Tröegs Flying Mouflan | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Flying MouflanTröegs Flying Mouflan

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep ruby-brown hazy brew with a frothy head. The glass has three to four jagged rings of lacing near the rim.

S - Toffee, pine, grapefruit pith, pepper, raisins, coffee, slightly boozy.

T - Initially, it tastes of rum raisins, honey, grapefruit pith and pine. Then a biscuity flavor joins along with a bit of mild booze (here, a compliment rather than a detriment). Aftertaste is of coffee, biscuits, honey, molasses wild grasses and raisins. Long into the aftertaste their is a pleasant lingering toffee. Fantastic flavor

M - Viscous, mostly smooth, a little bit of acidic bite, pretty damn refreshing.

D - A great beer. I'll definitely have again. I hope to find it in sizes smaller than bombers.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle to snifner.
Deep brown with reddish hues and a whispy head that slowly reduces to off-white swirls. The nose is sweet and fruity with plenty of earthy tones mixed in. The palate covers a wide spectrum of flavors. Sweet dark fruits that compliment the warm boozy elements are met with earthy and piney hops that bring a nice balance to the whole thing. Low carbonation and a velvety mouthfeel fit the style nicely and make it an easy sipper. I loved this brew from the start and it only got better as it warmed toward the end of the bottle. A well conceived barleywine.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter glass. No noticeable bottling date however, this has been out now for sometime.

Sick creamy toffee like head with lots of creamy whipped up leopard like lacing with tiny stuck shampoo bubbles on top. Body is a very dark ruby purple/blood like color. Nice top of whispy caramel light colored toffee that always stays while drinking.

Nose is hop forward soft pine, dried dark fruits of prune, some dried apricot and some sugar/cinnamon. Hop bent has a sense of English IPA herbal tea angle also. This is really nice!

Creamy texture with more herbal notes of hop. Malt softness and almost cherry sour fruit in the palate. Slight dryness in the middle but then brings a wet thick coating thirst desire. Creamy texture and coating, highly masked sense of boozy character. Fruit sense sort of lost in the taste detected from the nose no real dried fruit taste as the tea like soft hop dominates.

Overall this is really well done. These guys made a real solid barleywine.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep murky brown with no visible light present except around the edges. The brown is like a deep leather there is a thin tan color head which recedes to a skim half and nothiness half. The aroma is of deep piney hops along with dark fruits. The taste starts with a piney and earthy hop bite which gives way to dark fruits and figs, along with a mellow milk chocolate taste. The end has a nice deep burn. The mouthfeel is full bodied. Overall this is a very solid beer, it is a sipper for sure, but very good and very enjoyable.

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Photo of gopens44
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A -Dark murky mahogany with a thin creme colored foamy head.

S - Sweet brown sugar and raisin come bursting out of this one.

T - Sweet and bitterness very well balanced. Fig taste is what I gather before the heat takes over.

M - Decent carbonation with a silky yet dry finish. Some bitterness in an otherwise sweet aftertaste.

O - Definitely love this one. If I had a nickel for every time Troegs let me down, I'd have zero money.

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Photo of beer2day
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dirty, muddy brown pour with 1-finger cream head with light red tints. Thin sheen left over and light lace.

Caramel malt, candy sugar, and intense burning citrus hops hit the nose hard. Big flavors here.

Lots more candy sugar on the tongue. Tart fruit and a dry hop presence combine for a nice finish. Caramel sweetness underlies everything here.

Body is thinner than anticipated from the nose and tongue.

Overall, a very nice glass. Will very likely age extremely well and can't wait to taste those results ... in a year or so.

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Photo of stickynotes
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Pours a deep brown, amber. An appetizing 1/2" slight brown head diminishes after a few sips, nice lacing. Aware of hops as soon as I cracked the bottle; earthy hops, deep malts, some oak in the nose. My first sip made me smile. Malty sweet and hop bitter throughout. Such a full flavor and over so quick! No problem though this only encourages more sipping. Mouthfeel is terrific. Superfine carbonation, if any. Goes over the palate smoothly and pleasantly. Overall this is a great brew, one I will certainly be buying again. The 9.3% is noticeable only on inspection, it is hidden under a rich, full flavor which is hugely drinkable. Love Troegs take on the barleywine, malty and hoppy and bold.

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Photo of negroobserver
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy dark brown color. Pours with a full inch of thick, rich, cream colored head. Little or no lacing.

Smells sweet with strong hints of fruit. Definitely a bit of honeydew. Malty. I'm not getting any of the hops here.

Starts off pretty sweet and evolves into a very malty beer. Ends with a moderate bitter finish, which lingers in the mouth for a few seconds. I'm a little disappointed with the lack of complexity here. It's a little sweeter than I've encountered with other barley beers, which may actually be a positive trait.

