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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 26, 2013
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium fluffy off-white head that has great retention. The aroma is somewhat mild with oranges, tangerines, bubble gum and caramel. The flavor is vibrant tropical fruits with a big pineapple presence, add in some tangy tangerine, bitter grapefruit and not-to-sweet caramel. The palate is full and viscous with lively carbonation. Finishes long and dry. Overall: First rate DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jehoesefat (320) - 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 (964) - 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 (1392) - 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 (2971) - 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 (338) - 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 (8255) - 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 (4961) - 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 (9233) - 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.

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