French Toast | Decadent Ales

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3.9/5
Very Good
75 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Decadent Ales
New York, United States
decadentales.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Dodger88 on 10-14-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,168
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
75
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
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1
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9
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. White head. Hazy golden orange.

This doesn’t taste like an ipa. All maple syrup and cinnamon. No hop profile. If I had this blind I would have never guessed ipa. Very fun to try. Goes down easy. Tasty.

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Photo of MNBeer1017
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of colts9016
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I received this beef through a recent BIF. Honestly, these gimmick beer are either a hit or miss for me. When I read french toast on the beer, I was hoping for a stout but got an IPA. The last gimmick beer I got that was an IPA turns out it was tasty. Fingers crossed, let us get to the review. Cracked the can open and served the beer in a tulip. The beer is 45 degrees. The gentle pour on the beer produced a one finger head. The beer's head is airy and creamy. Lacing was no tatted. The color of the beer is SRM 5 a deep gold with amber hues. Clarity of the beer is hazy. Overall the appearance is good with a pathetic head.

The aromas in the beer are maple syrup, cinnamon, oranges, lemon, toasted malt, bready, yeast, honey, and grass.

The flavors in the beer are oranges, honey, floral, grass, lemon, baking spices, toasted malt, bready, yeast, and maple syrup.

The mouthfeel of the beer is astringent and fizzy.

The body of the beer is light, medium-high carbonation, and a medium finish.

This beer is weird. The flavors of the hops are NEIPA with french toast tossed in the soup. I get the flavors of the french toast, but not a fan of the orange/citrus hops that comes with it. Is the beer tasty, yeah? Would I purchase this beer, no? Usually, the gimmick beers are a hit or miss. It was not a hit nor a miss. Enjoy drinking the beer nonetheless.

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Photo of ian_graf
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Greywulfken
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer... Poured a murky opaque gold with a finger of white foam... Presented lots of juicy soft stone and orchard fruit impressions, like peach and apricot and plum.... Had some vanilla-like tones, smooth and silky - maybe attributable to the maple syrup, and a little tingle of what must be the cinnamon... Fairly dessert-like and very plush on the palate, had a relatively full-bodied feel... Nothing wrong with it at all, and basically delivers what you'd expect from the label, but I don't know if its my kinda thing...

8/17/18 canning...

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Photo of Gaddabble
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

sweet maple syrup, some cinnamon sweet spice, toasty bready malts, with tropical fruits, citrus and dankness

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Photo of johnnyboy76
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DangerDawg
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brureview
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite IPAs from Decadent.

Cloudy honey color with a 4F head. Very solid and thick. One of the better heads on an IPA I've seen.

Very unusual aroma and taste. Cinnamon, maple syrup, The taste reminds me of a pancake breakfast. The taste is very pronounced and both the aroma and taste broaden with warming.

The mouth feel is not too carbonated or the finish too spicy.

Overall: quite enjoyable. Very different approach to beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed amber with one thumb of pearl colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Maple candy, grassyness

T: Follows the nose, dryness as well up front. More maple followed by grassyness & dryness, plus a little vanilla. Finishes dry & with a lot of Maple

MF: Medium body, fairly moderate carbonation

This is an odd duck, but I like it, takes a little time to drink, the Maple Syrup is strong in this. Nice one-off

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Photo of Ronl12
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can into IPA glass. Dated 8/17/18.
Nice cloudy golden orange. Nose is sweet and cinnamon. Taste is exactly as advertised, cinnamon, french toast and maple syrup. Feel is medium. Overall this is exactly what is says it is.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery (or rather, "brand imprint," considering their usage of Dorchester Brewing's contracting services for all of their canned releases) has been hit-or-miss for me so far, but the stuff that has been impressive has brought me back for more. Their Double Toasted Marshmallow, for instance, is a really cool and unique beer that straddles the line between DIPA and strong flavored ale featuring a good balance of hoppiness and sweetness. This is itself a DIPA, though it's brewed with maple syrup and cinnamon.

Say what!?

This pours a bright orange color with a pretty-much-opaque appearance to it. The head is rather smallish, never really building up past a finger or finger-and-a-half. The beer does seem to have decent legs, however, and the lace is tiered pretty solidly overall. I'm digging the haze going on here... it definitely has that NE IPA feeling, but I know I'm not going to get the same-old, same-old with this idea.

