|Highest Rated||Revision IPA (82 / 100)
||Average score||75 / 100 (Excellent)|
|Lowest Rated||Revision IPA (68 / 100)
76 / 100
22oz brown bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA. Bottles in late March, so it's about 2 months old.
Pours a pleasant, slightly hazy, but not opaque peach golden colour, with a gauzy head of white that leaves fine flecks of lace. Carbonation is also fine, and despite the weight of the beer, the body seems slick and fine. Looks good.
Nose is excellent, especially straight after the pour. It has a bright grapefruit sharpness, mingled with a crisp resinous note that smells like cracking a lovely fresh bag of hops. Under it are hints of stewed orange, clove and pepper. The spices get more prominent as it warms.
Taste is also pretty good. The main strength of it is, well, its strength, and the fact it doesn't show it. It has a lovely soft and light body, which allows the hops to shine enough to counteract the booze, with a smooth orange peel character on the back, and a very soft carbonation throughout. It has a slight muted pepper character in the finish—it might just be a little prickle of heat from the booze.
Feel is excellent. Soft and smooth, with a very refined velvet fuzz of carbonation.
Extremely drinkable. Dangerously so for such an immense beer. It shouldn't feel this good. But that speaks to the quality of the brew. I'm honestly quite the fan. I think this is the best beer I've had from Revision so far.
22oz brown bomber purchased from Jane's Beer Store in Mountain View, CA. Shared with Sam back in Sydney.
Pours a rather hazy dark golden colour, with a filmy, webbed head of off-white that leaves nice, complex lacing. Carbonation is very fine, and forms snow flurries as it's tilted. Body has a bit of heft. Looks pretty good.
Nose is pleasant. There is a bit of age on it, which leaves some of the hops a bit flat like wet cardboard, but unless you're looking for it, it's subtle. Instead, there's lemon sherbet brightness, and almost a green-bottle skunkiness which I have to say lifts this in a very pleasant way. It has some powdery, floury characters which kind of take the place of the malt. It's pretty nice.
Taste is also a bit flat. It has some hop characters, but with the very neutral malt, they turn slightly coppery and metallic. There's a little stewed orange and toffee in the back, with some pleasant pithy bitterness. It's not bad all up.
Feel is pleasant. Light and firm in the body, with a thin zest of carbonation.
Drinkable and pleasant—it's quite well constructed as an IPA, although it hasn't held up all that well. It's pretty tasty anyway.
82 / 100
Bottle served blind to me by Jez for his birthday lunch.
Pours a cloudy brown orange colour, head is not that great; just whispy bubbles and a little lacklustre. Nice cascade when tilted with some thin lace. Looks a bit homebrewy, not that great, just unfiltered.
Smells malty, maybe a little heavy. Big rich caramel and toffee notes with some dark fruit and praline kind of notes. Touch of marmalade, maybe some cumquat to it. Rich, sweet and mildly tangy. Yeah definitely nice, but not all that complex for what it is.
Tastes very good; excellent even. Has a sweetness throughout with that rich caramel sweetness. Not blaring though, with plenty of nuance through the palate. Some tropical fruit character midway develops into hoppy sharpness with a big citrus character. Freshens up towards the back where there's this praline, crême brulée kind of sweetness and the finish is very marmaladey with fruit and thick caramel. Seems like a weird dessert that's strangely bitter, like crispy burnt toffee with touches of sharp fruit. Of course i like it, but I also respect how it's constructed to surprise.
Mouthfeel is full, rich, maybe a touch raw but nice and fluid as well. Good stuff.
Drinks like a big thick strong ale with plenty of expected characters but enough surprise elements as well. I'm surprised it's only 6.5% after the reveal because it feels like there's a lot more to it.
75 / 100
22oz brown bomber purchased from Bobby's Liquor (-slash porno shop) in Santa Clara, CA. Bottling date of August 30, 2017. So it's about 6 months old.
Pours a pleasantly clear, fairly deep golden colour, with a surprisingly light body for the ABV. Head forms a lovely, rocky crest of pale creamy white which leaves messy, sticky lace. Carbonation forms in pleasant soft streams. Overall, it looks pretty good.
Nose is quite pleasant. There's a punchy hop aroma that reminds me a bit of Nelson Sauvin. It has some of that sharpness, almost an acidic quality. But it's mellows by the underlying tones of orange and spearmint, which give it a broader base. There's a hint of sweetness, but it's clearly not driven by the malt, despite its hefty weight. Smells good.
Taste is also pretty solid. There's a long palate—you can always feel the malt presence, which gives weight and backbone to the body, but it never takes over the flavour. Instead, this is driven by sweet citrus on the front, turning herbal in the middle, and with a slight medicinal or metallic character on the back. That's not ideal, but it gives a bite which would be missing otherwise. The body is light throughout—it's actually really nicely made to get that kind of smoothness but without the cloying intensity of the malt.
Overall, I'm genuinely pretty impressed with this. It's a really solidly made DIPA, with care and craft put into the balance and the drinkability of the beer. It's not an astonishing IPA flavourwise, but it shows skill in its creation. The fact that this bottle is about 6 months old could well mean that fresh it's a revelation.