The beer has excellent body and texture. The carbonation is a little weak, but not disappointing.

Overall, this is a great beer for this particular style. I personally don't see myself buying this again, but that's only because this is not to my taste. Otherwise a great beer.

Overall grade: B+

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Photo of Rschis16
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque dark mahogoney color with an off-white head on top and excellent retention and nice lacing. Beautiful beer out of a cool bottle. A mixture of candied fruit and dried fruit, reminiscent of apricots. Floral hops bring a big heft of the sweetness that I'm smelling as well. Milk chocolate definitely plays a big part in the aroma as well. Very aromatic beer, big sweetness.

True to the barleywine style, this does not lack in flavor. The first sips yield a piney bitterness from lots of hops, as well as candied fruits that are then covered in milk chocolate. The bitterness from the hops and the sweetness of the fruit play off each other expertly, creating a very sippable treat. This could pass for a hearty dessert beer. The booze is definitely strong and noticeable, but in a prickly way that complements the other, more pronounced flavors. This is not slouch of a beer, and each sip is packed with loads of fruit, sugar, chocolate and hops. What I mistook for milk chocolate on the nose is definitely dark chocolate in the taste. The aftertaste is where the boldness and bitterness of the dark chocolate shines, and for dark chocolate lovers, this will undoubtedly be a treat. The thing I'm most reminded of is chocolate covered cherries, and it is impressive to taste that almost to a tee in this beer. The finish is clean and dry, and leaves that pleasant dark chocolate aftertaste. I would be happy to have this after any dinner, and explore the richness of each sip of this beer again. Definitely one to be shared with close friends, and definitely worth the buy.

Bottle says that it ages well, and I'm sure that it does. But personally, I'm glad I tried it fresher because the hops were very prevalent still, with malts that still did what they were supposed to do. If you're a hophead, try it fresh or buy two and compare fresh to aged.

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Photo of forcedlaughter
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm going to say up front that this is my favorite Barleywine. I have had this before and each bottle is better with some added age.

Looks great in a glass. Deep dark red with a small creamy head that actually sits for longer than expected.

Smells sweet and rich. Dark fruits and hops.

Tastes great. Very sweet, so this is a sipper. Really let this one warm up a bit to get the most out of it. A really good hop bite up front, and sweet candy and fruits linger a little after each sip. Almost reminds me of a DIPA/Barleywine because it's so hopppy.

Mouthfeel is perfection. Coats the mouth, not much carbonation at all, which is right for the style.

Despite the ABV, the drinkability is high (for a barleywine). It's a sipper, after dinner beer. I plan on stocking up on any and all bottles I see from this spring release and hope to do a review with some significant age.

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Photo of JohannBock
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this sitting in the fridge for a week or so just for the satisfaction of owning it. It was time to drink it tonight though. Bottled on date totally illegible as well as the batch number.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Had a nice two finger head that stuck around for a while. The head was a nice tan/khaki color. The beer itself was a very deep brown that had a deep red to it when held to the light. Minimal to no lacing.

S: Very hoppy smelling. Definitely some pine in there, maybe a little grapefruit.

T: Not what I was expecting. A little hop bite that is present from start to finish followed by some mellowing chocolate and malt? That is what it seems like to me. The finish is long and hoppy, but not overpowering like you might expect from the nose with some hints of roastiness in there. There might also be a little alcohol in the finish but it's not overly noticeable, especially at 9% abv. Really quite pleasant.

M: Full bodied. I don't have much more to say here, the carbonation fits the brew. It's enough to keep it from being too heavy.

O: My first experience with a barleywine and definitely a good one. I can see why people talk this brew up. I would be interested to see how this ages (possibility to see that in the next year or so, fingers crossed).

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to a overly generous and genuinely great BA Patrick (KingKong) for this great extra. Bottled on 04-06-2010.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark brown color. Held up to the light a wonderful mahogany color can be seen. About a finger of tan head is achieved with a slight pour that dissipates somewhat fast, leaving some nice looking lacing.

Smell – Despite being a year and a half in the bottle there is still a slight hop aroma. However, the main smells can be attributed to caramel, brown sugar, more sugar, and candied fruits.

Taste – Again, impressed there is still a hoppy bitterness here. Dark fruits mixed with the candied sugars is the best descriptor here. Quite sweet overall though there is the hop presence and also a hint of pine. Quite enjoyable on this chilly night we are having in Chicago.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy, lower carbonation, perfect for the style.

Overall – Extremely smooth, no alcohol warming or taste. The year and a half in the bottle seems to have done well for this (though I must admit I have not had this beer fresh but can only assume fresh it is a bit more “hot”). An enjoyable barlywine – glad to be able to try it!

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Photo of jamescain
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to pwsoldier for sharing this one

Appearance: Rich mahogany with a tan head about two fingers thick that slowly fades into a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Caramel sweetness, dark fruit, raisins, and toffee, complex and very well blended.