The nose is dank and chive-forward with some lighter notes of sweet pineapple in heavy syrup and orange zest. Underneath this opening salvo of hoppiness, however, lies cinnamon and maple syrup. Hey, just like the label said! Is that a good thing? Well, it's really weird and certainly seems to appear at-odds with the initial hoppy nose, but I'll just run with it. It smells just like French Toast Crunch cereal here and there, which is definitely a little bit strange. Not bad, just... what? It's just bizarre how this oscillates between smelling like a juicy IPA and a bowl of cereal. It's certainly perplexing. Every now and again, I get a slight sniff of alcohol and some fresh-cut grass with some other herbal stuff going on as well, as if this weren't already super crazy. Ooookay, then.

The flavor profile is much more straightforward about its intentions than the nose, at first anyway. I definitely taste straight-up French Toast Crunch cereal. It's supremely odd, but somehow it kind of works. There's a hit of sweetness, chewy pale malt and an almost oat/wheat like complexion that kinda plays into the "cereal" aspect as well, but the finish is laid-over by immense hoppiness that keeps this in the realm of drinkability. In fact, it's actually a pretty cool drink. I think it definitely functions more as a sipper, but the balance is surprisingly on-point! Tropical fruit flavors and notes of green onion and earthy dankness coalesce pretty well in the finish.

Feel is on the thicker side, especially due to the sugary-ness of the maple syrup, which is fairly present. The carbonation is kept on the moderate side, while the finish definitely does carry an ethanol heftiness to it. Not the brightest beer ever, but given what they were going for, I think that's probably a good thing. This is, well, decadent!

Can't say I hate this one, somehow. It's definitely not something I'd want all the time, and, of course, it functions somewhat more like an oddity than a regular go-to beer, but whatever. I'm impressed and mildly disturbed at how well this beer turned out overall. Now to find some of that cereal I keep mentioning.

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Photo of jtnord
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
2.56/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Best characterized as Grade A light amber maple syrup in color.

S: Straightforward enough. An exact knockoff of Cinnamon French Toast Crunch. Once that fades, however, all that left is rubbing alcohol.

M: Relatively light bodied considering its gravity; this is paradoxical given its sweetness. Pretty flat and unexciting. Building alcohol warmth.

T: True fact: I spotted a fruit fly in my beer within the first minute. It's the only fruit fly I saw in the two hours I've been here. It's hard to embellish on the flavor here. The orange and grapefruit pith fighting a losing battle. My finger sticking to everything after my futile attempt at fly fishing. I feel if you wanna do this give it a nuanced feel that's less reminiscent of a midnight snack at the diner, but more French baguette with a roasty espresso. Curse this.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came a clear brass color with a half finger white head that never completely settled.A real nice mix of resinous hops, sweet maple syrup,and vanilla,the sweetness is bigger but there is a defines hop presence as well.Starts out with a hefty maple presence on the palate then some sharp citric hops come thru,more maple and vanilla seem to take over in the finish.It gets a little sweet after a while but it's a nice kind of novelty ipa to try.

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Photo of dudd
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duffman79
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this at the Reno Beer Invitational two weeks ago. You get a 90s ipa kind of color that is all caramel and copper in the appearance. Smattering of an off white head 1/8". Aroma is about as off as one can be for an ipa these days, there were no hops discernable, but it hit its goal, it truly smelled like a gaggle of french toast. The cinnamon, the powdered sugar, the maple, its all here in the nose.

The taste is much of the same. Loads of sweetness turn this into kind of a WTH dipa. Sure, its totally unique in that it gets pretty far away from what the ipa genre is. This might as well have been an alt or a brown ale, because it seems to have as much in common with that genre as this one. Its just an adjunct ale, and it goes all in on the french toast thing.

If you're looking for an ipa experience, I see a let down. If you want to drink french toast, I says go for it. There is no in between.

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Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kirb for the share. A pounder can into a snifter appears clear copper in color with a white head.

Nose is citrusy with maple and cinnamon. Its an enjoyable, weird smell for an IPA.

It tastes maple sweet with vanilla and toasty malt, herbal and citrusy with a lingering pithy bitterness.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. I give it to them, this is one unique cat but I dont feel like I need to have it again.

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Photo of crobinso
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mikexw
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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French Toast from Decadent Ales
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 75 ratings