Backlash Salute

Discussion in 'New England' started by willbm3, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. willbm3

    willbm3 Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Figured I'd post this for those of us in MA who like hops:

    Backlash Salute is out now and it's a damn fine beer. Hard to beat at $8 a bomber.

  2. Patrick

    Patrick Aug 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    I had it on tap. It was pretty good, but not a whole lot of aroma. Would have liked quite a bit more, but that is typical of your east coast DIPA.
  3. jamvt

    jamvt Aug 5, 2005 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Thought the flavor was wonderful, but lacked aroma. If the aroma were a little stronger, this would be a world class beer.
  4. willbm3

    willbm3 Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Totally agree. I gotta stuff my whole head in my snifter to get anything, but the flavor is solid. I'm a little spoiled because I have Heady and Pliny in my fridge now, but this is a solid offering.
  5. bleakies

    bleakies Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    Tasty and nicely dry.
  6. patrickcmcd

    patrickcmcd Dec 25, 2010 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    I really liked this beer but it did lack aroma and was a BIT more boozy than I like. Similar to Bollocks from Brash.

  7. emannths

    emannths Sep 21, 2007 Massachusetts

    Really? $8/22oz will buy you just about any DIPA on the shelf, won't it?
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  8. B-Stein

    B-Stein Feb 21, 2013 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    I agree with the general comments here 1) Solid DIPA and I enjoyed it. It wasn't the most memorable, but very good plenty of body and complex malt profile (I was expecting more of a hope punch as well) 2) As far as price is concerned I am willing to shell out $8 for a beer that makes me weep, but no tears were shed over this beer. Is this common for everyone else, I've found paying $8-10 for 22oz bottles leaves me with pretty high expectations and frequently I am disappointed due to the price point "expectation inflation" not necessarily because the beer is inferior. That said at least for me the beer better be pretty awesome if I'm going to buy it multiple times at that price point.
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  9. Patrick

    Patrick Aug 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    This was my reasoning for buying a bunch of Stone Enjoy By for $8.50. Salute doesn't touch that beer, so I won't be buying a bomber.
  10. willbm3

    willbm3 Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    $8 is on the low end in downtown Boston
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  11. Pahn

    Pahn Dec 2, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    you guys are crazy if you're paying more than $8 / 22oz bottle and it's not filled with double sunshine or heady topper or something. what are you buying that's competitive at that price? i can't think of anything that would be that available that's better than green flash IIPA or hop stupid, and those are never $8...

    edit: not meaning to dis salute by the way. would like to try it. just can't imagine $8 is low end for 22oz (D)IPAs anywhere without extraordinary frivolity.
  12. BostonHops

    BostonHops Sep 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    we don't have much choice, unfortunately. pricing in boston has been on a steady uphill climb for a while now. even hop stoopid, which has historically been a great value beer, can been found exceeding the $8 mark.
  13. geoffpm

    geoffpm Sep 10, 2007 Massachusetts

    We had an interesting experience with this one. After opening we were totally underwhelmed and put the glasses aside. After 20 min, it opened up and had great dIPA character. Certainly not in the Sucks, Heady category but a good local offering
  14. willbm3

    willbm3 Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    More often than not when I see Hop Stoopid it's around $6.99-$7.99. I don't really bat an eyelash at bombers unless they're over $10
  15. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    I still see Hop Stoopid for 4.99-5.49
  16. willbm3

    willbm3 Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

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  17. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

  18. willbm3

    willbm3 Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    A Google search shows me Atlas liquors in Medford, Roslindale, and Quincy...none of those is downtown Boston. Yea I know Roslindale is technically a neighborhood of Boston, but lets not kid ourselves
  19. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    True I was thinking Boston area my bad.
  20. Patrick

    Patrick Aug 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    So I saw that some people think Salute has more aroma than Sucks. Anyone else agree? Did I get a bad pour of Salute?
  21. willbm3

    willbm3 Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Where'd you hear that? The consensus I've heard (and my experience) tell me that the aroma was lacking.
  22. Patrick

    Patrick Aug 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    Twitter. I was just wondering if I was way off, but sucks kicks the crap out of salute in my experience.
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