GarrettB (1169) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dry Dock is Auroraís best kept secret - a small, incredibly active and lively brewery with spirit, vivaciousness, and a wall of awards that back up their success. One of my favorite beers from Dry Dock is their Double IPA which I had the pleasure of sampling with other Colorado Double/Imperial IPAs. Itís an orange marmalade color with a light thin foam on the top, allowing the aroma of graham rackers, marshmallow, pear and, oddly, banana baby food. Itís not at all bitter, but not cloyingly sweet. The Dry Dock Double IPA packs a lot of favor without indulging in excess, and that seems to be a hard thing to brew. It lacks the serious IBUs of a regular IPA, but delivers a deep, satisfying flavor of clover honey and sweet malt sugars on a slightly oily body with medium carbonation. While not the most complex Double IPA, Dry Dock is showing its flag with this beer - a harbinger of future awards and victories at beer competitions.
jcwattsrugger (11348) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap-pours a white head with trailing lace and slightly hazy yellow. Aroma is grapefruit/lemon zest/floral, some light malt. Taste is grapefruit/lemon zest/floral hops, secondary light malt. Smooth. Soft carbonation.
craftbeerdesign (2215) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
taster tray at Dry Dock on 11/19/11. clear golden pour with a small white head. citrus hop nose - nice but not jumping at me enough. med body - lively citrus bitterness with soft orange peel. med+ lasting finish with nice citrus bitterness.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy golden orange with a small soapy white head.
Aroma is really nice with pineapples and lemons, hints of pine and a nice sugary sweet malt character.
The taste brings more grapefruit than the aroma and itís sweet, almost sugar-coated, in character. There is a subtle malt backbone with the hops leaving a slightly bitter, floral finish.
The mouthfeel is sticky with hops and medium bodied overall.
Iím pretty impressed by this one. Itís one of the better DIPAs Iíve had lately with lots of citrus but still sweet and not overly bitter.
BMan1113VR (7897) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Home Made Liquids and Solids during GABF week. Pours with a hazed yellow body with a large and lasting white head. Aromas are fruity, citrus, caramel, estery, lightly dank. Flavors are of citrus, pomelo, dank, CTZ, grainy, caramel. Dry. Light bubbles. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at Samís, Durham, at an event sometime in September. Thanks to whoever cracked this! Cloudy deep orange pour, with a substantial sticky head and a big piney nose. Initial impression was that this is a solid, by-the-numbers DIPA. I was impressed by the relatively restrained malt that provided some balance to the otherwise intense grapefruit and pine flavor profile. But it was nothing particularly memorable.
nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Falling Rock. A pale DIPA, golden-yellow and fairly hazy with a fingerís width of white head. Citric and herbal aroma with some lemony notes and even a bit of yeast, with sweet malt. Sweet pale malt base on the flavor, maybe even some wheat, with light fruit, tangerine, lemon, and resin. Not as hoppy as it probably should be, but not bad. Medium-plus bodied with some hop oils and medium-plus carbonation. Not too shabby overall, but Iíve had far better in this style.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a blonde hue with a light white head with Aromas of skunks, limberger cheese, and not much else goodness. The flavor is on the sweeter side with a nice bitter finish. A little creamy and a little scary.
p1meatloaf (252) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - SEP 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
had from cask into pint at backcountry tap house and pizza in Boulder, CO. Looks of light red and gold. Rather clear and egg shell 1 finger head. Smells of grapefruit and round bodied plesantly lasting hop complexity. very drinkable. great lacing. overall 8.5 of 10.
bleeng (1563) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle purchased from Coaltrain in Colorado Springs with no mention of Seven Seas on the bottle. According to the employee they pick up the beers directly from Dry Dock. This is a very fresh bottle, with a nice hazy dark golden pour and a small fluffy white head. Nose is light and aromatic and doesnít have that "IIPA" aroma. Taste is refreshing with the hops more aromatic than tasty (if that makes sense). Medium fluffy body. The alcohol is sedated for a 9% beer. As mentioned in the previous ratings, this a sort of a cross between an IPA and Double IPA. Very good nonetheless.