Homewrecker | Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Homewrecker is a double strength India Pale Ale, meaning hop bitterness, flavor and aroma take center stage, with plenty of malt character to support it. Brewed with over half a ton of pale, wheat and caramel malts, we then add nearly 30 lbs of hops to make one 7 barrel batch. American Columbus, Simcoe, Centennial and Cascade are added at 6 different points in the boil. Then we strain the hot unfermented ber through raw hops to further extract flavor and aroma. Be careful though, we pushed this one past 10 percent alcohol, so if you start to hallucinate, quickly chug a Michelob Ultra to sober up.

105 IBU

Added by kmpitz2 on 10-20-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 44
Reviews by BeerBelcher:
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.62/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am no brewer, I have no brewing credentials; but I have drank a decent variety of beer, and it seems to me that RIS's and DIPAs are two styles where it is hard to do wrong - pack as much flavor into the bottle as you can, and people will like it. And yet, somehow, I felt this beer fell short.

It was a cloudy orange color with a medium amount of soapy head that faded to little lily ponds of bubbles (pretty standard for a DIPA - although far more opaque than most). Aroma was quite mild, but was hoppy, although rather faintly so for a beer of this style. Flavor was over-done on the malty side - grainy and overly malty. A little too much malted milk ball flavor. Mouthfeel was a tad flat.

All-in-all a drinkable but not overly pleasant beer. I would not recommend.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large foil wrapped bottle, as pictured. Heed the warnings of other reviewers and pour carefully. The bottle opens with a loud "Pfft" when the cap is popped, foreshadowing the foamy pour that follows. My pint glass was 80% foam, even with a slow and easy pour. The body is a hazed peach color, topped by an immense beige head. Retention is very good and clumpy patch lacing is generous. Aroma is pleasing, with pineapple, orange, and grapefruit citrus mingling with some fresh pine cone and understated caramel maltiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but overcarbonated. Taste features lots of hop bitterness. The hops here rule with an iron fist, in spite of the lively carbonation. Some sweet caramel maltiness is noticed underneath and serves up some needed balance. The carbonation settles as it warms, but leaves plenty of hops burps. The abv is cleverly concealed. Tasty stuff here, but for some reason I prefer its little brother, Professor Gesser's Mind Numbing Ale. The citrus could carry over from the aroma to the taste a bit more here, but very nice, overall.

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Photo of ohmybock
2.29/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I just picked up a large bottle of this one at a Liquor Barn while passing through Louisville. The bottle says it's bottle-conditioned, but there's no hint of a bottling date or freshness date.

The bottle opened with a forceful release of CO2. It poured a murky amber color with a creamy finger or two of head. The aroma was lacking fresh hops. After tasting this brew, I just don't see how it can be fresh, but without a date...who knows for sure? There aren't any off-flavors, but you're really only left with an aged malt character and a fairly clean bitterness...and no hops in the flavor either. Does BBC really intend this beer to taste like it does? I'm not totally sure, but I doubt it. I really wish I could taste a brewery-fresh version of this one. It really sucks when breweries don't use any form of date-coding on their bottles! As it stands, I got ripped off by buying these bottles of beer. (I also bought a bottle of Professor Gesser's IPA at the same store. Guess what? Same problem...but even worse tasting beer which I ended up dumping just like the Homewrecker.) ARGH! Come on BBC, date-code your bottles! It appears BBC took the time to hand-bottled these special brews. Why not go ahead and include a month/year bottling date as well, even if it's just hand-written on the label? I've bought beers from other breweries which had hand-written numbers on them. I'm guessing these BBC beers might be quite good when fresh, but now I'm afraid to buy any more BBC brews when passing through KY.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of KYGunner
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Didn't find this to be particularly hoppy but there is some light pine, bitterness, honey and floral notes. The malt is well done and well structured with a barley, grain and tea leaf.

