DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark reddish amber. big cream colored head. oaky hop nose with some fruits coming through, like apricot, mango, guava, and pineapple. Bitter hop-forward (of course) beer showcasing drier elements of the above fruitiness with subtle if non-existant oak influence. Maybe not non-existant, but certainly not at the level detected in the nose...just gives off a dry oakiness in the finish. Balanced beer though...nice hoppy fruitiness...bitterness adequately and not overly balance by the malt presence. Heating alcoholic presence. Nice beer.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orane pour with a fluffy white head. Aroma is tropical, melon pineapple. Flavor much of the same. Oak add a peppery type quality to the finish. Flavor was nice and resinous, very fresh bottle
bierkoning (10210) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from EricAndersNavy, thanks! Orange amber color. Melon, grapefruit, vanilla and oak in the aroma. Malty sweetish flavor with melon, pineapple, lychee, oak, some earthy oily hops, but the hops are not too prominent. Well balanced. Excellent IPA.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from my Secret Santa. Pours cloudy amber with an off-white head. The nose is ripe citrus, mango, apricot, pepper and malt. The taste is grapefruit, orange, resin and wood in the finish. Medium bodied. Very good.
15_2_Kuhnhenn (6) - Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2011 does not count
1.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
My brother picked this up for me and when he came to visit we finally opened it. I really didnít get into the taste but what I did want to note was the wonderful aroma. Very pleasing to the nose :-)
3fourths (8036) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bit of a gushing bottle. tall-building sand colored head on a cloudy vermilion body. head settles down into patchy sea foam. intense gum, candy and fruit nose; sugary mandarin orange-flavored gelatin chews; vanilla-flavored gum; bit of a rough edge due to the oak. heavy oiliness. apparent sweetness is high. could be classified as candy. medium body up front thinning across mid-palate and frothing substantially. notes of sour wood-flavored gelatinous chewy candy and vanilla-scented candle wax / wood oil. puckering, drying finish with late creeper tannins. why so chewy? i think iíve tasted this once before, in the air in the back of cost plus world market, between the wooden kitchen accessories and utensils and the packaged spice, hot sauce and olive aisle.
Madirish76 (40) - Whittier, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Drowland. Aroma is dominated by hops but also has fruit. Almost sweet orange peel. It has a small white fuzzy head with almost no lacing. It is a cloudy med amber color. Has a bitter initial flavor of citrus and sweet finish. Almost a sweet orange and resin. Has a med body with light oily finish. Has lively carbonation. I canít taste the wood, but it is more balanced than the non white oak version.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This remarkable beer raised such an explosive head - even after a gentle pour - that it took multiple decantations to get the entire 12 oz bottle into my snifter. The head slowly simmered down to a finger, then a ring, and laced the glass abundantly in the process. Indeed, it looked like I had consumed half of a dipa before I had even had a sip of this. The color also evokes a dipa, with tints of russet creeping into a familiar ipa orange body. The nose is also very ipa-ish, with pineapple and orange mixing with faint hints of green wood from the oak. Anyone expecting an ipa, though, will be disappointed or blown away. Color me the latter. The body sends waves of coconut and leather through the ipa flavors. The malt profile coupled with the oak aging yields as much complexity and sippability as a nice barleywine ... only, at 7.5%, you can drink more than one and still tie your shoes! The overall effect is slightly tropical but fundamentally that of a paneled study on a quiet Saturday night. You feel a bit like the 17th c. Spanish governor of Florida sipping this: pampered, privileged, and delighted. A fine and complex offering from Cigar City.
nbondi (201) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to dchmela. Pours orangey-amber color with quickly dissipating white head. Nose is of cherries, confectioners sugar, vanilla, touch of oak. Medium, solid mouth-feel with lively carbonation, tastes of coconut, vanilla, a bit of citrus, hint of oak, and nice bitter hop finish. Very solid and complex overall, one of my favorite oak-aged IPAís thus far.
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Ginger Man. Very muddy hazy pour. The nose is quite laden with vanilla laden with back notes of mango and passionfruit. Rich palate with a fairly thick body as well. Itís lightly sweet but not all that hoppy. Sweet fruity hop aromatics but the bitterness is so subdued and unresinous that it almost comes across as a fruit beer. However - as it warms up this beer really changes. The hoppiness starts to pick up but it comes across a little bit catty. I canít say Iím a huge fan of this one - but itís definitely one of a kind.