Professor Gesser's Mind Numbing Ale | Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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Professor Gesser's Mind Numbing AleProfessor Gesser's Mind Numbing Ale
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Professor Gesser's Mind Numbing AleProfessor Gesser's Mind Numbing Ale

Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
BBC's version of an India Ale Ale, named as such because of its popularity with British Troops in colonial India. The beer’s alcoholic strength and high hopping rates (hops also act as a preservative) helped it withstand the long ocean voyage from England. Brewed with lots of pale ale malt and caramelized wheat and barley, we then add large quantitites of American Columbus, Simcoe and Cascade hops. Then we allow the hot wort to run through a bed of raw hops (known as the hopback) prior to fermentation. This process adds a burst of hop aroma and flavor. Big, bold and bitter, just like Jeff Gesser.

72 IBU

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by Reaper16:
Photo of Reaper16
2.28/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle served into a pint glass.

Pours murky, septic shade of brown. Ugly body. half a finger of tan head with adequate lacing. Tons of sediment all throughout the body, even on a careful pour. This does not look like something you'd want to drink.

More malty than hoppy. Apart from a distant floral astringency there are not any hops on the nose of this "IPA." Stale brown malts smelling mostly of breadcrust make up the vast majority of the beer's aroma. Terrible for the style, just terrible.

The taste follows the nose, only majorly improved. It is still more malty than hoppy. Some ashy, leafy dead flowers make up the hop flavors, while the malts are vaguely nutty and toasty. It sort of tastes like Diet Barleywine. Littlefoot, if you will.

The body seems pretty thin on the tongue. It is around medium bodied for the style, it's just that the lack of hops makes me think the beer would have been thicker than it is. I am glad that it isn't. Drinkability? Terrible. I would rather drainpour this than have another glass. But I guess that if you can appreciate it as a Diet Barleywine than you might be able to stomach the whole bottle. It isn't offensive nearly as much as it is boring.

Mind Numbing Ale? I suppose so; my mind is numb trying to figure out how this beer got onto the market labeled as an IPA. This is an affordable bottle but don't even waste your time with it.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Bluegrass on 3-19-05. Arrives a nice clear amber orange with a small bubbly off white head. Looks good in the glass. Lovely fresh grapefruit, floral citric hoppiness. A bit of bubblegum seems to be in there as well. Enjoyable aromas...good and hoppy.

First sip brings a nice big citrusy, slightly floral hop flavor along with big bitterness across the palate. A nice caramel malt hangs in the background and brings everything together. After each sip there's a nice lingering bitterness. Quite a tasty IPA here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pleasant smooth carbonation. A damn drinkable brew overall. I think BBC should bottle this'd be a hit. I hope I get the chance to sample it again sometime..

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Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle with intriguing label as pictured. Pours into a pint glass a cloudy, dark orange body topped by four fingers of eggshell tinted meringue. Profuse patch lacing borders on massive.
Aroma is solidly hops, with pine and grapefruit upfront. Not much malt presence in the nose.
Mouthfeel is medium full, with a bold hops bite on the tongue. Thick and rich feeling permeates.
Taste has an overwhelming hops character. Grapefruit and lemon rind lend substantial citrusy bitterness and a note of pine cone seals the deal. This one is a hop monster, and I say that with a straight face(I'm sipping a Dreadnaught as I write this). Hops turn earthy and woodsy in the middle but segue back into citrusy bitter at the finish. A slight touch of caramel is noticed and adds some welcome balance, but this Professor is all about the hops. Very nice.
An excellent IPA from an excellent Kentucky brewery. Wish this one was more widely available.

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Photo of far333
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle compliments of Brent who has graciously shared many a BBC brew. Opens with a pop and a rush of air. Pours from the bottle a clear dark honey color with thick columns of bubbles rushing to the top and depositing a thick and frothy 2 inch high head that takes a few minutes to settle out.

Aroma is grainy and resinous with nearly a physical presence. Citrusy hops with sweet fruit and honey and some sweet candy. Flavor does not live up to the aroma. Hops are subdued, and very piney. A firm malt backbone rides beneath, but not many other flavors mix in and out. A citrus peel bitter lingers and remains on the pallette.

Mouthfeel is round and full, good carbonation. Better than average drinkability, but more complexity would make this one more enjoyable to me.

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Photo of chinchill
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a creamy yet rocky head that pulls away from the glass but holds its shape. The body is a clear amber copper hue with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head last and last.

S- The well blended smell of toasted malt, light yeast and green hops with a light lemony hop aroma come through even as the next glass is being poured.

T- The full taste of green pine and lemon hops has a nice support from lightly toasted malt and some biscuit malt. The finish has a green pine bitterness that lingers for a good bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture.

D- This beer has some good green hops with a nice support of malt. The malt has nice complexity that adds an interesting nuance.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BEERchitect for this one.

Pours a very attractive dark amber color with a nice foamy head. This is a nice looking beer.

Smells quite surprisingly malty with a bit of a hoppy finish.

