BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with a best before date of August 2nd, 2012. Pours with a clear, lighter golden hued body and a just barely off-white head. Good lace and retention. Aromas are fruity, hoppy, grapefruit, citrus zest, tangerine, lots of saw dust, spicy oak and vanilla. The citrus and oak come together with a slight metallic twang. Christmas tree. Light caramel malt. Flavors are green, oaky, spicy, citrusy. Some nice bready malt, vanillin and sawdust. Some under ripe orange. A bit metallic towards the finish.
Lively bubbles, lightly tannic, dry.
wlajwl (3882) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is a mix of dry pine and a fruity/mustiness. The flavor is heavy on the grapefruit, very much like grapefruit juice along with a deep hoppiness and bitterness into the finish. Most of the times when IPAs have a grapefruit flavor to it, its more of a hint but this was more direct, a pretty good IPA overall.
Strykzone (4933) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. I brought this. Very light haze and golden. Lots of caramel in the nose with lighter fruit. The flavor is floral and fruit hops. A unique hop blend is nice.
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a semi-cloudy gold color with an inch of eggshell white head. The aroma immediately gives off fresh cut wood, herbal hops, grass, pale malts, caramel, and citrus peel. Flavor of pale and sweet malts, herbal and grassy hops, pine resin, oak, and caramel. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and an herbal, almost soapy mouthfeel. Nice mix of fresh woody barrel notes on a solid IPA.
nearbeer (3733) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml. Orange-amber with a ring of sticky foam. Aromas of orange, oak and grapefruit drenched in sticky resin and caramel. Tastes of orange, pineapple, caramel and grapefruit, balanced by peppery resin and dried oak. Dry finish is oak, resin, green herb, and menthol. Light-medium body is watery, tingly and well-balanced. Nice job of barreling this one; its a nice accent of oak laid over a good IPA.
Suttree (5144) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Barrel aged IPAs seem...weird, somehow. Everything is just a little off and discombobulated. Sure there is a nice grapefruity aroma, and some oaky, bourbony smells hiding in there somewhere. but those same components in the flavor don’t really mesh that well. Just odd.
stewac01 (62) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can’t believe this beer lasted a week in my fridge. Pours a dull and hazy golden yellow. Seemless integration of juicy ripe hops (pineapple and mandarin really stand out) and spicy vanilla oak - both big and expressive in their own right but working well together. Huge complexity of flavour, ending up with a lingering and unexpected tangy sourness. I enjoyed this, very unique - from the tropical / green citrus hop character to to the big oak throughout. Fragrant and intense, a top beer.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ML Bottle. Hazy golden color sizable head, some decent retention. Citrusy hop aroma, tangerine. Body is medium and smooth, dry finish. flavor has nice nice oak notes and tha hops give an orange like note. Drinks easily, was hoping it would be better. Overal an ok IPA but pricey at $7.99.
jmohno (1076) - Iowa, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bright gold color very clear,good head layer lasting with lacing.
Very nice hoppy aroma alot of citrus with floral and spice some dankness but pretty clean and fresh and hoppy smelling.
Taste has a basic light malt carmel sweetness some toast nicely hoppy tasting with some good wood oakness a bit of sour/tart towards the bittering finish. Pretty oaky, i like oak more in a maltier beer but this is fine.This is a really nice ipa.Overall its fantastic. Too bad its so pricey and hard to get for me.
RogerRabbit (26) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Hmmm, not sure about this one. Pours light amber. Big and oaky, with a VERY strong flavour of over-ripe oranges (I came up short of calling them rotting), but it was still strangely enticing. Definitely worth a try (even at the high price), but struggled to drink 500ml of it.