Salute | Backlash Beer Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
58 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Backlash Beer Company
Massachusetts, United States
backlashbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Davepoolesque on 03-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
58
Reviews:
15
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by Maxwell:
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4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a pale, golden orange with a slightly cloudy body that appears to have thousands of little particles floating through it. The head pours at a healthy width and mellows into a nice, half-a-finger’s-width, with a lazy stream of bubbles working their way to refill the head. The beer leaves a lacing of sticky dry bubbles that leave tendrils across the glass. On the nose, this beer smells like a big, bold, and pithy DIPA. Resinous pine and citric, bitter grapefruit mingle and dance on the nose with hints of tropical mango and pineapple, and there is even a light, cracker-like caramel malt sitting below all of the beautiful hop smells. Pine is the big player in the nose, though, and it is beautiful. On the tongue, the beer tastes bitter, but smooth with light acidic pucker and some nice mellowing sweet malt and hops. In flavors, the beer begins as sweet tropical mango and papaya, but quickly moves into bitter, sticky pine flavors with touches of citric grapefruit. These flavors, interestingly, crescendo into a mild and smooth bready malt character that pillows the tongue against the harsher bite from the hops, and helps make this beer hugely drinkable. The finish is a blend of bitter pine, bittersweet tropical fruit, and bready caramel malts with a touch of peppery spice. The aftertaste is a lovely lingering of the finish with the spice actually intensifying slightly and making me think of rye malt, though I don’t think any was used in this beer. In the mouth, this beer feels great. It feels on the light side of medium in body with a prickly carbonation that keeps the beer’s sweetness in check, but also mellows into a beautiful fluffy cloud that cradles the tongue and makes this beer hugely quaffable. This is nearly the perfect “knock back double IPA.” Overall, I am a fan of this beer. It is neither the bitterest, nor the fruitiest DIPA I have had, but it blends the flavors beautifully, and has a really nice mouthfeel. I’m not sure if the mouthfeel is what I normally want from a DIPA, but with this beer it is fantastic and it hides its alcohol beautifully. Try this beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #77 (June 2013):

LOOK: Bright, gold, thick, massive white foam head with stick and lace

SMELL: Big pine, citrus skins, herbal, resin

TASTE: Semi-viscous, creamy, grapefruit, pine, tropical fruits, melon, sweet malty backbone, bready, resiny, leafy, dry, aspirin

This liquid homage to Samuel Adam’s Hop Sharing program, which provided Backlash with Citra and Simcoe hops, is one hell of a DIPA. While it’s packed with hop character, and it provides a good kick in the palate, it remains flavor focused, and is surprisingly balanced and highly drinkable.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of mmorris15
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can to tulip, the appearance was a bronzed copper transparent color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off fairly quick. Adequate foamy lace stuck to the glass nicely.
The aroma centered around some sweet danky onion to some sweet papaya/mango sort of thing going on. Some light sweet grass and a little pineapple came out nicely.
The flavor seemed to lean towards the sweet side initially and then engulfed a tranquil sticky bitterness from the tropical notes. That danky onion came back with some grip on the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Some dryness in the finish.
Overall, nothing to go bonkers about, but steady as she goes, it does the trick.

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Photo of Kmlund
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of dental
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KeithThompson
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of kevgod
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of oline73
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of msween21
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of foamystache
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Remdog
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Light amber with a tight white finger of head.
S: Tropical fruit sweetness, resin, and a little pine.
T: Grapefruit, tropical fruits and pine. Pretty big malt backbone balances out the bitterness of the hops.
M: Moderately carbonated making the flavor pop on your lounge. Finishes very dry making you want to take another sip.
O: Great beer. I'd put this is up there with Sucks and Furious. I'll definitely be picking some more up.

Update 3/30/17: Poured from a can into a willi becher glass. Candied orange rind, tangerine and a ton of Grapefruit juice and pith. Dry, bitter finish. Tingles the tongue and lingers. Definitely taste the malt but it helps to support the hops rather than overshadow them. Medium bodied. Really solid.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Eggshell white head; two fingers thick. Leaves streaky lace off each ring. Mild haze chill haze to the golden color with a touch of green tint.

Lots of pine and grapefruit rind to the nose. Powerful even as a bar pour.

Flavor is strongly bitter--there's no balance to this beer. The body trends toward the thin side; the carbonation above average. The finish is similar to sucking a hop pellet. IPA drinkers will love this beer that borders on the extreme.

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Photo of GermanSpy
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper, mostly clear, two finger head with nice retention and good lacing.

Aromas of apricot, pine, orange, peach and grapefruit. Sweet malt. Somewhat floral and earthy.

Taste follows the nose, big peachy stonefruit and some sweet orange, nice resinous pine and grapefruit. Moderate bitterness.

Medium to full bodied, sticky, sharp carbonation, some alcohol, finish between sweet and dry.

Tastes and feels like a west coast IPA but the stonefruit flavors are more prominent. It's a tasty bitter DIPA, I like the stickiness too, alcohol is a little hot comparatively.

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Photo of aorloski
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ssoulf
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JordanPhraczek
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Served at The Lower Depths Kenmore Square in Boston on Marathon Monday in a 14oz glass, not a 16oz (notes written down as not to be on my cellphone in a busy bar). I haven't read any reviews but I was shocked this beer was only an 88.

A - Clear orangey hue with good light reflection. Stone white head that held thin bubbles on top of a thicker base head.

S - Heavy grapefruit hop scent, so pleasant. It reminds me of some of the best West Coast DIPAs around. Pierces your nostrils with pine smell.

T - Super nice pine sour hop taste with a pleasant bite that rivals the best West Coast DIPAs. There is enough malt in this beer to make the 8.5% alcohol very smooth, but in the end and rightfully so this beer is all about the hops. I drank a Notch Left of the Dial IPA after this and it altered my palate so much I couldn't even taste the hops. This is a well crafted fresh tasting DIPA.

M - Clean tasting, puckering sourness from the hops but never too overbearing. Smooth head that has a light bubbly texture to it.

O - Can't believe this beer is from east of the rockies. True high quality hop flavor and not much else to gripe about.

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Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of nootch23
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of taez555
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Salute from Backlash Beer Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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