CaptainCougar (7129) - 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.
Ughsmash (7122) - 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.
bb (6851) - 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 (6835) - 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.
marcus (6420) - 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.
5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Deep amber, huge foamy beige head, great retention, quite nice lacing. It doesn’t look any better than this. Rich sweet biscuity citrus laden hop bomb! Big malty "in you face" orange peel smactatood on the lips. I must say, this is one of the best Butte Creek beers I have ever had. Still remains a bit grainy, and it seems to have their characteristic flava, but otherwise its fairly smooth, somewhat viscous, and rather clean. A bit more balanced towards bitterness vs being very chewy, but its still very enjoyable. Alcohol is a bit noticeable, but its not hot. Semi-sweet finish, with a soft lingering pucker factor. Yeah, definitely one of their best beers. Props to Larry for this superb example of a IIPA!
Rastacouere (6125) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very clear orange pour with minimal white head. Plenty of crystal malts procure and sugary biscuity maltiness over which the not so aromatic oily, thick, orangey hops evolve. Light citrus and more prominent earthiness and soft pine make up for the eventual aromatic that show up once the beer is in mouth, but they went stronger on the bittering than finishing parts as the beer is quite bitter. Fortunately, it has the malt to stand it up, its medium body is firm and almost sticky. Straightforward, obviously Californian malty I2PA.
after4ever (6108) - 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.
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber colour with a yellow head. Light citrus, hop, caramel malt aroma and a caramel malt, heavy hop, pine taste. Medium to full body with a sticky, bitter dry finish.
BBB63 (6011) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Odeed and served in my GI IPA Tulip: Pours pretty enough with a coppery glow and a heavy frothy off-white head. The aroma has notes of piney and peppery hops, syrupy caramel malt, pineapple and mango esters, and some mild phenols. The taste displays a resiny hop character with a sugary and crystal malt background. The finish develops a green tea and metallic note. The aftertaste has a bad phenolic reaction and is way to band-aid for me, the balance is off in this brew. A bonus is that the mouth feel is silky smooth upfront before an astringent quality appears on the finish.
While the flavors are there they are also muted and once again I was left feeling let down by an organic brew. Why is that these Organic beers lack depth or excitement? Also because the hops are not sharp the sweetness makes this beer more akin to a Strong Ale than a IIPA. I beginning to wonder if it is perhaps the house yeast or water from this brewery that makes me less than happy?