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Big Wood Brewery

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Big Wood Brewery
Minnesota, United States
Imperial IPA
3.8 | pDev: 12.11%
Apr 28, 2017
May 11, 2013
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Reviewed by Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
This beer pours a pale amber with an average head. The aroma has a lot of malt sweetness, with a solid degree of pine, and muddled tropical fruits. The flavor is quite sweet up front, with orange, mango, pine, and lots of malt, and a slightly woodsny, sandalwood finish. The mouthfeel is full and rich. Overall this is a bit overly sweet for me, but it is a well put together beer.
Apr 28, 2017
Rated: 3.6 by sparx1100 from Minnesota

Aug 20, 2016
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Rated by ianbaggett74 from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Just something about this beer keeps me coming back. Haven't seen it since last year, but it's my ATF bang-for-the-buck double IPA. Love it!
Feb 03, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by BeerSnobRobinson from Minnesota

Oct 19, 2015
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Reviewed by creepinjeeper from Missouri

3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
16 oz can poured into Solemn Oath snifter (Beer was 11 months old ... will revisit if I ever get it again.)

Look: Hazy, golden with fluffy white head. Decent lacing
Smell: I got citrus. Rind and juice. Little hints of piney hops.
Taste - More citrus, orange juice and rind, Some hop flavor comes through.
Feel- Decent
Overall - Maybe it was because it was canned, but I was pleasantly surprised with this Imperial IPA and the fact that it was 11 months old. The hops had faded to a shadow of their possible glory, but it was tasty. I know I'd love to get this fresh next time!
Sep 17, 2015
Rated: 4 by jpuetz from South Dakota

Aug 04, 2015
Rated: 3.89 by alostplot from Illinois

Jul 30, 2015
Rated: 3.34 by Aleforme from Washington

May 30, 2015
Rated: 3.98 by Chucker17 from South Dakota

May 20, 2015
Rated: 4 by willardt09 from North Carolina

May 06, 2015
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Reviewed by JJSquid from Minnesota

2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75
A little too boozy with a weird aftertaste. I want to like all MN DIPA's but this one doesn't do it for me. Smooth drinking for the ABV but if I just wanted an efficient way to get hammered I'd drink vodka.
May 03, 2015
Rated: 3.59 by hopazoid from Minnesota

Mar 15, 2015
Rated: 3.88 by Joey1566 from Minnesota

Mar 11, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by mothman from Minnesota

Feb 26, 2015
Rated: 4 by Ish1 from Minnesota

Feb 15, 2015
Rated: 3.55 by dheldman from Minnesota

Feb 11, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by DIPAFAN from New Jersey

Jan 27, 2015
Rated: 3.69 by BPMeyer27 from Ohio

Jan 12, 2015
Rated: 4.07 by Kark from Minnesota

Jan 04, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by MNBeerGeek from Minnesota

Dec 25, 2014
Rated: 4.4 by bfirkin45 from Minnesota

Dec 14, 2014
Rated: 4 by hooverhawkeye from Iowa

Dec 03, 2014
Rated: 4.8 by Xanaxster

Nov 28, 2014
Rated: 4.56 by great113 from Minnesota

Nov 10, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by LukeGude from Iowa

Nov 09, 2014
Rated: 5 by Andy8195 from Minnesota

Oct 30, 2014
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
This is a big beer that wears like a cheap wool shirt - the alcohol is a little hot and the hops are a touch scratchy but that is a good part of the beer's charm.
Earthy north woods aromas waft from the can with pine, fresh cut grass, resin and citrus.
It pours a slightly chill hazed gold that slowly clears as becomes bright the beer warms. A thick dense white finely bubbled mousse tops the glass, slowly melting into the beer. Its easily roused and leaves thick lace.
Rich malt begins the attack joined by very light caramel and a hint of fruit - more citrus from hops than yeast driven esters. The malt gives way to an intense bitterness, some heat from the alcohol and a light scratchy astringency from the hops. The alcohol heat, edgy and rich malt all balance and in the end the bitterness moves away from grapefruit rind to take on a gin and tonic character.
Medium to medium high carbonation give the beer a bit of crispness to balance a big, bold body.
Oct 17, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by TastyIsBeer from Illinois

Oct 14, 2014
Rated: 3.1 by BigAl18 from Minnesota

Sep 28, 2014
Rated: 3.84 by Justin-m from Minnesota

Sep 07, 2014
Rated: 3 by WVUbrew from North Carolina

Sep 02, 2014
Rated: 2.25 by kraticus41 from Minnesota

Aug 30, 2014
Rated: 4.16 by Stpaulbeerballguy from Minnesota

Aug 14, 2014
Rated: 4 by slavall from Wisconsin

Aug 04, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Kunstman from Wisconsin

Jul 24, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by kalthaus223 from Iowa

Jun 22, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Mealhouse from Minnesota

Jun 13, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jun 10, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Kenai4 from Minnesota

May 19, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by deleted_user_438457 from Kansas

Apr 16, 2014
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