Violet
Tilted Barn Brewery

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #359
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,735
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 5.57%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
104
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Tilted Barn Brewery
 
Rhode Island, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
95
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you to Jake for this one.

Pint can - dated 12/31/19 - poured into an ale tulip at 45F.

Pours a moderately hazy, burnished pale orange with yellow highlights, topped with a finger of snow white head, whixh quickly recedes to a large collar beneath a ring of lacing.

Nose: I haven't encountered anything this juice-forwars in a long time. Absolutely dripping with mango juice, ripe pineapple, lychee, dried sweetened papaya, some sauvignon Blanc must, a hint of passionfruit, horned melon, and plenty of unripe/slightly green notes. A bit of fresh grass, green herb/cilantro which makes me think there could be some Nelson in this, but at the very least, there's certainly Mosaic. After opening up, this musty dank note reveals itself with a light, funky earthiness. The malt brings lots of honey notes as well as a bit of wet grain and raw dough.

Palate: A honey-like malt sweetness greets the palate followed immediately by pithy hop expressions of tropical fruit. Tons of wet green grassy and herbaceous notes that are very indicative of Mosaic lead the way before pineapple, nectarine, apricot, pomello, and perhaps some unripe mango unfold. A gentle, albeit pithy and resinous bitterness peeks quite early, before the fruitier notes circle back to include more wet green notes, with cut grass, fresh leaves, and maybe even a bit of fresh chive. The malt sweetness dries out very quickly, and by the time we reach the finish, the beer is essentially dry, with all the honey sweetness long gone, leaving just a bit of raw grain lingering behind the hops. The finish is resinous, pithy, and drying, the the bitterness itself peaked about mid-way and is now on the decline. Green hop resins, wet leaves, cut grass, unripe nectarine, and some clean grain slowly fade out, leaving a lingering pithy dryness.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is medium-light in body, with the initial honey sweetness contributing much of the medium in that equation. Juicy and wet up front, becoming progressively drier. Effervescence is on the lighter side, especially for the ABV and lack of heft, but it's enough to do what it needs to do. Drying resinous finish, with some hop oils clinging to the palate.

Overall: This one is fun. I enjoy the fruitier, juicier presentation, as well as the herbaceous unripe green notes. There's a slight earthiness to add depth, but it isn't a musty, cheesy funk like you'd expect from a large Simcoe dry-hop. It isn't too sweet, the pilsner malt creates a crisp, refreshing platform, and there's a nice balance between tropical fruit, wet juiciness, and bitter green notes to form a refreshing, flavorful, and colourful cohesive beer.

Jan 28, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 6 days ago.

L -- Hazy golden orange body with a scant finger of solid white head produced with aerated pour. Some retention and good lacing
S -- Mango, red grapefruit, strawberry, banana, sweet floral, hint of fresh pine sprig
T -- Pulpy orange, resinous pine, dry floral, pithy grapefruit, green leafiness, fruity yeast ester. Very bitter on the finish
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium- carb. Big lasting bitterness on the finish
O -- Another intensely hoppy and bitter yet flavorful IPA from Tilted Barn

83/100

Sep 09, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was yet another beer from Tilted Barn that I traded for but unlike the others, this one didn't have a date on it at all. It's not often that I come across a beer whose moniker is self-explanatory but this one certainly fit that bill as it was like violet without being stereotypical. If you like your beers to be bright, floral, and lively, then you've found your match with this one!

The pour to this was nice as this beer had a muted, but bright, goldenrod hue with plenty of head to top it off. A decent amount of lacing topped it off as much of it was around the thin collar with a few thick splotches scattered around the middle of my pint glass. Tons of violet, potpourri, deep floral, and bright citrus notes emerged in the nose as this beer warmed up as they were all present in the taste. Dank forest, deep apricot, overripe peach, and pungent hops emerged as this warmed up as this was a full bouquet come to life. Lots of earthiness emerged as I worked my way through this but that only enhanced this beer's appeal as this felt quite natural throughout my time with it.

