, fruity and aromatic like Belgian malts with hints of spices. It has a nice juicy citrus aroma, hints of orange and tangerine, from the hints of light citrus and floral hops and a nice light sweet malt demeanor.

Taste is also nice, starting with more Belgian malt flavors, more saison but a bit golden tripel as well. Belgian yeast is dominant with light spices and fruity flavors, with a light sweetness. Again the fruit brings citrus, tangerine, clementine, and a hint of grapefruit, some from the yeast, but more from the citrus floral hops. The hops also get fairly earthy, and mingle with the earthiness from the yeast, the two play off each other very well in this beer. Bitterness ramps a bit and gets fairly bitter in the center, and as it dries on the finish tickles at astringent but never quite there. The dry finish also brings a light sticky malt quality, more of the spices from the yeast as well as citrus, orange rind, and more tangerine, and a some earthy spicy hops lingering. The spicy hops get slightly grassy and maintain their rind flavor for a while.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, plenty of carbonation almost over carbed except that it is typical for the style.

Overall quite nice. the hops and yeast play off each other well and give great flavors of spices, citrus, tropical citrus fruit, etc. And the nice Belgian golden malts hint at saison flavors for a nice base. A tasty beer that gets fairly bitter but never over bitter.

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Photo of timbre
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mtatel29
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy with a golden hue...big head when poured properly

earthy aroma from hop but still get that belgian yeast nose

Big Hop profile finishes dry...unique take on a belgian with boldness of the hop

Light to Medium Body nice carbonation for high alc

Overall unique and very good...bold beer

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Photo of feylure
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bukowski Tavern in Back Bay.

Pours a hazy, well carbonated deep gold.

Smells spicy with a particularly sharp hop note.

Taste is a strong combination of intense Belgian spices with bitter hops. The carbonation brings a great strength to the hops. The tail slightly dries, but leaves bitter notes lingering. Full mouthfeel.

Overall, I dig this beer, and will be recommending it to my beer brethren. Cheers

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Photo of Pdrufo
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of PeterIngemi
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 22 oz bottle, poured into my duvel tulip, gave the bottle that slight roll to integrate the Belgian yeasties... Nice!

A- murky orange/brown with a nice finger and a half white head... nice light lacing

S- light citrus bubblegum and pine, mainly bubble gum and pine, very full aroma, nice

T- bubblegum, citrus, bannana, pine notes... Very nice blend of flavors, just as intriguing as the nose. A touch bitter on the finish

M- crisp And kinda creamy at the same time
Medium/light carbonation very nicley done

O- a very good beer, and I don't usually enjoy Belgians much... But this was nice, very well rounded and drinkable while maintaing a lot of flavor and complexity, if you enjoy Belgian ipa's I could
See this being amazing!

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Photo of ms11781
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, dull orange color. An unintentional heavy pour produces a big off-white foam head. The head doesn't stick around for very long but it leaves decent lacing on the glass.

The nose is a good mix of yeast, some light citrus hops, some piny hops and a bit of sweetness. Belgian yeast comes across first and it's quickly joined by a spice-like aroma. Citrusy and piny hops then peek through along with some sweetness. After a bit, maybe due to the beer warming, all the aromas seem to run together and nothing stands out.

The taste is considerably different from the nose. There is some bready malt and citrusy hop flavor before a bit bitterness comes on and completely dominates. The bitterness isn't the massive overwhelming type but there isn't anything that stands up and tries to balance it out. It almost has a West Coast IPA style finish to it. It's very dry and the bitterness lingers.

Despite a medium body with carbonation to match, the dry finish leaves it feeling much lighter. There is a sticky bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

This beer is pretty odd. When colder, the aroma matches up with the style but the taste is all IPA, perhaps even venturing into DIPA category. There isn't much in the taste that is Belgian in nature. The bitterness isn't overwhelming but it's pretty much the only characteristic in that really stands out in the taste. Would be a decent IPA but it doesn't stand out among Belgian IPAs.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Union Brewhouse in Weymouth. Poured into a pint glass.

Orange-gold and slightly murky/hazy in appearance. One finger of head that laced a little. I couldn't get much hops on the aroma at all. Mostly just yeast. However, the flavor did provide some fresh hop goodness and a touch of bright fruit along with that yeasty/bread malt profile one often finds in Belgians.

No quarrels at all on the mouthfeel. It has some weight to it.

A decent take. Not outstanding but not bad at all. For comparison sake, I think I like Clown Shoes' take on a belgain IPA better. But this is worth trying again.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark, hazy plum-flesh color. Head is big and foamy. Head retains excellently and is about an inch high. Leaves random lace islands.

S-Nose is both sweet and hoppy. Bready with a good dose of Belgian yeast and hops. Hops are candied citrus and some floral notes. Nose is balanced with both the malt and hop being showcased.

T-Starts off very piney and grassy, then a wave of citrus hops kick in. Shortly after, an even more intense and lingering grass/pine hop flavor sears the tongue. Very herbal and grassy on the finish. A bit spicy in between. Yeast adds complexity. A bit of sourdough bread as well. Becomes sweeter as it warms.

M-Medium bodied with ample carbonation. A bit slippery on the tongue. Bitterness is fairly intense and it lasts on the palate.

O/D-I really enjoy this local brew. Tons of flavor. I am excited about this brewery. At $7.25 a bomber, it is a bit pricey, but it is worth a try. Will try more from Backlash when available.

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Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of DrewShal9
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark orange body with a thick fluffy white head that leaves a beautiful lace along the sides of the glass
S: grapefruit, orange, lemon, spicy pepper, pine, hint of bready malt and if you search for it, alcohol.
T: as the nose depicts with a focus on the citrus notes
M: effervescent yet light body and sweet but drying to the tongue.
O: this beer and CBC'S audacity of hops is giving me the reason why I am switching my palate over to belgian pale ales. Definitely get this if you can!

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Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A slightly cloudy golden-orange pour. Good sized slightly off-white head. Retention is great with lots of lacing.

S: Lots of sweet grapefruit and oranges and a bit of lemons. Nice floral quality. Very fruity like a wit or a hefe. As it warms a bit of pine and bready yeast appears.

T: Up front, nice citrus and grapefruit bite. Pretty smooth and almost sweet, but turns into a strong resinous bitterness in the aftertaste. There is just a hint of belgian yeast character but it's mostly drowned out by the hops.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is about dead on. Quite drying aftertaste.

O: Basically a nice hoppy IPA/borderline DIPA with a bit of fruity belgian influence. To be honest it tastes like someone took a big IPA and mixed it with about 25% witbier. It's a good thing, quite tasty. Pine resin is a bit overpowering though, wish the citrus stood out a little more in the taste before getting stomped on. Warmed up it balances a bit better.

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Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 142 ratings