Reflected Symmetry
Burlington Beer Co.

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From:
Burlington Beer Co.
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #2,238
ABV:
6%
Score:
90
Ranked #10,434
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 6.2%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
40
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 13, 2022
Added:
Nov 11, 2018
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  7
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Reflected SymmetryReflected Symmetry
Notes: Formerly: Reflected In Symmetry

Multigrain India Pale Ale DDH with Galaxy & Idaho 7
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Rated: 3.99 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Jun 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by yuno from New York

Apr 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.74 by TWStandley from Massachusetts

Dec 07, 2021
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Rated by SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Can is labeled as an Ancient Grain IPA with no other details on that provided
Oct 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Aug 10, 2021
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours somewhat hazy with a honey color and a modest bubble show that builds a two finger head; good retention and shards of lacing

Smell: The nutty tones of the spelt are prominent and blend with toffee, papaya and a hint of pineapple

Taste: Papaya and pineapple forward with the toffee/nut malt flavors underneath; the pineapple grows, through the middle, but the finish is dry with only a modest amount of bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The spelt in the grain bill creates an interesting dimension; enjoyable
Jun 13, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 3/11/21 (I think), so closing in on 2 months old.

Interesting pour. Thick orange juice body. No head retention, hence no lacing. The last ounce or two poured were full of sediment, making for a churning mess.

Strong aroma of tropical citrus fruit.....

......which doesnt translate to the taste. A little bitter and herbal, strong dry hopped presence. Quite pleasant though.

Mouth close to full, finish slightly bitter herb and dry hop.

Overall, interesting beer and concept. Happy to have tried it, wouldn't want a session of it though.
May 07, 2021
 
Rated: 3.94 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

May 05, 2021
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Reviewed by jcaleb86 from New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I did not expect, with this label, such a hazy and modern, delicious IPA. There are some strong barley aromas wafting. Hops are lemon and the beer is sweet as their uncanny valley. It’s a good beer I’d buy again.
Apr 07, 2021
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Reviewed by BigGold from Mississippi

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had Reflected Symmetry poured from pint can, label stamped (apparently) canned on "122220," gift from and shipped down by friend, into nonic pint.

Pours hazy light-gold with 1-finger near-white head, which dissipates to a persistent film, leaving rings of etched Belgian lace. Aroma citrusy off the pour, and then some lemon, before an odd grain aroma, maybe some corn, and other raw grain. Begins a bit tart and lemony, and then nicely biting hops, over a very dry body, presumably from the ancient grains, for a mildly lemony, dry but full-bodied finish.

A light New England IPA with an interesting grain silo aroma and nice body. Worthwhile experiment.
Apr 04, 2021
 
Rated: 3.91 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Apr 04, 2021
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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This was another beer that I picked up recently at the Whole Foods in Williamsburg, as it was my first time there. The grain made this quite different than other New England IPA's that I've had over the years as this was a bit gritty and full-bodied, with plenty of hop bitterness to balance everything out and keep this beer true to stylistic form.

The pour to this was nice was nice as this had a golden and uniformly cloudy hue to it with plenty of brightness to the liquid. A sufficient head topped it off as the lacing left behind was extensive with well-defined rings most of the way down as the space between then was full of spotty suds. If this was like Reflected In Symmetry, the hops were just as dank and murky as there was plenty of fruit cocktail and Hawaiian Punch in the nose, with white grape, melon, cantaloupe, and pineapple in the mix as the taste was just as biting, tropical, and complementary to the grain that held it's own throughout. Some floral and rye notes were in the mix too as this had a natural, outdoorsy feel to it that was not like the more popular examples that have defined this style. A bit of gooseberry sourness kicked on once this warmed up along with some sharp lime juice and deep fruit rind giving this a lingering aftertaste that left me wanting just one more sip.

There was just enough carbonation here and the booze was light, although the grain and hops made this feel heavier than it was in actuality. Nothing written on the bottom as this felt fresh, although I wasn't 100% sure if that was actually the case. Of course, the label was symmetrical and the beer finished just as strong as it started. I enjoyed this although it's a bit of an acquired taste and a welcome change from the juice bombs that most people are accustomed to!
Mar 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.98 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

Mar 06, 2021
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Reviewed by bubseymour from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Its a nice NEIPA with a good amount of bitter balance. You can taste the grain in the background. Kinda has a rye flavor if I were to guess. Enjoyable, well crafted.
Feb 26, 2021
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Reviewed by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
From a 16oz can dated 12/22/20. This is not the same beer as “Reflected In Symmetry” but it is similar in style. The can says it is a “Ancient Grain India Pale Ale.” It is very good.
Jan 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.23 by jhlosito75 from Pennsylvania

Jan 24, 2021
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Reviewed by hopsputin from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
a: hazy dark yellow color with a little bit of copper and orange. 2 finger frothy off-white head

s: an intense floral note upfront followed by tangy oranges, sweet vanilla, cardamom, and coriander. mango, papaya, and some kind of sweet grain. sweet lemons, clementines, honeydew. something like cinnamon in here as well. very interesting aroma

t: earthy/grapey hops, sweet grains, and some sweet pineapple. grapefruit, tangerine and some strawberry. a touch of cardamom and clove at the end of this as well as some dark bread

m: medium mouthfeel, pretty fluffy. low-medium carbonation

o: very interesting beer. the nose on this is quite unlike many i've had before. almost incense-like. taste is good, nothing offensive, extremely earthy
Jan 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by AD17 from New Jersey

Jan 09, 2021
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From a 16 oz. can sampled on Jan 2 2021.

