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Bier Factory Rapperswil XXA Xtra Bitter Strong Ale

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

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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1818) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JAN 31, 2016
Appearance: Slightly hazy light amber. Small fizzy white head.
Aroma: Fruits, grapefruit. Good amount of hops.
Taste: Clear hops, spices, light fruits. Nice, lasting bitterness.
Bought: Drinks of the World (Online), 330 ml, CHF 5.70
Info: 30/1-2016, BB: 31/5-2016

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ogivlado (6815) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 19, 2015
Bottled 330ml. -Trade with CH-303 (thanks Asbjorn!). Hazy dark golden coloured, small off-white head, grapefruity nose. Moderate malty, fruity, grapefruity hoppy and light caramel with moderate strong bitter finish and aftertaste. Not bad but a bit thin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (4815) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2015
Bottle from Drinks of the World Zurich. Creamy amber body with big head. Nose is skunky, grassy, hops. Taste is quite hoppy up front. Well-rounded, smooth. Some pine notes. Sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hub66 (314) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 26, 2015
Couleur ambrée; petite mousse blanche; arômes et goût maltés, herbaux et fruités; bière assez douce avec finale amère

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (644) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - SEP 6, 2015
Tap at CBF. Indeed a bitter strong ale, very fruity and nice. Good balance, easy to drink.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
weark (538) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (1010) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (12181) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielecamo (839) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
17Beer (137) - 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.


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