fordest (2026) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super fruity aromas off this thick orange pour with very little head. This 12 oz bottle was brought to us special thanks to jayg. Flavors did not disappoint with added caramel and vanilla to the citrus and fruity hop characters. Pretty darn good.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy brown/amber color. Smells rich of citrusy hops and brown sugar. Taste is a nice blend of the two, not as hoppy as some IIPA’s, but I think this one changes a lot with age. Big beer at almost 14% abv, but hides it very well. Would definitely try this again.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared with Blankboy (his bottle). Dark orange, neat foamy bubbles, orange’ish white head. Wonderful orange citrus aroma, also some syrupy sweetness (nice). Wonderful taste - yes, sooooooooo bitter, but also very sweet, balanced off, and surprisingly drinkable. Lots of alcohol too, but I thought it was around 8% before seeing the 13+....honestly, this sucker almost approaches 120 Minute territory for me (which I love)..that’s how good it is. Great stuff, thanks for sharing Paul.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours hazy amber, with a small tan head. Nicely balanced aroma, grapefruitand pine of the hops works in harmony with caramel malt. Flavor is well balanced as well; the hops are the clear focus, but a huge amount of malt is there to provide backbone, along with notes of honey, dried fruit and alcohol. Silky smooth, with little carbonation. Deceptively easy to drink for a 13+% Double IPA. Delicious!
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, poured a slightly hazy amber with a thin white head. Very floral and citrusy aroma. Flavors are similar and pretty well balanced. Not hint of the ~14% abv. Nice lingering bitter finish. A very nice beer from a brewery I have just discovered.
alexsdad06 (7025) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy deep amber color with a large amount of sediment that mostly settles out over time. The beige head was smaller than the regular Crooked Tree IPA and did not last as long nor did it leave any lacing. The aroma had a mixture of pine and citrus hops and thick caramel malts. There is nothing so far to suggest 13.6% alcohol. The taste is all of the above and more. The sweet, thick caramel malts blend nicely with the pine and citrus hops. Sweet balances bitter very nicely. The mouthfeel is on the thick side, but still very easy to drink. The only hint that this really is 13.6% comes as it warms where the alcohol becomes more pronounced. This has become one of my favorite IIPA’s, in spite of the significant amount of sediment in the glass.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color was a peach with red hues. The head was creamy, foamy, light beige, and apricot. The aroma was sweet, dry, and alcohol. The flavor was alcohol, bitter, and a light sourness. The palate was medium bodied and burned slightly. The finish was a little harsh and dry.
Ibrew2or3 (7461) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle purchased at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor. The pour caused big flakes of sediment to come out causing the beer to be a cloudy fuzzy amber-ish orange with nice tan head. With the glass more than a foot from my nose I can still easily smell the aroma. There is a very nice nose of pine hops and sweet sticky sludgy caramelized malts. After it had warmed to near room temperature I could start to smell the alcohol. The taste has big pine hop flavor that blends into pine and grapefruit hop bitterness creating an enjoyable transition. About midway sweet caramelized malts and hints of pale malts surface to mix with the citrus hops to create a somewhat sweet tangelo juice note. Into the finish the hop bitterness becomes rather pronounced. Very delicious IIPA and even my wife enjoyed the taste. As the beer moved closer to room temperature I could start to taste alcohol notes that bordered on interfering with the experience. The beer seems pretty smooth and not so much the in your face palate crushing experience as the Founder’s Devil Dancer. But close.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A dark amber beer with a off-white head. The aroma is of caramel malt, dark fruits, pine and hops, so is the taste, but light alcoholic. Medium to full body with a sweet dry light alcoholic finish. The alcohol is warming and well hidden away behind the malt. More please!!!
joergen (23502) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange red coloured with a small off white head.
Sweet aroma of caramel, dried fruits, hops and pine needles.
Sweet flavour of hops, dried fruits and pine needles.
Dry hoppy finish.