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Big Ern | Castle Island Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Castle Island Brewing Co.
Massachusetts, United States
castleislandbeer.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,515
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
71
pDev:
5.56%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 15
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dental
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Both have tons of orange zest, passion fruit, pear, mango and white peach. Cracker malt base. Dry, zesty bitter finish. Bigger Ern is a bit too much. Boozy and overall heavy but still good. Big Ern is dynamite.

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Photo of Wapes
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice, medium bodied beer. Hop without hop aftertaste.

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Photo of Manticore
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Madmiker13
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jleavitt08
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of milkbone_underwear
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dizzy242
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of braican
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Paoloboston
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FFFjunkie
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look is burnt apricot with 2 fingers of nice white head.

Smell is dank and sweet tropical fruit. Orange and something else in there as well.

Taste is on point. Starts out nice with orange and tangerine. Then BIG sweet overripe tropical fruit comes rushing in. Really low bitterness.

Feel is soft and creamy.

Overall this is a fine beer that definately fits the NE style. It isn't as hazy as the big names but this beer is also somewhat cleaner on the palette.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redsoxjim
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damian
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 16 fl oz can purchased at Castle Island Brewing Co., Norwood, MA
Canned on 04-25-17
Served in a snifter

The ever-so-slightly hazed, pale golden amber liquid was topped by a fizzy, bright white, finger-tall crown that quickly dissolved. A thin collar encircled the liquid. Minimal streaky lacing stuck along the glass.

The nose was ridiculously hoppy and dank. This very well might be the most weedy smelling beer I have ever encountered. Really fruity and juicy too. Overripe tropical fruits came through strong. Big stewed mango and papaya notes. Bit of passionfruit. Needless to say, the Mosaic hops were definitely in full effect.

The flavor profile was fantastic as well. Super fruity and juicy. Big orange and tangerine notes up front. Sweet tropical fruits came through in the center. Mango again for sure. Some peach too. Orange peel appeared on the back end and in the finish. Bit of ruby red grapefruit. Just the slightest hint of bitterness. Overall, amazingly well balanced.

Super smooth and frothy mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style. Fluffy on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, zippy effervescence. Really creamy and slick.

This offering by Castle Island displayed many characteristics of a typical New England-style DIPA but had a cleaner appearance, and perhaps a flavor profile to match. An amazing overall offering from these relative newcomers. Keep up the great work.

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Photo of cvandette
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wenzl
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Clean golden pour with finger white head and soapy lacing. Sweet tropical al aroma jumps out the glass, this one's a sniffer. Great balance in this DIPA, on the sweet side but not malty, fruity juicy hops with mild bitterness. Excellent feel, slippery. Got this as an extra, would live to drink again.

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Photo of Samdaddy
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of djbrown13
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MickeyHops
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fettpopps
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Big Ern from Castle Island Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 71 ratings