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Brewed by Carlow
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Carlow, Ireland
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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keg & bottled, special
A full-bodied, full-on Double IPA combining caramel and malt flavours with a well-balanced and substantial bitterness, which is topped off by a tantalising hop aroma with notes of tangerine and grapefruit. Light carbonation allows the full flavour of this beer to shine through.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19237) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2013
Draught at SBWF. Clear deep golden, coarse head. Fruity nose with butter and grapefruit. Mid sweet with near full body and rounded mouthfeel. Apricot and butter, some honey. MId bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kevnic2008 (7672) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - JUL 27, 2014
Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt and caramel. Flavour is sweet malt, pine, caramel, alcohol.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ogivlado (5584) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 28, 2014
Bottled 500ml. -from Magic Beer Room Zagreb. Golden coloured, medium sized off-white head, fruit drops in the nose. Sweet malty, fruity and hoppy with some herbal notes. Notes of alcohol in the finish. Rather sweet one and nearly not the best DIPA I’ve tried.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (4958) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 15, 2014
500 ml bottle, from the Norwegian importer. ABV is 7.5%. Deep golden colour, moderate white head. Sweetish notes of caramelized orange marmalade, crystal malts and citrussy and piney American hops. Medium sweet flavour, with the same elements as in the aroma. A little less sweetness and even more hops would be nice, but this is still not a bad shot at an "American" IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cuso (4296) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle. Deep golden color with huge white head. Malty, hoppy aroma. Sweet malty taste with shy fruity hoppy touch. Quite sweet, malty finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marko (3896) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 8, 2014
Available, bottled, in Croatia for some time now. Go us. Would’ve missed it if I hadn’t stumbled upon a random blog which mentioned it. Seen it only at Sheridan’s so far. The label (importer’s?) says 10.7° and pretty much lies through its nose. Pours a clear, slightly, but only slightly darker amber body. Not that impressive, but I’m not sure if I could’ve expected otherwise. Fruity aroma, notes of apricot, maltiness, some aroma hops blended in too, not bad for now. The taste is actually sweeter than expected (way much more so than it would’ve been if it was 10.7° - is it even possible to get 7.5% out of that?!). Digressions aside, starts malty, ends in tobacco, along with a dry, bitter herbal hopiness. Vague pine here and there, though my mind was really in sleep mode. Not bad at all, but I’m not sure I’d pay nearly 4.5€ for a bottle again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyrmir (3271) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2013
On tap. Hazy amber with off white head. Aroma soapy, fruit, grapefruit and malt. Taste is malty, strong soap notes, high bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grzesiek79 (3148) - Radom, POLAND - APR 20, 2014
Dobre ale liczylem na sporo wiecej od Crafta z Irlandii. Podwojne IPA nie jest metne, a szkoda, piana takze srednia i niestety szybko opada. Kolor bursztynowy, klarowny. W smaku, a w zasadzie po pierwszym lyku slodkawe, nawet ciut za bardzo jak dla mnie ale na szczescie po przelknieciu pojawia sie rownowaga goryczkowa. Ma sie jednak wrazenie ze zwykle nie podwojne IPA bywaja bardziej chmielne nie to piwo. Dlatego piwo dla mnie srednio dobre ale z ambicjami na wyzsza polke.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bamsen78 (2993) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2014
Draught @ Kontynuacja, Wrocław. Pours clear light amber with small white head. Clear aroma of yeast, hops and fruit. Sweetish, fruity flavour, with bitter, hoppy notes and traces of citrus. Sweetish, estery and fruity flavour. OK but rather too sweet for me, if I can have my say about a DIPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (2785) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle at home courtesy of the brewery
Pours slightly hazy mid amber with minimal lacing of head. Some pineapple and lemon cheesecake on the nose. Overwhelmingly sweet at first, fairly heavy body, low carbonation. As it warms some lemon pith and mango comes through with a touch of balancing bitterness, but very much a bulked up UK style malt led ipa and a sipper.


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