Concepts of Dismemberment
Burial Beer Co.

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IPA - New England
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4.56 | pDev: 4.82%
Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: "Where the ends of our being are imagined. And when the chilling remnants invade our resting minds. Made with tons of oats and a touch of lactose. Dry-Hopped with Zappa, Galaxy, Citra and Wai-Iti and then Double Dry-Hopped with more Zappa and Galaxy."

Gruesome to some. Natural to many. This past year has taken us on a new art endeavor, exploring the outer realm of humanity and its brutal realities. Inspired by classic anatomy tables, @davidpaulseymour has explored along with us, adding his unique expression to each piece. We started at Mutilation, meandered through Liturgy and we’re now on to Concepts of Dismemberment.
This beer is an expose of one of the newer neomexicanus hops, Zappa. Uniquely candy-like, showcasing a bright array of passionfruit, candied lime and tropical aromas, we decided to pair it with Galaxy and Citra in this monster DIPA. This beer was mashed high with tons of oats and finished with lactose to produce a wonderfully round and soft background for the hops to shine.

54 IBU
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4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 16oz can to a teku (Highland Park Sad Cat/Fierce Cat stem), dated to March 18, 2019, as per the canning date on the underside of the can (“18MAR2019 ABSTRACT IDEAS”). That would make this beer 11 days old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.25): This pours out about two fingers of ecru-colored foam, fairly fine and whipped-ish looking with some fat bubbles in the middle, capping a very hazy, somewhat murky pale yellow-tan body. The head dies down fairly slowly, leaving broad lacing with wide swaths of foam covering most surfaces broken up with occasional blank spots. It’s a murky boi, but the lacing is … quite pleasing to me.

Smell (4.5): The nose is replete with passionfruit and lemon curd, with accents of gooseberry and lime zest. Orange hard candy, too. Pale, slightly starchy grain and malt offer some floury white bread dough, a touch of sugar cookie, and stale common crackers—but the sugar cookie nicely ties the malt into the brighter, softer hop aromas, like the lemon curd and hard candy noted above. As it opens up, sauvignon blanc-reminiscent passionfruit and gooseberry come forward more.

Taste (4.75): The nose promises a lot, and the palate delivers. Right off the bat, an interesting mix of passionfruit, key lime pie, white grape, and yellow plum washes in, quickly followed by punchier grass, pulpy limeade, and navel orange zest, laying down a moderate hammer of bitterness. It’s effective in nailing down and buoying the tropical fruit notes mentioned above. A bit of hay-like earthiness hides behind the hop salad, giving some shape to a restrained malt/grain component squeezed into the middle of it all. Dusty wheat and barley corns mix with pain de campagne crust, offering a not-too-complex but still effective base off of which all of this hop character can play. No sign of booze, not even in a is-it-booze-or-is-it-hops way that you get in bigger, sometimes less refined hop bombs or Triple IPAs. I feel like there’s a subtle coconut flavor that comes through in the right light, as well as a fairly pronounced dankness that calls to mind terpy, tropical ganja. In that way, it’s a bit of a shapeshifter, in a really fun way.

Mouthfeel (4.75): This feels very refined. The carbonation is soft and smooth, washing in with a very subtle tingle that floats the body effectively. That body is rich and creamy, and just juicy as hell, without feeling heavy. It’s certainly on the full-side of medium-weight, but it stops well short of thick or syrupy in any way. The hops leave mostly a juicy, smooth impression, but they come back around with enough drying bitterness to lighten the finish—just enough to invite the next sip, without sacrificing some sense of its heft.

Overall (4.5): This is one of the best (D)IPAs I’ve had in a while, which feels notable given the glut of hop bombs available right now. This is New England/Northeastern through and through, and while it colors within those lines, it manages to do so with memorably bright, vibrant crayons. It doesn’t broaden your conception of the style or anything like that, but boy does it deliver what the best of the style promises. This is what I’m looking for 90% of the time when I want a hazy hop bomb. Highly recommended.

Mar 30, 2019
Concepts of Dismemberment from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.56 out of 5 with 7 ratings