The appearance is like a modern IPA with its cloudy, hazy light amber color and lasting white head.

The aroma is more of a tropical and citrus character rather than sorghum, rice, Farro, or other ancient grains, which is what I was looking for. Low marks for that.

Medium mouthfeel.

The grains show up more in the taste but they are overtaken by the citrus and tropical hops. I think I might have wanted more grains all in all.
Jan 02, 2021
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Reviewed by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured into a 16 oz tulip glass canned on 11/24/2020. Pours a very attractive orange yellow, with a solid finger sticky white head that leaves thin streaks of lace with solid retention. 4.5

Aroma is peach, lemon, ripe melon, and apricot. 4

Taste follows peach, lemon, cantaloupe, and apricot. 4

Mouthfeel is about medium, soft gentle carbonation, not sticky or dry, and at 6% it drinks maybe a little bigger and goes down very easy. 4.25

Overall this is tasty for sure, not amazing but for 6% ABV packed with flavor. 4
Dec 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4.08 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Dec 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Shiredave from New York

3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Ancient grain IPA it says. No canning date - no other info other than 6%abv.
The beers is a cloudy, pale golden yellow with a tall, stark white head that left thin smears of lace all around. The head slumps quickly but a tenacious film kicks up after each swig so it is evidently well carbonated.
Classic NE-IPA aromas of boiled citrus and sugar. Nicer than some, reminiscent of many more.
Soft sweetness up front and a frothy, fuzzy mouth feel gives way to a sharp, almost sour hop bite.
More orange wedges and grapefruit rind flavors grab the tongue while hints of honey and white sugar linger in the backseat.
Body is as stated, fuzzy and thin, nearly watery in it's lack of heft and "ancient grain" character.
This has a firm hop bitterness and long, dry, green grass and tart citrus finish that redeems it for me.
I'm not sure in what symmetry the brewer was trying to reflect here but it had a good start and a better finish but not a lot to notice in the middle.
The intrigue of the name at least is not reflected in the shallow murky yellow beer.
Dec 11, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Nov 25, 2020
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
No can date, not sure what the ancient grains are
Pours a light fizzy head with lower retention, a touch of lacing, hazy cloudy pale apricot colour

Nose brings citrus and genetic tropical notes, pithy orange with an orange sorbet and little lemon zest, a little stone fruit, not really any malt

Taste brings more generic tropical, pineapple, papaya, little guava, mango, stone fruit and tangerine, more fruit sorbet, little pithy, creamy flaked oats and doughy malt, little chalky mineral as well, hops get a little green spicy like late, drier mild sticky finish

Mouth is med bod, med fizzy carb, fair juicy soft

Overall meh, not sure what ancient grain was supposed to be, and just a generic neipa with extra chalky mineral and bland base
Nov 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Jul 18, 2020
 
Rated: 3.84 by fitzy84 from Massachusetts

Jun 12, 2020
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Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Not exactly my cup of tea when looking for a beer, but not a disappointing one. This beer is hazy to the extent that the golden color does not let you see out the other side of your glass. I’d keep it in the can next time, unless you want to see that haze. It has nice tropical aromas and moderate carbonation that allows for a smooth finish. Although I am not a fan of grainy tastes and I was left comparing this beer to whole wheat bread. All in all still a good beer.
Jun 09, 2020
 
Rated: 2.84 by gbiello from Massachusetts

May 31, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by hockeypuck from Maine

May 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by EatonHops from Massachusetts

May 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.24 by TMMaul from Massachusetts

Apr 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.05 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Apr 13, 2020
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Reviewed by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a hazy bronze-yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Light citrus and tropical fruit up front along with some multigrain bagel undertones

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and tropical fruit and then picks up some light floral notes and multigrain bread. Lightly bitter. Finishes with lingering citrus and bread

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid DDH IPA that has a nice subtle difference with the multigrain. Very easy to drink. Check it out
Mar 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York

Oct 13, 2019
 
Rated: 3.9 by curlybird from Pennsylvania

Sep 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Jul 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Jul 21, 2019
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Reviewed by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
16oz can dated 5/8/19.

Pours cloudy gold with a short-lived head of white. Retention is average with some nice lacing. Subdued hops in the nose. Faint notes of white grape and grapefruit. Light bodied with a somewhat watery mouthfeel. Pithy grapefruit with grapeskins on the palate with plenty of bitterness and faint malt. Finishes a bit malty and stale
Jun 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.16 by Bluesfolk19 from Massachusetts

May 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3.92 by Jonnybgood from Massachusetts

May 18, 2019
Reflected Symmetry from Burlington Beer Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 61 ratings