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Bier Factory Rapperswil XXA Xtra Bitter Strong Ale

Brewed by Bier Factory Rapperswil
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Rapperswil, Switzerland
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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I.P.A. or India Pale Ale originated in the 19th century when beer was shipped form England to the thirsty expatriates living in India. The beer was brewed stronger with more alcohol and large amounts of hops so that it would still taste fresh after enduring the long sea voyage and the warm temperatures. XXA is available only for a limited period. Every brew in the series has the same balance of malt, hop and yeast flavours. Some European noble hops are present to set a foundation with their down to earth green grassy floral notes. Additionally there are English style Aroma hops for a background of spicy pepperiness supported with American aroma hops with their wonderfully fruity, almost sweet impact. A perfect beer to drink as an Apero. The distinct hop aroma typical to IPA’s will be a little different each time. The Aroma is strong and fruity, almost citrus like. The bitterness is strong. A beer to be sipped and enjoyed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SinH4 (353) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 8, 2015
Orange color with big head. Aroma of sweet fruits, peaches, my guess is Simcoe. Grapefruit as well. Taste is very fruity-sweet and oily. Solid bitter finish. A nice IPA with not much residual sweetness and body, but lots of fruity sweetness. A bit of bread is also noticeable, reminds me of some other Swiss brews. Medium carbonation. Not bad but not too distinct either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
King_Alex_II (173) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 1, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 Impressingly IPA. Sweetish hippy taste with an oily feeling. Very balanced but solid bitterness. Awesome!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
IPA_EE8er (1) - - APR 25, 2014 does not count
Diese buer ist dee absolute hammer. Zwischen kehle und mund wird es absolut perfekt bitter!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (4940) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle at Fork&Bottle, Zurich. Pours beautiful red copper with a stable head. Fruity and spiced caramel nose, hints of rye bread. Good bitterness, citrussy hops in the lead, quite dry. Quite accomplished.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TrappistenOli (320) - Bern, SWITZERLAND - OCT 24, 2013
Berbstein/kupfer, fruchtig hopfig im aroma, geschmack nach passionsfrüchte, gute hopfenbittere, lang anhaltend ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (8191) - Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2013
500ml bottle. Marketed as Hop Schwiiz in the US. MHD: 1 Okt 2013. Purs with a super foamy white head slightly unfiltered body. Smell is peaches, tropical fruit, slight spice, malt. Flavor is decent, slight booze and malt, doesn’t seem ultra fresh, fruti flavors, cutting bitterness, slight floral. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5344) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 4, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2013 500 ml swingtop bottle, as Bier Factory India Pale Ale Xtra Bitter Xtra Strong. ABV is 6.7%, EBU 65, 16% stammwürz. Cloudy brown colour. large head. slightly off-white. Nice hoppy aroma of tropical fruits and citrus. Distinctly hoppy flavour, fruits first, followed by a solid bitterness. Fresh and pleasant to drink. Would buy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rand (1299) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 16, 2013
Coppery beer with nice creamy and cream head, sticking to the glass, heavy crackling. Aromas of citrus, malt, fruity and rancid oil. The taste is bitter-sweet, citrus, pine, yeast and salty note. Malted unctuosity, fruity sweetness, compote, a bit hidden by the bitterness. Just a little flat and sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (11157) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 8, 2011
Aromatisch hopfiger Antrunk, stark, süßlich, ziemlich blumig. Im Mittelteil wird der Hopfen noch intensiver, erstaunlich gering ist bisher die Bitterkeit. Dass diese aber nicht ausbleiben kann ist angesichts des Hopfens klar, so wird das Bier zum Abgang hin deutlich bitter, was der Hopfen aber gut kaschieren kann. Weiterhin intensiv, zwischenzeitlich deutlich nach Zitrusfrüchten. Hell holzig, wärmend, vollmundig. Der lange Nachgeschmack bietet neben dem intensiven aber weichen Hopfen noch eine intensive Bitterkeit. Rundum gelungenes IPA! 9/12/12/13/12/13

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2011
Courtesy of Philippe (Bov)
Best before 2010-07-02, tasted one week before the bbd

Cloudy dark amber color; generous head, compact. Very nice aroma, and very strong; hoppy, fruity, with light resins, cheese and yeast; there is a creamy impression, probably the bottle is not very fresh. Good body strength; strong caramel and malt flavor, sweet; strong bitterness, partially resiny and fruity, in the end also a bit dusty. The final is powerful, very long, and sweet too, with traces of yeast.
It makes me crave for a fresh bottle...
There are lots of similar examples in America, but in Switzerland this hop bomb (I’m not randomly choosing the words) is quite unique, still.

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