Cannile (11) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I cracked the bottle and was immediately greeted with an explosion of deep forest pine and dank hop skunkiness. Pours thick and moderately syrupy. Dark copper in color. Head dissipates fairly quickly, though leaves generous lacing at every inch it touches. Aroma of sharp pine, rosemary, weed, and grass. As the liquid warms, that signature butterscotch aroma of diacetyl quickly makes an appearance. And although this deScriptor may be used often, there is an element in its aroma that smells as if you really are sticking your nose into a package of fresh high-alpha hops. Moderately full bodied and fairly sweet with generous two-dimensional caramel and scotch malt characteristics. Immediately displays a perfect dose of that first-wort bitter characteristic along with that butterscotch diacetyl we talked about upon sipping, following by a complimentary dose of spice and pine hop characteristics. Hardly oxidized. There are little to no fruity, citric hop attributes in this one. I find that the entire hop profile of this beer is balanced in absolute perfect harmony, in that it is not weighted as too bitter, too flavorful, or too aromatic. Also, at ten percent alcohol by volume, there is not a single hint of booze. The first thing that comes to mind as I enjoy this Knuckle Sandwich is a coiled rattlesnake, ready to strike at its unsuspecting prey, in the sense that every aspect of this beer is pulled back and tight-knit; bitterness, maltiness, flavorful, moderately full-bodied ... and yet I am only halfway through the twenty-two ounce bottle and am already feeling its venomous effects. Pretty good stuff.
tiong (5234) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 08/28/15 - Pours copper orange with a smooth white head. Aroma of caramely malts, toffee, loads of grass, pine, resin and herbal notes. Taste is malty, sweet, heavy and caramely with loads of toffee, grassy hops, herbal notes, pine and resin. Finish is sweetish, slightly stuffy, malty and hoppy with massive amounts of pine, resin and herbal grassy notes. Quite malty and sweet, old school west coast DIPA.
wchesser (1542) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ll start off saying this isn’t super fresh, so take this with a grain of salt. Nose of sweet, slightly burnt caramel malts, some citrus, pine, and danker hops. Taste follows, with bitter, slightly soapy hop finish. More barley wine at this point than DIPA. Booze is well hidden.
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Burnt honey and bitter resins fight it out alongside citrus fruit in this rich and sweetish Double IPA.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the misty pale amber.
-This is not an easy drinker, even for the style. At least, the name makes you expect what you get.
-The wealthy mouthfeel is comfortable.
-This feels like an old-style DIPA; more sugary and with a coarser bitterness.
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the source. Pours a reddish golden. No head. Aroma is pine. Some bubblegum. Alcohol is evident. Smooth clean. Nice beer.
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McCarty23 (53) - Vista, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep orange clear pour with carbonation coming up through out from bottom of glass. Oily hop and citrus aroma and flavor. Bitter finish.
euniceradio (243) - Colton, California, USA - APR 5, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml to cervoise glass. Pours deep orange-red. Plentiful head which dwindles down to a lasting ring of light tan head quickly. Malty with notes of caramel and pale malts. Hops are spicy, floral and lemon/orange zest. Some good peach and mango as well on the finish. You can tell immediately that it is 10.0 abv. Strong beer...good beer...highly drinkable...but look out...it kicks.
IPagan5 (106) - San Marcos, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours gold in color, some decent head. Big hop nose with piny and resny aroma. Hop forward palate with back of lightly kiln malts.
DSG (8665) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[2/18/15] Draught at Bootlegger’s Brewery in Fullerton. Clear amber. Big resinous and piney hops aroma. Sweet malty flavor with caramel and resinous bitter hops. Medium-bodied.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Commons Alehouse, orange pour, white head, nose is oranges, taste is super bitter and awesome
Wittales (734) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance was clear deep orangish gold with creamy off white diminishing 1 finger head, rings of lacing. Aromas are malt forward, citrus with a touch of alcohol. Taste are malty, yet sticky pine, grapefruit and orange creep in. The backend is to alcoholic, more like a barleywine. Palate was soft Co2 with slick full body, the malty sticky lasting finish. Overall it’s a malty DIPA, only 2 months old. Taste more like a American style Barleywine.