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The Bruery Batch #1000: Bryeian

Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Black IPA
Placentia, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Congratulations to Brian Pramov & Bryan Keas of Denver, CO, for winning our Batch #1000 homebrew competition! Their intensely hoppy, dark rye ale caught the judges’ attention and was the unanimous choice for best in show.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2015
Sampled February 2014
A soft pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a three finger thick, nicely browned, dark tan colored head that leaves a fair amount of layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark, concentrated, almost murky hued, brown color that shows opaque when held up to the light. The aroma smells of slightly burnt, but very ripe tangelo zest, peach concentrated, some light lychee, and lots of guava like notes. The roast character adds a toasted, brown grain character to the nose, but this is certainly secondary to the hops.

The beer has a biting citrusy hoppiness to it up front and this continues through to the finish. The middle is fairly bitter, which is brought out by the hops, but is accentuated by a biting roasted character that even takes on a bit of astringency towards the finish. The hop character here is the dominant note, though the roast character is quite a bit more present than it was in the aroma. Flavors of tangelo zest, floral guava, kumquat, and other floral nectar like hop notes. The body is fairly light, but has a soft fullness to it. The sharp, a bit acrid, roast character in the finish brings out some hot, spicy alcohol notes that detract a bit from the overall flavor.

The roast character makes the flavor a bit sharper and out of balance than I would prefer, but this is still a pretty good beer that I am enjoying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3161) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2015
750 ml. capped bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, tiny bubbled beige head, with slight lacing, over a clear dark brown (SRM 30) body.......nose is roasted malts with chocolate, cocoa notes, dominating coffee, light toffee/caramel notes, light floral herbal hops, heavier pine, resin, hops balanced, slight esters......taste is slightly sweet, with toffee/caramel notes, chocolate, light coffee, from the roasted malts, pine, resin, floral notes from the hops, finishing with a mild hop bitterness......mouth feel, medium body, slight alcohol, slight stickiness, creamy carbonation. This is a very nice example of the style and meets the 2015 guidelines quite nicely. BJCP 9/3/15/5/8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UncleKorm (1163) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle was a gusher; poured a dark brown hue w/ an enormous tan head and sticky lacing. Bold musty aroma. Initial flavor is bold bitter w/ a light sour finish. Tastes are peppery rye, dark chocolate, red wine, oak, piney hops, and farmhouse funk. Medium bodied. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (7196) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with medium beige head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is roast, dark chocolate, and rye. Medium mouth, rich, flavors matching nose, nice bitter finish, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (3896) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Liquide sain et vivant qui garde sa mousse pendant l’heure complète de sa dégustation. Café latte, biscuit à la mélasse et résine coniféreuse se lient parfaitement. J’ai rarement vu un tel équilibre de saveurs et de corps. Belle surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle... Pours dark brown with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The nose is roasty and offers spicy grains accompanied by herbal and perfumey notes. Medium-bodied and uber creamy with soft carbonation. Bittersweet, balanced flavor and finish. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3266) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Shared 2013 750 ml. bottle, poured to snifters showing a black/brown hue, with tan head foam, and dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was roasted, floral, with a hint of soapiness, light spice, and a touch of resin & citrus astringency. Light to medium bodied, with soft carbonation, the texture was a little thin, although the mouthfeel offered some mellow creaminess, hop bitterness was moderate, roasted, earthy, and subtly dry, and the alcohol warmed a bit. A decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 13, 2014
750ml bottle - Aroma - anise, coffee beans, citrus and some spicy herbal notes Appearance - dark mocha brown, nearly black body, 3-finger creamy tan head, long retention, above average lacing Mouthfeel - medium carbonation, medium/full bodied, light burn Flavor - pine needles, roasted malts, more anise, spicy rye quite noticeable, almost carrying a burnt hop pellet bitterness to it. Overall - another good beer from The Bruery but gets tagged with a high price that really doesn’t support jive with me. Gets a point knocked off for the price tag.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
monk191 (1547) - California, USA - SEP 24, 2014
A very good black ipa. Pours a deep, thick black with a tan head. Smells of hops, marshmallow, vanilla and chocolate-covered strawberries. Taste is extremely thick and sweet upfront, like an ice cream float. Some hops kick in afterwards, balancing nicely. Slightly bitter finish. Quite nice. Had in the bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (8375) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2014
"This dark brown ale is in the upper tier of black iPas. Not quite in the elite few, but knocking on the door. Aroma is a blast of rye, citrus, and dark roasted malts. Body is smooth, medium bodies. Flavor very rye centric but not to a fault. Adequately bitter. Similar to Black Racer. Good stuff."

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