MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at J Gumbos Aug 2008 Indy tasting - Aroma is sharp pine resin hops with caramel fighting for attention. Flavor is grapefruit, flowery hops and caramel malt all nicely balanced. Palate is tart and creamy. A great IPA.
kramer (5086) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
25 oz bottle. Pours a nice deep copper body with a big craggy frothy off white head that had excellent retention. The nose is more sweet caramel malt than it is hoppy, and that’s not a good sign of an IPA to me. Lots of stale iced tea crystal malt, then lighter floral hops. There’s plenty of bitterness to stand up to the crystal malt up front, but it loses out on the back end. Finishes with a light resiny note and grainy crystal malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fairly creamy, with moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall, this just wasn’t the kind of IPA that gets me going. I want hops and more hops, not hopped stale iced tea.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
200th rating of this beer, 750ml from a local liquor store. Pours dark orange with a foamy tan head. Nice citrus nose that I got from the moment I popped the cork. Taste is very nice with lots of citrus and a lot of bite. This is great midwest IPA that lives up to West Coast Standards.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour reveals a cloudy amber color with a medium creamy offwhite head. Nice aroma of fruity and resinous hops. Good flavor of resinous, fruity hops, with toasted malt and bitterness in the end. The body is medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked and caged 750ml. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a one finger light tan head. Nose is floral and citrus hops and caramel malt. Taste is sweet upfront with apricots, caramel and ripe citrus with a nice resin aftertaste in the finish. Medium mouth feel. This is better than I thought it would be and the novelty of a cork and caged IPA is different. Nice and hoppy for a single IPA. Decent brew.
travita (4150) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color with a big head. Nice look. Citrus hops in the taste with medium bitterness. Nice smell of citrus, pine, down to earth feel. Good aftertaste.
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs. Pours with a giant serving of white pillow of foaming while the ale is a muddy amber color. The aroma is a bready malt nose with a dosage of British styled hop variation. I taste a rye bready flavor as well as a honey oat or sweet wheat that really is different that I am accustomed too but again there is a English hop background that balances this beer out real smoothly .
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a tannish garnet with orange highlights, and an off-white head that lasts forever. Aroma is very citrusy and flowery, but not too extreme on the hops. A bit tropical, and doesn’t give much way to the maltiness of the flavor. The beer tastes pretty well balanced between the brown sugar and caramel malts, and the flowery tropical fruit-like hop flavor. Finishes slightly toasty with a bitter grapefruit flavor and a slight lingering caramel aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, fairly highly carbonated and creamy. Pretty good, and I admire the restrained IBUs.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. poured a dark brown/orange color, tan/white head. Real nice floral hop aroma, nice and citrusy. Nice smooth hop flavor, nicely balanced. Very good overall
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch Number: D8121; Sampled September 2008
A soft pour into my 25cl tulip glass easily produces a three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is red stained, darkish amber color that shows a lightly hazy, orangish tinged, red stained, dark copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of up front citrus hops and a crystal malt backdrop. Aromas of bergamot, candied grapefruit zest and lychee are dominant up front, while softer notes of caramelized malt, lightly toasted grain and even some pine-notes are noticeable more towards the end if you dig for them. This is a touch muted when compared to the more hopped examples of an IPA, much less a Double IPA, but it is still quite hoppy and definitely enjoyable for the inner hop head.
Sweet tasting with a big, biting bitterness. The carbonation is a bit excessive and just causes the beer to foam up as it hits the tongue. The alcohol is noticeable towards the finish with a warming effect and the crystal malt definitely plays a big role in the flavor. The excessive carbonation is dealt with by a vigorous swirl of my glass, this softens the texture allowing a medium-rich body to become noticeable. Flavors of sticky caramel, lots of browned malt character, a touch of toffee and a toasted, browned, whole grain bread crust like flavor in the finish are quite noticeable considering the slightly more dominant hop flavors should be the central focus. Despite my ignoring them up until this point, this beer is about the hops after all and they do contribute substantial flavors of candied orange zest, lychee, a nice herbaceous, at times menthol-like, pine note that mingles along with the bitterness in the finish.
Definitely on the malty side of the spectrum for a Double IPA; it focuses a bit too much on flavors derived from crystal malt and the body could certainly be a bit lighter so that it captured the quaffability that I find requisite in a Double IPA. For all of my griping about this not being the type of Double IPA that I prefer, this is actually not all that bad, in fact it can be downright enjoyable when you get down to it; forget about styles, and just enjoy the beer. It is certainly enjoyable and I have no qualms about finishing, though I would characterize it as more of a crystal malt focused, hoppy, Double American Amber, than a Double IPA.
Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA