Tate The Great
Tilted Barn Brewery

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,137
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #8,652
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 5.7%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
23
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Tilted Barn Brewery
 
Rhode Island, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
92
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Jake for this, and many others.

Pint can - no date - poured into an ale tulip at 44°F.

Pours a cloudy, though not milky or creamy looking deep straw yellow, topped with half a finger of weak white head, which quixkly recedes to a bit of a collar. No visible effervescence.

Nose: Nelson immediately wafts out of the glass. Aromas of green grass, unripe melon, dill, unripe passionfruit, black pepper, cilantro, celery, fresh weeds, wet leaves, some black pepper, green tomato, white grape and unripe watermelon come together to lay the very Nelson-forward hop foundation.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with a moderate pilsner malt sweetness with some coarse wheat, before all the green, herbaceous Nelson notes come flooding in. Kiwi, cilantro, dill, unripe melon, funky white grape, tons of fresh green grass and leaves, unripe passionfruit, green fruit rind, and this odd peppery spiciness that tella me thete are ither hop varietals besides Nelson in here. The bitterness is also very typical of Nelson, in that it isn't quite resinous, pithy, or piney. It is a very green, vegetal bitterness, like chewing on bitter plants. This plant-y bitterness peaks in the finish, bringing with it this earthy, dank, spicy note that I do not associate with Nelson. Maybe Simcoe. Maybe a hint of Mosaic. That piquant earthy peppery note increases quite a bit as the beer warms up, and after a while, starts to dominate the flavour. The finish itself is fairly bitter, earthy, peppery, green, vegetal, herbaceous, and semi-dry.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is medium-bodied, with a bit of sticky honey sweetness on the front end. Effervescence is medium-plus cot a moment, but fades rather quickly, leaving you wishing there was just a touch more in the somewhat lifeless swallow, but it does the job well enough. The wheat in the grist lends a touch of softness, but overall, the grainy malts are crisp and a touch rough (not in a bad way - just grainy). Bitter vegetal finish, with plenty of drying. Very minimal malt stickiness, which is natural for this type of grist.

Overall: This is a showstopper for sure. Not everyone's cup of tea. I happen to be a huge fan of Nelson IPAs, so this has a lot going for it that I really appreciate. I don't care for the odd peppery earthy/musty note yhat reminds me of Simcoe, but you can't win them all. This will certainly satisfy anyone's craving for Nelson. Very odd, unique IPA.

Feb 05, 2020
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice hazy pour, small white head on top. The smell of the beer has a nice bright hoppy aroma. The taste has a subtle sweetness that balances with some tropical hops. The feel is smooth and very easy to drink. Overall this beer is pretty solid and glad I was able to try it.

Feb 01, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 1/1/20

Pours opaque deep light gold body topped with a finger of tight, creamy off-white head; solid retention brings a thin cap, light collar of froth, and a temporary smattering of mostly spotty lacing.

Aromas open with soft tones of ultra-dank, musty grass and mushy mango peel; rounded white grape breaks through alongside bright orange before a dense layering of pumpernickel bread provides a platform for citrus pith and sweet incense in the back end; a complex melding of sweetly citrus and earth-forward tones, though they do fade a touch over time.

Taste brings dank orange and passionfruit to the forefront, with pineapple rind, mango peel, and touches of doughy malt in a supporting role; an herbal, grassy edge marks the finish.

Mouthfeel shows a medium body unsupported by its comparatively lower carbonation, though a steady, slick texture and light grit building over time do well to male up for it; the slightest bitter edge to the otherwise juicy swallow.

The Nelson flows through every aspect of this beer, unobtrusive but never too far in the background. A tightly-knit NEIPA for those who prefer their Nelson subtly dispersed across the palate, and in this instance, I'm certainly one of those people.

Jan 16, 2020
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color is a sunny orange in hue. Clarity is hazy, but not overly so. Head is half an inch, rocky in appearance and a bright white. Nose expresses citrus followed by big herbal notes and a hint of pith. Taste consistent with nose; albeit dull with some medicinal notes at the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation shy of assertive. Overall, decent; however, the citrus wasn't really highlighted.

Oct 19, 2019
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 04/30/19. It’s a Nelson IPA so I already know it’s going to be top notch as NS is one of the best hop varietals. So refreshing, this one is full of bright mango but also slightly tart white grapes. Just a hint of bitterness with a delicious body. An incredible hop and a great beer.

May 17, 2019
Tate The Great from Tilted Barn Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 23 ratings