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Vengeful Barbarian | Alvarado Street Brewery

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4.17/5
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42 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alvarado Street Brewery
California, United States
alvaradostreetbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,709
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
42
pDev:
7.43%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of kdown
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jakecattleco
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanK252
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a Russian River Brewing Co pub glass

A: Pours hazy golden yellow with a frothy off white head that hangs around as a firm layer and leaves some dense lacing.

S: Big time fruity, lots of stone fruit, tropical fruit, and citrus, slightly spicy, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Mix of citrus, stone fruit and tropical fruit runs the show, peach, apricot, passion fruit, pineapple, mango, lychee, faint papaya and melon, orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit, a little spicy, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, soft on the palate, but with a little warmth.

O: Pretty intense hop hit. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really hazy yellow color. Aroma is fruity, slightly dank, mostly juicy tropical notes. Taste follows, really juicy and tropical with milky yeast notes. Medium body and carbonation. Quite good one, juicy and dank.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange, just like orange juice, but with fine, soapy foam.

Smell is so juicy it's practically dripping. Oranges, mango and more mango just jump out of the glass and invade your sinuses. Damn, this smells good!

Taste just keeps the juiciness pumping, with the same notes as the nose, and some lemon sorbet thrown in for good measure. There's a slight hint of tea and a perfectly balanced bitterness with just the right amount of hop burn. Long, slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and pillowy, and well carbonated.

Overall, just a superb IPA, so easy to drink and so juicy.

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Photo of Ice_Cream_And_IPAs
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigMatt408
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerbom
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellowish color with plenty of foam in the chalice. This tastes like so many hazy IPAs I"ve had in the last few weeks. It's quite drinkable but nothing distinctive, and I think I am getting tired of this orange juice mineral taste. Club soda and limeade.

However, it's pleasingly fruity. Moderately bitter and a little hot on the lips, like it really has citrus peel in it. From the 16 oz can purchased at Bottlecraft in LIberty Station.

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Photo of BSW
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Milou
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dominic4beer
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beernoobie
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Chcshammonde
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This certainly underwhelmed, I expected much more. This was kind of a hop/juicy sludge, with nothing really popping out and shining. The malt backing is good, but the mouthfeel was chalky, and overall the beer just tasted like an uneven homebrew.

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Photo of spark3148857
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A NE-style IPA in appearance, this lemon-yellow brew is exceptionally cloudy upon pouring, eventually settling into a dim translucence just shy of opacity. Head production is rather modest, producing perhaps a finger and a half of white foam after a normal pour. Retention is similarly just OK, although the lacing it leaves behind is rather nice and reminiscent of patches of snow.

Tropical, fruity, herbal, and slightly dank on the nose. If you've had a modern IPA with Citra, Amarillo, or New Zealand or Australian hops, you've likely encountered these notes. (The website states this was originally dry hopped with Citra and Amarillo, coincidentally to my review, but also that the hops vary with each batch.) Pineapple, mango, starfruit, oregano, parsley, grapefruit pulp, and laced with a slightly sweet dankness.

Flavor follows, packing in a ton of juicy hop flavors in a relatively low ABV package. This brew follows suit with some of the better hop bombs of the Northeast, which manage true DIPA levels of hops in a single IPA format. Primarily grapefruit and oregano up front, along with a light wildflower honey and cracker malt base. A restrained dankness emerges in the middle - I would expect this brew is powerfully dank when fresh, but this one is sitting at 30 days since canning, a window I find much more pleasant for my palate when dealing with Citra, among other varietals.

Light and juicy feel up front, but there's enough of a chewiness to keep it from reaching Radler-like levels of watery lightness. Quite active and lively, this makes for a very drinkable and quaffable brew. Realistically, this is what I wish session IPAs tasted and felt like: smothered in hops, light and easy drinking, but with enough malt backbone to remind you that you're drinking a beer instead of dry-hopped seltzer water.

A very nice beer overall. I wouldn't call it trade bait, but I'd be very, very pleased as a local with this on the shelves.

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Vengeful Barbarian from Alvarado Street Brewery
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 42 ratings