Blow Your Face Out
Roak Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #441
ABV:
10.1%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,855
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 7.13%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
112
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Roak Brewing Co.
 
Michigan, United States
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92
Outstanding
Notes: Roak’s blow your face out double IPA is crafted to maximize the dank character of hops with piney, tropical and stone fruit aromas and flavors. With over 100 IBU's these hops are ready to explode right out of the bottle. So grab a glass, this beer is going to blow your face out. 

Hops: Mosaic, Chinook
Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 112 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of gregd777
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite new beer. You cannot tell it's ABV by the taste. Very smooth and delicious.

I was thinking that it would be just okay but decided to buy a 4 back and I'm glad I did. Outstanding!

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The taste is a light to medium bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter and long. Has a very smooth sweetness that hits after a couple moments but still with the bitterness.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beergorilla for this extra that arrived in an early February trade, my first dollop of Roak. 12 oz. bottle dated 1/4/19.

The pour, oh, the beautiful pour of pure, clear, copper without a hint of haze, makes my happy bone twitch (I did leave about an ounce of turd in the bottle). The nose is heavy citrus & pine resin, just like the old days. Ahh, Venice.

Blow Your Face Out – an apt description of a beer that has hops oozing out of its milky white head. Bracing bitterness slides spikes-first into a sticky, resiny liquid. Mid-palate is floral, earthy, & a whiff of hard candy on the finish. Light, bright, right, & the ability to put a few of these away resides deep within me.

All hail the West Coast IPA! Becoming rare in my neck of the woods every day, this harks back to the good old days of 2010. Very good beer rubbing up suggestively against excellent.

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Photo of claminat420
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle marked mfg 01/04/19 poured heavily into my stranger things pint glass.

Appearance- a hazy straw color with a nice white head. leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma- some melon citrus. light floral notes as well. hoppy and weird.

Taste- like the aroma but with some orange notes. malt is light maybe some slight biscuit. bitterness is there but nothing insane. abv is well hidden for being so high.

Mouthfeel- solid medium/ heavy body. good carbonation

Drinkability- guaranteed to purchase more in the future.

Overall- a solid imperial ipa. nice citrus (orange and melon) with some floral hop action. if you're gonna whine about malt not being more in this then byfo is not your brew.

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Photo of BWichmann74
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: pours with a minimal head that dissipates to minimal carbonation on the surface. An unfiltered straw hay + orange appearance with very
light carbonation - let’s you know it’s high ABV before smelling or drinking

S: smell is pleasant - it’s piney and tropical fruit at the same time. The sweetness in scent once agaIn let’s you know this is a big beer.

T: I went in to this hesitant as the look and smell warned me I’m drinking a big beer. This was much smoother than expected. A nice west coast DIPA bite on the finish.

F: This is one oily, viscous beer. The looks gave it away as it had minimal lacking but what was there was sticky. This attribute makes it an easy beer to drink as it could slide down your throat without realizing what your drinking.

O: this is a great DIPA. It’s piney, tropical, oily with a sweet malt bill. It’s just 2 weeks old and fresh as could ask for. I will buy this at least once per year for as long as they brew it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy lemon yellow color with a thin head of white, 1/4 finger.

Just GOBS of FRESH, woody pine on the nose, it's not gross, it's not astringent, it's just so FRESH. Tons of blueberry behind that - definite Mosaic going on here. Lovely golden fruits - peach and mango. It's like a blueberry cobbler on a fresh mowed lawn. Incredible.

I was expecting a ton of IBU's to scrub my palate, but this is doing just fine in the flavor department. Lots of flavor, and a proper portion of bitterness. Peach and apricot meet pine and earthy notes, with some tree bark and pine resin. A handful of blueberries follow. Finish is of pine, hop resins, and blueberry.

Feel is crisp and resiny at the same time. NIce balance, a bit chalky on the finish.

