Fall of Troy | Belching Beaver Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Belching Beaver Brewery
California, United States
belchingbeaver.com

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Orange Vanilla (Creamsicle) Milkshake Double IPA For our 6-year anniversary beer we're bringing back a tasting room favorite that had a dubious beginning...let's just say it was a mistake (Troy's mistake), which proved to be a happy accident. This Mosaic hop laden DIPA is smooth and juicy with notes of orange and vanilla. Troy is hereby inducted into our brewers "Hall of Shame," alongside other legendary brews, Ivan the Terrible and Josh Damnit.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
28
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 28
Reviews by Nuttin_but_the_best_Clark:
Photo of Nuttin_but_the_best_Clark
4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Belching Beaver hits a homerun or strikes out looking when it comes to its flavored IPA. Fall of Troy I would consider to be a home run. Their Orange Vanilla IPA was just okay ... but I picked this up at the brewery and it really just tasted so unique and fun, I picked some up to bring home as this beer is all but impossible to find in stores on the West Coast.

It delivers exactly what it says. The taste is like a watered down vanilla creamsicle. It smells like you'd expect an orange creamsicle to smell ... although there is a slight synthetic nature to the smell and taste. The beer is a light orange-yellow color and has a short head when poured into a glass.

The beer is on the sweet side and is a bit watery. I expected a hazy milkshake IPA but this is clearer in tone and a but lighter than one would expect for an IPA. Overall, I could sip this all day in the summer. The lactose and orange go well together ... just don't expect a full, thick beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Snowcrash000
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber, peach coloration with a small, fizzy head. Smells just like an orange creamsicle, with notes of orange, vanilla and lactose standing out. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by bright, juicy orange and tangerine notes, with just a hint of mango as well, doughy malt and sweet vanilla and lactose, with just a hint of pine coming through in the aftertaste. Finishes with a good mix of light sweetness, bitterness and acidity, with some orange creamsicle and light pine notes lingering in the aftertaste. Full, thick mouthfeel with a medium/rich body and medium carbonation. The orange creamsicle is strong with this one, but nevertheless this is quite an accomplished example of the style with a great balance of sweet, bitter and lightly acidic notes that never feels too sweet. Great mouthfeel and not a hint of the ABV to this as well. I'm not necessarily a huge fan of Milkshake IPAs but found this rather enjoyable.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of -Andrew-
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy honey color with a sturdy head; clumps of lacing

Smell: Captures the orange creamsicle aroma to a "T"

Taste: Orange and vanilla cream with a growing sweetness from the lactose; in the middle, a surprising amount of bitterness emerges as the orange flavors devolve into something that tastes more like Tang; the sweet vanilla cream flavors linger into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: While this beer sets out to emulate an orange creamsicle and certainly accomplishes that, downing more than a few sips is a real chore as the flavors are so disjointed and, ultimately, the sweet finish becomes cloying

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Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint can:

Pours hazy yellow/orange with a fluffy, creamy white head. Lacing sticks down the glass.

The smell is of orange creamsicle.

The taste is of orange creamsicle. Sweet but with a subtle hop bitterness that clashes a bit. As it progresses, it takes on something of an artificial Tang character. Orange and vanilla linger through the aftertaste.

It is creamy.

An interesting novelty brew. An orange creamsicle - sweet with an underlining bitterness. Alcohol very well-covered. It's drinkable for one. It comes in a four-pack, but one is enough for me in a day.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can - an 'Orange Vanilla Milkshake DIPA', apparently a brewing accident at first, but people liked it, if I'm to believe the marketing blurb.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bunch of splattered chunky lace around the glass as it lazily dissipates.

It smells of orange creamsicle, gritty and grainy cereal malt, a bit of stoney flintiness, and some tame musky, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, orange ice cream, some damp minerality, and more leafy, floral, and dank piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly tame in its barely-there frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, with an obvious creaminess there from the get-go. It finishes off-dry, the orange, vanilla, and sassy hops still going at it like drunken pugilists.

Overall - wow, is this ever a bang-on offering. I do appreciate truth in advertising, as this marries the guest ingredients with the base hoppy brew with style and aplomb. Not to mention the essentially invisible 8.8 points of the ol' boozy-booze, which makes this dangerously (if also pleasurably) quaffable.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/03/18

Appearance - Pours hazy and light orange in color with a fair amount of sediment floating about. Near finger width head that displays fair retention, before dying down to a thin, broken layer of suds. Okay lacing with some broken lines and small spotting.

Smell - Sweet, creamy orange and vanilla with a bit of dank in the aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange and vanilla upfront and throughout, but a good amount of dank kicks in mid-taste and rides into the finish. Aftertaste lingers with a nice balance between the dank and citrus pith hops, along with the creamsicle sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with low-to-moderate carbonation. Nice, easy drinker with a creamy texture before a slightly dry finish.

Overall - It's no Lead Dog Oranges are Orange, but not bad at all. Well balanced, as the 'creamsicle' character is prominently sweet while the hops add a nice layer of dank and lightly pithy bitterness. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SanCarlos
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome entry into this milkshake IPA style. Would prefer simple lactose sweetness, but vanilla/orange is not overwhelming. Big tangy alcohol maltiness and sweet flavors that subdue hop bitterness. Hazy unfiltered appearance with an understated smell that doesn't give away the surprise desert sweetness. Very enjoyable predominate sweet flavors and bold feel without the edginess of a typical big IPA.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Raptor66
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HippieDave56
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zknight
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mstoever
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Milkshake double IPA’s don’t always work. The profile fights with itself instead of complementing. Fall of Troy however doesn’t- it is a smooth composition that gives and lingers for some time after a taste. The double IPA gives it a robust richness but the vanilla and orange round it out: thanks lactose for smoothing things out. I tend to avoid Willie Wonka beer creations bc I find them too needy and loud- but this one is classy and not too loud and quenchably refreshing- way to go guys!

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Photo of JuiceMan818
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBrewsky
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 12/3/18
L: straw yellow in color, moderate haze. More unfiltered in appearance. Minimal head and lacing.
S: smells and orange and cream. Really nice smelling. Hints of lemon and grapefruit also shine through. I think the vanilla presence is perfect.
T: Orange is dominant flavor. Lactose sweetness present on the back end. Vanilla is present but not as strong as you’d expect given the smell. Taste-wise, it is nice.
F: medium body and medium/heavy in weight. Moderate carbonation.
O: very enjoyable. Drinks really easy for 8.8 AbV. I’m glad to have tried. Cheers!

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can - pours out a hazy slightly milky golden, pale orange with scant short lived white head. Aroma initially a bit pungent - over ripe orange with hint of sweat BUT this dissipates and subsequently smells of an orange creamsicle - sweet creamy vanilla citrus. Taste follows - sweet orange creamsicle but then a reminder of the hops with a touch of dankness. Medium mouthfeel - crisp, refreshing and very drinkable at 8.8%. Very nice.

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Fall of Troy from Belching Beaver Brewery
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 28 ratings