A Blessing And A Curse | Left Hand Brewing Company

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A Blessing And A CurseA Blessing And A Curse
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Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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#12,237
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18
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40
pDev:
7.29%
 
 
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Reviews by Mleblanc25:
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of Suds
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is from a can...the liquid is hazy, with a thin white head. The aroma is clean, with a little spicy hop scents. The taste is tilted dry, with malt and bitter hop flavors. Light sweet malt and lots of hop bitterness. Full body. NIce.

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Photo of pubscout
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved this beer for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is it’s nicely hidden 9.5% ABV. But it’s oily, slick mouthfeel was a pleasant surprise, as was the plethora of tropical, pine and citrus notes that attended it. It may have just been me, but there was a grassy hint of mint in there, too. This is an outstanding DIPA from The folks out at Left Hand in Longmont, CO. Not surprised by the complexity and balance of this brew at all, as it brought back memories of my visit to the brewery many GABF’s ago. Have one, and you’ll fully understand why its name is A Blessing and A Curse. A blessing to drink and a curse to finish without another on hand...

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Photo of Ego
3.39/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

eyes...
this is one foamy bastard, almost three fingers of fluffy white head, a total bubble devil roiling about the bottom of the glass shooting carb into the upper regions in sheer anger, a little lighter hued than some DIPAs as this grazes in the hazy golden straw category on that front, lacing is pretty sticky, a nice looking offering offered here

nose...
grassy and dry, with notes of pine, a hint of lemon dropping in here and there, a little small on the nose in my op-pine-yon (opinion on pine notes)

taste etc...
hmm, a pretty tame IPA flavor wise, it has some decent hop bite but drinks more like a hopped up wheat, you can sense the alcohol but it is not a distraction, some heavy hop oils try and peek through but mostly this seems like a slightly bigger IPA, maybe 1.5x not double, good mouthfeel though, just bright enough to drink well, very easy to quaff down

verdict?
not bad, pretty easy drinking, just not very remarkable, there are too many great DIPAs out there to fudge around, if this was the last chick @ the bar @ 2am would I take her home ? sure... I have standards, just mostly low ones...

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent glod with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Grapefruit, tangeine, mango

T: Follows the nose, pineyness, dryness & breadyness. Tangerine, bready dryness, grapefruit & pine as this warms & some mango. Finishes, dry, bready tropical with piney bitterness & citrus

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, & nice balance

Exceeded my expectations, solid take on the style

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber
Best By: 08/02/17

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice hazy dark golden orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some maltyness, citrusy, some pine. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, kinda malty, citrusy, some nice little pine notes. Medium body, ABV hidden very well with this one, nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of ksimons
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-a hazy light orange color with a thin layer of white head

S-nice aroma of citrus, tropical fruits, and pale malts

T-lots of pine and citrus bitterness and pale malt

M-medium body and crisp carbonation

Overall nice aroma, but not the most outstanding DIPA I've had

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz brown bottle - not dated

Left Hand Brewing A Blessing & A Curse filled my tulip glass with an orange gold hue. A white 1/2-finger head was produced that reduced to a thin ring of foam pretty quickly. The nose was a nice clean aroma of citrus, pine, and grapefruit. Taste is similar to the nose with grapefruit being the dominate flavor. There is a light-medium bitterness at the finish. The Ale is medium bodied with a lighter amount of carbonation.

For this non-hophead this Double/Imperial IPA was not over-the-top in bitterness...I like that.

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Photo of zahara15
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hoosier222002
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 650 ml. bottle with a Best By date of 08/02/17. Sampled on July 6, 2017. Served at about 55 degrees as recommended by the brewer.

The color of the pour is orange-amber underneath a soft, foamy white head that lingers for a spell. Some lacing.

This has all the makings of a traditional IPA rather than a juiced up, hopped up IPA that is so dominant these days. I get an herbal and earthy hop character on the nose. Perhaps a tiny dollop of citrus. Otherwise the breaded malts can also be found.

The body is smooth, a little acidic, and in the medium range.

The taste has the same herbal and earthy character as the nose along with a barley grain coarseness and a lingering dry finish.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very slightly hazy, medium coppery amber with a fine, two finger white head with great retention and solid lacing. Aroma of pale malt, citrus and piney hops, lemon and grapefruit, very aromatic and spicy; inviting. Flavor is lightly caramel malt, piney and citrus hops, fresh pine, orange, lemon and grapefruit, honeydew melon, hints of tropical fruit, estery and bright. Finishes with lingering resinous citrus and piney hops, residual citrus rind and mixed fruit. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. A quite aromatic smell and flavor; complex and flavorful. There is a lot going on here, but the flavors seem integrated and invite analysis. There is a very bright, almost camphor-like flavor that makes the aroma and taste unique and interesting. Far too drinkable, its hefty ABV is well covered. Left Hand really created something fine here. I liked this a lot.