Overall, a very decent IIPA that I was not expecting to be this good. Michigan has some great artistry going on. Very nice work.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A white crown manages just barely to top off the slightly hazy golden orange beer.
The smell is of huge pine, juice, some dank qualities to it. Fruit in there as well.
The taste is a treat. It's got piney notes mixing with tropical fruit.
The feeling is wet and a little sticky but not too much.
Overall, I've never had anything from Roak and didn't quite know what to expect. But this is a solid brew. I could drink a lot of it.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is pretty delicious. Tastes of pine and stone fruit. 100ibu this shot is dank and resiny, reminds of a good Stone IPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Steve (my Midwest guy).
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a murky/cloudy orange color with a nice semi-lasting finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Nice semi-sticky speckled lace ran around the glass somewhat nice.
The aroma had a really nice conglomeration of the grapefruit pulp, orange pulp and mango flesh coming all together to cling to a nice smooth caramel malt backbone. Light white cracker/biscuit-like tones further underneath like an old school DIPA.
The flavor was moderately sweet and doing a decent job of pulling into the hops to embitter and balance it out. Touch of white pepper seemed to want to play ever so slightly in the background. Mild aftertaste of the grapefruit/mango seemed to be punching holes in the malt backbone as the malts seem to be pushed back a bit.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied. Seemed to be between a semi-sessionable to sipping sort of quality about it, but I think that may be due to it's age. Carbonation did feel good. ABV felt just a touch under.
Overall, only now I'm going to say that this is an aged review, only because often times, when people see "aged" review at the top for a DIPA, they'll quickly turn away, however, the numbers I'm giving this, I hope people understand that those "old school" styled/Midwest DIPA's can do a decent service to the overall "DIPA" itself. Oh yeah, by the way, the date is "MFG 2/03/2017." Thanks for reading this far.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At 1st I didn't understand what I was drinking but realized it's an imperial DIPA so had a Dogfish Head appeal and not Stone appeal. With that said it is quite smooth and drinkable for imperial. Had oily, resin, tropical fruit, boozy, dank flavors and I would consider it better than 90 minute.

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Photo of Lahey
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty double ipa. Hazy golden color with light head. Classic ipa smell. Flavor is strong on hop and tropical fruit flavor. Not as boozy and thick as other higher abv ipas, but stronger and hoppier than normal ipas. A great middleman between two hearted(bells) and the implication (oddside)

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Photo of DavidRandall
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter on a busy Friday early evening. I had this at a place I go to a lot. The server was not very good. Delivered to the table with most of the foam gone. Still a very good beer

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Photo of BWood
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid ipa. Super clean with a great hop profile. Reminds me of Pliny a little. Solid west coast style ipa imo. Even though it's a Midwest beer. Very balanced. Glad to have.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2/2/2017. Poured into IPA glass. It pours a hazy, golden-orange color with two fingers of pillowy, bright white head and lacing with retention through the pour. It smells, of lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, pine needles, and floral hops. It's quite dank and the pineapple really comes through in the taste, along tangerine and a solid base of malt followed by pine and a blast of bitter, biting hops and the finish. There's also a subtle hint of caramel. At first sip, I couldn't believe it is over 100 IBU but by the aftertaste I needed no convincing. The mouth feel is almost creamy with pleasant carbonation. It doesn't drink like 10.1% ABV but by the end of the pour you can tell it packs a punch. Although it is certainly packaged as a hop bomb (great label art), it's really nicely balanced with abundant sweet fruit and malt. Overall, it's simply a terrific DIPA, one worth seeking out. I'm glad I had the chance to try it. Thank you, @superspak!

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a really well done IIPA... Huge hops and nice tropical fruits but balances out nicely with good malts and 101 IBU.

Reminds me of a Monkish IPA I had recently except it's much clearer, but still has the feel of the more hazy, unfiltered IPAs.

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Photo of streeter
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent DIPA! I really enjoyed this and I get more when I can. It hangs or exceeds many like Double Jack for example. This had a fantastic Hop resin and bite but balanced with good malt and some sweetness. I don't write too many reviews but need to give props to this. I heard it compared to Heady which I have yet to try but I will say I think it is better than Pliny which I had three bottles of lately. Pliny is great obviously but overhyped and more subdued compared to this which you can pick up a 4 pack if you are in MI local areas. Nice work Roak!

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Photo of MgoJohnStamos
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden Haze

Smell: Dank, and I picked up a TON of fruits here, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Other Citrus fruit.

Taste: Similar to the nose here, plus pine at the end.

Feel: Feels like a DIPA

This is one of the better Michigan DIPAs I've had. Really really good.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date... I think I saw someone say it's hidden on the bottle, but I've looked everywhere. What, is it printed on the inside of the label?

Appearance: Super hazy golden orange color with a half finger of a creamy head. Lacing is thick and basically leaves a wall. Looks fantastic.

