Nightmare Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,046
Ranked #7,109
4.22 | pDev: 5.92%
Nightmare Brewing Company
New York, United States
Notes: Mediterranean IIPA DDH with Galaxy, Comet and Polaris
Giovanni II Bentivoglio, the tyrant who ruled Bologna with a tight grip, sentenced Luca Gaurico to the torture of Mancuerda in 1504. The Italian Astronomer, Astrologer and mathematician was known for his scientific contributions and famously prophesied alongside Nostradamus. When Giovanni consulted the astrologist about he and his sons destinies, displeasure was an understatement. Luca was then subjected to the torture (which he survived) and exiled from Bologna.
Tight cords were wound around the limbs (usually arms) while the condemned was belted/secured to a stationary structure. The executioner would exert his weight opposite his victim or use leverage to pull the cords against themselves, the tightening eventually cutting through the skin, muscles and directly to the bone. Repeating until the stretching of limbs and cord slicing caused the victim to faint or expire.
A foundation of Eraclea Pilsner grown just 160km (100 miles) from the site of the bloodshed, provides a sticky sweet mouthfeel with hints of honey and aromatic lacing. Double dry hopped with Comet, Galaxy and Polaris as tribute to Luca Gaurico. While the Bentovoglio family crest emblazons the floor on the label.
Soft sweet pineapple mint, fresh cut onion grass, and mandarin zest aromatics. White nectarine, sweet cantaloupe, star fruit and complemented by underlying eucalyptus. Juicy grapefruit flesh finish that lingers.
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Photo of ChipChaight
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from City Swigger on the UES NYC.
Pours a murky golden orange with a healthy finger of pale-ish yellow head, frothy lacing, smell is overripe peach flesh, sticky mango, and tropical fruit nectar up front that quickly transitions into dank peppery pine resin, almost a pollen caked floral note in there as well, taste follows the nose with sweet honeydew melon up front that transitions into dank spicy tangerine skin and finishes with a mild pithy bitterness that lingers, feel is full bodied and velvety smooth. An excellent, huge, and complex hop wollop, and the 10% ABV is no where to be seen, I had a triple IPA the other today that was only 9% but it melted my face off, this is nothing like that, a dangerous dank crusher. Yamicle.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly tasty, well crafted imperial IPA - reminded me of a hazy juicy NE-style IPA. No date on can. Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with some fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of ripe fruity hops - mango, tangerine, grapefruit, papaya, pineapple, melon. Also some floral hops, malt, vanilla and bread. Taste follows the nose, good balance with the sweeter malt backbone keeping the bitterness at bay. Smooth, mild, sticky mouthfeel that coated the palate. Just the right amount of carbonation. High ABV was well-hidden. Well done!

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Photo of Barettes
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, yellow-gold heavy haze. None of those ugly little floaters in it. Thick creamy head, moderate lacing.

This is a really scrumptious brew. Sticky and juicy, sweet pineapple, orange, peach, mango or papaya, piney or resiny finish, perfectly balanced, neither too sweet nor too bitter.

Soft carbonation, very full and smooth feel in the mouth.

This is SO good. If I ever cross paths with this beer again I'm buying more.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a Weizen glass.

Hazed-out, cloudy golden-blonde. 1 finger of creamy white head.

Dank, pine, wintergreen, candied citrus, melon, papaya, honey, blueberry, and candy sugar. Very aromatic.

Candied orange, lime, and lemon. Dank, wintergreen, and pine sap. Papaya juice, blueberry, and melon. Honey maltiness with residual candy sugar.

Full bodied, silky, creamy, juicy, and lightly sweet.

I say Goddamn! This is a dope-ass beer.

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Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fantastically hazy, opaque orange body; good head production and excellent retention and lacing.

Nose is unsurprisingly juicy, modestly dank, but also featuring a surprising amount of caramel malt despite the appearance; it has an effect of coming across slightly stale. Pineapple, tangerine, and Italian herbs lead the way.

Flavor follows, warts and all: waves and waves of juicy tangerine, lemon, pineapple, mango, kiwi, peach, and star fruit, but also a slightly stale hint of cardboard and caramel. Other notes include mint, banana puree, and oregano.

Wonderful, full creamy body, and no hint of the double digit ABV. Mouthfeel suggests oats, but I believe this is actually a straightforward, no-adjunct brew.

No discernible date on the can, but I have every reason to believe it's a fresh batch based on the store. It's possible these cans were delivered late due to the distributor, or perhaps mishandled in transit, but I have little choice but to review what is in my glass, especially given an expectation of reasonable freshness.

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Photo of dandandan79
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque yellow looking with a foamed head which stays till the end. Taste of grapefruit touching a dot of onions. Bit piney full mouth feel. A wonderful balanced beer with a soft bitter aftertaste. Smooth. Smooth. Smooth.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - yellowish tan hazy with a slighly bubbly last head
Smell - sweet grapefruit orange scent with a slight pine
taste - all the same as the smell but stonger and boozy as well
feel - pretty full body with a light carbonation and a slight bit

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Photo of schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This here brew tastes overpriced. I guess that's a compliment. Only overpriced beers could flaunt much malt at you with no shame. It works.

This beer pours a very hazy yellow with fantastic looking head. The aroma is unfortunately subdued, unlike their excellent Drawn and Quartered. The taste is a seriously boozy tasting bomb of hops and malts. As expected for the style.

Recommended. But find Drawn and Quartered instead if you can.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a oversized wine glass from the can.

Appearance: Super hazy gold color with medium to heavy bubbles on the body creating a touch off white head rising roughly to a notch over one fingers length.

Smell: Light citrus with hint of Zest. Light light aroma.

Taste: Sweet grapefruit with hints of sweet malt. Addicting might honey and bitter pine but elegantly smooth.

Mouth: Full body with a soft carbonation. Sticky and thin. Almost perfect.

Overall: Awesome brew. I took a chance not knowing. A thing about the brewery or beer but always support local. Salud!

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Mancuerda from Nightmare Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 27 ratings