Not a ton of booze here but there was enough that could be felt throughout the duration as I attempted to pinpoint this. A dryness along the lines of white cheddar tied everything in as I pinpointed this down as the malt was recessed and the carbonation was a bit lighter than I anticipated. This was lovely stuff worthy of it's moniker and just as earthy, natural, and bright as any violet could be. Props to Tilted Barn for a beer that felt as rusted as a craft brew could be!

Aug 10, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Tilted Barn Brewery, Exeter, RI
06/25/19
Served in a tulip

Hazy mustard yellow appearance. The body was topped by a quarter-inch tall, frothy white film that quickly fell to a lasting collar. A few streaks of drippy lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was outstanding. Candied peach and apricot notes dominated. Really fruity and sweet. There was a nice honey malt character as well. Some tropical fruits were also apparent. Ripe mango for sure. Bit of papaya too. A hint of citrus appeared as the beer sat.

The citrus notes were definitely punchier in the flavor profile. Orange and tangerine came through big time. Bright and slightly tangy. Peach and apricot were noticeable in the center. Touch of mango too. White grapefruit appeared on the back end and in the finish. More lingering pithy, bitter, rind-like notes after the swallow. As the beer warmed, the sweet stone fruit notes intensified.

Outstanding smooth, fluffy mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained an ultra fine, fairly zippy effervescence that turned super creamy and smooth on the palate.

Tiled Barn have been receiving accolades from the New England beer community for a number of years now, and I finally discovered why for myself. Violet displayed a fantastically complex aroma and flavor, an outstanding creamy mouthfeel and drinkability that was off the charts. I look forward to trying more of their other offerings soon.

Jul 10, 2019
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz Nordic pint glass, canned on 6/25/19. Pours a very attractive hazy orange yellow with a finger sticky white head, that leaves wonderful thin lines of lace behind. 4.5

Smell is papaya, apricot, peach, pineapple, and grapefruit rind. 4.5

Taste follows tropical papaya, pineapple, and peach upfront with some bitter grapefruit in the balanced finish excellent. 4.5

Mouthfeel is bigger than average, soft gentle carbonation, a touch sticky, and drinks bigger than 6.5% ABV in feel and flavor, but still crazy crushable. 4.5

Overall this is another big winner from these guys, excellent stuff! 4.5

Jul 01, 2019
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 05/01/19. Looks the part. Aromas and flavors of ripe melon, papaya, and other tropical fruits. A bit musky and dry with a touch of resin but no bitterness. An easy-drinking beer that’s a no-brainer weekly pickup in 4-packs. A stellar flagship beer!

May 17, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 2/20/19

Pours an opaque glossy gold topped with a few fingers of fluffy, white head, which holds steady until reducing to a creamy cap of froth; ample lacing is left behind, as well, holding tightly until the glass empties.

Aroma shines through a calming, even-keeled citrus profile highlighting floral peach, fresh oranges, sweet pineapple, all accompanied with wet grass and hints of funky, composting earth from the pilsner malt; lighter mango cream is featured under the surface as the bouquet fades into its finish.

Taste brings a tropical and citrus medley conjoined with notes of wet hay and earth for a deep but excellently balanced profile; dank orange peel and herbal, lightly spiced hop prickle dance in tandem on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy with silky carbonation and a dryness on the mid-palate that adds a fitting, easygoing crisp element; ultra clean finish, highlighting a feel that’s just really easy on the palate in all aspects.

Pure enjoyability in all aspects from this NEIPA; the complexities I’ve come to expect from Tilted Barn IPAs are definitely present, but this one shines best in how it achieves its harmony, peaking at an ultimate level of drinkability for the style.

Mar 01, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can served in my Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a dull, turbid orange with a creamy, quarter inch, off-white head. Nose expresses clementines, mango and pith. Taste follows nose - the pilsner malt makes an appearance and adds a nice biscuity quality to the flavor profile. There's also a of hint of something akin to milk sugar present in the aromas and taste. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation and a kiss of acidity. All and all, a pleasant offering.

