The Bollocks | Brash Brewing Company

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The BollocksThe Bollocks

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Brash Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by PeterIngemi on 07-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 242
Photo of AdamHart22
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - nice deep orange color. Held up to the light, the bottom of the glass has a ruby tinge.

S - the smell is exellent. Hints of orange rind, grapefruit, and peaches.

T - I get grapefruit up front, then apricot, ending in pine.

M - the mouthfeel is medium to light with the pine taste lingering in a pleasant bitter.

O - A really nice IPA. It just misses being exceptional. This IPA is brewed at Mercury, where Clown Shoes and Ipswich are brewed and had a clown shoes cap. They must have something in the water over there.

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Photo of Newper
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appear - Poured into a tulip. Attractive dark cloudy apricot color. Head recedes from about an inch to a half inch. Nice attractive look.
Smell - I am coming off a cold, but I get some pineapple, apricot, and citrus from it as I would expect.
Taste - It tastes pretty good. Like with most IPAs, you get those grapefruit tangerine type tastes. The alcohol isn't completely hidden though. I've read another review and agree with the fresh cut grass taste in there as well -- I think that is the alcohol flavor mixing with the hops.
Mouth - Decent consistency to it. About what I expected -- not too light or too heavy. A little bit of acid late, but not too bad. It's not as smooth as would be ideal, but by IPA standards not bad.
Over - It's nice.. If someone gave me one, I would be happy to drink it, but I think I'd go look for something else next time.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy deep orange amber color with a huge bubbly white head that persists forever. I can smell citrus and ethanol as soon as I pop the cap on this one. Curiously the cap is from clown shoes. Sticking my nose over the glass reveals a solid shot of caramel and bready malt sweetness. Citrus earth pine and resin tell me this is a serious IPA and the ethanol reminds me its a huge IPA. The flavor threw me a bit, its not what I expected based on the nose. A hint of bread and some big caramel sweetness at first then a solid shot of bitter resin and pine. We work our way into a light heat then it gets really dry and leaves a long lingering and I mean lingering hop bitterness on the palette. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and bitter resinous mouthfeel. This is an interesting beer that's for sure, and its a solid IPA. I'm not sure I reach for this again, but I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in June. Yay bottle dating!

Pours a nice fluffy 1.5 finger semi fizzy head that fades at a med pace with soapy lacing, over hazy reddish orange colored beer.

Nose brings some tropical fruits, nice tangerine like citrus and hint of orange peel, lots of grapefruit and pineapple, a light pine and musty resin, and some earthy hops as well. A light candy base comes through giving a hint of candied orange, and some papaya and guava. The semi sweet malty base comes through with a hint of caramel sweetness, and just a touch of booze warmth aroma.

Taste is big, oh boy. Lots of hops again, exploding with hop bitterness, a bit earthy and plenty of pine, but also brings some tropical fruit again, a bit of pineapple and grapefruit, little guava and papaya again, just a touch of citrus though which seems to be much less prominent here. Then malts, a bit malty base propping this sucker up. A bit of sweetness sets in to balance the big bitterness of some epic IBU count, with a light caramel toffee sweetness, and hint reddish toasty malt. A light candy flavor comes through with the toffee and a hint of citrus finally. Booze tingles slightly and warms quite a bit, this sure is a big beer. Finish, the booze comes through even more with a nice heat on the finish so you don't drink this too quick, big bitterness that is balanced by the semi sweet finish, little syrupy, more pine, spicy hops, earthy hops as well.

Mouth is bigger bodied, plenty of booze, and decent carb.

Overall not bad, plenty of hops and malts to balance each other so it doesn't get out of hand. A nice booze increases as it finishes but doesn't get overpowering. A decent big beer if you're in the mood for what I would call a triple IPA.

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Photo of Kromes
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a thick off white head that leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

Smells very sweet with lots of hop oil. Mostly pine with a touch of floral and citrus in the background

Initial taste is of toasted malt. A nice sweet flavor that lasts through the finish and finishes sweet. Wow, the hop kicks in with a bit of pine and floral hop and competes against the sweetness. There is a bitter bite and sweetness with some alcohol burn in the finish.

The feel is a bit oily from the hops. The body is bordering on heavy, there is a lot of sweetness in the beer. For the style it is somewhat normal.

For a double IPA, this one is sneaky. For as much hop and bitterness that it has, it is balanced out by the sweetness in the beer. Not a session beer, but at 12% you could put back a few beers pretty easy.

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Photo of firkinhophead
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle for $8.99 at Highland Package Store in Birmingham, AL
A - burnt orange; tight, thin head; minimal lacing; good legs
A - big, resiny pine; some tropical fruit; wet wood; fusel alcohol
T - pine sap; wet grain, orange pith, honey, boozy
M - sticky; smooth upfront with lingering bitterness; syrupy and heavy
O - good flavors; good structure if a bit heavy; piney hop bite is satisfying; lacks some brightness, and the maltiness is limited to a sweet, woody, honey-like graininess. Definitely a sipper for those who like a monster DIPA.

