Arayaga2 (1843) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2009 Sweet grapefruity floral dryhopped aroma. Dry, steeped tealike hop taste with malty finish, but relatively low complexity. Draft at New Beer Dist, and rerate on a 500ml bottle. $5
alexanderj (3350) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand bottled; recommended by golubj on my trip to New York City. Very nice aroma; citrus, grapefruit, pine and pineapple. Not a lot of up-front flavor, but the malt backing comes in fairly quickly, followed by a lot of pine in the finish. I liked the amount of hop finish; would have preferred a better tasting beginning. Still very enjoyable.
dmac (4340) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap from a sixtel at Dickinsonbeer’s apartment. Pours a great looking orange/amber with a huge frothy dense white head that lasts and lasts. Citrus hop aroma with a big grapefruit nose. Flavor is good but something drops out between the aroma and the flavor. Medium bodied with a slight bitter aftertaste. I love CL I only wish the beers were slightly more accessable.
Rastacouere (6145) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Minimal haze obstructs the nice copper coloured body. Fading off-white film. Not hugely aromatic, but when you put an effort to it, it’s rather complex: the malts are well extracted, toasty and thick. Firm resiny hops with soft citric undertones and more piney, green sappy notes. Confident bitterness slices through the sweetness and the finish is dry all throughout. Medium to full bodied, excellent texture. Cleansing, medium-high carbonation. Good stuff that stays apart from what one may call standard.
bp (816) - Queens, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Hop Devil Grill (NYC): amber color, citrus and hoppy aroma, taste is hoppy but also well balanced, very drinkable, very good.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Blind Tiger. Copper in color with an off-white head. Aroma was of tropical, grapefruit, and pine hops. Not a lot of up-front flavor, but the malt backing comes in fairly quickly, followed by a lot of pine in the finish. Good amount of bitterness.
jcwattsrugger (11310) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap & growler-pours a big creamy/bubbly tan head and copper color. Aroma is wow! Nice west coast hops-citrus/pine, some sweet. [Simcoe, Chinook, Cascade]. Taste follows with nice medium malt back bone. Sessionable. OK carbonation. No plastic or slick mouth feel.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber pour, small white head. Aroma is grapefruit. Flavor is grapefruit hops and a bit of pine. Resiny aftertatse, hop bitterness is pretty high throughout. Light caramel sweetness and a touch of but really the resiny bitterness owns this beer. Had it on tap at the brewery and from a growler.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served lightly chilled at about 58ºF (14ºC); Five days since being filled
Pours from the growler a brilliantly clear (so brilliantly clear that it is almost ridiculous or even suspect), deep, cranberry color. It is topped by a frothy, initially fat-two-finger thick, tan colored head that leaves a thin layer of lace as it falls back into the beer. The beer is quite noticeably hoppy; as I pour this brew the sweet smell of hop-induced fruit & citrus is easily noticed. Aromatic notes of candied orange peel, candied peaches, tangelo, lychee, apricot concentrate / preserves; there is just an über fruitiness to this brew that is so typically American. Behind the up front fruit notes is a backdrop of lightly herbal notes and a touch of sharp pine. Lest we forget about it completely, there is even some malt character noticeable in the aromatic finish. Aromas of toasty, freshly milled biscuit malt, caramel malt notes and a quite noticeable, crushed soda cracker aroma let me know that the brewer put enough malt in this brew to stand up to the hops, but also be noticeable (though not enough to lessen the overwhelming hop focus of this brew).
The taste is somewhat sweet, yet bracingly bitter from the get go. At first the bitterness is balanced quite well by the malt character, but it quickly starts to bite, with an astringent, slightly rough, yet mostly clean bitterness that becomes more prominent as the beer leaves my mouth and slips down my throat. Quite malty still in the taste, with flavors of caramelized malt sugars, a solid soda cracker maltiness and even has a touch of lightly toasted grain flavors to it. This beer is of course all about the hops though, and even though I have not mentioned the flavors yet, the hop flavors clearly are the main course here. The flavor is not quite as fruit focused as the aroma, yet it is still the most noticeable aspect of it. Fruit flavors reminiscent of lychees, tangelo, ruby-red grapefruit, Curacao orange peel are all noticeable. Actually the fruit notes leaning towards concentrated apricot and peach notes is quite a bit more muted than it was in the aroma; really the citrus-like notes play a much more prominent role in the flavor profile. The alcohol is held pretty well in check, a touch of warming flavors intermingle with the sharp hop notes in the finish. The beer certainly has some heft to it, a fair amount of body, but no where near what I would characterize as a Barleywine. Still with the ample malt, and over the top hop character, this is definitely not quite a quaffing brew.
A sharply herbal and even a touch of pine tar flavors, adds to and melds into the bitter finish of this brew. Aggressive, with enough bitterness and astringency, a bit of an exercise in self flagellation, scathingly hoppy, yet still overall balanced towards the smoother, this is a great example of a Double IPA. This is a damn fine brew, it is very well balanced for a Double IPA, drinkable, yet engagingly hoppy.
pforei (338) - USA - OCT 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 On tap at Hop Devil. Extremely hoppy aroma and taste. Pine, floral, citrus, grass, and perfume; the whole hop spectrum is here. Slight fruity flavor is there as well. Bitter finish. This beer knows exactly what it wants to be.
Re-rate. Growler from Whole Foods. Malt is more prominent and beer is a little more fruity. Excellent.