Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
THOUGHTS: Quite underwhelming. Very interesting hop profile but it blended into the malts too much. I just thought it was an odd choice for a hop profile when you just release a glass made to showcase hop flavor and aroma. This beer has hop aroma and flavor no on is all that accustomed to. And I don’t know if the glass really makes these particular hops taste as good as more traditional hops do in this glass. Not to say you need to drink it from that glass, but the two products did come out about the same time — just sayin’. Some collaborations are incredible, but the three times these two guys got together have been disappointing to me. I guess it doesn’t help that I dislike melons.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a light, orangey amber with a large, fluffy, off-white head that mostly diminished an left good lacing. The aroma had light bread, grain, cereal and caramel; moderate floral, lemon, and melon hops; light other citrus hops; and hints of minty hops. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet and moderately bitter with an average duration. There was caramel, melon hops, hints of minty hops, lemon hops, other citrus hops, hints of resinous hops, cereal grains, berries, alcohol and pine hops. The light to medium body was oily and somewhat syrupy with soft yet tingly carbonation and a lightly metallic finish.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: Citrus, malt
Taste: Slight sweetness that transitons into dry bitterness
Palate: Medium body, coating mouthfeel
Overall: Not overly remarkable
Suttree (5339) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yellow, cloudy, with a ring of foam. Smells weird - cornbread and green peppers. Taste is corn, black peppers, and some woody, piney hops. Crisp finish. Not what I was expecting, but tasty.
thome50 (1153) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a light golden with moderate white head. Aroma is lemon, grapefruit, pinesole. Taste is sweet but in a bad way for a DIPA. Pine, hay, grape come into play. Sweetness is again lingering. This is not something i’d come back to. Off. More DFH than Sierra Nevada.
BREWMUSKCLES (2332) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
hops out in front and a bit of melon near the finish. some straw malt and slick in the body. smooth with a touch of metal. burnt orange amber.
thirdeye11 (5688) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) hazy deep orange, soapy offwhite bubbles that are reminiscent of Sierra Nevada’s IPAs. Nose is on the malty side, candied citrus peel, caramel, bits of pine and grapefruit pulp. Taste of caramel, highly effervescent, bitter citrus peel that’s well balanced with the malt, I actually like the oily body and caramel malty finish. Nice beer but not world class.
matty (236) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2013
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 mL bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a white head. primarily a roasted/burnt caramel aroma with a slight hop background. Medium body, taste of caramel with some hop flavor. The caramel comes through on the finish. I was expecting a lot more from two outstanding breweries. Wasn’t impressed with this one.
Ron (2822) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light copper color with a small rocky beige head and nice clinging lace. Toasted malt aroma with some floral hops. Clean crisp complex bittersweet malt flavor upfront with hints of cardamom. Spicy citrus hops in mid taste. Nice dry hop finish. Nicely balanced and flavorful.
jb (2371) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Ron shared. Dark gold. Syrupy palate. Nice look to it with an effervescence. A bit of booze. Okay.
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. Pours a golden copper, clear. Ivory head with decent retention and average lacing. Smell is interesting, definitely get some caramel, citrus hops, almost a bready earthy smell, hard to identify. Taste is citrusy, not overly hoppy, although there is a definite IPA hop bitterness on the back end. the malt does have a nice sweetness to it which doesn’t linger too long. Mouth feel is slightly syrupy. Overall I like this beer, but there isn’t anything about it that’s blowing me away. The flavors are very subtle, the hop presence is way more tamed than I would expect being a collaboration of these 2 hop giant breweries. Does have a nice spiciness and citrus as you keep drinking. Decent, yet I’m disappointed.