Hazy golden caramel in color with a thick creamy head, this Double IPA is a bit milder than other entries in the style. This beer pours with a thick, sticky, off-white head but is only lightly carbonated.
There’s a mild, citrusy aroma which leans towards grapefruit with hints of pine. It’s full yet smooth bodied with some up front bready malt flavor. The finish has the bitter IPA tang which always reminds me of dandelions.
The more you drink the more that tang fades away to hints of tropical fruit that’s enjoyable in moderate proportions. The FAT BOY clocks in at 8% ABV but is surprisingly smooth. It doesn’t have the kick, or bite, that I expected.
Why That Glass?
Double IPAs (And Imperial IPAs) are stronger flavored beers and have a higher alcohol content. Normally those factors would point me towards a tulip glass or a snifter.
Mostly out of convenience I went with a nonic pint. The nonic pint is a larger vessel capable of handling the one pint can … sometimes it’s all about convenience.
More About this Double IPA
Big Elm Brewing brews FAT BOY Double IPA as a specialty beer. I’m not sure if this means seasonal or just occasional.
Libbey is a pretty familiar name in glassware. Their products are seen just about anywhere that you can purchase home goods. Around the holidays I see these beer glass gift boxes pop up everywhere. BJ’s, Wegman’s, and even local liquor stores stock them because they can be great gifts for all levels of beer enthusiasts. They make great starter sets and can also be used to fill out home bars with some excellent utility glasses.
With regard to selection, this is a decent starter set. There are a few general utility glasses as well as a some beer specific utility glasses. It’s something you’ll definitely get plenty of use out of it.
This set contains one of each of the following:
Classic Pilsner glass (15.25 oz/451 mL): They’re calling this a “Classic Pilstner” but it’s really more of a modern take. We’ve talked about these glasses before and generally I’m a fan. They’re sleek, modern, and generally a great glass for enjoying anything in the pilsner style. Amazon has them for about $4 each.
English Pub glass (20 oz/591 mL): This is what we call the nonic pint glass. It’s large for an imperial pint (568 mL) but that’s just nit-picking. Nonic pints are great utility glasses filling major roles like serving beer, soda, and other mixed drinks. These can be found for around $7 a piece. This brings our running total to $11.
Belgian Ale glass (16.6 oz/490 mL): A tall version of the tulip beer glass, this will fill a few rolls for you. This glass is great for lighter beers, especially highly carbonated ones which have brighter fruity aromas and flavors. It can also be used for pilsners or darker ales that you might otherwise put in a snifter. You can get these glasses for about $4 a piece. We’re up to $15 so far with half the set to go.
Craft Pub glass (20 oz/591 mL): This is basically a large Willi Becher Tumbler. To be honest, I don’t use this often for beer. It tends to be more of a water glass or iced-tea glass around our house. If you wanted to buy these on their own they average about $4 a piece. That brings us to $19 worth of glasses.
Porter/Stout glass (14.75 oz/436 mL): While they’re billing this as a “Porter / Stout” glass I’ve always thought of the tulip pokal as kind of beer utility glass. Porters, stouts, pilsners or lagers, you’ll enjoy them all out of a glass like this. You can get 4-packs of Porter Glasses for $5 a glass. So far we’ve hit $24 in total value.
Wheat Beer glass (23 oz/680 mL): A pretty hefty wheat beer glass. Not much more to say about this one. Amazon has 4-packs of Wheat beer glasses that average $5 a glass. That lands us at $29 if you were to go out and find these glasses individually.
Final Thoughts and Notes
Again, this is a great starter set. The “English Pub” glass and the Wheat Beer glass will turn up in other collections (and are easy to come by) while the other glasses are a bit less common and worth picking up. Based on the included glasses, other sets I’ve seen, and the quality of the glassware I’d recommend looking for it in the $25- $30 price range. At $45, though, this isn’t the glass set you’re looking for.
If you’re looking to give something like this as a gift I’d recommend looking at your local liquor store or department store. You’ll likely find the same, or similar for around $30.