mrhopsbeertalk (182) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2014 This beer leans heavy on the malt. The flavors remind me more of a barley wine than a DIPA, almost along the lines of Old Guardian. For my taste there’s a glaring imbalance with a lack of hop aroma and flavor, which is most likely hidden under the layers of barley. Enjoyable, but could stand a serious dry hop and an expanded hop flavor.
AirForceHops (4069) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bottle, paid $8.99 at Tuckaway Tavern and Butcher Shop. Murky Amber color with a crazy amount of carbonation. Aroma has a huge Belgian yeast character with a mld floral hop element.
The flavor starts with the light floral hops and quickly turns into Belgian yeast and malts. The bitterness lingers slightly after the sip for a second. Thicker yeasty body that leans on the fuller side. The overall feel is more like a moderately hopped Belgian Ale rather than a DIPA. I still like it, just not what the label indicates the style of brew it is. Still some nice character.
Ratman197 (10684) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can poured a clear amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of caramel, pink grapefruit, tangerine and earthiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Favors of cvaramel, grapefruit and light orange zest with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish.
puboflyons (2372) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the 650 ml. bottle. Slightly cloudy medium amber pour with long lasting off-white head. Aroma of hops, fruitiness, and toasted malts but not really abundant in any regard. Their regular IPA has more hop sensations. No booze for 8% and that’s a good thing. Medium to full body. The taste also has a malt/bitter hop character but again it is not explosive like one might expect from a Double IPA. The beer geek in me says this is a weak Double IPA as far as style goes. But if you ignore that and simple drink it as it is you might like it.
rjplumer (596) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2014
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Has a heavy dark fruit aroma. Deep amber brown color. Taste is sweet dark fruit (again). Has a heavy mouth feel to it. Finishes sort of clean. I’m not a fan of this style unfortunately so I’m probably not doing it justice.
hampale (49) - Jaffrey, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first and only canned beer from the brewers at Blue Hills and it was an enjoyable one. I wondered if the 8.0% ABV would be a problem but that wasn’t the case at all. Like some other raters, I question whether this truly fits in the IPA category but, whatever the case, I’ll buy it again and this time I’ll get a 6-pack of the cans.
mdindy (37) - Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bought at the brewery. pour is cloudy orange, aroma very sweet, tropical fruits. flavor is heavly hopped, sweet, bitter, grape fruits. crisp finish and well ballenced, all around solid beer.
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bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orange with large off white head. Aroma of malt and grassy hops. Medium body, creamy to a certain extent, not much alcohol. Flavor is mostly strong malt, there are herbal hops but they are more in the background. More sweet than bitter but ok balance. A decent enough beer, and as others have said maybe would have enjoyed it more if wasn’t expecting more hops.
Scrapersnbeer (1501) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Spoiled citrus and yeasty caramel aroma. Golden orange, completely opaque. Certainly a bitter beer, but I would say it is very sweet as well, a malt-forward beer in fact. Very slick body, bite is on finish rather than start. This is a fresh can so no cooling off effects in play. Should just be called ’American strong ale’ as it isn’t a traditional IPA in spite of it’s hops.
thornecb (4699) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep hazy amber into a snifter. Off-white head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Resin and toffee aromas. Thick with stale malt and caramel upfront turning to cloying cooked vegetables and mild pine in the medium length finish.