Block (1762) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A light orange pour with a fluffy white head. The aroma is hoppy and sweet. Flavor is strong. Lots of hops, a silky sweet body. Light finish with hops and alcohol.
PartyFowle (705) - - JUN 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a somewhat cloudy dark copper-red with visible bubbles. A sudsy khaki head leaves some nice lacing. Beautiful piney hops ring out in the aroma. Sweet and malty, with a heavy oakiness. Like walking through a forest after a rain. Nice. The flavor stays true to the aroma. Oak is the leader, but I also pick up bright green apples and some dark fruit flavors and piney hop bitterness. Vibrant flavors, extremely well-balanced. Full-bodied; medium carbonation. Noticeable alcohol burn, but not one that clashed with the style.An excellent offering from DFH. I could easily have another. And another. And another. AGING NOTES: Bottled Oct. 16, 2009, tasted Nov. 11, 2010. Decided to open a single bottle of this I’d been aging to celebrate the premier of Brewmasters. After 18 months of aging, the oak emerges in force. Paired perfectly with orange peel, the vanilla character of the oak gives this an almost creamsicle character. The alcohol heat is still noticeable in the throat, but has rounded out nicely. The flavors are subdued a bit, but have melded. Wouldn’t say it’s improved, though. Better fresh.
ctipping (364) - 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 (911) - 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 (41) - - 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 (89) - - 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 (636) - 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 (632) - - 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 (61) - 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.