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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: 23   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hub66 (273) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 26, 2015
Couleur ambrée; petite mousse blanche; arômes et goût maltés, herbaux et fruités; bière assez douce avec finale amère

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (429) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - SEP 6, 2015
Tap at CBF. Indeed a bitter strong ale, very fruity and nice. Good balance, easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
weark (461) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - AUG 25, 2015
Bouteille achetée chez Drink of the World - De couleur ambrée trouble avec une belle mousse blanc cassé qui laisse de belle marque sur le verre - Au nez des arômes de houblon citroné et résineux et un peu floraux aussi, une bonne présence de malt et malt caramel, une légère trace de levure - En bouche des arômes de houblon floraux et herbacé, des notes d’alcool assez prononcé, le malt se fait un peu plus discret qu’au nez - Corp moyen, amertume moyenne/forte, carbonation légère, amère et légèrement sèche, final amère et herbacée - Une IPA corecte mais sans plus j’ai du mal à définir les houblon

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (846) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2015
(330ml bottle from La Mise en Biere, Lausanne, as "Bier Factory XXA IPA") Gusher. Pours murky deep orange with a huge whitish head that lingers with lace. Nose sweet with caramel and bread notes, grapefruit, orange, pine resin, a kind of weird wet earth note. Flavour is also sweet caramel, grapefruit peel, orange, some pine resin. Moderate astringent bitterness with resin/medicinal quality in the middle through the finish, a bit bready with some grain. Dry, bitter aftertaste. Medium full body with fairly soft carb. A bit too sweet for me relative to the hopping, not bad but lacks punch to overwhelm the caramel - a couple of months past its best to be fair.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (11490) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 7, 2015
6+ 3 6 3 13 = 3.1
Bottle at Helsinki Beer Festival 2015 (notes are from a couple sips, I believe)
Aroma is mainly bitter citrus and slightly uplifting floral hints, with a little caramel.
Tastes and feels like a straight-down-the-middle modern IPA. A little sweet but not annoyingly so, and not sticky. I’d prefer a longer finish.
Simple but not bad. Don’t know how a full portion would develop, though, and reliability level = end of evening.
Unusually, Phil did not have this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielecamo (845) - ITALY - MAY 19, 2015
Alla spina. Aroma fruttato, frutta esotica, agrumato. al palato corpo rotondo, si beve molto bene senza avvertire il grado alcoolico con un piacevole biscotto, caramello seguito da agrumi e frutta esotica fresca.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
17Beer (117) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Scent of hops, floral, citrus. Pours a cloudy dull caramel with a tan head that leaves extensive lacing. Tastes of balanced hops, sweet tangerine citrus. Oily palate with a lingering sour finish. Very good indeed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jfb (4759) - Freising, GERMANY - MAY 15, 2015
(bottle) hazy amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of caramel and orange peel, quite resinous, with a hint of porridge oats, pale malts and banana skins. flavour is mostly the same, caramel, straciatella yoghurt and pale malts, only slightly resinous, with a light-bitter finish. medium- to heavy-bodied with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Piotr (53) - POLAND - MAY 3, 2015
What a surprise! A descent ipa from Switzerland, half pint in Total bar, Zurich. Very nice amber colour, the smell and taste could be more intensive, as it lacks this hoppy freshness. Overall very very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerkenstock (83) - - FEB 15, 2015
Drink cool (10-12°C) Eye: dull amber color with a big slowly dissipating white head Nose: Hops and fruity Mouth: passionfruit, grapefruit and hops again. nicely bitter. Not too much carbonation, oily texture, malty as well. Palate: Hops and nuts, sweet bready finish. Sadly enough there’s a slight hint of vomit though but not really disturbing. Overall: Very nice IPA, not as good as a Punk IPA though but really reminds me of it. A good beer in Switzerland... hard to find, this is one of them

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