hopdog (9940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Poured a copperish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of juicy citrus, floral, pine, and spicy hoppiness. Tastes of floral hops, citrus, the same spiciness, toasty, and pine. Alcohol content hidden.
Sammy (9683) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Did not realize this bottle was at 11%. A presentable strong ale, with a good hop and toast aroma inviting me in. This reddish tinged and very heady and lacey offering had a sooth creamy mouthfeel. The hops are there in abundance, but not overally assertive. They linger on the palate. Sizable malt bill backing a big IBU. Good drinkability, the colder weather was appropriate to savor this one.Flanders Red
mcberko (9633) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from khoffman43 (thanks a lot, Kyle), pours a dark amber with a small beige head. Nose is both very hoppy and malty, with loads of fruity sweet resinous hops and big sweet caramel malts - maltier than a IIPA typically is, probably due to the 11%. Flavour starts with citrusy and grapefruity hops, transitions to tropical fruits and candied sweet caramel malts, shifting back to the bitter hops, which leave a very pleasant astringency along with some fruitiness on the finish. A bit too sweet and malt-heavy for a IIPA for my tastes - something doesn’t mesh right here. Decent stuff, but quite flawed.
Dogbrick (9625) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew pours a slightly hazy copper-brown color with a medium foamy off-white head that dissipates slowly. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, hops and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of moderately bitter hops, grapefruit, grainy malt and a bit of pine. The finish is citrusy hops with malt and toffee undertones. Good beer with an ABV that sneaks up on you quickly.
crossovert (9545) - Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
They needed to not fuck up the distro on this. It is a good beer a few months old. Like a red version of oracle in some ways. But I wanted it fresh.
GT2 (9408) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2012 355mL packaged 9/13/2012. Pours a clear, deep reddish amber with a medium, creamy, yellow head. Spotty, weak lacing. Nose is orange syrup, maple, mild cheese, strawberry cake, some freezer vegetables, sticky Grand Marnier. Taste is quite aggressive pine sap and pine needles slapping you in the face with a hefty dose of malt body. Ends up feeling rich, very bitter, dense, but with almost no tropical NZ hop character. Certainly malt forward with 100 IBU smackdown. Palate is thick, bitter, maple, sticky, small boozy heat. Not bad- but almost the exact opposite of every beer I’ve been enjoying lately. Not sure if Larry Bell reads ratebeer forums, but this is exactly what people are getting tired of: boozy, sticky, mega pine bitter, red Double IPA. Ughhhhh. 10/5/2012 6/3/6/3/12=3.0
355mL. Pours with a larger yellow head, excellent retention. Nose is more maple and barleywine character, orange syrup, some whiskey, orange liqueur. Taste is creamy, sweet, some barleywine toffee, warming alcohol. Works nicely as a barleywine. I’d dump the DIPA moniker. 10/9/2012 7/4/7/4/14=3.6
shrubber85 (9135) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Orange malt and light citrus peel aroma. Amber with small head. Very sweet orange and strongly bitter orange peel flavor. Sweet and hoppy.
DrSilverworm (8696) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, packaged 9/13/12. Mildly hazy amber red color. Little off-white head, leaves good lace. Spicy fresh hop flavor. Little caramel malts. Nice bitter taste, alcohol is noticable but it works well with whatever this brew is going for. Amplifies the hop, somehow, but isn’t as hot as say, Devil Dancer. Light, crisp carbonation, more dry texture, bigger body, not syrupy or sticky. Interesting yeast, pine, resin aromas, sort of juicy in a way. Some tropical fruit. Tasty sipper
arminjewell (8673) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, big thanks to Caleb for the pour! Dark reddish orange pour with thin but creamy off white head, aroma brought notes of dank pine, grass, some slight old aged hops with grapefruit, orange marmalade, lots of sweet caramelized sugars with toffee, caramel, hints of spice, slight dark fruits in there as well. Taste is a mix of dark fruits, caramelized sugars, slight booze, nice grass and pine into orange, grapefruit, touch of toffee, nice notes of spice, finishing fairly sweet, slight booze, slight bitterness. Pretty tasty.
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Capone’s. Pours turbid deep coppery with ruby edges and 2-finger off-white lacy head. Nose is big resiny hops, caramel malt, mild vinous fruit. Tastes of caramel, resiny peppery hops, some vinous heat, and a resiny finish.