Elaborate Metaphor | Burlington Beer Co.

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4.19/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Burlington Beer Co.
Vermont, United States
burlingtonbeercompany.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Elaborate Metaphor is our take on a new New England style Pale Ale brewed with Citra and Amarillo hops. Brewed with Barley, Flaked Oats, Wheat, and Raw Wheat.

Added by Hendry on 12-03-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,880
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
130
pDev:
5.97%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
23
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

No can date
Pours a decent fizzy bubbly but smaller head, no real lacing, cloudy light pale gold color

Nose plenty of citrus again, clementine, mild orange, little guava and mango, light chalky mineral and creamy wheat/flaked malt

Taste very light, more chalky mineral like malt/water additives, mild gristy wheat and flaked malt, hop water with a little orange rind, mild mango and guava, hops getting a little spicy and grassy late, almost herbaceous too, no finish but hops taking over a bit more

Mouth is thin watery and light carb

Overall this was just way too light, not nearly enough body or unfermentables to prop up the beer, hops were OK but needs more substance to it

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Photo of troymc
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of yuno
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Paoloboston
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sulty
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebeers
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy pale banana color with a half-finger of near-white head. Modest, sloppy lacing. It has a citrus fizzy water aroma with some slight strawberry-banana Starburst and cream. Dull citrus bitterness throughout the taste; maybe a little herb and grass, as well. Light to medium bodied with strong fizziness in the feel. Not bad.

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Photo of smithj4
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brm300
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IckyT2012
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wvsabbath
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy straw yellow pour with a finger of white head.
Lots of citrus on the nose, orange and tangerine mainly.
Taste follows with the tangerine and orange, pithy bitterness finish.
Light to medium body with good carb levels.
Overall a pretty tasty sessionable IPA.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT.

This one pours an exceptionally hazy and murky dark yellow color, with a small head.

This smells like full pulp orange juice, with a bit of acidity on the nose, along with papaya and pink grapefruit.

This is solid, but it's a little bit too juicy, without any bitterness to keep it from being too muddled. It just feels too raw, like orange juice with too much pulp. This could be better with a few tweaks.

This is lighter bodied, with a slick mouthfeel, and a decent level of drinkability.

I still don't fully understand the obsession with Burlington Beer Co overall- this isn't bad, but it's nowhere near the heaviest hitters in Northeast.

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Photo of eddiefl
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky straw-yellow with two fingers of white foam that bubbles up rapidly and retains decently well. Aroma is orange and tangerine with bigger toasty, biscuity, wheaty malt and yeast notes. In the hop to malt balance, malts lead the charge. Flavor profile is wheaty, biscuity, doughy, toasty malts with hints of orange, tangerine, papaya, and light mango. Yeast is heavily present, giving the impression of a fresh, slightly under-baked bread. Malt notes are bigger than the hops, hitting a good ratio between hops and malts. Mouth feel is lightly chalky, grainy texture with a medium thickness. Overall, good hops and malts, but with low intensity hops.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours very cloudy with a pale honey color; the head rises to one finger but leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Tangerine and grapefruit, with hints of peach and lime

Taste: Tangerine forward, with a bit of peach to round out the flavor; through the middle, the more bitter elements of grapefruit and lime arrive, though the overall bitterness level is not particularly high; juicy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice APA that draw a lot from the NE style

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Photo of Gerardes
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oberon
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deonreds
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Simon212
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveCash
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of broadway848
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy gold with a thumg of cream colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Tons of citrus peel & flesh,tails of a touch once warm

T: Orange sweetness, a little grapefruit bitterness, & a touch of dry breadyness & mango up front. Plenty of of grapefruit & a little tangerine as this warms, plenty of dryness too. Finsishes grapefruitty, dry with a little grassyness

MF: Medium body, fairly assertive carbonation, good balance

Easy to drink, pretty crushable

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Elaborate Metaphor from Burlington Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 130 ratings