speedywinger (28) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the depanneur down the road from the Dieu Du Ciel Brewpub. Thick beige head atop a cloudy auburn color body. Outstanding lacing...like other beers from this brewery. Strong aroma of hops, fresh earthiness, pine, and orange peel (or some under-ripe fruit). Flavor is piney with caramel malts and honey. Soapy long finish. Very nice medium body IPA. Props to Dieu du Ciel for another fine brew.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Dave. The beer pours to a deep amber body with a really creamy off-white bubbly head. The aroma is extremely hoppy with strong grasses and weeds with herbs and a strong cereal grain. The flavor has a bitter grassy hop and earthy Chinook or something like that. Dark amber malts. Bitter grassy palate. Itís dense and moderately bodied.
17thfloor (2437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with big carbonation bubbles and a medium off-white froth on top. Sweet waxy malt, honey, and very fresh grapefruit hop aroma. First taste is honey, grapefruit and a little bit salty. Finishes with quite a bit of dark caramel malt, honey and pine. A very rich bold malt. Trademark Dieu du Ciel spiciness. Medium light bodied, lots of smoother carbonation. [anything garlic pairs well with this]
argo0 (12283) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(33cl bottle) Small beige head atop clear, dark amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, orange/floral, caramel, some grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit/orange, some caramel, nectarine/mango, light bread. Soft medium body with light acidity. Seems more like a hoppy amber than an IPA, though itís quite tasty however itís categorized.
TBone (14260) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber color, small beige head, lace. Piney, ryeish fruity hoppy nose. Pale malty, very bready hoppy, bitter flavor. Very IPA-like, malty pale ale. Long bitter aftertaste.
jazz88 (2613) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A cloudy orange amber color with an off-white head. A citrus and fruity hop aroma. Earthy, pine, and caramel with a nice bitter finish. Well balanced.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle courtesy of NimbleProp Thanks!!!! This is a definite malt balanced IPA, going for a good flavor rather than eccentric bitterness, its very easy drinking and goes down smooth with some cararmel and light bitterness in the end... leaves almost no aftertaste.... not bad.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. EPA-ish aroma: light crystal malt and perhaps some lime-y hops. The flavor has grapefruit nuances but this is primarily a malty IPA.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Umm, malty IPA, I really enjoy these. The maltier start gives a warm toasted caramel flavor that gives you more then just a soapy citrus IPA. The heavier malts allow the hops to not get to sharp, very good pairing of flavors with a solid citrus finish.
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep translucent orange to red brown pour with big fluffy cream colored head. Sticky lacing leaves distinct rings around the glass with each sip. Caramelly roasty malts are very forward along with a rich resinous hop character. Both richly sweet and piercingly hoppy aroma at the same time. Underlying hints of raisin and vanilla add more complexity. Initial sip is incredibly bitter, somewhat astringently so. Flavor is very piney masking the complex malts that I sensed in the nose. This is pretty straight forward and is a bit of a dissapointment after the excitment of the initial aromas. Finish is kind of soapy leaving an oily finish on the tongue, again very piney. As the palate adjusts the malts make a soft but noticable presence, still very occluded by the strong piney hops... did I use piney enough in this rating?