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


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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2013
Very good yellowish head, over lively carbonated quite hazy orange-amber beer. Intense citrus and exotic fruitnose, with lots of hoparomas and even -bitterness suggested in the nose. Grapefruity, lychee, passionfruit. All the former aromas return in the taste, but paired to a remarkably present bubblegum flavour. Retronasal even hints at washing powder aromas; cray. Very slick, viscous - tempted to say soapy. Spritzy carbonation; long lasting flavours. Well worth some of its USA counterparts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6326) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2013
33cl bottle, from Geers, BB 10/2013, lot#188.12. Gotta love the ’Machete’ flick note beer description, ’Machete don’t text’. Dorée-orangée, col épais beige, blanc. Arôme est assez faiblard, fleuri presque de thé vert, citronné, bergamote et mandarine. Palais est houblonné, pointe de nobles et une fin de bouche douce, sucrée sur des notes de citron, fruité tirant sur l’orange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden amber with smallish slightly offwhite head. Aromas are dominated by citrusy hops, most notably sour oranges. Some light caramel but really is all about the hops. Taste wise it is quite sweet with the hop bitterness coming through only right at the end. Not overly bitter or assertive. Medium mouthfeel. Very easy drinking, perhaps a little to easy given the abv, but nothing out of the ordinary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
zeta (15) - Roma, ITALY - JAN 15, 2013
330ml bottle. Aroma: floral, citrus (chinotto). Appareance: orange, cloudy, frothy head. Taste: light sweetness, fruity. Palate: bitter, light body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
killsilvio (9) - firenze, ITALY - JAN 2, 2013 does not count
On tap @ Beerhouseclub, corso Tintori 34/r, Firenze. A very interestig Double IPA, with a dark orange colour, light foam. The aroma is complex, some grapefruit, mango, raisin, some herbal and spicy notes, not too strong for a DIPA, a long, balanced and nice aftertaste. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (4069) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2013 21/XII/12 - 33cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: X/13 (2012-1387)

Little cloudy golden orange beer, big creamy off-white head, stable, bit adhesive. aroma: very fruity, floral, bit soapy, stinky feet. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: some citrus, then pretty bitter, chemical, pain, very piny, little malty, honey. Aftertaste: dry, piny bitterness, almost chemical, some pineapple, soapy ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2012
330ml bottle- Nice dark orange colour, with bubbly white head. Good hop aromas and flavours. a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkrjukoff (3896) - SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle 33 cl. Pours cloudy amber with a good bigishe creamy head leaving lace. Aroma is malty sweet caramel piny citric fruity peaches. Flavor dry yet has some sweetness, good maltyness and well bitter citric piny a bit pungent fruity some raisins bready. Finishe bitter fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3061) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 24, 2012
Medium head rich orange pour plus very misty carbonation medium the aromas piney caramel stonefruit citrus floral note the flavours piney hops medium bitter a grapefruit rind taste caramel strong malt grapefruit taste apricot lemon well balanced dipa the finish nice hoppy flavours in the aftertaste strong enough bitter caramel goodness likeable ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (2883) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2012
750ml bottle, orange-amber color, with a pillowy white head, nice yeasty, candied orange, tangerine peel, floral citrus, leafy, faint sappy, cedary hoppy nose, with some honeyed bread, pale, toasted, caramel malt accents, with some panettone cake dough, sublte orange lollipop notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a sweet yeasty, honeyish dough, good flowery candied orange peel, citrus lemon peel, leafy, grassy piney, cedary hoppy character, with a minty, lemon marmalade, faint honey pale, toasted, caramel flavour, leading towards a yeasty, honey dough, candied orange peel, lemon citrus peel, minty, leafy, grassy, piney hop bitterness finish.

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