hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2012 Bottle… mgumby10’s & hopscotch’s WtFFfFDotF Throwdown … Clear burnt orange ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Fantastic, small, tight retention. Caramel, citric, earthy aroma – grapefruit, biscuit, black tea and pine. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and laid-back carbonation. Big caramel and biscuit malt backbone lends plenty of support to the nice, earthy, hop bitterness. Raspy, moderately bitter, dry finish.
Earlier Rating: 3/7/2007 Total Score: 3.6
Bottle...O-Town Throwdown... Clear amber ale with a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Excellent retention. The aroma delivers notes of black tea, caramel, cotton candy, tropical fruit and mild grapefruit. The flavor is sweet toffee balanced decently by bitter notes of black tea and grapefruit rind. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Lengthy, bittersweet finish. Thanks to Crosling for sending the bottle our way!
djd07 (6034) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a clear amber with a small creamy off white head that leaves behind good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is very hoppy with cascade, pine and grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet hop and alcohol in a very bitter finish. A very good double IPA from Deschutes.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Good fresh floral aroma. Orange body with off white head and good thin sheet of lace left on glass. Sweet citrus flavors but the dry bitterness was stronger to take that citrus flavor from beer. Dry sweet sticky bitter palate, need some water to rjuvinate palate.
Earlier Rating: 2/10/2007 Total Score: 4
22oz. Bottle from trade with zathrus13. Has a bread and pale citrus aroma. Amber body with white head and decent lacing. Flavor has a full boied citus sugar and bready notes. Has an alcohol presence so this is a good one to have at home not driving on the road. Sweet citrus on palate. Good brew
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours with a gigantic head. Aroma has spritzy, lemony hops, some cooked carrots. In the mouth the beer is full bodied and rich without ever tasting malty or sweet, instead the body is just a vessel to deliver a nice chewy green hop. Fairly enjoyable.
Earlier Rating: 4/30/2007 Total Score: 3.7
22oz bottle as an extra from Crosling. Pours with a small white head. Aroma is hoppy, cinnamon, light malts. Juicy hop flavor is subdued by a delicate balance of pale malts. This escapes the typical boring amber background of far too many IIPAs. No caramel to be found... woohoo! A very well made beer.
bleeng (1579) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Bright gold color with a huge white head. Huge nose-floral, citrusy, hops almost in the background-interesting. Taste is sweet, sugary, syrupy, only slightly bitter at the end. Very smooth and drinkable. Unlike any double IPA I’ve ever had. Where is the alcohol in this one? Well done.
Earlier Rating: 3/29/2007 Total Score: 4
Purchased at Colorado Liquor Mart about 45 minutes ago.
Reminds me of the double IPA fest in Hayward CA-this would fit right in with the best offered at that festival. Great hop nose, superb head retention, great malt balance to go with this hop bomb. "Alcoholy" but not overpowering the beer. A nice beer from a brewery that I think usually offers less-than-demanding beers.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brilliant shade of reddish orange copper. Head is a two fingered ivory color.....very sticky lace and great retention as it lasted throughout my tasting. Nose is clean and somewhat subdued but floral....pine needles, lemon pith, grapefruit and raw pastry dough. Very biting up front and on through the finish. Bitter and bold. IBU’s are high but balanced decently. The middle of the palate is where the diversity is, although not overly complex. Grapefruit rind, fresh pine sap, spring flowers, earthy and woody with a blood orange twang. Some caramel, honey and butterscotch sweetness jumps out from the back of your throat after the initial "hop shock" finish. Good dense body, a touch oily, buttery, some diacetyl presence after it warms some. Not bad.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of fishingnet. Pours a clear amber color with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of citrus, grapefruit, pine, ripe fruit, some hints of fresh flowers. Flavor is sweet and floral with more maltiness, notes of caramel, honey, floral hops, honey, pine, some light citrus and grapefruit. Generally light to medium body with a pleasing floral hop finish.
OldMrCrow (2156) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2011 2009 bottle (Batch 2) 4/12/2009
Deep copper pour with rich lace. Strong c-hop nose. Burly but not sticky or overly sweet; quite nice. Good bite to the mouthfeel, deep but not overly oily hop flavors. Very enjoyable.
2011 bottle. 4/22/2011
Lots of pineapple in the aroma, 9% well hidden (though I prefer the 7% of the original), slightly sticky. 3.8-3.9 range.
Earlier Rating: 7/5/2008 Total Score: 3.5
Nice big C-hop IIPA that doesn’t wear its IIPA nature on its sleeve, not too sweet, even thought the crystal malt backbone is right there and substantial. Nothing exceptional here, perhaps -- not even the magic of its earlier predecessor -- but very easy to drink and enjoy.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Papago. Aroma is thick hops that avoid syrup and almost a little oak. Color is a nice amber gold with a fluffy, persistent head - looks totally refreshing. Flavor is like the aroma plus a fairly bready malt base. They say the new processes create an unexpected beer - this is not precise: the beer is outstanding and boasts that great Northwestern flavor; it’s good, but not unexpected.
Earlier Rating: 9/21/2008 Total Score: 3.6
Bottle from Lee’s. A clean but non-unique aroma of clear water and hops. Flavor of the same, with very faint not-quite ripe orange and apple notes.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of lb4lb trade. Thanks Deniz! He told me this was freshly delivered and I couldn’t pass it up. Pours a fiery orange dark amber, decent haze, with fairly big offwhite bubbly head that laces well. Aromas are a nice blast of the PNW pushing good citrusy and piney hoppiness, grapefruit and florals mix well with underlying carmel malt strength. Initial is. Medium bodied, not necessarily blasting with bitterness up front, but lingering in with moderate carmel malt sweetness with hop bitterness pushing over as a wave, moving to good bitterness and pine power on the backend. Front end shows more grapefruit and citrusy notes with a touch of orange sweetness. This is really well balanced and proves you don’t have to just pour in a shitload of hops and pray like hell it works out. I’d drink this a lot if it were always fresh and available here. Cheers!