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Photo of Highstplz
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of MarkBlackout
2.08/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was a major disappointment. I had recalled reading good reviews from BBC (must have remembered incorrectly!) but this stuff is just all wrong. 105 IBU? Where? Sweet, fruity mess with lame hop character. I agree with the reviewer that said they might be able to pass this off as a strong ale or a barleywine, but I still wouldn't dig it and was looking forward to a fairly pricey $10 ($9?) DIPA, not a malty, thin, sticky swill that did indeed hide the alcohol well enough (behind all the sugar and slight bitterness), but that's about the only strong point on this brew. Avoid.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

much more of a barleywine then anything else, but reviewed from notes, this one killed me.

hazy brownish, copper with a huge creamy head that just stayed and stayed and stayed. Smell was incredibly hopped and fruity. Overwhelming citrus all over, wonderful on the nose. Taste is wooo, strong, this one grabs you. Incredible bitterness, and the alcohol will warm you on the way down. Very dry finish. Did I mention hops?!?! Wow, a great sipping beer(power to you if you can do anything else)

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Photo of jim102864
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was being sold simply as BBC IPA by Beer Sellar in Nashville, but given it's alleged 7.5% abv per the bartender, it was more likely than not the Double.

Anyway, the appearance was a copper to light brown color with a moderate, bubbly head. In fact the head hung in there with lace hugging the glass with each sip. By-the-by served on tap in an American pint glass.

The nose was boisterously hoppy with hints of vanilla and malt. Very nice nose indeed.

The taste was hoppy but not overbearing...precisely what one would expect with the style.

Mouthfeel was full and aggessive enough with an envelope of hops on the tongue through to the finish.

Overall drinkability is on target for a round or two. Nice interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Another6Pack
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Ragingbull
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with a frothy foam head. Mildly hoppy nose. Fresh and smooth attack that is almost creamy. The mouthfeel is creamy for certain and it seems that the hops can be felt in the mouth much more than they can be detected in the flavor. The flavor of the hops presents late in the flavor and present much more harshly in the aftertaste than they do in the flavor. The malt body does a good job of concealing the hops in the flavor. Honestly, I found the hops to almost be "mild" in the sense that the for a Double IPA I expected it to be hoppier. Decent to drink, and glad I did.

I ended up with a headache later that caused me to recall a bout with Pocono lager and Sam Adams Fuggles IPA in the past. I don't know why or if this has anything to do with the price of tea in China, but its an observation.

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Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Holy cow - I like to think I'm as much of a hophead as any, but this brew ranks up there with Stone Ruination, Dogfish Head 120 and Three Floyds Dreadnaught as one of the most in-your-face hop attacks I've had. Well into the double IPA realm, the mouthfeel was slightly syrupy and resinous, with some hints of fusel alcohol. For all the whallop of the hops, however, I would have liked a bit more character other than overwhelming bitterness - a touch of citrus would have livened it up a bit. Good, but could have been better.

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Photo of HIFF
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew was good but not spectacular for a DIPA. Dark orange in color, usual smell, good head. Moon crater lacing my specialty according to Swifty McBeer. Good hoppy flavor could of been stronger for a double. Great feel in mouth adequate carbonation could drink many of these. Overall good brew but with all the competion out their could be better.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks merlin48 for this bottle. Seems I got a different experience then others reviewing this one, here it is.

Pours a hazy peach color with a cream/light tan head that falls to a film. Nice head does leave some lace behind but not as much as I would have thought.

Aroma is nice sweet caramel with citrus/tropical fruits noted. Orange, tangerine, pink grapefruit, melons ect... , not just big in your face grapefruit as some doubles have. Some pine needles lightly scattered about also along with some medicine herbals.

Taste is nice also fruity citrus on caramel sweetness more regular bitterness not huge as some doubles, seems mellower more English in nature, lots of hops don't get me wrong they just aren't kicking you in the nuts. The pine needles in the flavor along with the herbal medicine flavors showing up in the lingering bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a big medium, good level of carbonation, must be new batch because this one is not overdone at all.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable IPA that I would purchase again if I could. A little different little more mellow then other doubles but nice.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received from oracle as part of the NoBS BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3" beige head over the clear dark amber brew. Head is amply fueled from the bottom, lasts awhile, with heavy sticky lace. Aroma is sweet piney citrus. Taste is malty sweetness upfront, overpowered by the fruity pine hop character, which carries on through the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good for the style. Nice representative DIPA here.

