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Brewed by Gänstaller Bräu
Style: Smoked
Hallerndorf, Germany

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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
FKA XL 4 Smoked Imperial India Pale Ale

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CyborgX (107) - THAILAND - JUN 22, 2017
Bottle This is similar to their Franz X beer but a lot more interesting... Same smokey aroma, same cloudy pour with no head (actually a bit lighter coloured than the Franz X). The aroma still has the smokiness, but its acompanied by a note of alcohol and very slight citrus notes. Taste is much stronger and complex, with the alcohol clearly showing itself, and the citrus taste even stronger than in the aroma (quite grapefruity, probably from the choice of hops). Sadly for me it trails off to a quite bitter and burnt finish neither of which was pleasant. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
hauxe (712) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2017
Beer calls itself a smoked IPL. Pours orange from the bottle with a frothy, white head. Aroma is smoke, leather, hints of caramel. Goes down bitter, a touch fruity, with lots of smoke. Finishes with increasing bitterness, more smoke. Overall I’m not convinced these styles were really meant for one another.

3.4
Wolfbass (1158) - Firenze, ITALY - MAY 23, 2017
Una birra davvero particolare che si incastra tra l’affumicato e l’agrumato, molto bevibile ma a ma non ha fatto impazzire.

3.5
Ritzn (1314) - GERMANY - MAY 9, 2017
Hazy golden with little white head. Aroma is chili, mango, slight ham. Taste is slightly spiky but creamy full bodied, bitter and sweet. Very balanced. A bit spiky in the finish.

3.7
SinH4 (4712) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2017
Bottle. Hazy yellow-orange color with white head. Aroma is buttery, smoked ham, some peach. Taste is tropical fruits, smoked ham, again some other fruity, some butter. Silky mouthfeel, low natural carbonation, well-hidden alcohol. Very nice crossover!

3.6
kaserov (685) - Oviedo, SPAIN - APR 15, 2017
Color amarillo anaranjado, opaco, con capa de espuma blanca de dos dedos de grosor (no mucha retención). Carbonatación mínima. Textura acuosa. Aroma ahumado, me recuerda a bacon. Por debajo de ese aroma se intuyen notas cítricas y quizá tropicales que provienen del lúpulo. Se capta perfectamente la mezcla entre IPA y Smoked. En boca los cítricos tienen mayor importancia, con toque ahumado más sutil que en aroma y amargor final moderado pero perceptible y bien medido. Retrogusto y postgusto ahumado. Interesante, distinta y rica.

3.1
crossovert (12666) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2017
33cl bottle. Pale cloudy pour. This is not much of an IPA, but a decent smoked ale, that is about it.... Grossly overpriced.

3.6
jonas (7549) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 1, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2017 Bottle. Cloudy amber with visible yeast, offwhite cream. Fruity smoke aroma: Grilled peaches, grapefruit, Wiener Würstchen. Medium body, good chewiness, grilled meats marinated in tropical fruits. bonfire smoke, salty/mineral notes, Tropical hop and cinder finish. Unusual combination, well balanced and quite pleasant - if you like smoke.

2.3
Mortlach (2335) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 20, 2017
330ml bottle shared by ippopotamo36 (thanks Alberto!). Ambrata carica, torbida, schiuma leggerissima. Al naso netta ossidazione, malto, note erbacee, verdura cotta, leggero torbato. In bocca è ossidata, quasi imbevibile, malto con leggero amaro finale. Corpo medio-leggero, carbonazione soft. No.

3.8
fonefan (48740) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2017

Bottle 330ml. @ home.

[ As Gänstaller Bräu Rauch Royal ].
Clear medium orange yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, straw, caramel, sweet malt, moderate hoppy, grass, wood, smoke. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, sweet malt, smoked, pale malt, meat - wood smoked. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20170312]
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