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

Professor Gesser's Mind Numbing AleProfessor Gesser's Mind Numbing Ale
45 Ratings
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 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 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 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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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 kirok1999
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark orange with a very large, frothy, light head. Moderate lacing. Smells citrus at first, slight grassy notes, and pine.
Tastes a harsh citrus and pine. Very carbonated and only slightly sweet. Huge hops, lots of bitterness and dry. Alcohol warms in the end.
Rich and lush mouthfeel. A hop bomb. Not bad but a little harsh.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'll be brief as I have already reviewed this once. I just have to reaffirm the excellence of this beer. I've had nothing else from this brewery, so I wanted to be sure the bottle I had before was not a fluke. I picked up a couple more this weekend and it most assuradely was not a fluke. This is hands down my favorite IPA or DIPA. The price is fairly ridiculous - 8.75 for a 750, but I'll be damned if it is not worth it.

Taste is pretty one diminsional, big bittersweet grapefruit, but for me it is all about the mouthfeel and the drinkability, and that gorgeous creamy frothy head. I could drink this beer all day long.

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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 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 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 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 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 Sephiroth
2.27/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with enormous head and nice lacing. Body is a deep orange. Floral hop aroma, slight diaceytal and malt.

Tastes hollow. Oh sure, it's hoppy, but it is kinda bland. Floral hops, no noticeable malt. Thin mouthfeel, I'm dumping the rest of this bottle.

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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 BigDaddyWil
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired in an awesome beer trade with kmpitz2, thanks Kevin.
Cool, 750ml bottle with gold foil.
Poured into a pint glass, be careful with this brew, humungous head forms and will overflow in your glass. Please pour slowly!!!!

Super clear, orange, amber color. Giant sized head, that lasts forever, pour slowly and carefully. Excellent head retention. Leaves tons of delicate, foamy, lacing. Great aromas, piney hops, citrusy, grapefruit and a hint of pepper. Well balanced taste, lots of hops, sweet and citrusy. Leaves a bitter twang on the tongue. Very smooth with decent carbonation. Very refreshing, easy to drink. My first offering from Bluegrass Brewing Company, and a very good impression was made. Looking foward to trying more of their brews!!!

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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 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 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 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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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 SheepNutz
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a nonick pint glass. It pours a deep copper color with two fingers of head. There is lots of sticky lace left on the glass. The smell is sweet and very very hoppy. Lots of floral and citrusy hops cling to the nostrils. The taste is gloriously hoppy. Hardly any malt present, as the hops dominate this one. Some are piney, some are citrusy, it's a great blend. The mouthfeel is decent, and the drinkability is good for 7.1% as well. This is a nicely done 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
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