Uncanny Valley
Burlington Beer Co.

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #872
ABV:
7%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,221
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 6.49%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
169
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Burlington Beer Co.
 
Vermont, United States
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a teku

One finger fizzy white foam cap over hazy pale orange lieu of with numerous streams of carbonation. Quickly referee to a pencil thick layer

Aroma is citrus orange, tropical fruits, guava

Taste is more earthy than citrus

Good sudsing, hop nibble lingers on the back of the tongue

Good beer

Jun 05, 2020
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Lots of citrus and tropical fruit up front along with a light floral and earthy undertone. Juice bomb

T: Follows the nose, but leans a bit more towards the earthy and floral hops rather than the citrus and tropical ones. The citrus and tropical notes are still there, but this time more of the undertone rather than up-front flavor profile. Some light balancing malt in there as well. Finishes with lingering earthy and floral tones

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very good NEIPA that is easy to drink. Low-moderate bitterness adds to the drinkability. Check it out

Dec 17, 2019
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daudelin2000 from Vermont

4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy, light yellow to gold color with white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is super ripe tropical fruits with a touch of grass and pine.

Taste is super ripe fruits with some, dare I say sweat sock flavor, but in a good way if that is possible. I'm guessing this is heavy on the Citra and/or Galaxy, but I could be wrong. I also get a bit of mineral flavor. Possibly from the water chemistry adjustments. It's not a bad flavor. In fact, I kinda like it.

Mouthfeel is not quite as creamy as other standout NEIPA's in the region, but is satisfactory. Bitterness is very low and carbonation is on point.

Overall, I really love this beer. Probably my favorite Vermont NEIPA. I did a blind taste test with this beer and Green from Treehouse and it was too close to call!

Aug 11, 2019
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint can - no visible date - poured into a tulip at 46F

Pours an ultra-hazy pale glowing orange hue, with a large finger of basic white head, which keeps its place for quite a while, ultimately reducing to a film and healthy collar. Certainly looks like a New England IPA.

Nose: I could smell this from the moment I poured the can. Just an absolute basket of sweet, ripe, tropical fruit. Mango, papaya, guava, lychee. The main component of the aroma however, if pineapple. More than I've gotten in any other beer. Absolutely, unmistakably, sweet, ripe pineapple rings. Down to the zesty acidic tang. In addition to the pineapple tropical fruit salad aroma, there's a nice red/blue berry characteristic in the background. Some cotton candy, blue raspberry, strawberries and cream. These candied berry-like notes are quite prominent, and really add to the overall aroma of this. This is certainly going to be a "juice bomb". The aromas that these hops are expressing themselves as are just to die for, and this is easily one of the most aromatic IPAs ive encountered since something from Tree House. It's sweet, fruity, juicy, and incredibly pungent, and earns some serious points in this department.

Palate: Right off the bat, it's clear that this is a beer who's flavour doesn't entirely match the nose. There is quite a bit of tropical fruit going on, but it's intercepted by a surprising earthiness. There's also a big dose of grapefruit pith. I'm almost certain this is a Citra/Simcoe/Mosaic hop bill. It reminds me of a couple Hill Farmstead IPAs I've tried. S&S#8. The hops prove nearly assaulting, and there are aspects of different hops that come through very clearly. I can't help but think that the Simcoe-like earthiness is working to this beers detriment. Into the finish, the earthiness dominates, before falling back and becoming quite grassy. There's almost no pithy or resinous bitterness in the finish - the bitterness in this one comes in quick and early, before leaving a faint finish, with just a dry whisper of everything you just experienced.

Mouthfeel/Body: Another aspect of this beer that deserves some credit is the body and feel of it. This is up there with some of the better NEIPAs. If soft and fluffy is what you look for, then this will deliver in spades. Medium-bodied, which would nearly be crisp were it not for the incredibly fluffy, pillowy, almost chewy feel to it. This added texture, paired with a relatively large hop delivery makea this one somewhat more of a slower sipper, than a quick midday refresher. It drinks larger than it is, and doesn't go down weightless.

Overall: There are some who will absolutely adore this beer. Fact. This review is my subject opinion, and should be taken with a grain of salt. Personally, I do not enjoy Simcoe hops, and I find it to be the one and only thing that really hurts this beer. Any other hop, and this could be magical. It reminds me a lot of Hill Farmstead's Society and Solitude #8. A near clone, if you ask me. That's a well-loved beer, and I see no reason this won't be as well. Not my cup of tea, but with just a slight alteration to the hop choice, I truly think I'd be singing a different tune.

