ctipping (214) - Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
Medium amber with a cream head.
Not so hoppy in the smell. Mostly malt and oak.
Hops in the flavor, but mostly malt. A lot of oak. Exactly what I’d expect from an oak-aged IPA. I don’t detect a lot of alcohol, surprisingly. It has an astringency about it. Finishes with an oaky bite.
Thick for an IPA, but appropriate for this particular style. A bit syrupy.
Despite what it says on the bottle, this doesn’t age well. It needs the fresh hops to balance out the tremendous maltiness that it has.
ARH (829) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. The aroma is bold, rich, and malty with caramel notes, sweet sugary citrus, and a moderate burnt wood joining late. The beer is effervescent and viscous with a hazy.murky caramel orange hue, and a slightly off white, dense foam head that has good lace and retention. The full bodied beer strikes a nice balance at medium-high levels of bittersweet. The texture is viscous with a zippy carbonation and flavored with notes of wood, caramel, spice, and a light citrus that spikes at the finish as a tangerine with some spice as well as a nyquil hint. The aftertaste is big and bold with burnt bread, marmalade, and a clean spice that mellows quickly but it still has a moderate strength and length.
neurbob (21) - - JUN 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A: slightly cloudy reddish amber. Small head. S: Vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, alcohol. T: Quite sweet, rich, rather modest hops for an IPA. Mild carbonation.
Seannpc (82) - - JUN 8, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty aroma, orange in color. Medium cloudiness, smooth start and light malty finish
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SG111 (570) - New York, USA - JUN 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Barcade St Mark’s. Pours fairly clear orange brown color, white head. Aroma is citrus peel, some malty toffee notes, resinous pine. Flavor is super malty up front, toffee, caramel, some sweet dark fruits, citrus peel, oak, very Barleywine-esque. Lightly bitter finish. To me I’d call this an American Strong ale or Barleywine, which is good.
samsmith33 (575) - - JUN 3, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to glass, dark orange. Small white head, lasting suds. Legs.
Aroma is mildly hoppy, orange, the slightest of oak.
Taste is mildly Smokey. Warming Spices, nutmeg, peet.
I think the oak aging doesn’t quite add flavor to IPA’s the way it does to stouts. But, more importantly I think, it softens the harshness that many IPA’s have. This beer may have given me an epiphany on that thought.
growler6 (55) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2015 Chewy, sticky, leathery, smokey, sour and tart. It’s very complex but finish is abrupt. Sourness in moderation throughout.
Not a go beer but I do enjoy one every once in a while.
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really attainable for a IIPA. The alcohol content is very well hidden. Citrus is upfront with a nice malt aftertaste.
PatmanBeer (12) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It was good but not something I would drink often. Just too many other good beers that I enjoy more. You can tell by the review that nothing really stood out awesome
Jimthechap (2057) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have a learned off-sider, Ned. Ned readily bought this back for me from the US and it has sat in a cool dark cupboard for around a year, waiting patiently for its consumption. I am most grateful to Bartlett, but its consumption is mine, all mine. It appears a brassy colour with a skim of head that covers the beer from the top of the glass to the bottom. It smells rich and with alcohol sitting like a ripe and mature character like ripe Port, Oloroso Sherry or Madeira. It smells gorgeous, more like barley wine than IPA. The flavour is similar: mellow fruitfulness of sultanas, jersey caramel, spicy fruit bread, dates, figs and fruit leather. There is a tangy bitterness that is more like preserved orange peel but this is a classic. It is too good to let stay but I will remember it, and Ned, fondly for the service of bringing it to me.