Bax Bier 050 Series #001 - Single Hop Rakau

Brewed by Bax Bier
Style: Imperial IPA
Groningen, Netherlands
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 78   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Dit bier is de eerste special uit onze eigen ketels in Groningen (050). We hebeen het gebrouwen ter ere van alle vrijwilligers die hebben geholpen bij de verbouwing van de brouwerij en het proeflokaal. En natuurlijk ter ere van alle crowdfunders -zonder hen waren we noo’t gekomen waar we nu staan. We beloven je dat we nog veel meer specials gaan brouwen onder de naam ’050 series’: het zijn de resultaten van onze liefde voor experimenteren met hier.

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thanatosti (1872) - Culemborg, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2017
33 cl. bottle @ home, bought @ Albert Heijn Groningen. Hazy amber with a cream white head. Hoppy taste with some pine and apricots. Strong bitter taste. Very nice IPA.

bierkoning (13893) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2017
Bottle. Pale amber color, malt, yeast, white pepper and pear in the aroma. Malty yet dry flavor. Hint of dried fruit. Yeasty finish. Drinkable.

Benzai (16999) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2017
Bottle [from trade with RW80, thanks!] @ home. Hazy dark orange to amber color, full sized off-white head. Aroma is malts,quite buttery, diacetyl, cooked vegetables. Really not good. Taste malts, again butter, diacetyl, cabbage, cooked vegetables, light to moderately bitter. Decent body and carbonation. Unfortunately there’s only one possible conclusion, sorry Bax-guys, but this is really really bad.

Maakun (6939) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2017
Bottle shared with kermis and Deanso and later another one at home. Hazy amber with cream colored head that leaves a dirty film, looks decent enough. Lots of sweet malts and some caramel up front. Apricot, plums, red berries, bubblegum, some bitter vegetables. Medium sweet and over medium bitter. Over medium malty body. I like the 1.5 IPA moniker here, it really fits. Though it’s a bit harsh unfortunately.

deanso (10354) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - MAY 10, 2017
Sample at the Gekke Geit courtesy of Kermis. Thin off white head. Cloudy amber pour. Nice bitterness.

kermis (15154) - The Hague / Amsterdam / Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2017
Bottle shared with Deanso and Maakun at Gekke Geit, The Hague. Very hazy amber brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of black tea, herbal tea, citrus notes, fruits and light yeasty notes. Flavour is light moderate sweet and heavy bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

ShivanDragon (4749) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2017
ornaje met witte kraag. aroma van hop, groene thee, kruidig, iets fruitig. Smaken zijn matig zoet, redelijk bitter maar ook wat onaangenaam, fruit, kruidig, gras, maar blijft op de één op andere manier onaangenaam kruidig bitter. med body.

tricksta_p (5457) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2017
Bottle from Kisjes Slijterijen, Meppel. Aroma is hoppy with strong herbal tea, malt, touch of licorice, more herbal notes, black tea, only a mild touch of fruits. Flavour is light to moderate sweet with a harsh unbalanced bitterness in the finish. Body is medium. Certainly likeable, I dig me a proper herbal tea IPA, but the harsh unbalanced bitterness leaves something to be desired. Still, enjoyable enough.

bartlebier (4242) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 6, 2017
33cl bbJul2018, merci RW80. - Aroma of sweet mint, reminiscent of German Polaris single hops on generic US/Uk ale yeast, chlorophyll and a touch of stewed pear and white bread dough. Flavour near-medicinally bitter like oversteeped herbal tea with an international degrée zéro malt bed that does little for me. Bit of alcohol, bit of a liver stomper. - Oddly in line with other East-NL IPAish brews so far: boldly A/US-hopped, with a mere infrastructural malt profile and remnants of LowCountries-Belgian yeast overdrive murking up the expressivity of the imported hops. Result is a rather harsh alcoholic brew that lacks definition and actual terroir to charm any taste buds drinking with more targeted sense of purpose.

RW80 (2940) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2017 330 ml bottle shared as well as from tap at the brewery. Appearance: Orange body with a 2 fingers sized head.Aroma of fresh hops, some floral tones. resin and cat piss,herbal tea. Taste: moderate hoppy, floral with a good bitterness and some of yeast tones, finish is a good hoppy herbal bitterness with a good long lasting aftertaste. I prefer it more fruity, but quite decent for a BAX IPA, it has some of the old flaws, (yeast and how bitterness comes in), but it also shows some tweaks to make it work better as any of the past examples. Bottled version is quite up to par with the version I had on draft, at the brewerey.

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