This is my forth beer from Backlash and I have enjoyed every one. They have one of the best logos in craft beer nd their early beers all had wax dipped bottles which was a very cool addition to an already appealing package. Riot is part of their double IPA series which started out as a 3 beer series but they have now added a forth beer.
Riot pours a beautiful orange color with a single finger white head. Aroma is a little subdued compared to other DIPAs but still very nice. Plenty of citrus, pineapple and a bit if pine. Not a lo of bitterness but it is there. Overall this is a well balanced DIPA that preserves the hops but is still pretty well balanced. Looking forward to more from Backlash.
Pros: Cons: Alcohol Content: 8.5% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: Backlash Beer Brewers Description:
Got this beer as part of a local exchange with a follower from Mass that came up for a bottle release at Allagash a few weeks back. War is part of Backlash’s Apocolypse Series and is a saison. The label artwork is amazing as is most of the packaging from Backlash. Was sorry to see they discontinued the wax dipped bottle top but still love what Backlash is doing.
Beer is a nice orange color with a very nice bright white head. Aroma is OK with some Belgian and earthy smells. Overall a pretty appealing beer. Taste was different than I expected with a lot of different things going on; some grassy hops. Belgian yeast, spice, pepper and a mild sweetness from the rye. This sounds like an odd mix but it seems to work.
This beer was very easy to drink and I enjoyed the combination of flavors. If you come across a bottle give it a try and let me know your thoughts.
Pros: Unlike other saisons
Cons: Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): 33 Rating: Brewers Website: Backlash Beer Brewers Description: War is the second beer in our Apocalypse Series. Each beer is modeled after one of the Four Horsemen of the apocalypse. This Farmhouse Ale was dry hopped with hibiscus leaves to represent the red horse of war, the second of the four who precede the end of the world. Using three different Belgian yeasts, this beer presents classic farmhouse tartness, complemented by earthy and grassy notes.
Label text: Still reeling from the devastation that Conquest left behind? That’s a pity, because the second brother is on his way and ready to rumble. War is rolling into town on a red horse with a big ol’ sword in hand (and no, he’s not compensating for anything). There’s no stopping this guy so you might as well take up arms and enjoy the fight. Side note: please don’t get carried away and use this bottle as an improvised weapon.
When I see blonde ale on a label I automatically think the beer is going to have little to no flavor, low ABV and be a beer I drink during dinner. Groundswell changes that with a full flavor Belgian blonde that clocks in at 6.4% ABV.
First thing I noticed was the stylish bottle with brass knuckles and wax dipped top, great marketing to get people to try the beer. The beer pours a pale orange with almost no head. Plenty of nice aroma from this beer with lots of Belgian yeast and fruity smells.
Taste is quite complex for a blonde ale with the Belgian yeast again playing a big roll but also a fair amount of fruity and earthy hops. The beer had lots of carbonation and was very crisp and clean to drink. Really enjoyed this beer from Backlash and need to get more of their beer up here in Maine.
Pros: Complex for a blonde Cons: Alcohol Content: 6.4% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): 22 Rating: Brewers Website: Backlash Beer Brewers Description: Groundswell is our Blond ale brewed in the Belgian style. We brew her with 4 different
varieties of malt which results in a golden color and smooth mouth-feel. Subtle yet complex flavor components include pilsner malt sweetness, fruity yeast esters and citrus notes from the addition of Indian coriander.
Crisp and refreshing, Groundswell is simple but far from dull.
A couple weeks ago I spent an entire week drinking Allagash Brewing beer including 2 different Belgian IPAs. This one has been in my beer fridge for a while after a friend picked up for me on a trip to Mass and I decided to give it a try. The packaging is beautiful with a very simple but effective label, white wax on the top and the Backlash brass knuckles pressed into the wax on top of the cap. A beautiful presentation and certainly something that will grab your eye if you are wandering the aisles.
The beer pours a slightly hazy light copper with solid white head. Aroma has some herbal hop and plenty of Belgian yeast. Aroma is much lighter than American style IPAs but still pleasant. Hops are the first thing you taste followed quickly by the Belgian yeasts and malts. This beer is clean and refreshing for a Belgian style beer and the bottle was gone very quickly.
Really enjoyed this beer and looking forward to more from Backlash Beer Company.
Pros: Refreshing, well balanced and great packaging
Cons: Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): 47 Rating: Brewers Website: Backlash Beer Co Brewers Description: Declaration is a Belgian Style IPA which packs a hop presence we’ve never seen in this style before. There is a massive hops profile from our heavy-handed dosing of American hops, yet still enough room for our Belgian yeast to make an appearance. Dark golden in color and light in body, Declaration will dry you out and make you want more with each sip.
In fact, Declaration may just be one of the hoppiest Belgian style beers ever — but don’t take our word for it.
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