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The continually hopped India Pale Ale brewed with Syrah grape must.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmikolich (1440) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2013
12oz bottle, a DFH experiment.. really unique looking beer, i think its quite awesome so good scores there. but the aroma and taste donít do any service for the beer, its like drinking a bitter wine almost, the grapes are definitely prevalent but donít add positively.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jgb9348 (4661) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Crazy wierd purple and lavender coloured body with a light purple head and a hint of ruby on the angle. Aroma of white grape juice, alcohol, hay, fake sugars and not much else - very odd smelling. Light-bodied; Sharp pungent grape and floral flavours at first with an acidic bite, some lighter fruit flavours and that grassiness that persists throughout. Aftertaste is a bit cleaner, but the assertive medicinal and cloying dryness just show the grape and floral notes and not much else. Overall, an interesting beer to say the least, and not a pleasant one. Drinkable for sure, but not enjoyable - worth passing up. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 02-April-2013 for US$2.29 sampled at home in Washington on 07-May-2013.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2013
pours a clear reddish with a large pink head, and a little lacing. smell is of hops, spice, and some malt. taste is sour, hoppy, malt, and a little fruit. ends sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5597) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle. This enters with a unique reddish amber color and a thin but reluctant head of pale white foam. The aroma is earthy, but reminds me of a musty yet clean wooden barn. This drinks, IMHO, with the same characteristic base as Dogfishís ApriHop, one of my favorite beers. The base is subtle and somewhat woodsy, with the fruitiness of the Syrah adding a unique aspect that somewhat reminds of what itís like to eat a fruit with the rind or without ... with the rind you get that bit of fiber-rich, extra flavor. Same here. I hope to see more of this. (#5009, 5/7/2013)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1583) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2013 Nice, light, sessionable. Very chill on the IPA aspect of the brew, which blends into the subtle hints of the Syrah politely with each sip. Hot days, YES! Wish it wasnít so pricey!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jredmond (5260) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Draft at Alla Spina with PJ. Pours a light, hazy pinkish amber body with thin soapy white lacing. Aroma is floral, white wine, soap and berries. Mouthfeel is thin with notes of wheat, wine, flowers and soap. Barely any hop profile, and Iíd never pin this to be an IPA. Glad I was offered a taster by the bartender, because I wouldíve struggled to finish a pint of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Pours a cherry red with some white lacing. Aroma seems typical DFH to me. Low bitterness in the initial sip. But the wine character is front and center. An interesting and tasty beer but not an IPA to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (2492) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle. From Canalís. pours an attractive looking reddish with a small off-white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, grapes, light sweetness and herbal notes. Taste is much as advertised, some light citrusy hoppy notes with some semi dry wine influences, hops are slightly subdued by the grape favors, but not in a bad way. Definitely unique.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JDBaker11058 (1224) - Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Appearance: bright, clear pink, with a short, fizzy bright white (hint of pink) head and minimal lacing. Aroma: light herbal, floral hops with some notes of stone fruits and raspberries. Taste: tart, with some vinous notes over floral hops, giving way to a warm brown bread and graham cracker malt base. Finish: dry, with a tannic astringency that lasts longer than the fading hops but not as long as the slightly sweet and toasty malts. Notes: Interesting indeed. The original 60 minute IPA is there underneath, but the grape must has provide ample vinous, astringent notes that arenít strictly complimentary, but are definitely new. The look of the beer was pretty cool, only ever seen such a pink beer in Magic Hatís Hex. The malt backbone was actually the best part of this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle. Odd sounding combo. Pours with a completely clear pinkish red with a slightly offwhite head (large in size, good retention and lace). The take away is mostly malt and grape. A touch of candied ginger. Flavors are dry, vinous, tannic and slightly astringent. Grapes, lightly herbal hops. Mostly wine, but somehow it tastes both thin and biscuity/caramel/dextrinous malty. Odd. I donít dislike it, but it tastes like bitter sangria with dme added. Medium bitter and grassy, fuller bodied and lively carbonation. As it warms there is a butterscotch like note that I wonít swear is diacetyl, but, its close. Very torn, not undrinkable, experimentation is nice, but the result is mediocre and the idea of IPA with Syrah is not the best beer/wine fusion that I can think of.

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