Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
when mike the beer buyer at whole foods came back with my warm westy 12 he handed me a bottle of this and said he only is selling it to employees, with a build up like that I was excited and deschutes as always did not dissapoint, intense hops and alcohol
rich42 (128) - USA - DEC 30, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
interesting cross between an IPA and barley wine. not nearly as hoppy as the bottle suggested - but still a nice bite. more of a spicy crispness than actually all that bitter. slightly sweet - but reasonably balanced by the hops and alchohol. almost creamy? surprisingly easy to drink and very enjoyable
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2003 I couldn't wait to get this beer, and now I'm a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong it's good beer, but not memorable. For the amount of hops that was advertised, it doesn't have much of a bite. It's really pretty sweet. The bottle calls it an Imperial IPA. I'm not sure why its not in the barleywine catogory.
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nice amber that leans more toward brown since itís lacks the yellowish/orangish tints that make a true amber. The head was really hard to find no matter how hard I poured but doesnít really taste flat. The aroma is fairly sweet and lacks the hop presence youíd expect from a beer with this much hops in it. I occassionally catch slight whiffs of alcohol, but itís really wel covered. In the flavor the hops come out. The create a nice tongue tingle, donít have much of a citric character. More pine sap, but not overwhelmingly so. Itís more just a big bitter thatís a bit harsh. There is a nice malt under there, really good cookie dough stuff that struggles to hold itís own under the hop assault but only barely keeps its head above water. This is well brewed but unbalanced and would perhaps benefit from aging like the barley wine it claims to be on the back of its label.
hanedwg99 (3) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Seems stronger than 10% great color and aroma.... would like to taste after a couple of years of proprer aging.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent rendition but it needs more malt to balance the bitterness and more aroma hops to give it a good nose!
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Same as the other two. San Diego Strong Ale Fest 2002.Very nice floral citrus nose. Very hoppy as you would expect. Somehow the brewers were able to keep a delicate body and profile on this one. Still a hop monster.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was too lazy to put this one in the add beer area so i was just waiting for one of my san diego compatriots to add it. I had the Deschutes Double Quail IPA at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival. It poured a nice dark mustard yellowy color with a very minimal head and some mild carbonation. The nose absolutely drowned me in hoppy citrusy notes. The taste was the dryest and spiciest of all of the IPAís (doubleís included) that i have tried thus far. Heavy florals, and extreme dryness beat the hell out of my palate. Probably worth another try since Deschutes makes some interesting brews, but nothing spectacular.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one was an interesting beer that i tried at the san diego strong ale festival. Firm white head. yeasty and hoppy aroma. very pleasant flavor that is a great combination of spicy hops and lots of sweet rich malt. almost belgian flavors. a good beer that i would like to have again.