tennisjoel (1314) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at OSLO’s and Guerde’s tasting courtesy of badgerben
This was a brew I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on for a long time. Briefly made an appearance in the twin cities, and before I knew it, it was gone. Now supposedly Dark Horse is pulling out of the state. This saddens me. Well, finally I got to taste this wonderful elixir. Dark red pour. Piney hops abound, but do not overpower this beer as I thought they might. More of a balanced IIPA, almost wanders into the American Strong Ale category. A bit boozy, but that doesn’t detract from this as it’s not over the top. This is another beer that I think could actually benefit from some aging. Still very solid.
islay (2028) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small sample at OSLO and Guerde’s tasting on Friday, 5-23-08. Lovely, buttery, hoppy, dry aroma features a pine scent. Pours a clear copper. Very good taste features lemon, pine, and cake frosting flavors. Medium body. A little undercarbonated.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick murky brown in color with a thin watery ivory cream head. Smell is malty and toffee. Flavor is quite earthy and wine like. Alcohol and heavy burnt malt are present here. Mouthfeel is quite undercarbonated and thick. Big alcohol finish. Overall, very Barley wine like (smell, taste and palate).
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle - thanks to drewbeerme for the trade; kind wish i read the ABV before popping as i didn’t realize it was one of "those" kinds of DIPA’s (haha) and it could have used a little aging for my palate; pours dark amber and mostly clear; flat and almost no head; aromas of sugar, malts and alcohol; very syrupy in both aromas and texture; slightly hot and strength is obvious; lots of bitter mixed with sugar; thin texture, but lots of punch to the syrupy, thin body; interesting, just a little much for me
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAY 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very smooth drinking. Pours a cloudy amber with a small head. Aroma thick with pine hops. Taste is smooth. Aftertaste of hops but little alcohol bite. This could knock you on your ass if not careful. Alcohol is well hidden.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. this one is pushing the envelop, why not call it a tripple ipa. Pours amber brown with a strong malty flavor attempting to balance out the hop character. Wow this one might be to big for me, had to split it.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
VERY piney nose.....high hop aroma.Very herbal and fresh...I could smell this all day. Flavor falls a bit short of the aroma.....more of a general bitterness with only subtle hop flavors. Sweet malt finish. Malt and hops not in balance....would have liked more hop flavor, and less malt presence.
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Sean and Ryans tasting with many others from the North County area. Dark gold color with medium head. Very floral aroma of hops and pine wood with grapefruit citrus. This beer has a huge malt foundation that helps prolong the flavor. Tons of orange citrus and a bit of apricot. Pretty thick mouth-feel with a big warming alcohol finish that seems over the top. Not bad.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAY 15, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2008 This has to have been aged somewhat. I picked this up at DLD and got around to drinking it. About the smoothest IPA I’ve ever had. There is no alcohol flavor, but your throat does not lie. Pours a ruddy brown with white head. I’m still not sure what to make of this. On one hand, it does not match my expectations of an IPA. Very smooth, goes down like honey.Very caramel flavors going on here. Strong MW IPA flavor to this one - full of malt and grassy flavors. Not floral, not dank - barely bitter. But on the other hand it has a nectar-like quality that happens rarely in beer. And yet this is 13.6%!?!?!?!? I give it high marks, even though it thoroughly confused me.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber color with a large off white head. Aroma of citrus, hops, roasted mallt and yeast. Taste is well ballanced between the malt and hops. Probably the best DIPA’s I have had so far. The alcohol is well hidden. It has a moderately bitter, semi dry crisp finish. A great beer overall!