Taste: Caramel, figs, raisins, a touch of alcohol on the finish and slight hoppy bitterness. The hops provide mostly pine but are over powered by the other taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full just like a barleywine should be, with a sweet and slightly boozy finish.

Overall: Very impressed with this one, I don't normally like barleywines that much, but this one was very enjoyable.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass--aged 3 years

Appearance: reddish-brown in color, hazy, minimal head, moderate carbonation

Smell: deep caramel malt and light pine

Taste: deep caramel malt and brown sugar, then figs become prominent, pine hops and alcohol dominate the end

Mouthfeel: really sweet with bitter backbone, medium carbonation, heavy bodied

Overall: A nice and complex barleywine. For the money, I would certainly buy this again and see how it is fresher. A sipper, but one I will revisit.

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Photo of Suds
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from my wonderful wife - this beer is a deep brown color. Nearly non-existent head. The aroma is quite malty...a touch of dark fruit, some highly roasted scents that aren't barleywine-esque, but are still very fitting for this beer. Some alcohol is notable in the smell...but this characteristic comes out seriously in the taste. Boozy, malty, sweet. Bitterness balances the sweetness. Full in body and very drinkable.

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Photo of jifigz
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a deep dark opaque brown. The head that develops is rich and lasting.

S: The smell of this brew is rich and caramel like. Raisins, toffee, coffee, and other aromas are present.

T: The initial taste is a mild bitter followed by creamy tones of the fruit flavors and spice. The end is slightly bitter but rich in candy-like sweetness. This is damn good.

M: Rich and creamy feeling on the palate. It fits this brew well and feels very appropriate.

O: This is a damn fine and delicious beer. I like this one a lot and think the Troeg's brothers did a great job. It is easily palatable and not nearly as harsh as some other barley wines I have had. Good Stuff.

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Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber thanks to mntlover. Poured into a snifter a slightly hazed dark amber body with a small beige head that quickly falls to a cap with some spotty lacing.

Robust aroma of pine and earthy hops and honey drenched nougats of caramel.

Body is on the full side of medium with a creamy moderate carbonation.

Taste has pine, earthy, and spicy hops up front, with a solid malt base. Raisins and hints of other dark fruits, brown sugar, and toasted caramel are all apparent. A bit of alcohol heat lets you know you're sipping a barleywine.

Been wanting to try this one for a long time and it didn't disappoint. Excellent American style barleywine with plenty of aggressive hops, yet with a solid malty backbone underneath.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage.

3.5 A: Ruddy plum brown color. Two fingers of beige, frothy on the bottom, foamy on the top head. Retention is alright given the ABV and a small ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Caramel and brown sugar with plum, light fig, and melon fruitiness. There's a good bit of hoppiness to this. Grapefruit, pine, and a touch of citrus.

3.5 T: Tastes like the nose. Caramel, brown sugar, and just a touch of toffee. Plum, raisin, fig, and melon fruitiness. Moderate bitterness with grapefruit, pine, and citrus hop flavor.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

3.5 D: Honestly I'm a bit shocked. Every other time I've had this I've enjoyed it much more. Of course, I never had it around the six month period. It seems like I'm right in the middle of this beer's awkward stage. I think I might re-review this at the one year mark. When this is fresh, the hops pop and give it a malty DIPA vibe. When this is old, the malts really shine. Right now, I can't say either of those things.

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Photo of JMad
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from an English pint glass...

It pours a murky copper/ brown color with a filmy tan head that left a ton of lacing. Right of the bat you can smell fruity, juicy hops, I noticed aromas of grapefruit and tangerine with lots of candied caramel and a hint of maple and sugar cookie. It tastes of dark fruits and caramel candy with brown sugar some citrus hops in the back ground and a hint of alcohol. The beer is thick and low in carbonation with a warming lingering finish. This is an excellent barleywine, one of my favorites so far, it is very well balanced and not too thick.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown with reddish notes and very cloudy, head was small but lacing was ok.

Smell is of lots of toasty and roasty malts, dark fruits, cherries and figs mostly, with a pungent, earthy tobacco quality to it.

Taste follows the nose. Pungently malty, with lots of barley and a touch of hops, plenty of dark fruits, and lots of pungent earthy flavors.

Body is pretty thick and full, with an earthy pungent aftertaste.

Overall it's good barleywine but not something I'd seek out very often.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahh, I've been itching to have this beer from tap and I finally got a chance to do so. Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli PA into a snifter glass.

A: A brownish dark copper color with hints of burgundy red. A thin off white head leaves dot like lacing that disappears.

S: Sweet juicy dark fruits with a caramel malt smell and huge piney citrus hops. Some slight alcohol.

