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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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 brűléed sugar.” -Brandon Hernández, San Diego Reader Magazine

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RedSox2004 (1252) - 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 (2607) - 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 (204) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (6420) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours a hazy dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is big and malty, with loads of citrus hops, maybe even more caramel malts to back and a bit of residual sugars. Flavour makes it seem like more a barley wine / imperial IPA hybrid, bringing out loads of caramel malts, a big resinous hop profile, and some residual sugars, but actually less than you might think given my description. Finishes both hoppy, slightly sweet and quite boozy. The more this warms and the more your palate grows accustomed to the flavours, the more hoppy than malty it seems. If you look at this as a super hoppy barley wine, this is actually quite good. It’s just that I wanted a IIIPA and I got this. Regardless of style, this is very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4734) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Nice slightly hazy amber coloured body with a hint of an orange and bronze glow and a thick, three centimetre tall just off-white head. Aroma of pungent piney and resinous hops, some alcohol, bunches of fruity sugars and a strong metallic and earthy bite. Full-bodied; Syrupy sweetness with a huge punch of alcohol, malt, apricot and peaches, hop bitterness, but really thick and not especially easy to drink. Aftertaste almost hits like a barley wine with a deep sweetness, syrupy thickness and a strong finish - almost all hops, alcohol and syrup. Overall, a strong Imperial IPA with almost too much body and sweetness. With such a big beer, this one really shouldn’t be in such a big bottle - twelve ounces at most! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Olive Tree Market Place in San Diego, California on 07-June-2013 for US$8.99 sampled at home in Washington on 28-July-2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2013
Fruity big DIPA. Hop forward, and with taste. Getting tropical fruit, grapefruit. Perhaps fresh would even be better. Thanks to StefanSD for hooking me up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dr_Fellini (411) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle to glass. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a thin off white head. Aroma is quite hot, with strong caramel malts and fleshy fruit and resiny hops. Taste is quite bitter with a light caramel malt sweetness and a nice alcohol burn. Medium palate with a lingering bitter finish. Tasty beer, but not an outstanding imperial IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6888) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2013
22oz bomber pours with a fairly clear copper body that exhibits a slight haziness and supports a thin off white head. The aroma offers up modest levels of resiny pine hops and sweet citrus hard candy as well as faint malts and earthy hoppiness. The taste is pretty smooth for the style and leans toward an American style barleywine. I get malt sweetness and firm pine hop flavor mixing with malt sweetened citrus hops. There are lots of hops but mostly flavor hops or malt sweet and smoothed bitter hops. This is pretty clean and non cloying for what this is and the big ABV is well hidden. Nice sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2013
Nose of toasty doughy malts, a little bit of caramel, somewhat winey citrus floral hops - tropical light fruits. Mostly doughy malt however. Pours hazy amber, nice creamy head and lace. Flavors of toasted dough, caramel, moderate citrus and lighter fruity - tropical papaya and all that good shit. Lingering toasted caramel sweetness with moderate tropical fruit hops. Would have prefered more hop assertivceness but a nicely balanced big ipa.

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