Gunga Rao
Nightmare Brewing Company

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Nightmare Brewing Company
New York, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,275
Ranked #8,591
4.1 | pDev: 6.1%
Oct 29, 2023
Mar 12, 2020
Soured on Pineapple & Coconut, with Moroccan Mint, Sabro, Kohatu & Cashmere hops

Gunga Rao originated in India & Southeast Asia, while Coconuts were cultivated there and throughout islands in the Indian Ocean, while India has been the largest consumer, producer and exporter of Mint for decades. Paired with certain hops to accentuate the flavors present in the adjuncts, sour juicy pineapple and tropical hop notes battle for first presence, followed by starfruit, sweet coconut, slight cedar and fresh mint. Acidic flavors of bromelian pineapple & Persian limes subside for an invasive coconut backdrop balanced by hop bitterness, green tea and cool mint zip for a refreshing finish. Pairs well with: Lorna Shore - Immortal
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Reviewed by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a nearly clear peach-yellow with a light fuzz at the top. Carbonation is within normal and the head disappears quickly. Aroma is pineapple, mint and, faintly, coconut. Taste is pineapple with a ending palette of mint. The brew is quite sour and not tart. These are unusual flavors, even within the sour realm, and bring a unique character to this brew.
Oct 29, 2023
Rated: 3.99 by EMH73 from New York

Dec 26, 2022
Rated: 4.79 by 08hailer from New York

Sep 24, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by Taenim from Maine

Sep 03, 2022
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Served in a snifter glass from the can.

Appearance: Pale semi hazy gold color with a subtle white head which rose half a finger's length off the body.

Smell: Tropical aroma consisting of pineapple and coconut with a light vanilla bean aroma hovering the nose.

Taste: Sour from the beginning but the tangy sourness leave quick offset with coconut and sweet tangy pineapple.

Mouth: Sticky enough to clean water you just ate. Lingers with a soft carbonation and full body.

Overall: I have skipped this beer before because honestly I have this love hate thing for sour IPAs, big mistake. I thank the Lord I bought two four packs today at Threes Brewing in Huntington. Complex coming off a tropical sweetness to it with a tangy sourness to the beer. Very hard to let go.
Aug 07, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 15, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Oct 19, 2020
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from 16oz tall can into a tulip. Canned 6/1/20.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a lightly hazy body and a thick finger of compact, creamy eggshell foam. I think it looks quite nice.

Smell: dank, but also sour and sweet. I'm not 100% convinced of the combination but overall it is definitely interesting.

Taste: quite sour up front, with nice base sweetness. There's an underlying funk that perhaps detracts a bit. Hops are definitely present, but I feel like they are overshadowed by the sourness. To me this is more of a hoppy sour than a sour IPA. That said, it is an interesting beer. I think I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: the tartness is refreshing, but I'm just not sold on this beer's particular composition. Perhaps it works for some people, but it doesn't grab me.
Aug 30, 2020
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can from the Packie,
Lightly hazy light gold in color with a thin bubbly white head that that persists. Aroma and flavor of saline and lemonade with a sweet maltiness underneath. Light spice in the flavor. Odd but the flavors work really well.
Aug 28, 2020
Rated: 4.13 by LeftHanded666 from New York

Jul 08, 2020
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Rated by jpd026 from New York

4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pfff.. I'll be the one to protect his grave...
Jul 03, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio

Jun 28, 2020
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Jun 27, 2020
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Murky opaque lemon yellow with no head. Kaffir lime, pineapple, coconut, yuzu, passion fruit, guava, and maybe some star fruit is a slightly tart and vibrant nose. Taste is not as complex, same fruit but pineapple, lime, sour star fruit and some fruity bubble tee with a kiss of hop on the finish, almost as soft as a gentle brett in a sour. Feel is refreshing, fruity, bright but gets pretty thin as it warms, good lingering tartness. A fantastic sour ipa
Jun 18, 2020
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
16 ounce can into a tulip snifter. Had 5/13/20.

Pours a hazy orange/yellow, with a two and a half inch head of creamy foam with good retention and a decent amount of foamy lacing. Smells somewhat sour and lightly tart, with aromas of pineapple, light coconut, light mint, light pine, some citrus hops, some funk. Smells a bit grassy, a hint floral. Also tastes somewhat sour and lightly tart. Flavors of pineapple, citrus hops, some mint, some malt, light funk, light pine, a little coconut. Tastes a little grassy. Smooth, a very good lighter body, well carbonated.

This is really interesting. The sourness and the pineapple are the standouts, and I like how the hop blend and mint interact and support them. Definitely points for creativity. Very enjoyable.
Jun 03, 2020
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Quite possibly one of the best sour ipas I ever had! Full of fruit sweetness of pineapple and coconut with a nice deepstar edge and a nice well balanced body. 8.3%? Can't believe it! Only thing that made this beer better was the fact that I got it for just a couple bucks. Great job nightmare brewery!
Jun 02, 2020
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Reviewed by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a straw like yellow with a finger and a half of soapy white head.

Nose is almost farmhouse ale funky. Pungent tangy aromas. Getting big tropical notes. It's hard for me to tell that it would be pineapple. But mint hits ever so slightly. Very subtle, minty, eucalyptus sort of presence.

The taste tells a different story though. A big bout of tartness comes in strong. The pineapple finally announces its presence. Unfortunately that coconut doesn't come through. And neither do the hops. I'm not sure if this an older can perhaps, but I wouldn't call this an IPA by any stretch. This is simply a sour. The mint leaves a mild lingering flavor with the pineapple and then quickly fades into the cracker malt profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. A little sticky with some density. A good amount of carbonation to keep it from feeling too heavy or cloying.

As I further my quest into Nightmare's catalog, I find this to be somewhere in the mid-range of what they are capable of. Enjoyable and interesting, but not a knockout. Not everything has to be of course, but they have set the bar pretty high for themselves. I wouldn't call this an IPA. So if you are expecting more of a hop presence this isn't quite for you though. Still a solid brew.
May 19, 2020
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
another curious beer from these guys with gruesome art on the can, man oh man, this is graphic. the beer is clever though, a sour ipa type with new school hops and only lightly tangy, but spiked with mint, pineapple, and coconut, all of which work with the tropical hops and the clean tang really well. the beer has a lightly cloudy yellow here with a white head that settles our really quickly. the mint is the most dominant element in both the aroma and the flavor, but all of these ingredients come together quite nicely here. the pineapple adds a little sweetness and is really compatible with the hops. i get a lot of fresh botanicals behind the mind, almost a gin complexion to this, the coconut is pretty light, but its also cool with the hops, and the whole thing just seems extremely fresh and dynamic. i even get some bitterness, but it seems almost more from the mint than from the hops, more of a dry hop thing to this. you have to like mint, as it really is bold in this, but the beer is unique and layered overall and well made. i wish it had a little more carbonation and life to it, but even without that, its summery and fresh. cool recipe, unlike anything else ive had. disturbing can, but tasty liquid.
May 18, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

May 15, 2020
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Single can purchased at a boutique store in Brooklyn, NY

Fully hazed pour, under a fluffy light oatmeal cap, leaves ample medium bubble strands of lacing.

Bright sniff, oozing with pineapple juice notes.

Tasty, different and interesting brew, about a 4 out of 10 on my personal sour/tart scale. Fresh and flavorful. More sharp pineapple, mango, lime, and lemons. Smooth tropical fruit infused hoppy notes in the finish....well done and well worth a try.
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