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Birrificio del Ducato Machete Double IPA

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Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Heavily hopped, it has aromas of grapefruit, white grape and tropical fruit. Warm and fairly bodied, bitter but balanced, complex and persistent, its palate shows its character. It finishes with balsamic and resinous notes.

After watching the trailer of the movie “Machete” 4 years before its showing, I was sold on creating a beer to honor him. Not any beer, only one could bear the weight of such a name: a Double IPA. I have always been fascinated by well brewed Double (or Imperial) IPAs. These are far from easy beers to brew. Limiting the caramel amount, achieving a good dryness, making sure that the higher alcohols are not overpowering are some of the key elements to avoid an undrinkable “sludge”. Above all, hop has to emerge over everything else, powerful and imperious.

This is an extreme beer, either loved or hated. It has no middle ways, middle ways are not for Machete. Machete doesn’t come to compromises. “Machete don’t text”.
18°


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RW80 (797) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2014
33cl bottle. shared Appearance:Medium sized white foamy head on top of a hazy yellow colored beer. Aroma: Citrust hops , peach, apricot, hay, plastic, yeast and hay and light caramel. Taste: peach, apricio, mango, some grapefruit, bitters, herbs, light yeasty, corn, and hay. and light caramel tones. Aftertaste: Is bitter hops and hebal tones with quite some hay. Low to medium carbo, , medium to full body and a creamy texture. OK DIPA

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sissio (721) - Orsenigo, ITALY - DEC 14, 2014
Hazy copper orange, cream head. Intense aromatic hoppiness, red orange peel, caramel. Well balanced complex taste, rich aromatic hops leading toward a bitter and fulfilling ending. A bit of biscuits and caramel notes to round it all up.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Madsen1635 (324) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle. Slightly hazy golden pour with medium white head. Aroma is very malty. Taste is nice and balanced with both malty sweetness and bitterness. Nice and balanced

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fashawn (189) - Montesarchio, ITALY - NOV 9, 2014
Buona Imperial IPA, che non dal meglio con l’aroma. Mela, uva bianca e poca resina che sento di più continuando a bere. In bocca va meglio, malti caramellati e frutta, poche spezie e finale secco e resinoso. Pulisce il palato, corpo medio e bevuta soddisfacente, consistenza media, quasi oleosa ma non proprio, direi setosa. La birra mi piace ed è equilibrata. Si può bere bene. Ottima birra, l’equilibrio la rende piacevolissima.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Diabobale (241) - ITALY - NOV 8, 2014
Il nome non è casuale: all’olfatto potente, schiuma relativamente poca, colore molto aranciato, al gusto esplosiva con persistenza medio-lunga. Molto rozza, senza troppi convenevoli. Ottima

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erasmus_ro (1482) - Alabama, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle, 31/10/14, BBE 05/15, lot #077/14, ABV 7,6%. On the pour, the glass is filled with a large, off-white frothy head. There’s noly a little bit of bright orange liquid on the bottom. The beer continues to be like this all the way through the bottle. Aroma is hugely fruity, a veritable fruit salad. Tuttifrutti candy flavor, fresh, sweet banana, citrus, mandarin, papaya. The taste is not as full of fruits. Caramel is present, a tad of alcohol. Fairly full of fruit still though. Citrus and mandarin. Some resin, light pine. Quite dry, especially for a DIPA, though the ABV is fairly low for the style. Fairly full, carbonation is much too strong. Constant foam really detracts from the beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmargarucci (80) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle purchase from mulhouse mondial de le biere. Aroma is filled with grapefruit and white wine notes from the hops. Initial taste is strong bitter hops then Palate is very complex. Finish has an interesting aftertaste with hints of balsamic vinegar and sesame oil.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (14138) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2014
On tap at Borefts 2014. Clear gold lasting white head. Resin grapefruit aroma. Tea tannin hop in mouth good bitterness on finish. Light tea light grapefruit. Good. Like the session ipa but stronger. Good bitter finish I burped hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9944) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Keg at BBF 6, 26/09/14. Clear golden with moderate off white spotting and edgework. Nose is citric pangs, spice, pine, tangy grapefruit, orange pith, dank hops. Taste comprises pine, straw, bitter toange, citric peel, dank hop notes. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with hop bitterness. Decent enough DIPA.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pavajazz (2) - Mira, ITALY - OCT 18, 2014 does not count
Cask at Momi’s Pub. Thick foamy head. Intense aroma of grapefruit and mango, very complex. Good taste but little less interesting, pleasant bitterness. Full bodied and long finish, less alcoholic notes than expected.


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