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Photo of cameraman
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep amber color, slightly cloudy, a large one inch head forms and slowly laces down the glass. Carbonation is very visible as well. The aroma of piny, earthy, and floral scents start it out with a bang, folowed by a nice malty backbone scent. The starts bitter with a grapefruit/citrus flavor and this gains strength as it reaches the back of the palate. A light to medium bodied feel, a little watery at the beginning, but it gains weight as moves towards the back of the throat. The drinkability, is so-so for me, there is nothing making me want another one, but nothing making put down either. This is an above average double IPA, but nothing to outstanding.

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Photo of kdmorse
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured slowly into a Duvel tulip glass. Same beautiful head that its little brother "Professor Gesser" has. 2/3 of the glass is filled with cream-colored fluff and the bottom 1/3 is glowing orange. Carbonation speeds to the top and the head slowly (very slowly) recedes. Lacing holds on forever.

S: Mostly piney hops with highlights of sweet, tangy citrus (grapefruit?). Malt body is sweet and subtle. As it warms, a strong (unpleasant in my book) peppery scent starts to take over.

T: Well balanced flavor without too much sticking out to be noticed, except for that damn pepper! Piney hops in the finish do well to get rid pepper flavor.

M: Slightly syrupy. Carbonation is appropriate.

D: Drinks pretty well. The only thing slowing me down is that peppery smell/taste. Rumor has it the abv is around 10%. Doesn't seem that high at all.

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Photo of Noble12
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brensol
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottles acquired in trades with jimbowood & merlin48 (thanks!).

Poured a medium and clear orange/amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, earthy, orange peels, fruity, citrus and alcohol. Tastes of orange peels, citrus, caramel, and pine. Higher alcohol burn in the finish. Body was on the over carbonated side.

Notes from 3/27/07

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Photo of KeefD
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with gold foil around the neck. Cool label, with a tornado ripping a house from the ground. Opens with a nice fizz. A strong burst of alcohol and citrus exits the bottle. I take a closer smell and it's all orange and grapefruit. Poured into my Duvel tulip, creating a nice 3-finger, orange-cream head. Lots of carbonation filling this dark amber brew, keeping head retention tight. Another smell in the glass, and some bready malts start coming through, but then overtaken by the piney, citrusy hop aroma. Quite sweet out front, but dries up in the middle and most certainly on the finish. Taste of sweet, bready malts on the front of the tongue, and a dry hop bitterness on the back. Enough hop oil flavor to go around, bitter grapefruit rinds, and hints of orange spice. Full-bodied, good carbonation, somewhat syrupy, but it's rather creamy while the foam sticks around. Becomes a bit more sweet, and slightly more thick as it warms. Definite alcohol presence, probably somewhere between 8.5-10% ABV, as it is quite warming and can be felt. An all around good brew. My first and only from BBC. I'll have to try some more of their offerings next time in KY.

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Photo of JDizzle
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this bottle as part of the Great BIF Race 2006...thanks Sephiroth!

Pours a beautifully clear, bright amber with an amazing three inches of creamy light tan head. I even gave it a nice, gentle pour and this impressive head appears. Fades to just a film, but leaves nice lacing behind.

The aroma is surprisingly balanced between the pine and lighter citrus notes from the hops and brown sugar and caramel from the malts. I can only guess that the hops would be stronger when the brew is fresher...I have had this bottle in the cellar for 6+ months...but it sure does smell good now.

The flavors are, also, blended nicely. Piney hops are the first to show up, followed by the chewy caramel sweetness and grapefruit takes up the rear. Not sure of the abv, but I do notice some alcohol at the finish. It has a nice hop bite to it, but it's not as bitter as most DIPAs I have had...this could be because of the age, though. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is a heavy medium with active carbonation. Expected dryness is present upon swallowing. Hoppy aftertaste makes you want to take another swig. The drinkability could be a 4.5 if I only knew the abv....it's nice to know what you're getting yourself into, ya know? Overall a really good DIPA that I will pick up if I ever see it in my travels.

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Homewrecker from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 69 ratings