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


on tap

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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
androman (715) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2014
33cl bottle @ home. Hazy copper color, rocky off-white head. Aroma citrus, biscuit, strong hoppy, moderated grapefruit, herbs. Taste medium sweetness, heavy bitterness, lightly sour. Full body, sticky texture, average carbonation, bittersweet finish where hoppy bitterness stays quite long, refreshing. Not a usual double IPA, interesting, full with hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2587) - NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2014
Decent double IPA. Fruity hopping, with an average malted body. Nice, not special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3874) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2014
On tap at BeerTemple. Hazy gold pour with lacy white head. Aroma is hoppy, fruity, peachy, light vegetal notes. Taste is fruity, a bit piney, grassy hops, honey malt, a bit dusty. Palate is full bodied, surprisingly boozy with med carbonation. Decent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (20556) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2014
Keg at Bishops Arms Gamla Stan, Stockholm. Hazy amber, creamy head. Rich aroma of fresh hops - bergamott, hay and lychee. Mid dry with near full body and well roundef mouthfeel. Intensely hoppy - tea, citrus and hay. Long but harmonious bitter finish. An unusually well drinkable DIPA, yet not compromising the flavour intensity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6735) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2014
(Draught at Beer Temple, Amsterdam, 26 Feb 2014) Amber colour with frothy, white head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of orange, apricots and crisp-bread. Malty, fruity taste with orange peel, apricots, caramel, marmalade and a generous citric bitterness in the finish. More than medium body, with balanced sweetness. Tasty and well made double IPA. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (9446) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 28, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2014 sampled @ Borefts Beer Festival 2014: trübes goldoranges Bier mit ordentlicher weißer Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr hopfig, fruchtig, bitter. Geschmack bitter fruchtig, hopfig, gut!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kermis (6141) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2014
Draft at beer temple. Pours clear orange golden with an off white head. Aroma of citrus, cheesy hops and sponge. Flavour is light sweet and over moderate bitter. Vegetal in the palate. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (4413) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
Poured medium reddish amber with a frothy off white head. Aroma of sweet, heavy citrus and soft malt. Medium body, flavour is heavy sweet berries, medium bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenclansman (886) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - FEB 16, 2014
Very interesting beer. Strong hoppy aroma and aftertaste. Not so bitter at the beginning but it gets dry bitter at the end. Very nice DIPA, but on the light-tasty side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tricksta_p (1671) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2014
Hazy amber with a huge frothy white head. Complex floral aroma of malts, yeast, various tropical fruits, spices and hops. Flavour is much the same, some malt sweetness and a moderate bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite a special Double IPA.

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