Blowing from a Gun
Nightmare Brewing Company

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Nightmare Brewing Company
New York, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,667
Ranked #9,686
4.05 | pDev: 7.9%
Oct 29, 2020
Nov 03, 2019
Blowing from a GunBlowing from a Gun
Notes: Double India Pale Ale with Indian Cane Sugar. Quintuple Dry Hopped with El Dorado, Calypso, Cashmere, Mosaic, and Hull Melon hops.
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Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by beergoot from Colorado

Apricot hued body; thick and frothy white head, perhaps a fat finger thick. A solid smell of sticky, dull fruity sweetness; earthy. Heavy sweetness; malty; apricot; a strong alcohol presence, but not in your face. Heavy body; thick and warm; sticky; some alcohol burn.

A respectable DIPA, a bit heavy and rich overall. Okay in the long run.

Oct 29, 2020
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on September 1, 2020.

Oct 04, 2020
4 by jhlosito75 from Pennsylvania on Sep 26, 2020
4.13 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania on Aug 31, 2020
4.02 by heymikew from California on Aug 31, 2020
3.93 by beerrat from Virginia on Aug 28, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

Poured from a 16oz can into a pub glass.

Look is a pale orange yellow with a head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is orange herbal hop candy, lots of concentrated sweetness.

Taste matches aroma. Super concentrated citrus hop.

Aug 19, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

Pours a mildly translucent dark yellow. Looks somewhere between a West Coast and a New England IPA. Half a finger of smooth white head appears, but lingers for quite some time.

Nose is candied fruit. Melons, tropical fruits and some citrus. Candied watermelon and pineapple is what I get mostly. Some grassy/pine hop quality comes through as well.

Now the taste is where it becomes interesting. It tastes like a mix between the two. Big caramel sweet malty base of a West Coast, with the bright fresh fruit quality of a New England. The candied melon and pineapple is definitely present. That cane sugar really doing it's job. There is also somewhat of a eucalyptus/menthol quality. On the back end I get a touch of coconut that mixes well with the cane sugar and malty backbone. It creates a coconut muffin or pastry quality. 10% ABV is certainly evident upon drinking this. Some weed dankness builds lightly as it goes on.

Mouthfeel is medium to fullbodied and smooth. Mild carbonation.

Overall this is one of Nightmare's more interesting IPA's. The Indian cane sugar definitely bringing something different to the table. Without it, I don't think it would have had the same impact or achieved the same roundness of flavor that it has. I like this. Perhaps not their best IPA, but different and unique. Tasty, in it's own right.

Aug 14, 2020
4.44 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey on Jul 30, 2020
4.15 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Jul 30, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by avalon07 from South Carolina

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a snifter glass. Had a yellowish / brown color and a pretty cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Solid lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, citrus fruit, a floral quality, malt, tropical fruit, and pine.

T: Tasted of a hint of the floral quality (a fleeting presence), some pine notes (just enough to make things interesting), a good shot of hops (not too, much, though), a hint of malt (mostly in the finish; not a big factor), some tropical fruit (mango, especially), and a bit of citrus fruit as well (oranges). A rock solid, dank, fruity flavor.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well done, focused DIPA. Worth a try.

May 29, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BrotherDylan from California

This beer is exactly what you were looking for if you were looking for this type of beer. Those looking for a hazy, juicy IPA will enjoy this but it will not be what they were looking for. This is openly a boozy, sugary IPA with lots of flavor hops and not a ton of bitterness.

It's got Indian Cane Sugar and it is quadruple dry-hopped at 10.5% abv. It does look hazy but this is just not a "hazy IPA". It is a beautiful sugar bomb with a ton of hop flavor and aroma that finishes with rich, almost vanilla sugar finish. It is the perfect nightcap or desert beer. It is aweful to drink on a hot day outside or after a really filling meal.

Order expecting a traditional hazy IPA and you might be disappointed, at least at first because your expectations did not match what you recieved. If you want a really interesting, sugary, flavorful triple IPA, you will be really happy with this beer.

May 20, 2020
4.08 by craigbelly from Iowa on May 09, 2020
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3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours yellow-orange and hazy. It has a full head and head retention is very good.

Smell: It is a bit dank with some melon notes. There is a bit of pine in the nose as well.

Taste: It has a dank flavor with some orange and melon. There are piney notes throughout and the alcohol is noticeable.

Feel: It has warming alcohol which borders on a orange liquor like finish.

Overall, the alcohol throughs the fell off a little bit, but it has some complex flavors.

Apr 04, 2020
4 by cryptichead from Illinois on Mar 13, 2020
3.5 by rare_bird from Michigan on Mar 11, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

Bit too sweet but absolutely delicious. Excellent haze and lacing with great retention. Amazing aroma with dank, sugary, tropical notes. Prob doesn’t need the residual sugar note but it’s very very tight for the style.

Mar 11, 2020
4.15 by BayAreaJoe from California on Feb 22, 2020
4 by petrusek23 from Ohio on Feb 04, 2020
4.19 by smithj4 from New York on Jan 31, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Buck89 from Tennessee

Poured into a snifter. A bright yellow color, quite hazy, with a fluffy white head. Great lacing in the glass. The aroma was tropical with pineapple and mango. A hint of dankness. Taste followed closely. Bright pineapple, tropical fruit, and passion fruit. Faint pine and earthy resin. Soft bitterness. Not too sweet, which was a pleasant surprise for a 10+ ABV drink. Outstanding.