The taste is also quite sweet and malty. There is also a nice spiciness in the finish. Interesting.

Honestly, this beer is a little thin. It works well for the beer, I guess.

Aside from the light mouthfeel this one is quite good and pretty damn drinkable.

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4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25.4 ounce champange like bottle. Had to stop pouring this beer so the head wouldnt creep over the top of the glass. 3 inches of honey amber colored body hosts 4 inches of thick foamy tan head. Hints of green olives, wheat, and maybe even a bit of pickle and citrus on the nose. Sharp monster bitter is well received as it enters the mouth. For as big as this hoppy masterpiece is it is very even and well balanced. Nice long and rich on the body. A very well made IPA. Enjoyable to drink. Try it with cheese, it even mellows out even more. Wow!

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Photo of cabsandking
4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big rush of CO2 from the bottle and an astounding five finger, fluffy, bready, cream colored head that falls to a finger and half and remains to the end. The orange/copper brew wafts with aromas of juicy fruits, citric grapefruit, caramel, floral esters, and a little marshmallow. The taste is deep with dry, peppery, hop spice, grapefruit and lemon pith, green apple, and sweetness in waves of honey and aspartame that is never overpowering. Bottle conditioning reveals a nice yeasty sour dough pucker and earthy undertones. Dry character consume the finish peppery, roasted hops, and florals lingering in the background. Medium body and medium to high carbonation leaves a smooth and sometimes foamy mouthfeel depending on the swill. As it warms nutty malt notes increase and as well bigger juicy fruit notes found in the nose.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber, nice orange hue to it. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Upon pour a nice, two inch plus head of off white, tannish colored foam formed on top of the glass and had a very good retention to it.

Aroma was intresting, definite hop tones dominating from the start, notes of citrus as well as a piney sort of smell were both very evident from the beginning. However, there was more to it then that, in fact there was a nice malted back that made up the bulk of the aroma once it started to warm. Great first assault of piney like hops. Not extremely bitter, but rather mellow and smooth and just enough to get the ball rolling. A tremdous amount of malt then becomes apparent. Great earthen tones again, Nice sweetness, some light candy like sweetness, but primarily a dark, balancing sweetness to it. Great dry finish, lots of hops in the finish, with a somewhat lingering citrus like tone to it. Very well rounded and big. This was definatly a good one

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy copper color, with a thick, off-white, airy head. Great head retention, and lots of lace left coating the glass. Lots of streaming bubbles rising from the bottom as well.

Fruity, floral, and caramel notes in the nose. Maybe a bit of apple and banana in with the fruity notes.

Lots of caramel malt flavor, with some fruity flavors. Floral and earthy bitterness. Pretty well balanced with a solid malt base. Seems more English in style.

Medium body, not as much carbonation as I suspected from the pour. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped mag bottle with decorative foil cap cover. Poured a slightly hazy amber with a vigorous head - took a while and several small, careful pours to fill the glass. Big, bold, slightly harsh hops with a counterpart dense malt, a little sweet and almost sticky - this one pushes the line into double IPA territory. The alcohol is there, but blends in fairly well. Overall, this is a nicely pumped-up IPA, a little rough around the edges but enjoyable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL courtesy of kirok1999...pours a hazed, very dark copper color. Interesting beer, darker than many an amber ale! Fine bubbled and retention is good.

Nose is very much dark fruit and burnt toffee. Hops are resinous and piney on the nostrils.

Taste is very caramely, burnt toffee and takes the east coast IPA style to the extreme. Resinous hop bitterness lends a fluffed up aspect I dont really like too much. Its fairly smooth, but not really my style that I prefer in an IPA.

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Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for the trade...
Examining the bottle before opening, it looks like the bottle was filled with a large amount of headspace(like 5-6 inches!) and there was no apparent leakage, or cap damage. egajdzis opened the bottle with a large POP!
Appears an amber orange with a 1 finger, light tan head that slowly fades out. Tiny bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of light caramel, and citrus with small amount of cardboard in the background.
Taste is of the same aromas with nothing more jumping out.
Mouthfeel is sugary orange candy filled with a mild dosage of hops in the finish.

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Photo of Cresant
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this undated 25.4 oz. dark brown bottle into a Stone IPA glass. Bottle notes, "Bottle conditioned/sediment may occur". The label now reads "Professor Gesser's India Pale Ale" no more "Mind Numbing". Huge off white head overflowed my glass. The body was clear honey/copper colored. Clingy clumps of lace stick to the sides. This is an impressive looking beer.

Smell was floral, earthy. Fresh leafiness. When near room temperature tobacco aromas appeared (fitting for a Kentucky brewed beer).

Taste was grapefruit rind. There was a nice crisp bitterness. This was well balanced by a sweet maltiness. This is a very West-Coast-type of IPA (which to me is a good thing).

Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Zingy. Hops oils coat the mouth. Borders on DIPA classification. I recommend this offering.

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Photo of trep
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Orange-red body with a huge bubbly vanilla head. Carbonation rises slowly. Spicy, fruity hop character, no malt to speak of. Head quickly fades to chunky bubbles.

