Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
much thanks to the growler for this special beer.poured an ice tea like looking body with a creamy white head that left nice lacing on the glass.the aromas were mild but contained oak,vanilla,hops,and malts.the flavor itself was unlike any i2pa i have ever had.lots of oak and vanilla in the taste.as well as honey,citrus hops,caramel malts,a bit of carbonation,and a tad bit of spices.this is very unique and i say a brave step for the d.f.h. boys.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Good gracious this was delicious. Refreshing and full flavored. Still hoppy even after having aged for however long. One of the most enjoyable oak beers Iíve ever had. The vanilla is a wonderful compliment to the hoppiness.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber body with some cloudiness. White frothy head. Aroma is hoppy with citrus, apricot, oak, caramel, vanilla. Medium bodied with a smooth texture, good carbonation. Semi-sweet flavor. Fruity. Very pleasant and refreshing drink. Thanks, Drew, for putting one aside for me.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle, Cleveland locals gahering 2-26-05. Golden brown color, semi-sweet, woody taste with some hop presence. Thanks Mike.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle. Clear orange color with a small head and nice lacing. Sweet malt aroma with a lot of piney/citrusy hops. Flavor was slightly sweet malt, but balanced nicely by a good deal of hop bitterness. A bit of oak in the flavor that I didnít notice on the nose. The alcohol starts to come through by the end of the glass as the beers warms. Nice IIPA, Iím kind of surprised at the somewhat low scores.
rajendra82 (958) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up in Florida, and brought with care to Atlanta by a fellow beer lover, this was the first of a pair of 12 oz. brown bottles I acquired.
When pored into a tulip, the body was glowing orange with a relatively small bone colored head. The aroma was grapefruit, vanilla, and rum soaked cherries, and could not be called really hoppy. The taste was quite unlike most Double IPAs I have sampled. Sweet and spicy with a bready maltyness, this one tasted more like a hopped up Trippel than a DIPA. Sticky and creamy in the mouth, the aftertaste was surprisingly short lived.
If mellowness and balance are your thing, you will like this beer. But if you are seeking an extreme hop bomb, be prepared to be disappointed.
Jayb0 (1048) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked 750 ml: This beer has improved greatly with just a few months of bottling. Iíll leave my last bottle a while longer. The harshness and lack of balance I experienced with the first bottle has mainly dissipated with great mingling of wood, hop spiciness, hop fruitiness, and solid malt sweetness.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I tried this a few weeks ago at our local gathering - Mike Kujo brought a 750 of it. Many people got a good laugh at the face I made when I tasted it - it just tasted so sugary sweet! So, today, I open my little 12oz bottle of it. Nice aroma - sweet maltyness and spicy citrus hops. Nice orange color, excellent lacing. Some of that sweetness is still here - like a thick fruit juice made with oranges and plums. but itís well balanced by a nice amount of grapefruit hops. At the finish, the sweetness prevails, but thereís a dryness all the way through. Worth trying again.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish copper color with a thin offwhite head. Excellent woody aroma of caramel and spicy hops. Excellent and weel balanced flavor of cask wood, spicy hops and caramel with a bitter finish, the malt base is strong enough the balance the hops. Light to medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. This is supposed to be a mix between 90 minutes and a botched batch of beer, the result is very surprising and I would by this beer anytime.
pivo (2580) - GERMANY - MAR 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really fresh caramel nose, light amber color, rocky head. Creamy toasted malt body with caramel and vanilla notes. Spicy peppery end turning to more cinnamon. Heavy body - chewy! Alcohol not at all dominating.