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Clockwork Session IPA | Relic Brewing Co

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Brewed by:
Relic Brewing Co
Connecticut, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by nebula1999 on 07-07-2012

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Plain and simple, this beer is infected. Not "farmhouse," which is often used as a cover, but infected. Hops and acetic acid do not mix well, and only in a few cases does the funk of Brett work with hops. This, however, is not only Brett. There is a distinct Band-Aid, medicinal, chemical flavor that is flat-out disgusting. Frankly, all Relic offerings these days have this quality, but the highly malty offerings cover it better. In selections like this one and Thrice, the infection is detectable to the point of being vomit-worthy. I hope Relic gets their stuff together and learn to how clean properly. There is potential here that is getting obliterated by their obvious sanitation issues.

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5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

date of tasting: 04/05/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: Clockwork American Pale Ale
brewery: Relic
brewery location: Plainville, CT
type: Ale
style: American Pale Ale
abv: 5.5%
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 50F

Appearance: frosty yellow. It looks like I have a frosty mug, like really. Pretty cool. Head pours thin and whispy, doesn’t stick around to play.

Smell: blueberry glazed donuts from the whole donut. (for those unfortunate to not know whole donut it’s this amazingly delicious and sugary cakey rich donut with a thick sugar glaze). fresh lemon zest, bright hops and yellow gumdrops.

Taste: Bright citrusy hops. Very bready. Hints of maple syrup and rich sweet glazed donut.

Mouthfeel: rich and glazed, medium bodied. Carbonation is perfect.

Overall Impression: Love this beer. This was a perfect hoppy American Pale Ale for me. I really have huge respect for what Mike is brewing at Relic. It’s different, not Dogfish different. yet different enough from even what most craft brewers are doing to stand out. The yeasty bready sugary yummy-ness is perfectly balanced with the bright zesty hops.

Food Pairings:coffee cake, fried chicken and waffles, wood fired pizza, grilled cheese with havarti and mushrooms

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasting Date-4.5.2013
Place-Barley Vine, Bristol Connecticut
Beer-Clockwork Session
Brewer-Relic Brewing Co.
Brewery Location-Plainville, CT
EDIT: all notes from the brewer say "american hoppy pale ale"
A-a brilliant srm 6... almost a sunburst type effect in all lighting situations. i can't read through it. Very hazy and cloudy.

S-tree sap, jerk seasoning, guava!! holy crap. There's a funk here that makes james brown play in my head

T-beautiful hop intensity that gives way to allspice, white grapefruit, with this cool stone fruit/apricot extract thing happening towards the end.. but the finish is dry, make no mistake. i like it. a LOT. I paired this with some sweet and idaho potato fries and the st alt brought out a lot of flavor, as salt tends to do to anything complex. am i getting hickory? or chicory?

m-smooth with a bit of bounce.

O-Wild and crazy kids! this gives me what i want, which is a beer of character and memorable notes while being fun. conundrums keep me coming back and this beer has them in spades. I'm so down for this cause. Keep it coming relic, we'll keep taking.

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Clockwork Session IPA from Relic Brewing Co
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 34 ratings
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