MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Any first impressions?
-A ring of foam decorates the clear amber.
-Creamy maltiness delves into a biscuity character, as earthy oranges rise from the aromatic hops.
-Piney, wooden hops are well-organized in the flavor profile with the caramel sweetness.
-The cushiony mouthfeel even becomes creamy after a while, spelling nourishment.
What if you dig deeper?
-The patient wooden hop bitterness stays a while before disappearing.
-Would there be a semblance of balance in this Double IPA? Okay then!
-This is a mild Double IPA considering its West Coast origins, but this doesn’t take anything away from its solid structure and flavorful display.
Bottle; 2006 vintage.
marcus (8597) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This amber ale poured with a modest off-white head that dissipated rather quickly. The initial taste is malty with bitterness quickly settling in, leaving a piney finish and a warm alcohol trail.
alexsdad06 (8165) - Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a medium creamy yellowish beige head. Some floaties are present. The aroma has a candy like sweetness, a big dose of caramel malts, and big citrus hops. The flavor has a big caramel malt presence accompanied by some fruits and more sweetness. The hops are there but have probably faded a bit. Orange citrus is at the forefront with hints of pine and floral around as well. Full bodied, viscous, and warming as it goes down. I would have liked to have had this fresh to compare.
bb (7986) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Copper color with a nice light tan head. Pine and caramel aroma. Great balanced (IIPA balance so very hoppy) pine/caramel/grapefruit flavor. LIngering bitterness.
Ibrew2or3 (7913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper color. Poured a nice creamy two inch off white head. There was excellent lacing left behind. Solid grapefruit aroma with a grainy maltiness that grows stronger as the beer warms. Nice tasting IIPA. Hop bitterness and some sweet malt hit first on the initial sip. But the flavor at this point is smooth and subtle. As the taste proceeds the hops ramp up the intensity. Just past the midway point a grainy maltiness flavor emerges but fails to overcome the big hop bitterness and slightly sweet hop flavor. I really like the big beer flavor of this big beer. Well done.
Ughsmash (7501) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Poured translucent medium orange with just a spotty dusting of white head and some loose bubbles around the edge of the glass. The nose picked up a bunch of deep, complex, and intriguing orange character.. sweetness came from the meat, which was mildly amplified by the booze factor.. spicy tangerine zest accented, and some caramel backed it all up.. as it warmed, some grassy notes emerged. The flavor didn’t quite do it justice.. caramel, grapefruit, and orange at the core with peppery spices, grainy caramel, and tangerine zest at the edges.. alcohol was sharp especially at the finish, and there was a lot of grainy residual sweetness. Thicker-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. the grainy sugars and the booze threw off the balance a bit. This was decent, but not a good IIPA.
after4ever (7272) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22. Yummy! Pours hazy medium amber with a very thin white head. Minimal lace. Neutral nose. Nice creamy high-medium body with lightish carb and forward sweet flavors. Nuts and caramel and sweet brown bread all over the mid-palate, following with really earthy, leafy cereal husk and a nice piney/resiny bitter cling. Awesome DIPA.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear orange amber with a nicely-lacing, thinner off-white head. Aroma boasts a bold grapefruity hoppiness and sweet caramel malt underneath. Body starts with a sweet viscous caramel and toffee maltiness with nice bittering and citrusy flavor hoppy balance. A nice, fresh, and enjoyable double IPA.
PorterPounder (6898) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 22 0z bomber. Pours a vibrant, dark, murky orange with white, fluffy thick head that leaves good thick lacing. Aroma is sprucy and floral and very fresh. Grapefruity west coast hoppiness is prevalent, but not overdone and tongue numbieng - very balanced with some melony notes and a hint of mint and maple. Mouthfeel is thick and somewhat creamy. Best I have had from Butte Creek which is sometimes supect with their "organicy" nature. Alcohol hidden well - did not realize it wa sthis high until I rated it - no wonder I have a slight headache!
nimbleprop (6865) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer looks like trouble with a translucent ruby color and a bubbly thin white head. Very clean aroma, hoppy, citrus and soapy, but also sweet and sugary. I think my tongue felt the alcohol before a drop landed, oily, sticky mouth feel, warming with long lasting bitterness. Flavor was of pine, but also woody and sweet like caramel. Without the hops this would remind me of a barleywine. I enjoyed this.