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle with a date of 07/2012. Served in a tulip. Website says this is the second batch, and closer to what is expected of the beer from scale.

A: Deep orange with a 1 finger off-white head that settles to a good ring and cap. Hazy, with some visible carbonation bubbles rolling.

S: Feint nose of piney resiny hop, some caramel, light citrus... biscuit.

T: Wow. Big, bitter and bold. Flavors are a big rush up front of piney, resiny hops. Caramel malt comes in with a backbone, but it stay hoppy with light citrus notes of grapefruit. Finishes with more caramel and some malt, only the slightest sweetness.

M: Obviously a bigger beer, but surpising for its 12% abv. No alochol warming at all. Sticky and tacky for the most part, light dryness on the finish.

O: This is a very good imperial IPA. Competes with some of the bigger names in the industry like Maharaja, 90minute, Pallete Wrecker etc.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a dark caramel with a 2 finger off-white head. Big coating of lacing remains on the glass.

S- caramel, big juicy pineapple, grapefruit, pine and herbal aroma.

T- sweet caramel and citrus, pineapple, big bitter citrus rind (this clearly is over 100 ibu's!)

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy with a slightly oily feel and the bitterness leaves a lingering bitter, tingly feeling. At 12% there is hardly any noticeable heat.

O- i can sum this beer up in 2 words: big, potent, citrusy hop bomb!

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange body. Thick white head. Nice looking brew.

Nose is candied hops. Almost a marshmallow odor, but then there's a hint of grassiness. Interesting.

Woof, that's a mouthful. Thick, syrupy sweet malt with crusty, overarching hops dominant. Serious palate blaster. I like it, even though it is a bit sweeter than I usually prefer.

Mouthfeel is heavy, thick, chewy moderate carb.

I'm giving this one a pretty good overall score. Less than the sum of it's parts? Maybe. It's a bit heavy to ever be truly drinkable, but I think it's a really good beer anyway.

Who on earth is Brash Brewing? Guess I need to find out.

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Photo of JTK713
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22 bottle, thanks to 1 beer Jay brought from Massachusetts.
Strong aroma notes of sugary, hop goodness. Grapefruit, citrus, pine, its all there.
Bottle says 12% but can't taste 12%. Drinkable double, a bit sweet, hops take aver after initial taste.
Look forward to more from this brash brewing freakazoid!

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Photo of Dope
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 06/2012, just hit stores last week.

A: A cloudy orange pour with an enormous effervescent tan head. Fades very slowly with excellent retention. Leaves a huge swatch of lacing behind.

S: Loads of caramel malt dominates here. Very sweet. Big pine and grapefruit aroma tries its best to counterbalance.

T: Unlike in the nose, the hops dominate here. Huge amounts of bitterness from pine and grapefruit primarily. Almost hurts my teeth it's so overtly bitter. The hop flavor is at a good level but the bitterness is doubly strong. There is a strong caramel malt but it's getting buried badly, especially at room temperature. Finishes piney and resinous. Pure bitterness lingers in the aftertaste forever. No sign of alcohol at least.

M: Pretty heavy, super bitter and drying.

O: Not a bad DIPA but the bitterness is insane. As mentioned the hop flavors balance well with the caramel malt but there's this hidden pure bitterness that has no real flavor. It takes over everything and lingers for several minutes after each sip.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a hazy orange amber with a nice finger of slightly ambery brown head, head dissapates nicley into a film.... You can see active carbonation bubbles running up the side of the glass. Anniv amount of lacing.

S: a nice fresh citrusy hop aroma, tropical fruit, a touch of pine and a hint of a sweet malt backbone.

T: deffinatly a sweet malt backbone, it wasn't until tasting this that I looked back and saw the abv was 12 percent! Sweet caramel mixed with a fair amount of hops, caramel and sticky citrus fruit, I feel like the malt slightly dominated this beer, especially when it was cold. The hops, as the brew warms, become bitter, piney and resinous and venture through the thick malt sweetness, little to no alcohol flavor.

M: medium to heavy bodied and slick, medium to low crisp carbonation that tries to keep this brew from being to oily and slick.... The alcohol is fairly well hidden considering the high abv. Bitter on the finish,

O: a decent brew, I just wish the hop profile was a bit more dominant, This one was on the sweet side for me, but I'd your looking for a high abv ipa, here yah go. Sticky sweet caramel and citrus with some deep bitter, resinous pine notes.

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The Bollocks from Brash Brewing Company
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