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


on tap

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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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”.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kauge (941) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 31, 2015
Tap at Tallinn Craft Beer Weekend 2015. Bright yellow. White head. Did not take much notes... Grapey, acidic, very sweet, even sugary, grassy... Body lighter than medium, carbonation below average. Juicy yet dry. Pretty good overall impression.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marduk (4500) - Reval, ESTONIA - MAR 31, 2015
Tap @TCBW2015. Clear golden color. Small size, white head, stays. Honey, sweet, hops, grassy notes in aroma. Sweet, straw, hops, plastic, synthetic notes in taste. Medicine and licorice in aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Medium bitterness. Alcohol is kind of well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (4964) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Tap@TCBW2015. Amber colored, thick white head. Lovely aroma, grapefruit, mango, sweetness. Flavor has gooseberries, grapefruit, grass. Sweet, aggressive finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
visionthing (3883) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2015
On tap at Tallinn Craft Beer Weekend. Clear golden with a white head. Moderate hoppy and more grassy and herbal than expected. dome fruity notes too and moderate caramel notes, hints of citrus. Medium sweet with somewhat mild hoppy flavours and a moderate bitterness. Decent stuff, but not right up my alley.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
suurjuust (2039) - ESTONIA - MAR 27, 2015
Clear yellow, small off-white head. Nose is hops and grapefruity notes, earth tones. Flavor is citrus, malt, hops, caramel sweetness and some hints akin to diacetyl. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sebilinz (1223) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle. Golden Body with White head. Aroma is citrus fruits aroma hops, some caramel malts. Taste is malts with fruits and some biscuits. Aftertaste is medium bitter balanced by some malt sweetness. O.K.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (3015) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2015
Tap. Italian Job, Chiswick. Clear gold. Film of sticky, white head. Lovely, sweet, dank resin on the nose. Some orange, and a distinct, sweet, pink grapefruit element to it. Taste is sticky sweet, turning light bitter. Fairly rich. A tad of dry for good measure. Soft, sticky lipped palate. Finishes moderate bitter. Good stuff, but I could have managed more bitterness to balance the sweetness out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Calisky (1998) - ALSACE, FRANCE - MAR 13, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2015 Couleur ambrée un peu trouble, mousse qui disparait. Nez fort houblonné agrumes, fruits exotiques, Gout houblonné fruité exotiques et fruits jaunes, note maltée, bonne amertume un peu resineuse. Bon corps. Fin longue houblonnée fruité amère.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (4943) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle 33cl shared by Calisky. A copper beer with low head, nose is on lichee, apricot and exotic fruits. Aroma is on sweet malt, light caramel, lot of aromatic hops, light juniper touch, light resin, lichee, pleasant and not aggressive, less bitter for a DIPA..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maksymiliant (80) - POLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Kolor zloty, z ladna piana. W aromacie slodowosc oraz zywica. W smaku slodowosc z dobra goryczka konta.

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