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The Bollocks – Brash Brewing Company

I’ve had my eye on this one for a while, and finally picked one up for a review.  I’ve reviewed several beers lately that were contract brewed out of the Mercury Brewing Company that were all very good, so I hoped for good things from this one as well.

From the Brewery:

We love IPA. Especially big hoppy ones.

This west coast style imperial India pale ale is not messing around. At 12%ABV and 110 IBU’s, it’s the liquid equivalent of Lenny in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Gently tending rabbits then suddenly….snap, it’s a whirlwind of crazy.

Big citrusy aromatics, solid bitter backbone, and candy-like finish.

The Bollocks pours an opaque golden/amber, mixed with a light hue of orange.  It poured with a one finger head, the retention wasn’t that great, but with the high alcohol in this one at 12% ABV, I’m not surprised.


I don’t really get the smell of a typical double IPA from this one, it’s very malty, and heavy on orange and toffee.  The smell is very sweet, almost a brown sugar or caramel type of smell.

The taste on this beer is very sweet as well, with a ton of toffee, caramel, and orange notes on the palate.  It also has a huge malty sweet taste.  I pick up some citrus and peppery hops, and some bitterness on the backend.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side, the carbonation is light.  The 12% ABV comes through, but surprisingly, it’s well hidden.  The citrus, hops, and malt sweetness do a great job of keeping the bite of the alcohol to a minimum.

This beer just didn’t fit the bill for me as a DIPA, don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful beer that I can easily drink, but it isn’t what I was hoping for when I opened the bottle.  While not necessarily my cup of tea, or beer in this case, I think this one will please a lot of people who have a taste profile geared towards the sweeter beers with huge malt flavor.

 

I’ve had my eye on this one for a while, and finally picked one up for a review.  I’ve reviewed several beers lately that were contract brewed out of the Mercury Brewing Company that were all very good, so I hoped for good things from this one as well.

From the Brewery: We love IPA. Especially big hoppy ones. This west coast style imperial India pale ale is not messing around. At 12%ABV and 110 IBU’s, it’s the liquid equivalent of Lenny in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Gently tending rabbits then suddenly….snap, it’s a whirlwind of crazy. Big citrusy aromatics, solid bitter backbone, and candy-like finish.

The Bollocks pours an opaque golden/amber, mixed with a light hue of orange.  It poured with a one finger head, the retention wasn’t that great, but with the high alcohol in this one at 12% ABV, I’m not surprised. I don’t really get the smell of a typical double IPA from this one, it’s very malty, and heavy on orange and toffee.  The smell is very sweet, almost a brown sugar or caramel type of smell. The taste on this beer is very sweet as well, with a ton of toffee, caramel, and orange notes on the palate.  It also has a huge malty sweet taste.  I pick up some citrus and peppery hops, and some bitterness on the backend. Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side, the carbonation is light.  The 12% ABV comes through, but surprisingly, it’s well hidden.  The citrus, hops, and malt sweetness do a great job of keeping the bite of the alcohol to a minimum. This beer just didn’t fit the bill for me as a DIPA, don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful beer that I can easily drink, but it isn’t what I was hoping for when I opened the bottle.  While not necessarily my cup of tea, or beer in this case, I think this one will please a lot of people who have a taste profile geared towards the sweeter beers with huge malt flavor.  

The Bollocks


Appearance – 74%


Smell – 74%


Taste – 73%


Mouthfeel – 72%



73%

Great!

An excellent DIPA that’s very sweet. The 12% ABV is hardly noticeable with the blend of the sugars and hops. Not your typical DIPA, but if sweet, hoppy, high alcohol beers are your thing, this one is for you!

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