Reflected Symmetry
Burlington Beer Co.

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #2,006
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,442
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 6.16%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
57
From:
Burlington Beer Co.
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  0
Gots
  7
SCORE
89
Very Good
Notes: Formerly: Reflected In Symmetry

Multigrain India Pale Ale DDH with Galaxy & Idaho 7
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 57 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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
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jcaleb86 from New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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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BigGold from Mississippi

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
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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322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -3%
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
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
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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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev 0%
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
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Shiredave from New York

3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
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
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
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
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
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
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
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
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pint can 3/30/19

Multigrain IPA....yes please!!

A New England Style IPA loaded with grains: oats, wheat... really fills it up.
Cloudy looking yellow gold with white haze. Robust white foam holds on tight and dissipates to only a thin layer.

The aromatics are amazing. Super sweet tropical fruit hop scent, man goes on and on. Citrus/pineapple/lupilin sticky bud goo aroma from some pretty fresh smelling hop cones. A smooth, milk shake style grainy malt smell is tremendous. Thick creamy oats and wheat pop right out. This is a seriously complex nose.

A creamy citrus fruit and smooth malty grains combine for a lush, juicy and smooth texture with huge amounts of fresh hoppy flavors from dry grasses to tropical fruit punch! It has a bit of a cannabis and oatmeal cookie style, if you can dig it?!

High grade. Love.

Mar 31, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy and cloudy whitish yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that left a few specks of bubbles on the surface after it died down align with lots of lacy rings of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pine and grapefruit are present in the nose along with hints of peaches.
T: The taste has flavors of grapefruit, passion fruit, and stone fruit along with notes of pine, the latter of which is most noticeable towards the back end of the taste. There is a faint amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found the piney hops in this New England IPA to be very unique compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

Feb 23, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nearly white in appearance, just enough yellow to disable it. Smaller head but decent streaky lace.

Rather benign aroma of malt and mango. There's a faint floral hop background.

Mild start that's similar to the smell. The hop, though, comes through quickly, stronger and more bitter. Good carbonation with a thinner body. Long raw, hop pellet aftertaste.

Jan 06, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a pure opaque dark yellow-ed paper color trimmed by a small white foamy head softly dissolving. Light concave lace wound around the glass.
The aroma had a nice sweet piney character and sweet orange pulp. White pepper and some sweet wheat spice up the back end nicely.
The flavor melds the white peppery spiciness to the piney and orangey sweet pulpiness. Mild orange pulp to rind-like bitterness runs into the pine and white pepper in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation and ABV gets the right groove. Mild stickiness in the finish along with some white pepper and pine.
Overall, for a wheat IPA, I'd say I was a bit surprised to find the wheat portions as low as they were. Still, I wasn't bothered by the lack there of - it was just something I noticed. Of course, I'd have again.

Dec 01, 2018
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a creamy, bright yellow gold with a one finger fizzy off-white head.

Smell is aromatic and sharp with peach and orange and a bit of earth to it.

Taste is similar with a strong grapefruit, pine and peach hit up front that fades into a lingering earthy orange finish that is complimented by a light, nutty sweetness of the multi-grain malt.

Feel is lighter than most NEIPAs of this consistency, maybe uplifted by a moderate amount of effervescence. Bitterness is nearly absent, allowing for the hops to define it all.

This is a really well done NEIPA that hits all the numbers well. Not sure how much impact "multi-grain" has on this one but there is a sort of light nuttiness in the finish that may be its signature. Just remarkably well done and well worth the trip to VT or Burlington specifically to seek this one out.

Nov 17, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 1/2 inch creamy white head over a cloudy/murky, golden/straw body with some lacing. Nose of sweet citrus (orange), tropical fruit (mango), and a bit of onion. Taste of the aforementioned fruit with some pine resin and citrus pith bitterness on the finish. Good feel and overall, a BBCo IPA that I like. Cheers!

Nov 11, 2018
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 57 ratings