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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 140   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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This is a huuuuge beer. Brewed for Urge Gastropub with all NZ Nelson, Big Mother is a worthy adversary to its Imperial counterparts: “The beer pours a slow-burning ember hue, exhibiting great clarity and a bouquet that, with its papaya, mango, and passion fruit notes, is like sticking one’s nose in a gift basket full of tropical fruit. The real treat comes on the first sip. Pronounced grapefruit notes hit first, giving way to a semisweet roundness, followed by a finish with savory hints of deeply brûléed sugar.” -Brandon Hernández, San Diego Reader Magazine

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1032) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Type: 22-oz. bottle Glass: Modern Times pint glass From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif. Price: $8.99 (I think (lost receipt)) Purchased: May 21, 2015 Consumed: May 22, 2015 Misc.: 2015 version - 10.5 pct. ABV Poured a golden, orange, hazy color with three fingers of frothy, white head. Could just barely see some bublles coming up along the sides of the glass. Good amount of uneven, spiderweb lacing along the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention. (Sight - 3.88) Smelled pleasant hops up front of Citra, floral, Centennial and tropical. Also got nectarine, nectarine rind, caramel, peach, mango and light pineapple. (Smell - 4.13) Initial thought on the first taste was…. funky. Got spoiled fruit, Centennial hops, Citra hops, floral hops, tropical hops, melon, pineapple, mango, tangerine rind, Grew on me late, but couldn’t quite pull the 4.00 trigger. (Taste - 3.88) Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.88) This was just a funky beer, but the more it went down the more I thought it of the good side. (Overall - 4.00) 3.95 89 B+

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
euniceradio (93) - Colton, California, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Bomber to cervoise. Golden peach color. White head dissipates to ring with excellent lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, pear, pine and caramel malts. Taste is same with boozy hot floral finish. SHE’S A BEAST!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kroney (197) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Bomber into pint glass. Appearance: Golden orange color with a pillowy egg shell white head. Aroma: tropical fruit, citrus, caramel, honey. Taste: mango, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, burnt sugar, caramel malt, alcohol. Palate: bitter, perfect carbonation level, sticky. Really good TIPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jehoesefat (328) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Sweet fruity aroma. Pours slightly cloudy orange with a thin white head. Good flavors, grapefruit and long finish turning bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MRodgers1982 (101) - USA - SEP 24, 2014
Big hop aroma....that was the great stuff. Thats about it. Just a hop oil tea. No malt no dimension just straight hop oil. You couldnt even tell the different flavors from the hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (970) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Bomber purchased at the BevMo in Escondido ($8.99). Pours a dark amber / burnt orange hue with one finger of white foam. AROMA of grapefruit, sweet citrus, pine, sticky honey, caramel malts, but not much tropical fruit. FLAVOR of big grapefruit, creamy mango, some sticky caramel, but with the big 10.8% booze quite noticeable. The significant maltiness leaves it surprisingly sweet. The big ABV is hidden in the nose, but makes itself present in the mouth and extends into the finish. I purchased this almost four months ago when I believe it was freshly bottled. The hops are mellowing (not much tropical fruit left) and with the high ABV, it is taking on some barley wine characteristics. It’s still an acceptable IIIPA, but I might like to try this on draft or a fresher bottle as I would hope to find more of the tropical fruity notes from the Nelson hops. (21, 909)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RedSox2004 (1410) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Orange amber with a slight haze, off-white head and nice lacing. Sharp hop aromas up front with citrus, pine and grass in a pretty busy olfactory assault. Taste is similar, as a hodgepodge of hop flavors create a storm of bitterness that just barely allows a caramel sweetness through. Medium body, slick mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
adamah (214) - - JUL 9, 2014
Nice tropical and citrus aromas. Deep golden color with light carbonation, light head retention. The taste brings big bold bitterness followed by nice rounded sweet maltiness and a touch of alcohol; citrus, grass, resin, and lingering pine. Medium to full body and a sticky mouthfeel. Overall a great big bold IPA with a ton of alcohol and enough bitterness to knock your socks off, if you enjoy a punch to your taste buds like I do, this is great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (3033) - California, USA - JUN 13, 2014
13 June 2014, bottle. Light gold, clear, no bubbles. Nose is pine and slightly sweet. Med body and mildly fizzy. Piney and sweet. Bitter throughout. Decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigda83 (368) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle via trade. Pours amber with small white head. Aroma is sweet malts, fruity, and alcohol. Taste is bitter with grapefruit coming out. Also had a bit of sweetness to it with the caramel and alcohol was noted. I’d say the body was medium to full and the bitterness was lingering. Not my favorite, but decent.

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