Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not too long ago in a rating I stated that I should be having more Capital beers. What better way for this hoar-headed hop-head to follow that up than with a double IPA? Nice pour, a bubbling bronze body with a dense, creamy ecru head. The aroma that seeps through that dense head is filled with grapefruit, lemon zest, and a touch of pine. No malt, yet. In the flavor, the malt comes across as a blending of grain with caramel. That is soon outweighed by the citrus hops, including a steadily increasing zesty bitterness. The hefty ABV remains quiet until it works its way into my veins. The finish is a tad sweet with a prolonged (although not as biting as I would prefer) bitterness. Nice.
Guerde (1204) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bomber) Pours out a clear orange color with a medium white head. Aroma showcases some grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, and caramel coated orange zest. Booze heat is present. Bit of syrupy canned lychee fruit as well. Overall Iíve smelled better IIPAs but Iím oddly intrigued by this scent and I donít really know why. Flavor does not intrigue me all that much and is composed of some searing booze heat, pine, grapefruit, faint lemon, and a bunch of caramel sweetness thatís all very stripped-down and devoid of much character. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky. Overall itís ok, but I donít foresee myself being CAPSIZED AGAIN.
madvike (3044) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle - Pours copper with a creamy off-white head. Nose is mandarin orange marmalade, onion, a little pine, and a lot of bready malt. Taste is dirty, with muddled garlic/onion hops, some peachy frutiness mingling with bready malt, and a sharp pine finish. Astringent alcohol on the finish. Off-putting, unfocused, and messy. I was skeptical of the first IIPA from Capital, and figured this one would be better because they had a second chance. Nope--itís bad. I wanted Capital to try hoppy beers for a long time, now I wish they hadnít.
Ughsmash (7267) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Poured clear, lighter orange with a short toasted beige head. The aroma picked up lots of citrus over fairly sweet pale and caramel malts.. nutty/earthy undertones. The flavor found a heavy malt base of honey, pale, and caramel malts, surrounded by sticky citrus and lesser pine hoppage.. bitter citrus stuck on the long finish, along with lots of residual sugar. Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation.. creamy across the middle.. bitterness was a touch raw on the finish.. OK overall, but not what I was hoping for.
MarinEvelyn (640) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hoppy, caramel, floral, slightly fruity aroma. Taste is similar, fairly hoppy. Strong bitter finish, but a slight sweetness. Some citrus fruit, possibly peach.
beerbaaron (1524) - Arizona, USA - APR 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. pours a nice looking clear orange amber. Small white head. Small, minimal aroma, light fruity, citrus, peach, floral, caramel. Flavor is hoppy and quite bitter. Plenty of bitter citrus and pine. Lots of floral, too much. Floral and earthy. A little berry fruitiness. medium plus body. Alcohol clearly present, especially through the finish. Didnít work for me. I liked the original better. What happened here?