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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-20-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 38
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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Photo of chinchill
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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

Blazing bonfire orange with Champagne-like bubbles. A huge release of CO2 on crown cracking led to a slow and gentle pour... which led to at least four fingers of pale orange froth that is slowly popping and crackling its way into the atmosphere. Widely scattered fragments of watery lace are the extent of the glass coverage.

What an odd aroma for an IPA. For starters, it doesn't smell like there are many hops in the house. For finishers, there's a musty earthiness that belongs to some other beer of some other style. Professor Gesser better get a clue. And fast.

My first mouthful tells me that PGMNA is a beer that favors caramel malt at least as much as hops. That isn't the typical recipe for an American IPA, but it kinda sorta works if you prefer English IPAs. Speaking of English, the hops taste like they hail from that country. I'll go with Fuggles and East Kent Goldings. Yeah, that's probably way off.

Since each pour results in an impressive foam explosion, I'm having to wait quite a while between glassfuls... which gives me the opportunity to notice how much better the beer looks now than it did after the original pour. The appearance score has been increased accordingly.

Gesser's tastes like a lighter, lower ABV, caramel malt-dominant barleywine. The flavor profile includes English toffee, cedar chips, sandalwood, grapefruit zest, bitter orange peel and a pinch of cardamom. These guys must use some kind of whacked out yeast strain. The bitterness is cumulative and is just starting to scrub the top layer off my tongue. Sneakily bitter is what it is.

At least the frenetic carbonation of the original pour isn't manifested in the mouthfeel. The beer is lighter than the usual IPA and is actually insufficiently bubbled in the end. Definite room for improvement.

Professor Gesser's Mind Numbing Ale is now known as Professor Gesser's India Pale Ale. Damn those Feds. It's a strange elixir that is more interesting than good. At only $6.99 for the '750', it's still worth a purchase for those who want to taste an American IPA that's brewed outside the box. Waaay outside the box.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up at Liquor Barn on Shelbyville Road in Louisville. I shared this bottle w/ carlos, my brewing friend and BA buddy and Octopus87.

Decanted at just a skosh below cellar temp into my Great Lakes christmas ale glas.l

A - Deep amber w/ sunny fade that has a golden glow. The head is thick - about 3 fully expanded inches of tan tinged creaminess. The bea is fine w/ outstanding lace. The ale has a slight haze from the resinous punch of the hops

S - Sappy apricot and dried peach w/ a pine center that is woody, but sweet w/ a citrus note that is crips like tangerine w/ a subtle floral rose petal note. The malt sweetness is present and there is a hint of delicate warmth in th aroma

M - A git thick and sweet w/ moderately full to medium carbonation that lightens the dense malt that is cut w/ a bit of piney hop acidity. This makes for a somewhat balanced feel for an IIPA. Fruity and slick w/ a resinous almost sappy tongue coating nature that is very pleasant

T - the initial flavors are malty w/ sweet crystal and toasted notes that suddenly add to the taste w/ a carmel flavor . The cherry like fruit w/ a slight twiggy pine note and tannic edge w/ a bit of alcohol in the flavor. Rousing up the glass mid-taste w/ a swirl adds a bit of creaminess to the texture, but the bitterness which is slightly grassy w/ more piney essence that balances the flavor even more and gives a hint of spice the the experience and gentle yeast notes.

The flavors of bitter orange and clementine sweetness w/ an acidic bite are also up front and enjoyable. I love how eve as it is closer to cellar temp it doesn't let go, but keeps a uniform mostly balanced taste profile w/ tinges of subtle sweet grapefruit glimpses w/ more ruby red sweetness and subtle spice that allows the alcohol to seem restrained. This is a great IPA if you get to taste it certainly do.

D - I find the Professor Gesser to be a supremely drinkable IPA, but it does have a hidden strength that you mare notice if you consume more than 25.4 oz bottle that I sampled. I love that the taste is very stealth like in that it has plenty of bitterness, however it makes you think it is balanced w/ a sweet malt back and very fragrant aroma hops

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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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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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 barleywinefiend
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep orange color with good carbonation and a big head. Nose is floral, malty but faint and even some grain. Taste is pretty average, not much hops here and some caramel malt but pretty average and not much going on. A little light on mouthfeel and drinkability is low.

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

A: Pours a clear, ruddy amber with a thick, creamy off-white head. Lacing is fairly thick.

S: Mild, muted aromas of lemon, lime, bitter orange, biscuit, herbs, caramel, and pine take some time to reveal themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, lime, herbs, bitter orange, kumquat, biscuit, crackers, toffee, caramel, pine, and spruce fill the mouth. The finish combines lemon, lime, pine, spruce, and caramel flavors to great effect.

M: Medium-bodied and dry for the style. Carbonation is active and firm. Alcohol is undetectable.

O: A nice, somewhat underrated IPA. The nose is a bit uninspiring, but this is still a good beer. I could see this being a solid introductory brew for someone new to hoppier ales or a respectable go-to when better known IPAs are not available.

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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 Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from ABC in Ashland, KY. This beer is a mostly clear orange-amber color with a medium and fluffly light beige head that diminishes slowly. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Mildly citric hops aroma with notes of grass. Medium-bodied and moderately hoppy at first with an underlying toasted malt character. Notes of sweet caramel and toffee become increasingly assertive throughout. The finish is mostly sweet malt with a lingering mild hops. Overall this IPA is lacking cohesiveness, it could definitely be better.

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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 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 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 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 Onenote81
2.19/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle received from bamadog in a recent trade. Thanks for the beer!

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a very cloudy dark copper with a thick beige head on top. Decent retention. Left some pretty sip rings on the glass. That was the best part of the beer. Scents of toffee, bread, and earth. Not what I would expect from an IPA. Hmm.

Decent body on this beer. Nice mellow smoothness with a touch of carbonation play on the tongue. Flavor is weird. Dull earthy bitterness, caramel, and a slight tart funkiness on the finish. This is strange. Not sure what I think of this beer. It's interesting, to say the least. I wouldn't go out of my way to grab this one again. Too bad, I liked the other BBC brews I've had.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the source. The beer came a copper color and a solid head that left beautiful lacing on the glass. The nose was divine, with brilliant citrusy hops swimming over a big malt backbone. I really liked the aroma here. The flavor was full of sweet hops but also let the caramel malt play a role. I liked the linger of the hop. Enough to keep me wanting more. The feel was thick with a light to moderate carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed what I had of this beer. I would get this one again in a heartbeat.

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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 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 clvand0
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a tall head that has excellent retention leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of hops - floral, citrus, spice - not much malt in the background. The hops dominate the flavor as well. Very little malt present in the flavor. Quite a bit of sweetness and the hops are mostly pine and citrus. The body is fairly thick and the drinkability is good for the level of alcohol.

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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 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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2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Reddish orange color with a gargantuan head. Big time foamer here. Ended up with 1/2 beer 1/2 foam after a very gentle pour. Head slowly recedes and leaves light lacing.

S - Somewhat earthy and medicinal aroma with underlying citrus notes. Very unique aroma. A light toasted bread underneath,

T - Bready and caramel sweetness up front. Then a somewhat sour flavor comes through along with a very earthy hop taste. The sourness has hints of grapes and cherries. Very weird flavor combos. Not bad, just not good.

M/D - Medium bodied and rather smooth and creamy. The flavor brings down the drinkability a notch or two.

After two of the BBC big IPA's I can safely say I dont have the need to go back. This beer and Homewrecker DIPA were both very disapointing. I'll stick with their dependable 12oz offerings in the future.

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