Jun 28, 2019
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Billolick from New York

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall can

Hazed up pour and leaves a load of fine sheeting

Orange and pineapple on the sniff

Tasty neipa with more oranges and more pineapple, medium juicy and thoroughly enjoyable ... nice brew.. go get some

Jun 26, 2019
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SSS from Canada

4.86/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-Pours a pineapple juice yellow color, with a thick and pillowy white head
S-Aroma is made up of sweet tropical fruit and citrus.
M-Medium body with carbonation a little high which results in a slightly peppery mouth feel
T-Sweet and bitter balance make way for a juice bomb that in parts elements of orange and tangerine and grapefruit
O-This is an outstanding NEIPA

Jun 05, 2019
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 5/14/19.

Pours cloudy gold with a moderate head and retention. Pine and grapefruit in the nose but not very pungent. Medium bodied with a crisp, somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Grapefruit with pine and pithy citrus on the palate with zero malt and a firm bitterness. Finishes dry with lingering citrus.

Jun 05, 2019
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Mrcam from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not too hoppy and has a sweet refreshing taste. There is some citrus flavors and has an okay mouth feel. One of my favorite beers from Burlington Brewing company.

Jun 05, 2019
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OneEyedWilly from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I’ve had many IPAs from Burlington and Uncalley valley may be the best. It’s fruity and hoppy and really is the definition of citrusy ipa. I don’t know if I’ve ever had another beer that hits every note of a hazy NEIPA.

May 02, 2019
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Jlabs from New York

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured into a taster glass via draft @ BBCO

color is brownish yellow

smell is lemons and grapefruit

taste is bitter citrus with a slight sweetness at the end

mouthfeel is full and medium carbonation

I liked this one

Jan 23, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy, orange-gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is juicy lemon lime, orange juice, and light cracker. Medium light bodied, moderate carbonation, and sweet. Another excellent ipa from Burlington. Could have several.

Dec 24, 2018
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Greywulfken from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque, kinda like the color of orange-grapefruit juice, with a finger or so of fluffy white head... Has a creamy citrus character suggestive of both white grapefruit and mild orange - doesn't get too sweet - actually has a dry, almost chalky vibe that I really dig... Malts show up, too, with an earthy, grainy undertone bringing something herbal and floral to the mix... soft and smooth, amply carbonated, mildly bitter, and really enjoyable... 10/3/18 canning...

Nov 17, 2018
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a hazy yellow with a billowy white head.

Aroma is bitter astrigent lemon.

Taste matches aroma, lots of citrus but not overall bitter.

Excellent beer.

Oct 11, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very cloudy yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high white head that quickly settled down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of orange and grapefruit citrus are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell in that it starts off with citrusy flavors but these are followed by strong notes of pine towards the finish. Only a faint amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat "juicy" on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: With a lack of bitterness and a juicy mouthfeel, this is a nice representation of a New England-style IPA. I liked how the flavors in the taste transitioned from citrus to pine.

Serving type: can

Oct 06, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazed gold with a thumb+ of rocky ivory colored head. Pretty nice head retention & lacing

S: Orange rind

T: Orange, tangerine & a little bready dryness up front. Grapefruit, dryness & a little tangerine as this warms, just a kiss of pine too. Finishes dry with grapefruit, pine & dryness

Medium body, moderate carbonation, good balance

Super drinkable hazy IPA, much to love here

Sep 25, 2018
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 7/10/18 poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy very pale orange with a thin head that disappears in a flash
S: Full of tropical fruit (especially mango/pineapple), apricot, a hint of pine
T: More pine here, drier, some less specific tropical fruit/stone fruit, hints of citrus rind/earth
M: Medium-bodied, crisp
O: Well-made, a nice example of the style

Sep 05, 2018
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PSanger from Connecticut

4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

another gem from this masterful brewery. Pours a hazy yellow with nice tropical fruit aroma immediately present. Taste in the beginning is like most NEIPAs with a nice piney/bitter finish common with many VT beers. Feel is full bodied. This is a quality beer.

