Flume^2
Battery Steele Brewing

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #795
ABV:
8%
Score:
92
Ranked #6,178
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 5.62%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
27
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Battery Steele Brewing
 
Maine, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
92
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Notes: Brewed in celebration of our new tasting room. ‘Flume Squared’ takes our regular Flume DIPA recipe to the next level. We started with a new blend of yeast and dry hopped this beer with Citra and Mosaic as we normally would. Then we finished it off with a heaping pile of Citra Cryo pellets. Expect a supple, pillowy mouthfeel dripping with flavors of papaya, tangerine, lychee and dank hop resin.
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: I believe this beer is "green" at tasting, so it is likely to be more intense than, say, in a few weeks. This is to my delight really though.

Pours very cloudy and fluffy, almost opaque golden cream color. A three finger soapy head rises quickly and retains fairly well, leaving light ring lacing. Very nice presentation.

Aroma is dense with lemon-lime and orange zest. It is a rich citrus bomb.

Flavor is also lemon and lime up front. A mellowing allows the light sweetness to catch up, adding in some tangerine and eventually mango and orange flavors by the finish. Malt seems to be present as a backbone but the hops are crazy off the scale for me so I get no sense of it.

Feel is very soft and creamy in texture. There is a moderate bitterness that creeps in half way through, lasting into the finish. Comes across as orange pith cream soda. (well, haven't written that line before). Alcohol burn is minimal.

Just gotta say wow on this one. I will be going back tomorrow to get a 4 pack for sure. This one is special.

Dec 31, 2019
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stoumi from California

3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flume^2 pours a subtle, murky orange color with a small one finger, off-white head that quick dissipated leaving no lacing. The smell is sweet melon with peach and onion with a vegetal undertone and fruit melody. The taste is bitter and earthy with an herbal and vegetal flavor upfront and a fruitiness that gives way to a thin pine bitter finish.

Nov 16, 2019
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 9/16/19.

Pours cloudy yellow with a fluffy head of white. Nice retention with spongy lacing. Peach, pineapple, pear, and tangerine in the nose. Medium bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Ripe, juicy tropicals on the palate with zero malt and a minimal bitterness. Peach, grapefruit, pineapple, and mandarins. Finishes with lingering tropicals.

Oct 10, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this can!

A - Opaque dark golden tan colored pour with a creamy white lacing ring.

S - Mango, papaya, tangerine / nectarine, and some pineapple. Aroma is juicy, dank, and thick.

T - Dank and juicy all the way through. Spicy fruit rind, papaya, mango, nectarine / tangerine and some pineapple rind. Nice peppery fruit rind spice builds at the very end and ends nice and balanced with a bitter tropical fruit finish.

M - Thick, chewy, and coats the mouth with a healthy layer of peppery tropical fruit.

O - Highly recommended and an excellent example of what a Northeast D-IPA should be.

Feb 24, 2019
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 16 oz Nordic pint glass canned on 10/19/18. Pours like a glass of pineapple OJ with a 2 finger off white head that leaves big thick streaks of lace behind.

Smell guava, papaya, pineapple, and a hint grapefruit rind. Special

Taste follows tropical front to back, with the most balanced and easy drinking hint of bitterness. Insanely good.

Mouthfeel is a big medium, a perfect soft feel on the tongue and palate, sticky from the crazy amount of hops but not dry, and goes down so easy at 8%. Perfection

Overall this belongs with all the other greats, really a treasure!

Nov 03, 2018
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint can dated 10/19/18 poured into a tulip.

Pours a super turbid milky orange julius yellow, with a fat finger of eggshell white fluffy head that recedes to patchy foam.

Nose is DANK. So much dank it almost reminds me of sharp white cheddar. Pungent hop dankness. Some Summit/Simcoe action, maybe? Fainter notes of melon and strawberries. Smells dank and sticky, like a sticky Afghan Kush.

Palate hugely follows the nose. These are some stinky, sticky icky hops. Dank, cheesy, a herbaceous quality to the hops - not quite onion, but like a grassy/basil/leek character. Super resinous, building into a moderate bitterness. This is a hop lovers dream. So much hop resins, it's sticky on the lips. Also in part to a hefty malt bill. Oats and wheat and god knows what else. The malt does provide sweetness, but the massive hopping almost makes you forget. Hop flavors ultimately terminate to piney, resinous bitterness that lingers through the finish. Tastes very "green". Hop. Bomb. But not quite juicy. Pungent is the word. First beer that spot on reminds me of cannabis flowers. Very little ABV detected.

Mouthfeel is big. Big and creamy. Slightly chewy. Soft. Fluffy. New English. And then becoming substancially drying in the finish. Moderate to low carbonation.

Overall, this is not to be taken lightly. If you want a hop smackdown - if you want all that sticky dank weedy resin in liquid form - if you want a big, bitter, creamy, New England hop bomb, then this is it. The bitterness really isnt that bad, but it''s definitely there. Maybe 60 IBU or something. More hoppy than bitter, really. The bitterness can almost be ignored. But beware of those hops. Proceed with caution.

Nov 02, 2018
Flume^2 from Battery Steele Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 27 ratings