Sep 11, 2018
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woodchipper from Connecticut

4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can picked up at the brewery yesterday. No date, but I am pretty sure it was canned this week based on the how they say the sell out every weekend.
Pours very opaque, golden juice color, small head some lacing. The nose is rather mild, but hints of melon, pineapple, apricot.
Taste is also mild for the style, but similar flavors at the front. Nice hop finish with mild alcohol warmth. The body is fantastic, great mouth feel, very representative of the style.
Worth the purchase and a great beer but not a wow beer.

Jun 03, 2018
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keith40 from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can undated purchased at the brewery. Cloudy light gold/orange color with a hoppy/citrusy nose. Citrus and stone fruit flavors such as apricot, peach and lemon try to come through but are overwhelmed by a hoppy/grapefruit taste on the finish. Somewhat of a disappointment .

Mar 01, 2018
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a finger of egg shell white head. The head has great retention, leaving a few spots of lace before settling into a thin sheet.

The aroma is incredibly floral up front, followed by a truckload of peach and lemon notes. There's some candied orange and a hint of pine before the sweet bready malt character comes through.

The flavor brings notes of peaches, melons, mangoes, and grapefruit. Finishes quite piney and bitter with a touch of grainy malt.

The feel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, yet exceptionally dry.

Overall, a great IPA that is full of flavor and aroma. Nicely balanced and highly drinkable.

Dec 01, 2017
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can was poured into a shifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy yellow orange hue with slight vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Floral, stone fruit, peaches, apricots, citrus, orange, grapefruit, lemon followed by bready, toasted, and pale malt flavor. Can't wait for the sip.

Taste: My god. Love this hop flavor with every sip. Rolls through the palate with a nice and subtle malt bill. Slight bitterness and chewy notes in the rear too. This is one tasty IPA that gets better with every sip.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, medium carbonation, slight chewy notes, and light bitterness in the rear.

Overall: This is my second time trying this out in the past few weeks and I wish I had another can. Rolling hop flavor and nice malt bill. Looking forward to the next batch.

Nov 15, 2017
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 7/25/17.

Pours cloudy gold with a moderate head and retention. Aromatics are filled with floral, perfume-like overtones. Lilacs, grape jam, candied peach, mango, and Jolly Ranchers. Medium bodied with a silky, smooth mouthfeel. Ripe tropical fruit on the palate with zero malt and a minimal bitterness. Peach, pear, white grapes, and grapefruit. Finishes dry and with lingering citrus.

Great beer. The flowery nose is quite unique.

Aug 04, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

16 oz. Can

My second brew from Tilted Barn!

Poured into a Tired Hands glass a very nice cloudy pale yellow/orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a really nice citrus complex (oranges, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, pineapple), nice little diesel. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, really nice citrus complex (oranges, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, pineapple), very nice little diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew. Nice milkshake! Addictive! This one is also pretty tasty, but not like the Libby W/Nelson. Glad I got a chance to try this. Thanks Mark!

Jul 19, 2017
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - pours a solid murky haze. Dirty and unforgiving. Burnt orange hue.

S - immediately dank and spicy. Gritty orange rind with bright melon shining through the grime. Subtle honey and a grassy, earthy character.

T - tangy, spicy, peppery lemon. They pilsner malt gives it that sticky backbone, but the hops impart a floral juiciness laden with mealy, bitter earth. Beautifully contrasting beer between brightness and wild earthiness. Green tropical fruits abound. Finishes like it should be dry and sticky, but remains light on its feet and drinkable.

F - mealy and gritty. Reminds me of Trillium in a way, but this seems more adventurous and "wild". Almost chalky, which is the hallmark of dryness, yet Violet somehow blends several different mouthfeel sensations into one unique identity that perfectly suits the beer's mood.

O - go back and read the review. You ain't getting a TL;DR here. This is not the best brew out there, but it's passionate and full of life and hard work. It is artfully crafted and displays brewing prowess. Tilted Barn contributes to impress!

Jul 18, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 9/2/16 from a 64oz growler that was filled at the brewery earlier that same day, into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of floral hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong fruity citrus flavor. Then a strong floral hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice IPA to drink for a long time.

Sep 03, 2016
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 104 ratings