Jul 04, 2018
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WaffleNugget from Vermont

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Very light, straw, with a good 1 inch head. Very cloudy. Light lacing.

S: Fantastic fruity mango scent. A bit of guava. Just a tiny pine scent at the end.

T: Hop-forward, resin-y. Quite bitter on the back end but absolutely no bite. Very little of the fruitiness comes through in the taste, it's all in the aroma.

F: A very light mouthfeel - maybe the least carbonated NE IPA I've ever had. Really easy to drink.

O: A beer that is very reminiscent of BBCo's Elaborate metaphor, except with a bit less carbonation and a slightly less mellow level of pine hoppiness. It's quite alcoholic for an American IPA, despite the mouth feel. A nice beer, but think I prefer some other options from BBCo.

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Jun 19, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours very thick opaque yellow with huge foamy head and lacing everywhere.

Aroma - Lots of sweet candied fruit orange, mango, pineapple, some muted pine but mostly just sweet fruit.

Taste - Taste follows the nose tropical fruit mango, peach, pineapple not much other than tropical fruit.

Feel - Thick creamy full bodied pretty dry finish.

Overall Well done NEIPA, the nose is crazy taste follows big chewy feel.

Apr 13, 2018
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Peter Havens Restaurant in Brattleboro on 03/25/18, from a 16oz can - it was too dark and there was too much food and conversation to review it properly. But it was good enough that I had to order a 2nd!

Mar 26, 2018
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 1/2/18

A: Tangerine orange with some gold and yellow tones - very, very hazy, murky - pours with a medium sized, creamy white head, fades to a few wisps and retains a small collar

S: Appearance could pass for fruit juice, and the aroma could, too - soft, juicy, and fleshy citrus, with tangerine, orange, and some notes of grapefruit - some floral citrus - some green hops - tropical fruit juice aromas, including peach, melon, mango, and passion fruit - some pine as well - some soft pale malts at the base with some oats

T: Aggressively juicy - tangerine and orange juice, flesh - floral citrus and some hints of grapefruit and lemon zest - green, leafy hops - touches of pine and spice - juicy tropical fruits, peach, melon, mango, passion fruit - some hop pellets - medium to low bitterness - some pale malts and lots of oats, could probably have a cleaner malt profile but obviously this is about the hops

M: Medium body, smooth and chewy, lightly oily and lightly prickly from the massive amount of hops

O: Android porn

Burlington Beer Co releases so many beers that I feel as if I can buy something new every time I am in the Williston area. Uncanny Valley has been one of my better purchases. This really goes to an extreme in terms of dry hopping. This is a turbid slurry that would get a thumbs up from anyone who puts Trillium or Tree House up on a pedestal. It's like fruit juice, but not. I might like this even more than Orbital Elevator, which I found surprisingly lovely.

Jan 03, 2018
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Brad007 from Vermont

4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy blonde hue with a two finger head into my glass. Canned on 12/5/17. Melon rind and mango in the nose. Juicy with a strong lemon peel/orange peel and light mango feel to it. Acidic citrus finish with little else to hold up. I think it's too acidic in the finish, which is either a good or bad thing depending on individual tastes.

Dec 26, 2017
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can: Poured a cloudy yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and limited amount of lacing. Aroma of tropical fruits notes with some light citrusy undertones is quite nice. Taste is a great mix of light citrusy undertones with some huge tropical fruit notes with some residuals sugar notes clearly identifiable. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation for style. Great NEIPA with nice tropical fruit notes.

Oct 23, 2017
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nlb802 from Vermont

3.39/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

A mixed bag. Smells amazing. First taste impression is juicy. But like other BBC ipa I have had, the feel is way off. The beer significantly burns the back of my throat even though I am a fan of extremel hoppy beers. It ruins the fun sadly.

Sep 20, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a light semi-burnt yellow almost orange color with a decent transparency to it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a decent pace. The aroma takes on some dried pine, sweet to bitter grassy hops, light citrus with an underscore of tropical fruits. The flavor brings it all together mostly with a sweet to bitter touch of a fragant floral underneath. Dried floral sweet and semi-piney aftertaste with the same sort of finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a great sessionability about it. Carbonation rides nicely - fairly low, allowing a nice crisp harshness to come across appropriately. Overall, pretty good AIPA.

Jun 21, 2017
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