bubbleflubber (1939) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy apricot into the glass, with a huge 4-finger creamy eggshell head that leaves thick ring lacing. The nose is of pine, dank basement and light sourdough. Citrus, biscuit flour, pine hops and grapefruit, complete with zest and peel, combine very nicely on the tongue. The finish is of light, dry peppering pine needles. Highly drinkable, the body is medium with a semi-active palate. This feels zesty yet complex. A very nice concept here.
Fratto (2803) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Live Oak. Gold pour with a big white head. Aroma is big citrus, caramel, and sap. Taste is oranges, light toast, pine, and a little maple in the finish.
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odinstyr (587) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear amber with a 3-fingered white head. Smells of citrus, bread, a little spruce. Taste is sweet and bitter, moderate hops with a malty finish, slight hint of maple.
jhgrantjr (449) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle. Beautiful golden color. Aroma of hops and floral. Taste is very smooth. This is a good beer. Drinks like a double IPA. Isn't malty and thick, but full. Smooth aftertaste. This is my favorite Dogfish IPA.
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barn0216 (488) - California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color with very good clarity, lots of creamy foam, ok lacing. Rather light hop aroma, slightly flowery and herbal, grass, a bit of caramely malt. Flavor is a mix of grapefruit bitter, tobacco, spice, grass, a buttery note from the maple i suppose? Good, but there is an indefinable aspect that i don’t personally find appealing. It may be that it all comes together to leave a slightly astringent after taste.
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a green-orange with a thick, fluffy off-white head. Aroma is pine, caramel, some sugar/maple, grass, citrus, bread, floral. Taste is citrus, pine, caramel, nice hop bitterness, spicy, finishes with a very smooth sweetness (form the maple barrel?) and a subtle bitter bite at the very end. Similar to it’s component beers, but with that nice smooth and sweet-bitter finish. Nice lacing; thick. Chew mouth feel. Lots of carbonation. I like this, absolutely but it didn’t knock my socks off.
blackflag321 (561) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle poured to snifters. Very, very, VERY nice. The beer drinks like a big ABV DIPA . . . by that I mean big flavor, not the booziness. The maple syrup doesn’t make it syrup; it adds a nice aftertaste. This is definitely on my "buy when available" list.
Zombeer (59) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really good IPA. But what did you expect? This is Dogfish doing what it does best. Near perfect for this type of beer, so grab a bottle if you can find one.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear golden with a foamy white head and champagne carbonation. Nice zesty lemon and orange aroma. Great lively creamy yet silky full bodied palate. Taste is exceptionally balanced between the caramel and malt flavors and a citrus bitterness that finishes with lemon zest and subtle molasses flavors. Very good.
superspak (3227) - Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, 2012 bottling. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 3 finger dense off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Very nice dense soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, pine, lemon, herbal, floral, grass, caramel, bread, light maple, and light piney spiciness. Excellent aromas with great balance and hop complexity. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, pine, lemon zest, caramel, bread, herbal, floral, grass, earth, toast, maple, and piney spiciness. Good amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, caramel, bread, toast, herbal, floral, grass, earth, maple, and spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice hops flavor complexity and balance; awesome malt/hop bitterness balance; zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, slick, sticky, and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent IPA! Great hop complexity and malt flavor balance with the maple syrup; extremely smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering as I expected.