Some beers are sneaky. When you drink an 8.5 percent alcohol by volume beer, you expect to be able to taste a little booziness. It gets a little dangerous (or fun) when you can’t taste the booze because you can drink it a little too fast.


That’s the case with Backlash Beer Company with Catalyst. This double IPA is at 8.5 percent ABV, but you can’t tell. It has a big hop presence, but like any good double IPA, they do a good job of balancing it with a sweet malt backbone.


I’ve only had a small sample of it, but this is my favorite Backlash beer so far. It’s a hop punch in the mouth, and sometimes you just need that.


A little bonus for dog lovers, the label features Stout the bulldog.


Some beers are sneaky. When you drink an 8.5 percent alcohol by volume beer, you expect to be able to taste a little booziness. It gets a little dangerous (or fun) when you can’t taste the booze because you can drink it a little too fast.

That’s the case with Backlash Beer Company with Catalyst. This double IPA is at 8.5 percent ABV, but you can’t tell. It has a big hop presence, but like any good double IPA, they do a good job of balancing it with a sweet malt backbone.

I’ve only had a small sample of it, but this is my favorite Backlash beer so far. It’s a hop punch in the mouth, and sometimes you just need that.

A little bonus for dog lovers, the label features Stout the bulldog.