Intense bitterness in the taste. Hardly any malt to balance it out. It's there, just hardly noticable behind the huge wall of hops. This is pretty tough to get down. Hop flavor is nice though.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. Not very drinkable.

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Photo of 67couple
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kdmorse
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: After a tip from a friend who tried this beer, I poured as slowly as possible into my Duvel tulip. After this careful procedure, I ended up with 2/3 creamy, tan head and 1/3 glowing orange body. Head hangs around forever and finally starts to recede but leaves a trail of rocky lace.

S: Sweet citrus and pine aromas. The smell that made me fall in love with Dreadnaught all over again.

T: Somewhat disappointing after the appearance and the smell. Spicy and sweet flavors. Malt is peppery. Hops finish the beer cleanly with bitter taste. Not much of the citrus or piney smells that I found in the nose.

M: Light and fizzy. Lots of carbonation.

D: Drinks almost like a DIPA. Alcohol isn't getting to me much, but the peppery flavors linger a bit too long.

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Photo of hopdog
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle shared courtesy of weeare138. Looking at the bottle before opening, it wasn't filled very high (foil wrapped top and appeared to have no leakage at all).

Loug audible pop as it was opened. Poured a deep and hazy amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of pine, oranges, caramel and vegetables (yucky). Tastes of pine, oranges, caramel, and a little grassy. Home brew looking label (when Mike brought it out, I thought it was one of his home brews although most of his labels are better than this one!).

Notes from 6/2/06

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Photo of Washuffizi98
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance - uncapping the bottle creates an impressive rush of air, this one's loaded! A dark tangerine pour into a Belgian glass is quickly topped by four fingers of cream-colored foam. Large pockets of lace are left behind as the bubbles slowly give way. After a few minutes, there is a sloped formation in the glass like a snow-covered mound or something. Additional pours even things out but the head maintains a solid and thick cover.

Aroma - sweet citrus and pine with a definite heaviness as if saturated with hop aroma. Settles down after a bit to allow some toasty biscuit aromas to come through.

Taste - starts out sweet with some fruity citrus, malty with caramel tones. The swallow brings out the hops. Big time. Like concentrated grapefruit oil, the bitterness sets up pretty quickly and lingers quite well. An intensely bitter beer, approaching medicinal. Ruination-caliber palate destruction. Ends kind of warm from the alcohol and I think I singed a few tastebuds as well. Gets much better as the 'numbing' ensues. Once my tongue was pounded into submission from the relentless hops, this tasted better. I like it but this is more to the liking of the incurable hophead.

Mouthfeel - syrupy thickness and very carbonated. Putting it into a goblet does it proper justice, I think it deserves better than a pint glass. A big bodied beer.

Drinkability - limited drinkability for me. If I had an IPA tasting, this one's in, but just for myself, I don't think so.

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Photo of silenius
1.73/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

I picked up this beer on a recent trip to Indianapolis to visit family.

The bottle makes me believe this is some kinda high-octane brew that will stupify my mind. Just what I need on a night like tonight with all the fire works and guns going off.

It pours a very clear orange amber with a nicely vigorous frothy head that leaves a fair amount of lacing in my glass. The head is kind of strange it that i starts out looking really creamy, but then degenerates into a strange seafoam like froth.

Smell is unpleasant and I almost poured this one down the drain due to the unappealing and strange odor. I know I've smelled it before, but I can't quite remember where or what it was. Was it some kind of raisin and granola trail mix left in the sun to rot? Some odd dried fruit dessert concoction that was foisted on me my a cousin when I was young? Whatever it was, I have no fond memories of it. I decided to give it a try anyway.

Taste is like white grapefruit juice, but without any sweet component (and that is saying a lot given that there isn't much sweetness in white grapefruit). It is bitter without any piney or floral overtones. It is everything bad that hops have to offer. It has really no redeeming qualities except the promise of numbing my mind this evening. So I slag forward.

Mouthfeel, if one can get past the taste, isn't bad and has a nice degree of carbonation and slickness.

Alcohol is the only redeeming component of this beer.

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Photo of Coduhhh
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always impressed with BBC brews, the IPA is no slack. A bright deep golden - copper color with active carbonation, a lasting head, and nice lacing. Aromas of citrus fruits, floral hops, and spices rest against a solid barley malt base. Tastes moderately sweet with barley for just a second before the flavoring hops dominate. Hop flavor of oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and ginger-like spices abound and vary durring the jouney into the finish. A solid medium body provides good creaminess and texture. The hops cut through the body nicely, allowing a clean, bitter, and mildly dry finish. Never harsh, grainy, or astringent. Easy to drink.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with a small, white, bubbly head. It left lace.

S - It smelled of grapefruit and floral notes. Also, a toasted malt aroma.

T - It tasted of toffee and sweet caramel malt. It had a nice sharp kick of grapefruit flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty interesting IPA. It is certainy a malt-forward IPA.

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Professor Gesser's Mind Numbing Ale from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 45 ratings