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Gong Water | Benchtop Brewing Company

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4.25/5
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15 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Benchtop Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
benchtopbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
15
pDev:
4.24%
 
 
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3
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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Sheppard
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours that golden/orange hue many of these NEIPAs pour, with off white head. A variety tropical fruit on the nose though that could be a little bit more powerful. I get papaya, mango, pineapple. Oh wow, this is just straight up Dole Pineapple with a touch of ripe mango. Maybe a little bit of papaya on the front end. This is delectable. It's super soft and tasty. Excellent NEIPA.

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Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gavilan
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy and opaque big bitter citrus taste but well balanced. Medium body and light carbonation. Recommend.

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Photo of Bearded_Oyster
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerness
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big citrus with a refreshing restraint on sweetness...subtle bitter bite to balance....could (and will) drink many

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of srw
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer off the tapper at Grain in downtown Norfolk, VA. It poured a hazy yellow with white head that left some lace. The scent had bitter fruit presence. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with citrus peel flare. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

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Photo of AMCPhD
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jdg204
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boone757
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a keg/growler.

Appearance: The body is opaque with a light yellow-orange color and hints of beige where it is darker. It has a short frothy white head. It only retains a thick ring of white foam but it leaves very nice lacing.

Aroma: It has a very fresh mango aroma. It also smells a bit like pineapple skin. The aroma is large and anything from pouring the beer to moving the glass will kick up a ton of fruity mango aroma.

Taste: It tastes a bit like under-ripe pineapple, mango skin.

Mouthfeel: It's clearly a New England style but it has a little more bitterness and just a very light bite and no burn. It's easy to drink with a light but textured body and a dry bubbly finish.

Overall: It is very well done and it will scratch the itch for any hop lover or New England IPA lover. The highlight here is clearly the wonderful tropical fruit aroma but as a whole package the beer is simply outstanding. I would highly recommend it and I would drink it again.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler, pours a milky orange gold. Soapy white head doesn't last too long. Smell and taste have tons of orange, orange peel, white grapefruit juice and some interesting tropical and earthy notes. Feel is on the lighter side, but with enough body and carbonation to keep it from being watery. Really tasty IPA that has tons of flavor, especially at 5.5% ABV.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic looking and smelling experimental IPA. Tastes delicious. Superb all around.

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Gong Water from Benchtop Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 15 ratings