Talonsword | Burial Beer Co.

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4.23/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States
burialbeer.com

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Perhaps the universe ends nowhere. Maybe the bounds are dictated purely by the capacity of our minds to expand. Envision something more grand than the shrillest highs. Fear something more perilous than our bastardizing depths. This vision quest becomes we. Made with the malts of Hawkbill lore. Double Dry-Hopped with its hops - Mosaic, Galaxy, and Simcoe.

Our big hoppy beers are about blowing minds, expressing the most that the hops can give us. So when we saw a pair of hawks dive into a full on murder bout at our @forestrycamp facility one day — we just knew it was time. Marry the principles of quaffable Hawkbill to the robust extravagance of our DIPA program.

This beer was made with Hawkbill’s same Pilsner, wheat and rye backbone, with a mild dose of candi sugar, and a big dry-hopping with our select Mosaic and Galaxy, before a double dry hop with Simcoe cryo. The prize is extremely dank and drinkable, while not sacrificing any of the hop bounty.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
13
pDev:
4.49%
 
 
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 13
Photo of drdiesel9483
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - hazy golden copper color with not much head
Smell - tropical slight citrus and pine a little dank
Taste - mango grapefruit slight resin pine in there. Some how juicy and dry
Feel - medium body low carb creamy
Overall - fantastic yummy beer

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Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared 16 oz 2019 can from the brewery.
Appearance: Cloudy pale golden body with a good head.
Very fruity. Mild bitterness for style.
Feel: Near medium body.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 16oz can to a teku (Highland Park Sad Cat/Fierce Cat stem), dated to March 15, 2019, as per the canning date on the underside of the can (“15MAR2019 DOUBLE CAW CAW”). That would make this beer 13 days old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.5): This pours a solid one finger of thick, frothy, whipped foam, capping a rich orange-amber body with a solid haze stopping short of murk. The head dies down slowly, leaving a thin but nearly solid wall of lacing on the sides of the glass. It’s damn sticky, and the appearance is rich and full, but vibrant rather than heavy—it’s gorgeous.

Smell (4.25): A rich bouquet of mixed floral notes, a touch of passionfruit, and a mixture of toffee and candied orange peel. It kind of throws an interesting apple juice aroma, in the right light, spiked with lemon zest. No sign of booze. And then, finally, it comes together with a ripe papaya aroma. Honestly, this feels like a shapeshifter to me, but I dig it. I just wish it popped in one or two specific directions—though it does seem to settle into that papaya note.

Taste (4.0): Whoa, I was not expecting such a sudden change in direction, but it enters the palate with a quick flash of clean, herbal and grassy bitterness, so clean it almost feels icy, before transitioning into a mid-palate blend of grassy and herbal bitterness, and a light, juicy sweetness like watered down orange juice. That light sweetness feels like it’s not quite anchored to an underlying spiciness and rich malt base. Rich, but not heavy or dense—it’s just replete with earthy grains, hay, soft pepper, and toffee. The spiciness occupies an undefined space between the hops, malt, and alcohol, in my mind, picking up or reflecting understated aspects of all three. Speaking of alcohol, there is effectively no sign of booze on the palate, which is a tough trick to pull.

Mouthfeel (4.25): This is refined and well-formed, but retains a little bit of young-NEIPA hop burn. The carbonation is light and perfectly zingy, laying down a microfilm of tingly velvet before the full- side of medium-weight body (it’s really pretty full-feeling) luridly drapes itself over all surfaces, before that carb foams up with a lush, tingly velvet foam that leaves a few pointed prickles attached to the spice noted in the palate. Just a little burn-y for me on the way down.

Overall (4.0): This is, I think, a very well-made New England-/Northeastern-style (D)IPA, albeit with a few mildly distracting quirks—all of which are balanced capably by unexpected pleasures. Namely, the rich, spicy base of the beer, as well as the unanticipated crispness of the initial hop bitterness. It’s not so much a tropical juice bomb, except when it comes to the nose—in which case, it’s a papaya show at the end of the day. Overall, it’s an interesting beer to try, especially if you’re interested in a beautiful, artistic use of malts, but I probably will try the next beer if they make it again. Recommended.

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Talonsword from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 13 ratings