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DuClaw X-5 (Imperial Rice Ale)

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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
In a stroke of genius (or insanity) inspired by a trip abroad, Professor Wagner has created a brand new concoction for your enjoyment, X-5: Imperial Rice Ale. This medium-bodied, light golden ale is brewed with flaked rice for a crisp, effervescent mouthfeel and moderately strong 7.2% abv. Japanese Sorachi Ace hops add unique aromas and flavors of lemon grass to complete a far east inspired beer drinking experience unlike any other.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bomber from State Line. Pours translucent gold with 1-finger white clingy head. Nose is ricey malt, pale malt, resiny Sorachi hops, pineapple. Tastes crisp, with the ricey pale malt up front, then the hit of Sorachi hops, resiny, piney, with tangerine and grapefruit notes. The finish is crisp, and the palate heft is medium. This one is unique and enjoyable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
srobi003 (58) - odenton, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Poured into a pint glass. This beer is pale-yellow in color with a 2-3 finger off-white head that dissapates quickly. The aroma has a slight lemongrass smell to it and not much else. The taste quite honestly is horrendous. The taste is light and watery kind of like a macro lager. This is not at all an IPA. I'm rather dissapointed in this beer and I'm a huge fan of Duclaw. I guess I'll give them a pass this time. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DalzAle (2026) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Sample shared by CLevar! Clear light orange pour, a little ring of carbonation and an aroma of light orange/hops. Flavor is very light malt, off flavored bitter hops/herbs and finished dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thanks to Caleb! Hazy orange pour with thin white head, aroma has notes of big lemon, grass, spicy and floral zesty and floral notes, touch of earth, biscuit and bread. Taste is a mix of lemon, grain, some spice and zesty floral notes, touch of earth, biscuit and bread, finishing fairly bitter and spicy. Tasty and refreshing, though a bit old.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2012
This borders on false advertising. If you’re going to brew a rice ale, make sure it says so on the bottle. There’s a big difference between that and a Sorachi Ace IPA. Pours a typical dark hay of an IPA without any head to speak of. Smells like crap, literally. No floral, no citrus, at best a bit artificial sweetness. And taste? Even worse. Tastes like rice flavored sugary bubblegum. Pass this one by.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (2388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Tap. Fizzy white head on a slightly hazy amber orange. Citrus, lemon zest, hay, and light graininess in the aroma. Zesty lemon hoppiness but could be cleaner and brighter in the flavor, grassy notes and alight herbs as well. Grassy dry finish that doesnt seem to fit. Lighter silky body with vey vibrant carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13314) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Draft. Lightly hazed apple juice body with minimal off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pineapple, light orange. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some lemon, pineapple. Medium-full body, some resin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
streve (105) - Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Draft. Pour was a nice clear golden color with little off-white head. Aroma of fruit, bread and some spice. Mouth is that of a mild IPA with some hop bite with some lemon finish. Nice medium body and was actually quite refreshing after battling the heat. Mild lacing throughout. Wish I would have brought my growler.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Very good strong flavor, could really feel the alcohol in this one yet it had a nice hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (5140) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Draft. Pours clear gold with an off-white head; good retention and lacing. Aroma is heavy citrus, honey, straw, and light toasted malt. Flavor is initially caramel malt, but quickly transitions to citrus, hoppy taste; lime/grapefruit bitter finish; very refreshing. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

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