Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
*did not like would not buy*
aroma: mild. various hops. it has nothing bad but eh. App: hazy burnt orange. flavor: nice malts actualy. the hops are mostly acidic though, bummer. kinda sour. Palate: spritzy, nice though. OA: started fine, got sour and kinda eh. not a big fan. get rid of the sour.
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
750, capped and foiled. Pours crystal clear bright ruby with a towering, pocky, sudsy tan head and huge cumulus poofs of lace on the way down. Clearly there was some back-breaking shoveling work done to get this brewed. Big brown bread nose of spent grains. Medium body with sharp tingly carb. Brown bread, yeast, grain husk, nuts and toast all fight with a harsh resiny bitterness that finally appears in the mid-palate. Slightly caustic resin finish. This beer may have the right elements on board but theyíre not sitting in their assigned seats, and it hurts the beer in the long run--needs more scintillating hop up top, and the malty flavors need to be dialled back and the hop flavors separated out across the attack, mid-palate, and finish. This is more like a really bready, sugary barleywine that needs a couple years to mellow.
rayg1 (532) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this along time ago and forgot to rate it. From memory. Poured a dark orange with ridiculously huge head. Aroma is sweeter than I expected with toffee notes and lots of hops, a weird combo. Taste is very interesting alcohol is poorly hidden, caramel tries to come out but just gets blasted by way too much hops. Itís almost like the wrong malt base was used on this one. Not to mention an interesting taste that I canít quite put a finger on but still tasted a bit off. I appreciate the effort but this one went wrong somewhere. Most certainly a wreck of a beer.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color. Head was foamy and off white with good retention and lacing. Malt-dominated aroma of toffee, raisin, brown sugar, steeping barley, and light molasses. Not a great deal of hops in the nose. Actually smelled more like a barley wine to me. The flavor was also big on the malt. I tasted alcohol soaked pear, toffee, subdued citrusy hops, and toasted bread. Sweet and medium bodied with mild hop bitterness. A bit over carbonated. So so.
alexanderj (3195) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; bought this during the summer of 2007 in Louisville; it just hasnít been high on my to trie list. Poured an orange and amber color with a huge off white head. Aroma was pleasant, but not great; especially for the style. Rather musty with pine, caramel, and grapefruit. Something a bit odd about it. An hour later when the head finally subsided, the flavor was better than expected, but there was something just a bit odd/off about it. Had a lot of malt in the flavor; malt definitely overpowered the hops a bit. Almost like an english barleywine. I think the age might have affected it a bit...but based on previous ratings, that might have been a good thing. Well below average for the style. Didnít finish the whole bottle.
SpringsLicker (2935) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost gushy with a huge creamy head of off-white over a dark orange body.
Big complex aroma. Caramel and honey with a robust grapefruit hop presence. Nutty.
Well balanced, forceful. Big and smooth, with lots of malt and good hop balance; they way I like my Double IPAís.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orange body with a large foamy head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine hops almost obscures the hints of caramel malt. The flavor, consequently, is one-dimensional. Not that hoppy beers is a bad thing, just that this one, while good, has something missing.
bdigital (652) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a murky amber color with a medium sized foamy, cream head. Floral and citrus hop-based aroma with notes of caramel and sweet malt. Full-bodied and wonderfully hoppy. Sweet cane sugar accents and a slightly resin finish.
amee16 (62) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a hazy dark amber with a fluffy thick head. Aroma is hoppy with caramel-like undertones and a bit of lemon/grapefruit. flavor is very hoppy and dry with some hidden sweetness and toast. leaves a light tingle on the edges of my tongue.
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the brewpub. Poured a clear copper color with a thick, white head. Aroma is fruity with citrus tones to it, but not as much as most other DIPAs Iíve had. Flavor is more malty than hoppy, which I think is odd for the style. Bitter, yet light grapefruit finish. Certainly not the best DIPA Iíve had.