JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at BCBB. Amber brown pour, moderately carbonated, with a slick-looking body to it. Nose is big and floral, with Simcoe coming through strongly for a wet hop vibe. Detectable malts in the nose, and these come through more in the flavors, revealing a strong caramel base that’s complemented by the flowery Simcoe and, to a lesser extent, the Citra bite. Good hoppy strong ale.
maxwelldeux (3959) - Everett, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught in a flight at the brewpub. My favorite one they had available my first trip there. Poured a dark brown with a moderate to thick head on it. A little bit spicy from the malts, yet extremely inviting. It was much smoother than expected, and made for a great drink. I liked it so much I ordered a full pint after the flight.
emacgee (4207) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky mahogany brown with two fingers of creamy tan head. Nose is fuckin’ awesome, intense raw citrus and resin. Some light brown sugar. Very delicate and fresh hop aroma that intermingles well with the malty component. Super interesting flavor, the malt flavor is very intriguing from the extended boil. I guess it’s the intense kettle caramelization that I am tasting. Kind of like cacao and light brown sugar, very clean with a low bite and interesting toffee character. Round medium body.
TURDFERGUSON (4002) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at BCBB. Pours super cloudy brownish red with a lasting tannish lace. Nose is nice and fairly balanced-- citrus, tropical fruits, grass, light pine resin with some lighter brown sugar malt. Flavor is a bit more malty and boozy, and makes the hops a little more muddled and hidden within the depths of malt, yeast, and alcohol. Still drinkable and fuller flavored than some of the other pale ale/IPA offerings I have had here. The best beer Ive had at BCBB so far. I really enjoy going to Bull City. The beers range from just okay to something pintworthy but I love that they are always brewing new recipes and willing to experiment. And they don’t take themselves to seriously. Usually prompt friendly service. Durham is really growing on me. Not Dook though. Fuck them.