ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reviewed 2/11/13. Bottle says 8.5%. 12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a very hazy golden copper color. The head is a nice three finger cream color featuring excellent lacing down the glass. Retention is only decent, however.
S: Quite grapefruit forward, with an underlying touch of peppery, herbal pine. The malt profile seems to be the standard-issue crystal malts, coming across as somewhat biscuity. The general aroma is very good, if not as vivid as I hoped/expected.
T: The grapefruit character comes across more expressively in the flavor. It starts off with a combination of citrusy hops and biscuity malt/yeast. The finish is pleasantly malty; the subtle grapefruit mingles with the toffee and marzipan qualities, with touches of black pepper and pine appearing. Again, like its little brother, it has a surprising amount of complexity while it maintains a level of balance; some sips will be citrusy, others will be piny, and some will even be tropical.
After downing a second one, it becomes very melon-like in its hop character...perhaps a sign of the Citra hops coming through. Iím upping the score here - Iím on my second one and I almost feel like killing a third bottle. Itís just superb, yet in a subtle manner.
M: The finish starts off pleasantly clean and dry, before a budding aftertaste of hop nectar and malt sweetness builds and lingers on the aftertaste. General texture is on the heavier side of medium - and yet, in spite of all the things conspiring to make it a difficult drink, itís quite easy to down.
O: This is what FW Double Jack should have been - the reason I single out that one is because the flavor profile here is very reminiscent of the hyped DIPA in terms of its malty, orange/grapefruit forward nature; only itís more balanced, less boozy, not as sweet, and more complex. Or maybe this 4 pack is just fresher than the bottle of Double Jack I had. All I know is A) Iíll be coming back to this one at a somewhat frequent rate, and B) itís about damn time MD starts producing a DIPA thatís both top notch and well-priced.
callmemickey (1869) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange body, medium sized off-white head, spotty lacing. Dank pine, resin, and light tropical fruits. underlying caramel malts are a bit too assertive. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, some residual sweetness in the finish, assertive bitterness.
Blairgus (2210) - California, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
21 nov 2013, tap. Pink/gold, clear, no bubbles. Nose is pine and grapefruit hops. Med body and moderately fizzy. Sugary malt that kind of dominates the grapefruit hops. Pretty good!
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Strife21 (28) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark amber frothy head laces glass. Smells sweet, piney, mango and resin. Tastes sweet at first, hops, pine, resin, then bitters with a mango aftertaste. Silky smooth, mouthfeel and light to medium body.
matty (113) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy copper color with a thick white head. Strong aroma of piney hops with some malt. Full bodied, nice balance of malt and hops. Finish mostly hops. Medium-dry finish. Donít notice the 8.5%. Good brew.
jrodooo5 (694) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good rustic orange pour with a white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is robust with citrus hops. The taste is of grapefruit and fruity hops. The bitterness is really low key which makes the beer quite easy on the palate. Itís a really good double IPA!
TheJester (1656) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 mL bottle. This one looks, smells, and tastes like a texbook double IPa. Not that thereís anything wrong with that.
BMMillsy (971) - Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from my dad. May bottle date but had in mid-August. oh well. Pours a cloudy copper with a small white head. Aroma of pine and grapefruit melds nicely with the caramel malts. Flavor is pine hop forward with lingering grapefruit and substantial malt backing. Lighter palate than expected with easy drinking qualities and medium to higher carbonation. My second from Evo and both have been pretty solid.
Goodgrief (1733) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Pinocchioís. Had this while my father had a Founders Double Trouble. Almost identical beers. Loads of grapefruit, a little less oily, just a little less sweet. Bitterness and abv almost identical. Evo 6 a tad more drinkable.
Voodoo (229) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange with a slight head which disappears quickly. Aroma of pine, citrus and bread. Taste is crisp and not overpowering for a double with no cloying oiliness. Taste of citrus gives way to the full mouthfeel with slight graininess, malty sweet then tales off to a touch of alcohol. A double without the oily residue of isotropics is a big plus.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from The Perfect Pour, Elkridge. Faintly opaque pour, deep orange. Nice filmy head and carbonation, but you can tell from the nose that this oneís past its prime. Gotta rate the bottle on hand (but why do craft beer places not refrigerate IPAs - seriously?). Might have started off malt forward anyways, for all I know, but itís certainly sweet and chewy for the most part. Bitter, leafy tea dregs is what the hops have been reduced to. Notes of citrus in there if you try hard, I suppose. Nothing very fruity or fresh about it at all. Iíd certainly like to try a young bottle at some point.