Forbidden Planet | Bluejacket / Arsenal Restaurant

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Bluejacket / Arsenal Restaurant
District of Columbia, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Heavily Dry-Hopped with Australian-Grown Galaxy Hops; Semi-Dry & Quaffable with Bold Passion fruit, Peach & Mango Aromatics.

Added by nmann08 on 10-30-2013

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in bottle at the brewery in DC for $10/750ml. Nice session beer. Definitely not a typical koelsch due to dry hopping but I liked the different take on a traditional style.

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Photo of stevoj
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Bluejacket. Not feeling the love that's been dished out for this. Lacking the crisp bite and frothy, lively nature of the original. Soft, grainy aroma and taste, dry finish, but could use a little "pop".

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Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this during the tour at BlueJacket, served chilled in a snifter.

The color is a medium golden with white head with fine bead semi-hazed clarity. The smell is drenched in hops -galaxy I am told with a definite tropical fruit scent mixed with grass. The smell is great and the hops have definitely left their mark on the feel with moderately high bitterness for the style.

The taste is good with nice level of bitterness and hop flavor with a gentle malt flavor with light german yeast in the taste but finish is relatively dry with subtle toast/pilsner malt but mostly hops taste wise. I consider this a very good 'lawnmower' beer -a light golden brew with nice hop flavor and it is very drinkable if not exactly a true-to-style kolsch

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

At the source on draft. Pretty much on-point for a dry hopped Kolsh. Hops dominate the aroma (tropical fruit) but only add subtle flavor to the taste (Slight fruit and bitterness). For a dry hopped Kolsh, this is a great beer. Hop aroma, slight hop flavor, low ABV. Would lover to have this in cans in the summer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle. Clear yellow. Big white head. Smells tropical. Light grain. Taste is equally tropical. Really nice hop flavor. Masks everything else. Faint grain flavor behind it. Light body. Pretty crisp. Low bitterness. It's really hardly a Kolsch, but that's ok. I was looking for a little more bitterness and maltiness. Maybe I just can't taste it because of the dry-hopping.

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Photo of delta490
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-light gold with a nice big white foamy head. There was nice lacing resulting from the good retention. The aroma is big hops, dominated by passion fruit. The taste is very much the same, just a little more punch from the hops and balanced well by the malt. It has a nice lighter feel and weight with a pleasant crisp finish.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of citrus fruit, creamy sulfates and some sweet grain that is somewhat followed by a momentary hint of fruit. A very appealing light golden haze. Foam settles nicely to a finger of sharp white head. An initial citrusy hop bitterness is overwhelmed by moderate flavors of doughy malt and sulphates. I'm totally digging this new world take on a kolsch. While it's not refined, its certainly nice to someone around here (DC) making an interesting kolsch that is readily available.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft at the source.

Clear, golden body with a pure white head. Aroma is quite nice. Beautiful bouquet of hops and citrus, similar to a fresh IPA. Light in body and easy drinking. Juicy and delicious. I'll be going back to this one. The star of the show thus far.

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Photo of MissSmisje
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L: dark golden, hazy, fluffy white head that lingers in a thin layer. S: hops, green banana, guava. T: very hop forward, green banana, some tropical fruit, nice flavor in the mouth, but a long lingering bitterness that I don't care for here. F: excellent crispness, dry finish, but again, the finish is overly bitter.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a snifter.

Real watery pale body on appearance. Washed out lemon yellow color and cloudy, with a faint creamed off white head.

Nose is ridiculously hop forward. Huge notes of pineapple and tropical juice. Some hints of spice herbal hop quality, and some minor wine aromatics, but the over pumped no traditional hops over run, and this smells more like Hawaiian fruit punch than beer, and a real ridiculous one at that.

Palate comes forward with hardly any malt or bready backbone. Mid palate and aftertaste awashes in tropical fruit and a real wet chalky body. Huge amounts of club soda carbonation, giving a real papery crispness, almost touching hot pepper, and exaggerating the minerality. Very light but ridiculously aggressive.

So where's the bakery malt and fruity ester wine like goodness on this? This comes off nothing more than an overly hopped up brew trying to mask a bunch of faults, and if there is a Kolsch in here somewhere I sure as heck can't find it. It's alright on a hop angle, but very misplaced and clashing.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I feel I will need to explain my ratings, and here it is: this is styled as a Kölsch, but is listed as a dry-hopped Kölsch. As such it is more like an IPL is to a standard lager. This works well for me, but might not work for someone expecting a normal Kölsch. My original flat rating was 4.25, although I thought that slightly high. For pure enjoyment, nose and taste would be rated .5 and .25 higher, respectively.

A: quite cloudy yellow, almost like a hefe. The head is nice, sustains, and clings to the glass as I enjoy it
S: considering the dry-hopping, not a surprise tis is strong; pine dominates the nose, more than even some IPAs I know. Style-wise, not sure tis fits, but I don't think this beer was trying to fit a style
T/M: a crisp and slightly effervescent start, but the piney hops notes come into play early and linger. The end taste is more dry and less refreshing than I personally expect from a Kölsch, but are quite enjoyable.
O: as an IPA fan, this Kölsch worked for me. Give it a try if you are a hops fan and might not otherwise try a "lighter" style.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it at Blue Jacket. From notes.

A - Light, light golden colour, cloudy with good carbonation. Two fingers of pillowy white head left good lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Passionafruit, grass, tropical fruit.

T - Lot's of light zesty tropical notes, passionfruit, grass, honey.

M - Nice medium body, very light bitterness, fairly strong carbonation.

O/D - Nice stuff. Nice and hoppy and quite light but complex enough to stay interesting and drinkable. Worth a shot.

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