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Belching Beaver Brewery

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #4,520
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #25,415
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 9.95%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
112
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Belching Beaver Brewery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  6
Gots
  33
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Reviews by Knapp85:
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 09, 2016
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chefbigjon from Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

lots of citrus and piƱa colada smell. Taste is fruity and doesn't overpower the hops. They complement each other well. Mouthfeel Is close to perfect for an ipa. Really liked and impressed with this. I bet an old one wouldn't be so good.

Jul 25, 2015
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pkalix from California

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pina colada beer! more serious than novelty; decent IPA with genuine bitterness! and pina colada!

Jun 20, 2015
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ckollias from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 16, 2016
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snakeayes11 from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jun 29, 2016
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rfgetz from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 15, 2017
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wethorseblanket from California

3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle, dated 7/12/16, a clear pale yellow under a 2-inch thick white head which leaves splotchy lace. Aromas of pineapple and tropical fruits, trace coconut. Flavor is very muted, not much. Perhaps an "old" bottle, but finishes slightly dry with some dankness. Just O.K. as a basic IPA.

Oct 12, 2016
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FlandersNed from Indiana

3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle. Hazy yellow-gold hue and medium foam. Dried pineapple, citrus rind and coconut chip nose and taste - needed more sweetness. Medium+ body and carbonation.

Sep 09, 2015
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MickeyHops from California

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 11, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden amber with plenty of coarse foam in the Bacchus tumbler. Lovely pineapple smell, and I guess it does give off the Pina Colada aroma. Sharp on the tongue with prickly carbonation.

The coconut flavor comes on first and then you notice the pineapple. It's really quite a good combination with the fruity hops. I guess they're fruity, everything is fruity here. I'd put this in the Fruit/Vegetable category rather than IPA. Still, there's some hoppy bitterness that goes well with the sweet malt.

A very drinkable and interesting brew. Rather bitter finish to remind you there are hops involved. More like the bitterness of a yeasty Belgian. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft North Park for $6.29.

Jul 11, 2015
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bumchilly25 from Canada

4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 15, 2015
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dominic4beer from California

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

Aug 10, 2015
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markhobbs1 from California

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 21, 2015
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Rollzroyce21 from California

3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

- 22oz. bomber poured into stemless wine glass on 7-Jun-15

Where's the pina colada?? I've had much more pineapple flavors in other IPA's and barleywines than this one. Overall it's a decent IPA, but felt jipped for not getting what was advertised.

Jun 08, 2015
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Rick778 from California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 01, 2016
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kmanjohnson from California

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nov 10, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of coconut, pinapple, and citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, berry, pineapple, and coconut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with distinct pina colada qualities that work well with the IPA base.

Serving type: bottle.

Jul 15, 2015
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dertyd from California

2.56/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

May 29, 2016
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: golden straw, murky goodness, 2+ fingers of white head.

Smell: a bit thin, but the coconut comes through, as does the pineapple and citrus.

Taste: this is where this beer shines - the coconut is present, but the pineapple kicks it in the rear, and the hops follow with citrusy flavors. Very refreshing.

Feel: a little dry, but the coconut gives it a milky quality. Very cool.

Overall: full disclosure - I absolutely DO NOT LIKE coconut, so I approached this beer with some trepidation, but the name pushed me over the edge. I had to buy it. And I'm glad I did. The coconut is not obtrusive, and actually helps balance the pineapple and citrus flavors. On a not-too-hot Minnesota evening, this was a GREAT quencher. Well done by Belching Beaver.

Jul 20, 2015
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Gobzilla from California

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sep 07, 2015
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daave1 from California

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mostly an IPA. Subtle hint of pineapple and coconut on the finish.

Jun 07, 2015
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jeff1973 from California

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 18, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a hazy golden orange color with a thick and creamy white head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing behind as it settles

S- definitely picking up a pina colada-like aroma that intermingles with some nice tropical hop aromas and gives notes of pineapple, coconut, peach & guava. Definitely as advertised

T- surprisingly, flavor is as advertised as well. Big hit of pineapple and coconut husk up front adds a nice sweetness. Mid-palate allows some hop bitterness to kick in with notes of citrus, pineapple, mango, pine. The finish brings on more sweet pineapple and coconut on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that resemble a pina colada texture and continues into the finish

O- a hopped up pina colada! really enjoyed this one and would welcome this regularly in the summer if it were available to me

Sep 17, 2015
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shoegueuze from California

4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 30, 2015
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crob3888 from California

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

May 30, 2015
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 112 ratings