fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a reddish color with a white head. Aromas are wonderful and remind me of eating citrus like grapefuit plain and liking it. As big as this beer is I expected it to be harsh. Quite the contrary. It is very smooth and has a nice malt backbone with some hops to finish the taste. Very good IIPA.
Stine (1642) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mostly clear; deep auburn, with a milky, thin skin. Aroma is a blast of tropical, sunny sweetness, ripe with tangerine, peach, lychee and golden kiwi and simmered in brown sugar water and dulce de leche. Disarmingly fruity, pungent, and almost blindingly bright. Flavor is a mixed sweetness of honey, white tea, caramel, vanilla milk, and more tropical fruit. Resinous bitterness is more of a sweet pine smoke variety than something arresting and abrasive. Well played and very smooth. Perfumey and floral to a gargantuan extremity; like a mutated, frothing at the mouth centennial beast. Never comes off as too much, though, or even as unbalanced. Palate is thick and cool with soft carbonation; sophisticated and managing to convey calmness and restraint throughout. Very wet and bitter in the finish with herbs, white pepper, and grapefruit jucie. Alcohol somehow unnoticeable. Balanced, charming, and quite memorable.
badgerben (4536) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark mahogany color with no head. Powerful hop aroma, with mostly citrus and floral hop. Plenty of caramel sweetness as well. Strong bitter taste, but a full, caramel and dry malt backbone. The hops don’t have a lot of flavor, just pure acidic bitterness.
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille 12oz, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur ambrée-brune et voilée. Nez de houblon résineux, citrique (pamplemousse) et aux notes herbeuses, malté de caramel toffee sucré et légèrement rôti, fruité (abricots, agrumes), léger d’alcool avec des notes boisées et de pain. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture résineuse et moyennement crémeuse. Goût assez amer de houblon résineux et citrique (pamplemousse - une amertume présente toute la gorgée) acccompagné d’un goût fruité (agrumes, moyen d’abricots) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de malt du genre caramel toffee sucré aux notes rôties et terreuses ainsi qu’un léger goût de pain. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un moyen goût d’alcool (légèrement réchauffant) qui reste présent jusqu’en finale, où le retrouve un regain d’amertume asséchante de houblon plus citrique et plus herbeux ainsi que des notes boisées (bois humide). Post-goût très long et sec, amer de houblon citrique, résineux et herbeux avec un moyen goût d’alcool, un léger goût fruité (zest d’agrumes) et des notes boisées.
BellsFan (49) - Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured out dark brown with a wonderful smell of hops. Plenty of sediment at the bottom of my glass when finished. Strong beer that you can feel going down.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 Bottle purchased at Crown Liquors #15, in Fishers, IN. Pours a dark reddish brown with a frothy ecru head and more large chunky sediment than I think I’ve seen in any beer. I’m not particularly surprised, however, as the bottle of Crooked Tree I sampled had enough floaties in it that it reminded me of marmalade. The nose is big, malty and enticing with notes of dark fruit, apricots and brown sugar backed by citric and evergreen hop notes along with a touch of alcohol. Despite the 98 IBUs, this smells more like an American barley wine than an IIPA. The palate is full-bodied with fine (yet assertive) carbonation and transitions to a lightly resinous, woody, bitter finish, with chest-warming alcohol joining in after the swallow. The flavor rides that fine line between barley wine and IIPA with a solid fruity (apricots again) malt body up-front, giving way to a bitter, citric, woody and lightly resinous finish that lingers on the tongue accompanied by quite a bit of "heat". I don’t know the age of this bottle, but I’d be curious to see what a bit more age might have done for it. It’s a tasty brew, but it’s a bit "hot" for my tastes.
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
far better than the single crooked tree. nice full body sweetness to counteract the great hop bitterness. clear amber color with minimal head.
drewbeerme (3885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 12oz bottle. early 2006 bottle, cellared for 2 years. I didn’t realize I hadn’t rated this so I’ll have to re-rate a freah bottle someday. this has aged gracefully, hops have mellowed but still hold some bitterness next to a oily mellowed malt body. alcohol is really well hidden. pretty tasty but a fresh bottle has more edge, maybe a few 3-4 years and this would be better or much worse.3.7.
4/9/08, 2008 vintage, fresh bottle. pours murky amber with small off white whispy head. sure the aroma is hoppy but the malt profile is so huge that it dwarfs the hop profile. nose notes of vegetal malts, sugar, and some grapefruit, pineapple, and citrus hop notes. flavors sweet vegetal toasted biscuits and some grapefruit and pineapple hop notes. this batch just came in but it tastes like it was brewed 6 months ago (maybe it was). finishes with sweet hop juice quality to it. a full mouth feel and medium sticky body. This comes off much more like an american barleywine (again the line is crossed) because the malt is just up there with the hops and the body is sticky. although the alcohol is well hidden this is another double ipa that has gotten too big. I’ve never had a double ipa above 11% that was worth anything. Logically what is the point, just brew an american barleywine or create a 8-10% hop bomb with wonderful hop flavor. this just doesnt have a good hop, malt, or both working together well at all. I do prefer the aged bottle i had but I wouldnt say it got much better. 3.6.
TURDFERGUSON (4002) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Green wax topped bottle sent to me by Miketd. Thanks Mike! I thought this was a pretty decent IIPA. I didn’t take notes on it, but remember it being very well balanced between malt and hops.
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Guess the only reason I’ve neglected entering a rating for this is that I was already pretty toasted each time I tried this. I recall distinctly pulling one out of fridge, fumbling with wax on cap and returning to fridge on eve as I was already wasted. But both times I actually did place it to lips and beyond - OMG. It does personify the double in the IPA to me - think and maybe leaning to medicinal, hoppy and .. well, one I’ll be glad to try again with a head and tongue not quite so trod upon. That I recollect so easily what I do attests to its strong "personality".
Russ, get me more!