Friday, November 29, 2019

Nightmare Brewing Drawn & Quartered Imperial IPA

Beer Name: Drawn & Quartered
Brewery: Dorchester Brewing (Boston, MA) for Nightmare Brewing (Farmingdale, NY)
ABV: 10.0%

How sold: 16 oz cans; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $6.23 for 16 oz. tallboy can

Date Received: August 10, 2019
Date Drank: August 30, 2019
When brewed? Possibly a limited-time beer.

What's on the Can: "Quadruple dry-hopped Imperial IPA with Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy Enigma, & Citra."

Commercial Description: "Mostly carried out in the Medieval and Early Modern era, being torn apart by horses was also referred to as 'disruption' or being 'drawn and quartered'. Those condemned would have their arms and legs chained to four horses, who would then be driven in opposite directions. This would tear the limbs from the torso and typically result in disembowelment. The limbs would then be publicly displayed on common thorough-fares. Infamous cases include the exeecutions of Francois Ravaillac in 1610 and Robert-Francois Damiens in 1757."

"A Quadruple Dry Hopped Imperial IPA, Drawn & Quartered has hops thrown in, in each vessel of the brewing process (mash, kettle, fermentor, & brite), as well as four separate times during fermentation. By featuring different hops at different times and stages, the flavors and aromatics range drastically. Nectarine, mango, and underlying white wine aromatics. Soft upfront with tropical notes, mango, ripe pineapple, tangerine, and lychee flavors. Finishes with a dank bite and alcohol warmth on the back end."

"Featuring Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy, Enigma, and Citra along with the four horsemen of the apocalypse: War, Pestilence, Famine, and Death. Enjoy fresh before it brings about the end of days."

Hops: Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy Enigma, Citra.

Where distributed: Nightmare Brewing contracts with other breweries, like Dorchester Brewing, and the beer is distributed to select states.

Appearance (5%): Pours hazy light orange-golden into a pint glass. Unfiltered, some sediment at the bottom of the can. White head; good lacing. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Blend of tropical citrus tangerine, pineapple, lychee, and stone fruit (mango) with solid malt backbone. Pineapple to me is the most noticeable initially, then more of the mango and tangerine come through as the beer warms up a bit. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Balance of tropical and malt backbone with slight octane, but then tropical shines into the aftertaste. Pleasing mix of tropical citrus tangerine, pineapple, lychee, and stone fruit. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-full bodied; good carbonation. Creamy, velvety, and juicy with trace dry tongue. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding IPA. While you'll certainly feel that 10% ABV here, the tropical still works through all the malt experience and eventually shines. A delicious higher-ABV brew. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.5/5

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