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Photo of BB1313
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 11/27/18. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze but has some clarity to it along with some bubbles racing upwards; some sediment/floaties; chunky white head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have some subtle hints of citrus and floral notes. Lots of crackers and fresh bread. Malts are there. The flavors are bold and clean. A nice amount of orange along with some grapefruit. Solid hop bitterness. Somewhat unique hop flavor in the finish. Malts do their thing without dominating. Finishes dry for the most part. Alcohol is ultimately well hidden. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's slightly fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty solid DIPA. It's not super flashy, but it's slightly unique. There's something about this one that I'm really liking (the way it finishes). The craftsmanship is on point. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. I can appreciate this one.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Left Hand has been doing some pretty damn good stuff recently, so I went for this one despite the crappy format for the style. 9.5% is on the higher end of the spectrum for a modern DIPA, though the label does say it "delivers a synthesis of hops from opposite hemispheres," so perhaps it will rise to the challenge.

Pours a deep golden, somewhat amber-ish color with moderate haze and a thick, fluffy head that leaves behind pretty decent lacing as it fades away to a finger and a half in my glass. Decent legs here, and the head covers the entirety of the surface of the beer. Carbonation seems very active, with a steady stream rising from the bottom of my glass.

Nose is heavy on pine and bright grapefruit-like citrus pith, reminding me a lot of an old school double IPA. There are some notes of passion fruit and guava in here too, situated somewhat behind a sweet-leaning malt note from the use of honey malt. I actually like the idea of honey malt in a big-ol' double IPA since it doesn't have quite as much sweetness as crystal malt but can still be a balancing asset to a well-put-together recipe. Some notes of red apple in here, as well, with a bit of resin under the surface. Pretty interesting stuff.

Flavor is very heavy on the apple and strong pine resin flavors, crossed with citrus pith, guava, mango and passion fruit. Surprisingly very little malt is felt in the flavor, and the sweetness is kept to a minimum. Pretty bitter, though, and chewy with some malt sweetness for balance. This is pretty much drowned by pine and grapefruit, though, with a bit of pear and apple from the Azacca hops toward the back of the palate. More waves of tropical fruit as the finish settles. Definitely solid.

Feel is on the heavier side of medium, especially for the style and the fact that it's not heavily-yeasty like a lot of more modern IPAs and double IPAs. The hop weight is pretty heavy, honestly, and leaves my palate a bit fatigued after a few smaller glasses. I also don't like the format of this at all, as I touched on in my opening paragraph... try to find me another brewery worth their salt that releases double IPAs in bombers in 2017... it's going to be hard to do, because the format is going extinct for pale ales. Hope to see this in 16 oz cans at some point, then maybe I'd get it again. As it stands, it was a nice one-and-done, and it portrays Galaxy and Azacca together in a pretty positive light, with the strong citrus of the former and the interesting tropical/orchard fruit of the latter.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 20 oz giant Duvel Tulip glass best before 8/2/17. Pours a very dark slightly hazy orange with a massive 3 finger sticky head that leaves a thick ring of slightly off white lace behind as it slowly settles into a thick layer of bubbles.

Smell is apricot, tangerine, watermelon hard candy, some biscuity grain, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows apricot, tangerine, biscuit, apple, a little shot of alcohol,and grapefruit lingers awhile on the palate.

Mouthfeel is pretty big, plenty of carbonation, not really dry, and drinks pretty easy at 9.5% ABV.

This is solid, but I really wish I had it fresher, not sure how many months they say for freshness, but I do know my favorite store only got it yesterday. A little more alcohol detected then I prefer also.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 11/27/2018. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy medium golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, citrus peel/rind, light peppercorn, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, citrus peel/rind, light peppercorn, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.5%. Overall this is an awesome DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish. Not aggressive. Awesome Galaxy/Azacca profile. Very juicy and fairly dank/earthy hop complexity; nice sized bready malt backbone, not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and well rounded style example. Loved the hop profile as expected.

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Photo of TomStottman
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of h4ger
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThickNStout
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can from Charlie’s II (Acworth, GA). 15.99/ 6 pack. Best by 11/27/18, I’m hoping that means canned 8/27/18. Served in a Left Hand tulip. Enjoyed 9/6/18.

Pours muted orange with three fingers of dense ecrue fluff. The head fades to a thin layer and rocky crown, leaving copious lace.

Smells of grapefruit, pine, lemonade, bread and some vague mint.

Tastes piney and pretty bitter with notes of earthy orange zest, grass, tropical rind, hop bread, a whisper of peppermint and a deceptively slight nudge of alcohol.

Slick, medium full feel with moderate carbonation. Bitter, hop oily aftertaste of grassy citrus pine.

A decent double IPA from Left Hand. I wouldn’t call it a West Coast IPA bit it certainly leans more that way than the current low bitterness highly juicy trend.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Left Hand Brewing 'A Blessing & A Curse' @ 9.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $14
A-pour is a dirty light gold from the bottle to a hazy amber/gold in the glass with a medium white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-hints of citrus
T-pine resin , decent malt base , dry finish
MF-ok carbonation feels full bodied
Ov-tasty beer
prost LampertLand

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Photo of QuakeAttack
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBeast
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 40 ratings