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Brewers' Cut Double IPA | Real Ale Brewing Company

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3.81/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States
realalebrewing.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
89
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
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I have had this a few time now. First at D&T in Houston, this is the first time from a bottle.

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention. The foam gently recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Plenty of spiderweb looking lace.
S: Orange peal, grassy, floral, and a lingering piny aroma. Light biscuit like malts which provide some balance. Though a lingering bitterness.
T: Follows the nose, but more integrated. Plenty of hops. Orange peal and piny hops up front. Biscuit malts that provide a really good balance. A slight, lingering bitterness.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. Smooth and clean at the same time. Finishes on the dry side. So easy to drink. Not nearly as in your face with the alcohol as others within the same style.

This is closer to say a Sierra Nevada Torpedo than a full DIPA. Which is just fine by me. Well balanced and easy to drink. Torpedo gets a slight edge, but still very enjoyable in every way.

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Appearance isn't something to write home over. Orange and clear, not a lot of head or lace but not bad either, just kinda meh.

That's where the ordinary or uninteresting ends tho. Aroma and flavor are great, especially aroma. Very hoppy with oily hops aroma sticking to the inside of your nose. Flavor isn't lacking either, but has an element of balance (for an otherwise un-balanced style). The malt and grain profiles do come through a bit, but mostly it's all hops, delicious hops. Pass the shovel and put in another scoop!

Body is IIPA ready, not heavy, not blasted with tons of crystal malt, just clean with plenty of room for the hops to shine. Carbonation is within tolerances, but slightly lower than average.

I will certainly be picking up another four pack of this in the next day or two, because this one won't last. Once again, RABC makes it easy to buy local and support your local breweries

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"Edition No 010." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label and silver branded pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a mixed 6 pack at my local H-E-B grocery and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. Reviewed as an imperial IPA given the beer's name, though the label does call it "a generously hopped American Style IPA." No ABV is listed on the label. "Best if consumed by 01.21.15." Apparently this IPA can handle a year of age.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

It just barely forms a head which is a quarter finger in width and lasts all of 30 seconds. Okay creaminess and thickness. I can get a little lacing by tilting the glass, but hardly any sticks. I can't say I'm very impressed with the head - especially if this beer really is 7.50% as currently listed.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particles/sediment is visible. I notice no flaws, but this appearance is far from unique or special. I'm optimistic. Below average for the style overall.

Sm: Pine, light oily resins, and a dab of grapefruit round out the pleasant, appealing hop profile. This appeals to my personal hop tastes; I'm glad it's not a tropical fruit build or something like that. It could use some nectary and citrusy character, and I'd like more resinous qualities, but the hop profile alone has me excited to try this.

Maltwise, it's about what you'd expect - plenty of pale malt with some caramalt and maybe some crystal malt in there too.

I don't find any yeast character or alcohol; it's quite clean.

To be honest, it's smelling like an IPA, not an imperial IPA per se. Could Real Ale's marketing department be getting creative?

A pleasant aroma of average strength. I find no off-notes.

T: Hop bitterness is noticeable, but mostly well concealed until the climax, where the zest grapefruit bursts out. It's less piney and resinous than the aroma suggested; the grapefruit is actually (barely) dominant. There's some general floral character in there too. The hop profile is okay. Perhaps not as intense as you'd expect an imperial IPA to be. In any case, it's not soapy, so I'm satisfied.

The malt base is pretty predictable - the aformentioned pale malts and caramalts are really all that's here. No yeast character or overt alcohol comes through.

Pretty simple for a so-called imperial IPA. Lacks subtlety, intricacy, and nuance. It's such a generic build it's hard to really single out anything remarkable about it. Below average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

I do like it in a general sense, but it's very mundane and lacks boldness or inspiration. Why brew this?

Mf: Lightly oily. Overcarbonated to the point that it has some bite. Smooth and wet. Could be more thick and full-bodied, but then this supports my theory this is just an IPA dressed up in imperial IPA clothes. It has a decent presence and weight on the palate. Doesn't feel tailored specifically to the taste it's meant to support. Could use work.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: It's drinkable for its decently disguised ABV, but this will (deservedly) get lost amidst the myriad of better beers in the style. I think Real Ale should shelve this alleged Imperial IPA and get back to us when they brew a real one (the irony of the brewery's name in this sentence is not lost on me). It seems like a regular American IPA that has some creative marketing behind it to drive up sales. Bravo for knowing what your customers want, Real Ale - now just try to deliver it.

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Brewers' Cut Double IPA from Real Ale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 89 ratings