Slipstream (2012) - USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was a reasonably priced offering from this usually pricey brewery, so I grabbed it. BD labels remind me of certain rock album covers from the 1980s. Dark rust pour with a foamy head that drops pretty quickly. Full, sweet hop aroma, with touches of heather and yeast. It is more attractive to the sinus than it is to the tastebud, tho. The flavor is assertive, even arrogant. Dry, bitter hops lead the way, with a splash of vodka/gin on the back end. Admirable, but not lovable.
kassner (1349) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I suspect this is the second version, cask on tap at Birch and Barley, amber with no head or lacing. The fragrance is hops with some whiskey notes, sweet and aromatic taste. Fairly clean finishwith some chocolate thrown in.
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I like this better than the first edition. Deep golden with thin white head. Body is medium with some stickiness. Co2 is medium (on draft). Very hoppy aroma. Malt profile is mostly pale, and hop profile is somewhat narrow, mostly leafy and piney.
jesperhammer (2866) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
18-SEP-2010, bottle @home, from "ōlbutikken".
Light amber, clear, head is beautifull beige, better looking than the lower alcohol version.
Textbook IIPA. Malty, charamelly with loads of citrucy, piney, bitter hops.
Just a tad light in mouthfeel, but length is fine and bitter.
Better than the first edition. Fuller, more malty. Still could be more fresh or stronger on malt...
sthlm (1230) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle] Pours deep amber with a lingering light tan head. Aroma doesnít explode out of the glass like the better IIPas Iíve had, but still is okay, with caramel, and...canít quite pinpoint what else that is. Definitely isnít any fir, spruce or pine that Iíve cut...closer to a key lime/lemon aroma I would say. Taste also has caramel, with the subdued citrus aspect complimenting the malt quite niceley. Decent mouthfeel, finish is of average length. Overall, a fairly nice IIPA where the alcohol is well hidden...still, I couldnít drink it often.
DruncanVeasey (7157) - NUNEATON, Top 23, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2011 1) Bottle, first Dog for an age. Murky bronze with orange tints, rippled off-white head collapsing to a film. Florid, unmade pineapple jelly, tinned peaches, grenadine, well-deodorised armpit aroma shaved with Lindt and lemon zest. Smells like a beautiful woman whoís just been sick. Slick-bodied and oozing character like the later bottles of the first edition didnít; all the park bench alcohol and bittering rawness has gone, to be superceded by an altogether more incensed and papaya-accented experience. Big hop pith and peachiness to begin with, moderated with chalk, chocolate (Roses strawberry creams) and roasted pistachio undercurrents. Humid tropical greenery on the belch- those papayas again. Fine-drinking shit indeed. Might wash my hair in this. 848417=4.1
2) Just a turbo-charged, chalky, dumbed down slug of booze and peachiness these days. Muddy with a yellowed, nictotine collar nothing like I remember. Chalk, tinned mandarin, peach flan aroma. None of the bristling, brilliant, exotic hop notes of old. Soggy with Crystal malt, orange Smartie notes. Americanised, crushing. WTF happened to one of my favourite beers?? 636313=3.1.
tommann (2704) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle. Pours dark amber with a small head. Aroma is piney and resin hops. Some grapefruit too. Starts with the hops, then some caramel balances it a bit, then finishes with all the resin. Tropical fruit follows on the aftertaste.
smith4498 (3022) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ the Treasure Coast beer fest. Pours dark orangish color with off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus and caramel. Lots of bitterness with sweet caramel and some pine hops. Medium body with average carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel. Much better than the first edition.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
poured from 33cl bottle. Light amber color with minimal head. Aromas are of alcohol, and sweet malt. Taste is hoppy, citrusy, but also sweet due to the alcohol. Decent,but not their best beer.
gunnfryd (10453) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Golden-orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is grapefruit, peaches, hop, malt, fruit. Flavour is grapefruit, peaches, pine hop, malt. Very nice beer.