Smell: Dank "af fam", as they say. Resinous as-all-hell. Nice mango aroma as well. Sweet and dank. Certainly smells like a DIPA. If you don't like 'em sweet, you won't care too much for this... based on the aroma, at least.

Taste/feel: Interesting. Obviously dank like the aroma, also sweet with tropical fruits, but I also feel like I get a slight rye flavor? Pretty distinct flavor on this. I think what I'm not loving is its surprising lack of depth. Well, maybe not lack of depth, but slightly too-intense sweetness? I like a sweet DIPA as much as a bitter one, but this one may be a little over-the-top for me, at least at this moment. The feel is moderate/heavy with a slight syrupy quality, with a decent amount of carbonation.

I approve. I feel like this beer is getting a bit stiffed by the BA community... of course, it doesn't have many reviews just yet. This is a delicious DIPA that warrants a look, but it also desperately needs a bottling date... get on the ball, bruhs!

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with one finger creamy white head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is tangerine, mango, grapefruit, and piney hops.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Big juicy tangerine, mango, and grapefruit upfront. The rest of the flavor is big piney hops leaving a lingering bitter finish. Alcohol is unnoticeable.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a dry sticky finish.

O - This is an awesome DIPA. The tropical fruits and huge hops are perfectly balanced. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received from @superspak as part of NBS BIF #3
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – OMG! – It’s like having conifers stuck up my nose! If I can stop horning the bottle, I’ll continue the review. Am wunderbarsten!
Head – average (Three cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to irregular frothy two to six mm ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing – wide rings of tiny bubbles
Body – light yellow, hazy
Flavor – definitely hop-forward, oddly the fruitiness is more prominent than the coniferousness, still causes instant GERD. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Second one from Roak I've had and so far, it's two-for-two. Had this one straight from the bottle while grilling up burgers for friends. Aroma is enticing, even from the bottle: juicy citrus with an earthy darkness sprinkled with pine needles. Taste is a quick blast of bitter spruce tang, which is then washed over by sweet mandarin, mango, pineapple, and peach. Finish is dry, crisp, and with a bitter kick mellowed by a warming sensation and touch of malt backbone. So smooth, I couldn't believe it's a ten percenter.

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Photo of larryi86
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you to strohme2 for this
12 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- A slightly hazy light copper color with a three finger white head.

S- Some hints of tropical and mandarin oranges, fairly dank and piney, faint sweetness from the alcohol.

T- Citrus, some tropical fruits, some grapefruit and pineapple, huge piney and slightly dank bitter finish, not getting any noticeable malt backbone.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid DIPA, very easy drinking for 10.1% ABV. I would pick more up if it was local to me.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Not seeing a bottle date.

L- Light copper, medium haziness, two finger slightly tan head.

S- Orange peel, various mix of tropical fruits of pineapple, mango, and papaya, little bit of resin, little bit of yeast, some alcohol coming through.

T- More citrus and pine forward in the flavor, alcohol more noticeable with a slight burn on the tongue, medium bitterness, lots of hop oils that kinda wear on your tongue like with Heady Topper, dry but super West Coast dry.

F- Medium, good carb.

O- Very nice DIPA, big aroma and flavor, some have compared it to Heady and while I've only had Heady a few times,, I do get that huge hop oil thing that it has, the alcohol on this one is more and more noticeable which is a bit of a detraction for me, still a beer worth seeking out and even possibly trading for IMO.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/23/2016. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of juicy/dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, lemon/orange peel, light pepper, pine, cracker, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy hop earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy/dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and fairly grainy/bready/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible DIPA! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy/dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV. Very well attenuated and not overly sweet on the malt character considering the ABV as well. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Not bad, Imperial? Idk?Color was a very cloudy faint amber and golden straw mix.It is the Lightest in color for an imperial thy eyes have seen! I like the label! label art NEEDS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE RATINGS! Smell is very dank cat piss, faint onion, A very familiar smell though I can't describe yet , sweetness and alcohol , which to me always smells like bubble gum or cotton candy. Abv is well hidden , for a 10% beer the warming is subtle half way through the glass , then you start to feel it. As it warms the hoppiness pops more with each sip.But not the mouth feel or the bite you would expect from something boldy named as it is. That being said for me this where it falls short, but not by much.I like what this brewery is putting out at such a fresh start for them . Worth the squeeze .

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Blow Your Face Out from Roak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 112 ratings