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: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wanderings878 (78) - ITALY - MAY 17, 2015
Bottiglia. Colore dorato, schiuma bianca abbondante e persistente. Sprigiona note fruttate e floreali, sentore di frutta tropicale. Gusto ottimo, che rispecchia l’aroma, con un finale amaro e luppolato molto apprezzabile. Secca, con carbonatazione media, nasconde molto bene l’alcol e si lascia bere in maniera disarmante, annientando la sete. Double IPA fatta bene!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 16, 2015
Tap (TCBW15)
Stinky sweaty-porno hops. Pungent. Gold. Sticky IPA body. Loads more sweetish caramel and pungent hops. Bitter finish. They’ve just thrown hops at the problem, but that failed to solve the actual problem, whatever that was. Not actually bad, just nothing of interest here. Does cover the 7.8% well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonotono (248) - torino, ITALY - MAY 14, 2015
Colore biondo dorato molto carico, schiuma abbondante. Odore molto fruttato, frutta tropicale, floreale, agrumato. Corpo medio-leggero, nota maltata sommersa dal buon amaro agrumato e speziato. Si beve facile nonostante la gradazione.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ckeym (1) - - MAY 1, 2015 does not count
Grosse odeur de caramel qui couvre un peu le reste d'arômes fruités type baies. Bonne amertume, mousse qui retombe vite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (3005) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 26, 2015
Tap @ Speakeasy, Tallinn. Pours amber with beige head. The head stays forever. Aroma is sweet, pine, berries, caramel and some cat piss. Flavor is sweet, and bitter, caramel, fruits, citrus, pine, malt. Finish is mild, but long pine bitter. Carbonation is very low. Alcohol is well covered. Overall: I enjoyed this one, although the keg wasn’t clearly very fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kauge (1591) - 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 (6325) - 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 (6417) - 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 (4800) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - 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 (2854) - 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.

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