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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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India Pale Ale brewed with chamomile, rose petals, juniper and honey and aged in Bourbon Barrels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Bottle share courtesy of dcschiller. It pours with a murky copper body that has gold hues and supports a dirty white head of foam. The aroma offers up spicy oak, slippery sweet bourbon, some malt thickened citrus hops, floral hops and more sweetness laced with booze at the end of the draw. The taste is sweet with bourbon and begins edged with a mix of harsh booze and spicy oak that just ramps up the sense of harshness. Behind that are murmurs of dull malt sweetened citrus and a bit more bourbon booze. Overall this really doesnít work all that well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italarican (1520) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle at the Triad bottle share at Foothills organized by Mike. Cloudy blonde pour. Aroma is floral, slightly medicinal, with pine and a slight barrel note. Flavor is more barrel heavy. Sometimes I get pickle notes in overly aged hoppy beers. I donít get that here, but thereís something close to that. Slight vinegar kick, vanilla sweetness, with moderate hoppiness. Not really an IPA. Must say this is an odd choice for a debut beer, but it drink(s) pretty good, so best of luck.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mmmkay (51) - - JAN 8, 2014
Hopheads rejoice! You can taste the bourbon but it's not overly aggressive which is good. The juniper and chamomile bring out the floral and juicy notes. Such a great beer and entry for this new outfit in Chelsea. Michigan beer is the best. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1567) - Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle 691 of 816 thanks to my brother. Hazy gold with a pink hue and light head. Juniper, sweet and floral aromas. Sweet and gin and tonic upfront but with a really perfumy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle, thanks Mittenator. Aroma is floral and perfume. Very nice. No bourbon to be found in the taste and flavor gets a little soapy.

-- rated with beerbasher

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhulett (12) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Nice citrus nose. Heavy bitterness on the tongue. Well balanced, very nice beer. For the money, I would prefer a Bellís Hopslam.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3236) - Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; bottle # 554/816, no bottle dating but a very recent release. Pours very hazy deep orange amber color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, juniper, floral, herbal, grass, toffee, oak, light bourbon, light clove, light pine, bread, honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of bright hop notes with malt and the herbal/barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, pineapple, lemon zest, juniper, floral, grass, light pine, bread, honey, light caramel, toffee, oak, light bourbon, light clove, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, orange rind, juniper, floral, grass, light pine, honey, bread, light caramel, toffee, and oak on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright hops with malt, herbal, and barrel flavors; with a great hop/malt balance with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, moderately slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA! All around great complexity and balance of hop, malt, herbal, and barrel flavors; and dangerously smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UnionBeerCzar (81) - Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bomber split betwixt 2 brandy snifters, bottle #309 of 816. Golden Orange with a finger and a half of teeth white head. Sweet/Spicy/Floral nose (despite the adjuncts listed on the label, its smells like an IPA). The taste does slightly follow suit and it does in fact drink like a DIPA. The juniper berries are quite present and lend a spicy/gin-like feel to the beer. This beer is not bad, but I would have loved to had it not barrel-aged. The flavors donít quite come together right for me, but its very interesting and I would be interested in drinking it again or future releases from this fledging nano-brewer. Overall, again, not quite as focused and hoppy as I would expect for a DIPA but worth checking out. Strange but not bad strange.

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