T: Damn this beer is good. The fruits are just do damn juicy and chewy. Flavor starts with darker fruits of plum, raisin, dark cherry and some fig. The sweetness compliments the dark fruits with a huge caramel and brown sugar flavor. The hops come to offset the sweetness with more chewy fruity flavors but with much more citrus notes. Hops turn the finish bitter with a piney prickly finish. Funny though, the sweetness comes back to coat and linger in the mouth after the prickly hops subside.

M: Full and super complex. This beer runs the gamut on mouthfeel. Starts smooth, turns prickly and bitter but leaves a smooth coat on the mouth when done.

O: What else to say but this beer is also terrific on tap. A top barleywine for me that I hope to see more on tap.

Overall one of my favorites and I was super happy to have it finally on tap. Let's hope it starts showing up more in the future with the new Troegs facility. PS. I love this beer fresh.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, murky red, the colour of Hades' hungover eyes. Head is a lovely beige with big bubbles, but smooth and creamy elsewhere. Lace is thick; could be stickier but I'm pretty happy anyway.

Smell is thick and malty. Just a massive amount of thick, sticky malt on that with English toffee, molasses and brown sugar. Slight dessert wine character as well, but really it's mostly just sweet and syrupy. Complex enough to retain my interest, but it's still just sweet and nutty.

Taste is better. It's got all the sweetness of the nose, with a whole lot more complexity and a whole lot more grounding. Brown sugar, toffee and molasses on there in abundance, with a nice tart, floral hop character to cleanse out at the end with a hint of citrus and bergamot. Still, dessert wine, nutmeg, licorice and orange peel on there; very sweet but those nice subtle hops just lift the palate right where they should. Good work.

Smooth, mostly full with a lingering dryness. No real heat from the booze although it's warm and smooth.

A great beer, sweet but could use more balance early as it really surrenders to the sweetness rather than controlling it into the right direction. Nice, though.

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Photo of SickGnar
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich, dark chestnut brown with dark orangey, copper highlights when held to light. Seems to have quite a bit of haze, but dark color makes it hard to be sure. 1.5 fingers of pastel golden cap of foam that keeps a persistent ring, but doesn’t leave much lace.

S: Citrusy American C-hops dunked in sugar and candied. Hops are backed by robust, firm, and complex malts. Broad caramel, cookie-sweet grain, bread crust, some dark fruits and hints of roast & chocolate. Reasonably potent and super inviting. Dark rum-like hint emerges as it warms.

T: I like it. Good dose of spicey hops and incredibly juicey citrus hops – lots of orange, lots of tangerine, some grapefruit, an edge of rind, and some pine – with a decadent candied character. Caramel and sugary, grainy malts add to candy impression. Bread crust melanoidans round things out and give some structure for the scorthed toffee, dark fruits, and faint cocoa and roast notes. A pleaseant, soft, aged rum hint infuses everything. Balanced, at a really high level, on the drink, but bitterness really lingers in the finish.

M: A bit over medium body, but not syrupy or thick in the least. Enough carbonation to carry things along. Starts a bit sweet and slightly chewy (with only a slight sugary tack), smooth through the middle, and ends rather drying from the hops. Unobtrusive, but building alcohol warmth on the swallow.

D: This is good. Very, very hoppy. Very,very malty. So well integrated it is amazing. Complexity galore, astoundingly rich & robust, but it does not flaunt its heft. It just invites you in and then slowly puts a twinkle in your eyes and a smile your face.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in New York and carted carefully back to Australia to share with @LaitueGonflable.

Very deep red-hued brown, with a really sinister opacity to it. Head is full, but pocked with large bubbles, giving credence to the heaviness of the brew itself. Speckled, patchy lacing, but really good body with fine static carbonation. Good looking brew.

Nose is truly excellent, with a sharp and boozy rich barleywine basis of caramel, toffee and lightly roasted grains, balanced with some ecstatic and fragrant hops to give a pungent orange-chocolate melange. It has a sweetness as well that evokes good liqueur. A very refined and exceptional nose.

Smooth palate, just deliciously balanced between crisp orange citrus characters, and mellow chocolate sweetness. Toffee characters come along for the ride as well, leaving a melted blasted sugar character to smooth and caress the other notes. It's gorgeous.

A fantastic brew. Smooth, clean, rounded and deliciously balanced. This is pure beer crack—delicious, devilish and devious. The sort of beer that sucks you in, makes you fall in love, and then cracks you on the head with a vase the next day.

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Photo of snegopady
2.8/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Reading other, very enthusiastic reviews, I'm not even certain I had the same beer. Aroma was lovely and it looks great, but this just seemed wildly overhopped to me, like a glass of thick grapefruit juice, with the malty goodness I detected in the nose completely overpowered by citrus, citrus, citrus. I love Troegs; maybe this one is just not my style.

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