sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle got mine from northerntimber: Dark brown pour with a loose off white head. Aroma of rich caramel malts, earthy hops and some fruit. Flavor, caramel, a dry hoppiness, it was medium bodied and a little chewy in itís mouth feel. The alcohol doesnít really come through at all. Surprised to see itís actually that high.
bgburdman9 (856) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2006 Columbus gathering beer#8. Brought by me and Sliffy. Mix of strong hops, malts, and alcohol. Bready raisiny flavor. Very sweet but not overpowering at all. Had a lot of bitterness but it was not too much. This is one of my favorite all time DIPA and would love to try this again.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is deep murky amber with HUGE yeasty floaties and a nice thin dense tan head...smell is sugary sweet with some nice citrus too...taste is strongly sweet with a light mouthfeel...alcohol is present, but not 13+% flavors...much more bitter than I would have thought for some reason...
Sopor (2) - Portland, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brilliant gold-tinged amber pours thickly, resistant to forming a head. Ruby light shows through. A thin film and sticky ring of foam is all that is left of the head in just a few moments.
Slightly abrasive, slightly greasy, slightly peachy/apricoty hop is dominant. Upon opening the bottle and before even pouring, hops hit your nose within seconds and are strong enough to smell like a cooled IPA wort: super fresh and green hoppiness. A caramelly/raisiny malt is just barely detectible.
AMAZINGLY balanced in the palate! Caramelly/raisiny malt is stong enough to hold up to a BARRAGE of intense and varied hop flavor. Citrus, resin, peach, apricot, and a hint of cedar and pine hop are all represented. The hops are STRONG but not overpowering, and not abrasive. Absolutely amazing, youíve got to try this to believe that this much hop flavor can actually fit in a beer and still taste so good! Heavy fusel alcohol gives an alcoholic spice which beautifully ties the malt and hops together. 13.6% abv is really only noticed in the warming effect on my throat, and the quick buzz...
Moderately thick body with delicate carbonation makes for a very smooth and pleasant body.
This is one of the most incredibly tasty beers I have ever had. Without a doubt, the best DIPA that has graced my lips with itís blessed bitterness. AMAZING! If this wasnít 13.6%, it would have scored a 5 on drinkability too, but something this strong just canít be "ultimately drinkable", however, itís damned close!!!
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 15, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark hazy copper, thin white head. Intense hoppy nose of orange zest, caramel, black tea, and toffee. Bitter tones of spruce, orange, caramel and brown sugar. Medium bodied, very light carbonation, bittersweet finish. In your face stuff which I really dig....
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Pailhead (or was it Styles?) at DL Day. Thanks! I remember having this on bourbon barrel at the MI Festival, although my palate was a bit too fatigued at the time to rate it. From the bottle, its cloudy and barleywine like in appearance, with notes of maple, citrus, and pine on the nose. On the palate, it reminds me a lot of Devil Dancer. Its spent a few months in the cellar, and I can imagine a few years would do this one well. Its hoppy! I was blown away that the alcohol level was 13.6. This hides it exceptionally well. One of the better Double (or maybe Triple?) IPAs Iíve had, and Iím not a huge hop guy.
kramer (4564) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, via Styles. Pours a slightly cloudy copper colored body under almost no head at all, save for a thin ring. Lots of yeast sediment in bottle. Aroma is bursting with raw green hops, hugely piney, over a heavy syrupy caramel malt base. Hop tea in the highest! Flavor is intense, tons of bitter hops with loads of heavy caramel malt. Just lots of everything in this one. Finish is warming and bitter. Mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy with extremely fine soft carbonation. This beer was like chewing on hop pellets. I can only imagine what it was like when extremely fresh. The alcohol is pretty well hidden for being 13%. Worth seeking out.
pineypower (2359) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got this one in a trade a while back and let it sit for a good time. Pours out a hazy dark amber color with a small lacing head. Aroma is of pine hops and some sweet malt. Very thick mouthfeel with a nice balance of citrus hops and some earthy malty flavors. Alcohol hits on the finish. Solid brew
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Sprinkle. I have been seeking this for a while. Pours a murky amber orange with a diminishing white head. In your face aroma of sweet rich caramel, malt and fruity hops. Resinous texture. The malt flavors here are really overpowered by the grapefruit and piney hops. However, some sweet brown sugar flavors sneak through before the finish. On the bitter and slightly boozy finish, the hop juice coats mouth and throat, and warms as it goes down. To me, this is more like a barleywine than a IIPA.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to my man Styles for the huge IPA! Poured a thick, hazy medium orange with about nothing going on for head. Nose picked up heavy grapefruit with pine needle accents... plus a definite alcohol undertow. Flavor found thick candied grapefruit upfront, pine resin, raisins, and heavy caramel across the middle, and finished with more caramel, pine bitterness, and alcohol flavor and warmth. Syrupy and heavy on the palate, coating all the tastebuds quite nicely. Bitterness level was ideal. This was a deep and seductive brew that was surprisingly drinkable. Thanks, Chris!