Palate Mallet
Back East Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,097
Ranked #9,830
3.96 | pDev: 8.84%
Back East Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
Very Good
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pith, Rind, Juicy, Pine

This beer is a creamy delight: semi-chewy medium body with thick layers of citrus and pine on the palate. The alcohol is noticeable with a kiss of pineapple and ripe pears in tow. More than enough bitterness, too; thick citrus rind and pith flavors in the middle. Each sip is expressive, yet a mild harshness in the finish challenges the palate, which most hopheads will enjoy. Nothing faint here.

STYLE: American Double IPA | ABV: 8.6% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #98 (MAR 2015)

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3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was looking forward to this beer. All I can say is that making your beer less accessible does not automatically put it on the scale of Heady Topper. I love supporting local breweries; in fact, I would prefer to drink local. It amazes me that local purveyors already have this on an "invite only" e-mail distribution. Brewed with 3 different hops and balanced by a dry malt characteristic, I'm not feeling the balance at all on this one. It subdues the citrus-like hops that are trying to break through. It finishes peppery, just like their single IPA and I think that it takes from the overall experience. In a market watered down by the next great IPA, this one misses the mark due to its failure to marry the hop/malt profile. It's not a bad beer by any stretch, but being my favorite style, it misses the mark.

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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pouring a 12 oz can at cellar temp into my snifter. The beer pours a clear copper color with fluffy eggshell white head of 2 cm foaming up in my glass. Several streams of very fine carbonation rise to the surface as the beer rests in my glass. The beer has a floral and citrusy combo nose of hops with some pine sap also, but I also get some black peppery booze and hints of buried caramel. A good mix of complexity with a definite hop forward character.
First sip reveals an average body with sticky and syrupy texture. There is very fine gentle carbonation that slightly tickles across my palate on each sip. The brew leaves a sticky coating in my mouth after each swallow.
Flavor is briefly caramel and then rolls to citrus and tropical fruit with heavy pine notes. The beer finishes with some sweet malt and boozy notes that linger long after the swallow. Surprisingly I dont get any heat from the ABV and find the beer very easy to drink.
Quite a nice DIPA without the haze and no hop bite that may of the DIPAs are showing these days.
Worth a purchase if you like your hops to bite a little and your beers on the boozy side!

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4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draught @ Brewery and Cambridge House. This one pours a clear, darker golden color. There was a bit of a white head on it that leaves some lacing. The nose is good. Mainly hops: pine and grapefruit dominate. Some sweet malts poking up in there also. The taste is good. Some sweetness from the malts on top, yet quite a bit of hop bite also. Pine and grapefruit dominate. Some of the caramel malts poking through. A touch sweet, with some dryness in the finish. A really good DIPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, sticker on the four pack tells me this was "canned 112315" so yeah this is fresh

Pours clouded tangerine, lifts a rock solid and long long lasting khaki cap...leaves gobs of low sheeting and great looking fields of lacing...nice looking beer.

Nicely hopped up nose, fruity and also somesweet malty

Quality, tasty, smooth, easy drinking and fresh...citric hoppy goodness .....yummy brew in a can...nice to see more Ct. micros popping up and turning out quality brew

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a two inch head that leaves a few strands lining the pint glass

Smell: Resinous and piney with a peach undertone

Taste: A touch biscuity, but so juicy that you can barely taste the malt; resinous and piney, like the aroma, with grapefruit and orange tones as well; there is quite a wallop of bitterness, after the swallow, but that peach element sneaks into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Superfresh, as the cans were just released earlier this week; really am enjoying this beer and glad the timing of my trip to CT coincided with the release; the peach on the finish makes this beer a real treat for me

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of woodchipper
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is worth it just for the aroma. Sweet citrusy hoppy floral glory.
Pours with mild head, semi-cloudy medium-gold. A good front end on the taste (similar to smell) is taken away by a confusing malt/ash finish. Ever so slightly heavy on the mouth feel, needs more carbonation in my opinion. Pretty good overall but not world class for the category.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of tryemdad
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New release...less than a week old.

Dull caramel orange color. Not much in the nose department. Decent body, not too thick....just right.

Bitter up front of course. All pine/citrus. Not much of the floral/tropical I'm looking for in a DIPA.

Solid attempt though all around. I'd drink it again.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Palate Mallet from Back East Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 228 ratings