ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Reviewed 3/8/13. 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a cloudy dark copper color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade. Retention is pretty good given its alcohol content, and the lacing left behind is nice looking as well.
S: Malty. There’s a lot of caramel, biscuit, and brown sugar in the malt backbone, weakly supported by some faint piny hops. Maybe there’s a touch of weed here as well. DuClaw’s typical yeast profile comes across less peppery and more...dare I say cardboard-like? Not sure about the age of this one, but I’m not impressed regardless.
T: Hops are very faint here, except perhaps a faint bitter bite on the finish. This one is very much a malty DIPA, and a sweet one as well. At first, there are a surprising amount of plum-like qualities, which will eventually give way to a sweet caramel midtaste. It finishes with only faint piny hops, a sensation badly overpowered by heavy-handed brown sugar and orange sweetness. Good gawd, this is sweet, even cloying; and it can NOT get away with it the way Misery did.
M: The body is really creamy, thick, and syrupy. As a barleywine, the texture works well - but this is a DIPA, so it’s just overbearingly difficult to sip (for the record, I don’t like most malty DIPAs). The hops cleanse the palate only enough to expose some boozy qualities, without really hiding much of the sweetness or giving the body extra drinkability.
O: A poor DIPA; a passable barleywine/strong ale. I’ll be fair to it - the flavor profile screams "badly aged DIPA" to me. It’s not drainpour bad, but it’s going to take a long time to put this one down. It’s just WAY too sweet for my tastes.
bytemesis (5175) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 14, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap. Pours clear orange, minimal head or lacing. Aroma is perfume, a bit medicinal, candy? Odd. Flavor is really sweet, tangerine perhaps, lots of backing perfume, medium bitter. Medium body, flat as a board. Sticky sweet. Ewww.
b33r (772) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper color with small off-white head and a little messy lacing. Aroma and flavor have strong bitter piney hops mixed with amber malts. A little boozy and chemical like. Okay
hman43 (740) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It pours a clear, golden color. It has aromas of floral, pine, citrus, and hints of malt. It is very hoppy with high citrus and floral flavoring. It is moderately bitter on the way down.
BeerdedDave (980) - - SEP 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber color; fruity, piney hop aroma; hoppy with fruity, piney notes and herbal notes; bready malt base; dry, bitter finis
Nephilium (1571) - Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel aroma, with pine and earthy notes. Pours a clear amber with a full white head. Caramel beginning, moves onto pine and earthy notes which fade into a lingering bitter finish. Slightly slick mouthfeel, with a full body. A very good IIPA, especially at the price.
jflopsu (886) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear rust orange. A sweet grapefruit and pine aroma. A fruity malt, citrus hops, and caramel taste. A sweet taste with little bitter hops.
katrinaez (778) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super thick, hence serum. Sugary and hoppy at the same time. Fills the mouth and the taste stays. Tap
HoppyScallywag (177) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I'm impressed. A bitter, hoppy double ipa that still remains smooth. Don't think you'll get away with no burn on the palate though...after all, it is 9%
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Bulk_Carrier (3014) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - JUN 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a glossy/semi-hazy burnt orange color with a slim finger’s worth white foamy head that quickly dissipated leaving some clingy messy lacing.
The smell had some sweet apricot roaming over top of some light orange and lemon. Wet fresh grassy underneath rides a light caramel maltiness.
The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors to combine and leave a dry fruity aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonated nicely as a DIPA, the bitterness is there to leave an adequate harshness.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good DIPA, nothing over the top, but it fits the style and I like the apricot in it.
cwill (34) - Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very drinkable 8.3% double IPA. Nothing special, but I would drink it again