Indra (2527) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Intensely aromatic nose, juicy and fresh and full of leafy hop, featuring a profusion of fruits including pineapple, pear and white grape mingling with gentler hints of vanilla, dried oak, cake-like malts and lemongrass. Fiery orange color, lightly hazy with fast-moving bubbles and a rocky, foamy, lasting and off-white head. Flavor profile is citric to start, the hops beginning their mad dash across the palate almost immediately, the bitterness increasing throughout, overlaying much of the toasty, honeyish malt sweetness and contributing to a resinous, lightly sour, dry finish that seems to show some still-lingering effects of the oak aging process, sharp yeast and very faint tobacco. Mouthfeel is lightly creamy, oily and highly effervescent, body is undoubtedly full. Highly drinkable, unusual and fairly enjoyable with an alcohol presence that is almost fully minimized.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dense cramy head. Orangish brown in color. Reduces slowly with good carbonation. Fruity and spicy aroma with a slight tartness. Hint of roasted grains. Thick and syrupy in appearance. Strange mixture of maltyiness and tarness. Little sweet with a dash of caramel, smoke and spruce. Hops are a little less prominent than expected with mixing with a 90 minute IPA. Nice alcohol presence and warmth. Smooth and creamy palate that reminds me more of a barleywine. Earthiness and tartness from the oak becomes more prominent as the brew warms. Finishes a little dry and tart. A pretty good experiment. No date on the bottle. I wonder if this would have been a little bit hoppier fresher.
SpringsLicker (2933) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think my thanks go out to hopdog for sending this beer that should be on the shelves here, but isn’t.
Huge creamy tan head floats above a sparkling clear dark amber body.
The head lasts quite a while and then laces the glass nicely.
Light hop aroma with some maple and a bit of alcohol.
The flavor starts out with some sweetness and balances out with some nice hop bitterness.
Smoother and more mellow than an IIPA, but not quite a Barleywine.
Smooth creamy body, full bodied with a touch of alcohol in the finish.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 Sampled from 750ml bottle, December 2005
Pours with a frothy, tan colored head that is a mix between largish bubbles and creamy froth. The beer is a brilliantly clear, reddish copper color. As I work my way through my glass of this beer it leaves a nice layered Belgian lace pattern. The aroma is sticky sweet with redolent hop notes like grapefruit, pine, and some sharp spicy notes. There is a bit of hot alcohol which adds to the spicy aromatics, plus a light caramel character is here as well. As the beer warms up a spicy oak note begins to be noticeable and it is joined by a woody aromatic note too.
There is a nice creamy thick mouthfeel in this beer. It is sweet up front with an intense fruity character that is a mix of citrus and berries. The oak character is nicely in balance with the huge hop character; which is to say that the oak is quite subtle and is most noticeable in the finish as a soft, woody, slightly tannic note that is also astringent in a spicy oak kind of way. This beer is really quite smooth and drinkable.
The hop character is probably a bit muted when compared to a fresh sample, but it is still quite evident and really strikes a nice balance with the oak and malt right at this moment in time. The malt has notes of raisins, currants and a bit of caramel. I really like how the spicy oak notes, along with the hint of woody astringency, combine with the spicy and herbal hop notes. The two accentuate each other and form a melodic whole. There are some really nice fruity notes here as well; it is a nice mix of grapefruit, raisins, currants, and even some general berry-type notes thrown into the mix. Quite an enjoyable beer, and I hope to sample this one again.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a luscious deep orange homey hue. Small sticky off-whitish head, mostly diminishing, leaves a small ring of lace. Nutty sweet cereal, butterscotch vanilla, oak/woody, alcohol, pepper, juciy hops. The hops seem a bit subdued after several months of aging. This quite nice and drinkable I must say. I likey.
fluids (364) - USA - NOV 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opague honey color and medium head. Sweet to the palate at first. Then it gets citrus bitter with complex dots of sweet malt flow through an oaky dry finish. Dogfish 90 minute to me is a mutation of an IPA and and barley wine and so is this beer. It has the citrus hoppy characteristics with the sweet strong punch of a barleywine.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I do seem to enjoy the IPAs everyone else thinks are only so-so. This is huge, thick, and sweet. The flavors are kind of mushed together. There is some chamomile (at least I think that’s what it is), so some vanilla, maple syrup, sour cream muffins with orange marmalade, vinous qualities, an underlying not-quite-smoky alcohol presence (comes through stronger in the finish), and tannins and oak. Others have noted the harsh alcohol and carbonation, but this has aged for over six months and I found no issue with it. If anything the carbonation was a little low and didn’t lift the body effectively. Those expecting an an IIPA may have been disappointed. I didn’t find this particularly hoppy at all. Much more like a strong ale or a blond barleywine. Fun to drink, even if rough around the edges, and big enough to relax into.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Alcohol, nutty marzipan, orange, pine/spruce/citrus hops and a fair doughy yeast character to the aroma. Hazy golden-brown body with low white head that lasts well and laces very nicely. Alcohol up front is quickly replaced by a fruity, citrus, spicy, strongly hopped flavour with some notes of rubbery phenols. Medium body has very aggressive, harsh carbonation that hammers the tongue and strong alcohol warming. Bottle (Downtown Liquors, MA, Jan-05).
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange/red color with medium sized off white head. Aroma has orange, caramel, toffee, bit of alcohol and oak, and maybe the slightest hint of hops. Also has a faint off odor, somewhat plastic-y. Flavor is strong, malty, slightly sweet, with caramel and hints of oak. I personally don’t find the IPA in here at all. Hops do not make much of an appearance in the aroma or flavor. I guess I’d call it an american strong ale.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Couleur ambrée aux reflets orangés, faible mousse composée de grosses bulles. Arômes très alcoolique et sucrés à la présence de levure caractéristique de cette brasserie (estérifié, pêche et mangue). Saveurs très levurées, levure à gâteau et pommes meurtris rappelant l’oxydation sous une vaste présence alcoolique. Dépourvu de balance et de finesse.