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Groupe G Belgian RyePA | Headlands Brewing Co.

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Groupe G Belgian RyePAGroupe G Belgian RyePA
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Groupe G Belgian RyePAGroupe G Belgian RyePA

Brewed by:
Headlands Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by elNopalero on 10-07-2013

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3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a review of Headland’s Groupe G, a Belgian-style RyePA, so named in honor of the General Sabotage Groupe of Belgium from WWII. (Via their website.)

This pours with a lightly golden toasted color. Mildly hoppy aroma with some pronounced esters on the nose. The floral note dominates the aroma. It comes across as I sip it as well, although its complemented by a rye spice, like a touch of cracked pepper, and a bit of a floral, herbal note to it. Almost a muted bitterness. The combination, while interesting, doesn’t work for me as it feels like there’s just too much going on when one or two of the combinations would have been fine. My first brew from these guys. I’m looking forward to trying more.

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Photo of legalag11
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of samtrillo
2.76/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - Two finger foamy white head that dissipates in a few minutes. Translucent orangish appearance.

S - Smells mostly like a belgian with cereal malt characteristics. Can't find much hop in the aroma.

T - The belgian yeast completely dominates this flavour profile. Sour rye aftertaste is unpleasant and lingers. I was wishing for more IPA attributes from this one but something's just not working here. A bit of spiciness on the end.

M - Smooth upfront and a crisp carbonation at the back end. Pretty nice actually. The can helps it keep the smoothness.

O - The flavour doesn't do it for me on this combo. I like trying new things and new combos but the aftertaste on this will keep me from trying it again.

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Photo of Bieniek30
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not a fan of this beer.

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Photo of mc4z
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of SierraJosh
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of Databrew
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopsputin
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: slightly hazy burnt caramel orange color with some lighter yellow notes in there as well. off-white fluffy head pours 2 fingers then settles down nicely to 1 finger

s: apricot, rye, sweet citrus, resin, some earthy dank hops, pineapple and sweet malts. there is definitely malt in the backbone of the beer

t: taste follows the nose pretty well. pineapple, apricot, and rye upfront. there is a grapefruity citrusy bitterness right behind that cuts the sweetness from the fruit nicely. there is a little bit of spice and coriander in here as well from the Belgian yeast. Also, a small floral presence in here as well which adds a little herbal bitterness towards the back of the tongue. the finish is pineapple and rye with just a touch more of bitterness

m: lighter side of medium mouthfeel. carbonation is pretty strong but not overbearing. it works really well with the beer

o: this is quite an enjoyable beer. the rye adds a nice level of flavor that you don't get every day. flavor is good, and sweet and bitter balance nicely that makes each sip enjoyable. very nice IPA!

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Photo of Rick778
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can received in trade from MrBarleywine, thanks for the opportunity Mike!
Deep golden color with a huge frothy off white head that persists forever. Spicy earthy herbal notes with a bit of honey like malt sweetness to back it up. The flavor follows but adds a whole lot of peppery notes and a fair amount of hop bitterness. Medium body, moderate to high level of carbonation. I enjoyed the heck out of this beer!

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of mactrail
2.82/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Handsome clear amber with ample suds in the tall tumbler. A little dank hop aroma.

The first sip is pretty good. Then it turns quite raspy and yeasty. It's like the dregs of a Saison plus the medicinal bitterness of a soapy IPA. This is clean and seemingly well-made, but the yeast and hop combination is a choke hold.

This is certainly one of the worst alleged Belgian IPAs I've ever had. From the 16 oz can purchased at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco.

January 26, 2015 update: Somehow I got hold of more of this stuff. It's just as bad as last year. Revolting medicinal bitter herbal taste.

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Photo of BDeibs
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thenick80
2.79/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Great color and aroma, Belgian yeast is very present. Bright and sweet on the front of the palate. but rye kicks in at the end and leaves a funky after taste.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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1.75/5  rDev -49.9%

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4.49/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Groupe G Belgian RyePA from Headlands Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 44 ratings
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