Holgate Brewhouse Millennium Falcon 2013

Formerly brewed at Holgate Brewhouse
Style: Imperial IPA
Woodend, VIC, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Note: This is the listing for the 2013 limited release.
Millennium Falcon is brewed with pale malts, so the hops can really do the talking. Holgate loaded up the kettle and the fermenter with an unprecedented quantity of Millennium, Falconers Flight and Galaxy hops, pushing the IBUs up to 100.
This beer also weighs in at a big, chewy 10.0% ABV so it certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted.
And while this brew marks a step away from the usual style of Holgate brews, Paul Holgate is rather chuffed with this his 1000th beer
Prepare to engage your hopper-drive!

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ShaneJ (910) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2015
Hazy amber, white head, citrus, passionfruit, pineapple, peaches, toasted malt, full body. Excellent.

shaynsawchuk (713) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
500 mL bottle. Pours hazy light amber with a white head. Hoppy on the nose with tropical fruit, some pine resin and citrus. Mild caramel malt backbone. Moderate body, alcohol well hidden. Average carboantion. Balanced sweet for the style. Certainly not a fresh bottle, but not bad.

mkel07 (6394) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2014
On tap at Archive June 2013. Decent looking beer with moderate head and good lacing on the glass. Citrus and floral hops with a subtle caramel finish.

Stew41 (2081) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAR 8, 2014
A bit of let down. There is quite a bit forced into this beer at 10% but leaves it flat footed. Malts chug along in a heavy grass, funky style but there’s lack clarity.I didn’t really see the hops.

Muggus69 (2723) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2013
500mL bottle Hazy pale gold body, holds a small rocky head. Hop driven aroma; cooked citrus, guava, woody spice, passionfruit, dried apricot with a subtle note of light malty caramel. Full bodied, yet not as thick as expected for a 10% beer. Moderate carbonation, resiny on the palate. Pale malt sweetness acts as a backbone for plenty of hop character; once again plenty of citrus, cedar/woody spice, stonefruits and a touch of dried grass. Plenty of lingering bitterness, but balanced and overall quite clean on the finish. A very decent IPA, not over-the-top or too aggressive, perhaps a bit unmemorable in that regard, but yeah, decent.

winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2013
Hoppy complex aroma - passionfruit, pineapple and orange all clammering for attention. Poured a hazy straw colour with a smallish head and some lacing. A real fruit salad of hops hits you first with a sweet sugery malt base. Warm alcohol in the finish. A decent DIPA, quite enjoyable and doesn’t seem like a 10% ABV beer.

magdalar (535) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUN 2, 2013
Draft at the Pumphouse Sydney. Pours a hazy golden orange. Smells of citrus and flowers. Tastes of fruity citrus, pine, and booze. Sweet, bitter. Not the best balance, and the booze is strong, but it mostly works.

Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
Bottle at RBJG#2 - Grand Tasting Tim’s Place. Clear yellow - white head. Oiley, fatness, fruity, caramel, toasted, sweetness, some medium hops, ok bitterness, too fat, too sweet.

Maris (1587) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2013
From a 500ml bottle on 28/4/2013. Pours a deep opaque golden with a medium head which disappears quickly. Has a lovely floral fruity aroma which isn’t really typical of the style. In the mouth, it starts out very sweet with apricot, peach and nectarine all there in spades. The counterbalancing bitterness is definitely there, but again it’s not the grapefruity, piny or resiny type you’d expect in a typical DIPA. That said, it’s still got a lot to offer to hop heads, with floral and herbal hops which linger in the mouth. the palate is slightly syrupy and the carbonation moderate. All up, and enjoyable and quite unusual DIPA. I suspect this is getting punished on here because it’s Australian. I bet if this was put out by an American brewery with a big rep, raters would be lauding it.

MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Mild butterscotch undermines this Double IPA’s citrusy, wooden hops, as otherwise honeyed cereals prepare for a resinous finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the clear yellow.
-Mouthfeel is lean and feels professional (tightly put together).
-In a world filled with great Double IPAs, this one falls short in many aspects. But how many great examples can be found in Australia, I have no idea…
-Aroma needs work to compete with the best examples of the style.


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