Jan 15, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

look - hazy copper color with a good lasting white head and sticky lacing
Smell - pretty standard pine citrus sweet scent
Taste - sweet citrus pine like the scent but are really well balance with a little resiness as well with a very slight mango and a caramel malt backbone
Feel - pretty thick with a medium crisp carbonation
OVerall - Fairly standard Imperial IPA, nothing to special but pretty tasty.

Jan 09, 2020
3.46 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio on Jan 08, 2020
4.35 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Jan 04, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a one finger creamy whtie head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is mango, pineapple, and grapefruit.

T - The taste mango, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, cane sugar, mint and bitter hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Pretty solid DIPA. Definetly on the sweet side, but super drinakble.

Dec 19, 2019
4.06 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Dec 14, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

i could do without the sugar in this one, my first hoppy beer from these guys, who continue to have some of the most haunting art in the game, although i sourced this one from the tap. i didnt know it had a sugar addition when i was drinking it, but its offputtingly sweet for me, flavorful and gorgeously hopped, but this should be drier, and the alcohol is a bit much as well, tasty overall, but not the proportions i personally prefer in one of these imperial hazy types. a little bit of richer malt to this, but its the sugar more than the grain i taste, and it gives the hops an almost candied complexion instead of the fresh fruitiness they would otherwise have. super heavy dose on the hops, but there is no bite to this at all, no greenness, impressive from a quality and execution standpoint, i just dont think i am wild about the recipe on the whole. the hops though, absolutely, cashmere and mosaic stand out to me, although there are quite a few in here, pineapple and herbal tea, fresh orange and kiwi fruit, mango and rock candy, even some ripe peach and weed in here, its a great combination of hops and its really pungent in aroma and flavor, i just wish the whole thing was dried out a bit. it could also benefit from being closer to 8% abv, this strength is useless in this style i reckon, but i like the fluffy feel it has, the bright carbonation, and the almost creamy pillowy softness. well made beer, unique in the style, very well hopped, just too sweet and strong to be more than a one and done. these guys continue to hold my attention though!

Dec 09, 2019
4.2 by UCLABrewN84 from California on Dec 08, 2019
4.04 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Dec 06, 2019
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3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
by chinchill from South Carolina

16 oz can.
Pours with a hazy pale straw colored body with a weak white head.
Moderately bitter but strong flavor for the style.
Fruity with pine that intensifies and dominated the finish and aftertaste.
Lightly harsh, medium body.

Dec 05, 2019
3.38 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Dec 01, 2019
3.25 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Nov 29, 2019
4.29 by robotic_being from Florida on Nov 28, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Can stamp on the rim of the bottom that looks someone didn't give two shits about it. Fine with me, here's the rest of my thoughts.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance had a semi-cloudy burnt dark golden orange almost amber color with a sturdy finger's worth of white foamy head. Nice speckled lace trims the top of my glass.
The aroma had candied orange/lemon to grassy hoppiness up front. Some cardboard/woodiness follows in slightly but seems to disappear as it continued to warm. Some white pear and honey follow in the distance.
The flavor leaned fully into the sweetness combining all of the prior mentioned aromas but luckily leaving out the cardboard. Slight hop spice in the aftertaste with some white pears, honey, and candied orange bits.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good like a New England styled one. Some bitterness and a touch of dryness rub on my tongue. Finishes semi-sticky with some dry grassy to white pear-like sweetness.
Overall, it's alright. I see a ton of potential with this one and if this brewer gets that 'cardboard' thing going on cleaned up I bet I would score this a lot better.

Nov 28, 2019
4.18 by beergorrilla from Michigan on Nov 25, 2019
4.06 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Nov 23, 2019
4.25 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on Nov 21, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Dark orange gold with slight opacity. Lacing is very dense and white.

S - Pungent citrus, lime, and overall very juicy.

T - Vinous and juicy citrus from start to finish. Melon, apple, pear lime, some mint, and a lingering pineapple.

M - Thick, viscous, and chewy.

O - This one is an unsung hero. SEEK OUT.

Nov 19, 2019
4.24 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Nov 19, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned in 10/2019. Pours very hazy deep golden/amber/light orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with amazing retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts the whole glass. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Amazing appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew, watermelon, red apple, blueberry, strawberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, brown sugar, wheat, biscuit dough, light toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, sugars, and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew, watermelon, red apple, blueberry, strawberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, brown sugar, wheat, biscuit dough, light toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew, watermelon, red apple, blueberry, strawberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, brown sugar, wheat, biscuit dough, light toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, sugars, and bready malt flavors; with and awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mild increasing warmth of 10.5% after the finish. Overall this is an amazing TIPA. All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, sugars, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV, with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish. Great soft feel, and not aggressive. Amazing El Dorado, Calypso, Cashmere, Mosaic, and Hull Melon profile. Extremely juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hops; with a nice sized sugar and wheat/oat/malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example. Loved the hop profile as expected.

Nov 19, 2019
Blowing from a Gun from Nightmare Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 47 ratings