Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Bought as dozen of these, this review is both a review of my last individual bottle, and my thoughts on the dozen I have consumed over the past month. First off, I wouldn’t call this an IIPA, the hop notes are too muted, and the beer just doesn’t strike me as your classic PNW IIPA. Nor is it heavy enough, sweet enough, or spicy enough to be an ’English-inspired’ IIPA. No, this is more of an Imperial Pale Ale, a term I just made up right now. The hop notes are soft in the nose, and some complexity is there, but the balance is half hops, half malt, much like an APA. The palate is bittersweet as you would expect, but not as bitter, nor as caramel-driven as you would expect from an IIPA. This is something.... else. The beer pours hazy orange/copper, with a thick orangey-beige head, that laces very well. Nose is honey, delicate juniper and spruce hops, with just a light touch of citrus that is more marmalade than it is grapefruit. That isn;t to say that this is in the ’hopelessly sticky and overly malty’ realm, it isn’t. Far from it actually. The mouthfeel is honestly quite stunning. At first I hated it, then I was ambivalent, then I regretted getting 12 of these, but eventually I rather came around on this beer. The flavour and mouthfeel are very similar to say, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but turned up to 11. Like I said, an Imperial Pale Ale. Different, challenging, and right on the border between brilliant and badly-made. Being this is Dieu du Ciel, and I have really come to quite like it, I’ll go with Brilliant, but just barely. A fascinating brew that I imagine is going to score all over the place.
thb (681) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky deep amber with centimetre of head that lingers. Aroma suggests tropical fruit and citrus from the hops, with a stiff sweet malt backbone and some funky yeast action. Hop aroma is rather subdued for the style - this does hit the IIPA category on the malty side. Not to say there aren’t hops! There’s some pretty intense hop bitterness going on. There’s definitely a bready/yeasty character going on here too. Perhaps even some bubblegum on the long lingering finish. Bit of vegetables.
Sometimes I complain that a beer just doesn’t have enough interest. This one might have too much. I can’t figure it out.
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour slight hazy golden orange beige head. Aroma citrus, orange rind, boozy, caramel, peach. Taste malty not bitter, orange rind, citrus, caramel, not the best. MF medium body mild carb. Not to good.
pintbypint (2603) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
341ml brown bottle. Pours an orangey colour, dark gold. Slight haze. Good thick and pillowy white head, long lasting. Creamy lacing. Nose has some fruity notes, some sweetness, a bit pineapple-y with other soft citrus notes, light waft of alcohol and a trace of pine. Flavour has base sweet malt, caramel, some fruity notes, citrusy. Finishes with some decent background malt, grapefruit hop accents, light alcohol. Long bitter finish. Body is medium, carbonation is medium. Solid double IPA, though sweeter than most in the style.
cfrancis (2358) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a gorgeous tan amber with a thin white head and good lacing. Aroma is slightly floral, mostly earthy hops. Taste is slightly sweet, well malted with a good hop bitterness. But the balance seems to be off and it doesn’t come together that well. It’s a good beer but missing how the flavours blend together to be a great IIPA.
Cirrhosis (1208) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 23, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer claims on the label to be an “Imperial Pale Ale” whatever that is…….a not so hoped version of an IIPA? Beautiful honey brown that’s slightly hazy, thick cap, massive lacing, wicked retention. Beer sure does look pertty Ma……. I’ll gives this aroma a score of meh..but yummy, woody alcohol, peach, un-named citrus, pine, & caramel. Taste is kind of what I thought the beer would be a big heavy malty IIPA with the hop profile of an APA. Toffee, pine, wood, slight alcohol burn, melon. More not so sweet malts. Odd style and it makes sense why its listed as an IIPA but if I wanted a true IIPA I wouldn’t buy this.
matt7215 (2173) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
341 ml bottle shared by jsprime. deep amber with an off white head. overly malty for an IIPA. drinks like an average american barley wine at this point. off the mark.
Scubaguy (230) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours a hazy amber color with some orange hue’s, it also has a 1 finger off white head that falls to a thin cap.
The aroma is somewhat malty and some hints of citrus and I also pick up some alcohol.
When it comes to the flavor, it is so unbalanced. It is all sweet upfront but not enough hops on the end to compliment the sweetness or hide the huge amount of alcohol. It has an abundance of carmel, wheat and I also get some faint grapefruit.
It finishes with a little faint hops but still a cloying sweetness and a lingering burning sensation. I find this to be somewhat decent, it does fail short and some areas. DDC should return to the drawing board and up the amount of hops.
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some mild lacing. Aroma consists of citrus and earthy hops with some clear bitterness. Taste is also dominated by citrus and earthy hops with light resinous feel and some dry caramel malt notes as well. Body is slightly fuller then average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with great drinkability factor though lacking some dry-hopping.
probstblueribbon (2918) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
341 ml bottle from Broue Ha Ha, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Clear copper with a large orange-tan meringue.
Aroma: Thick, rich, brothy, citrus, pine, marmalade, a little floral, green and woodsy, caramel/brown sugar, some berries, peaches and dark dried fruits, a touch dusty, light bubble gum and tropical esters, more pine, more fruity malt, a touch soapy.
Palate: Medium+ body, moderate-soft effervescence, pillowy and syrupy, really nice.
Flav.: Lots of pine/resin, woodsy, estery, fruity, berries, raisins, dark dried fruits, eucalyptus, green, resinous, caramel, brown sugar, quite the complex blend of malt and hop notes; lightly sweet with good bitterness and a long caramel finish with some pine and resin and citrus peel.
A big, complex and competent IIPA. What else would you expect from DDC?