MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2007 Bottle. Wonderful aroma of hops with all their pine and citrus splendor. Body is a deep amber/ light copper and has a one finger head covering up top. Flavor starts out OK with a little bit of a caramel sweet malt character, but then falls apart as the hops go absolutely wild and unbalance the whole thing. I like a lot of hops and a nice bitter finish, but this one doesn’t work.
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
American Strong Ale? Seriously? This screams IIPA to me. Pours a dark and murky orange. Aroma is very floral with citrus hops and a slight nose of sulphur, maybe the bottle is bad? The taste is citrus hops with very little malt to make out. It’s quite bitter but hides the abv well. Pretty solid IIPA, I mean ASA.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Lots of hops and warming alcohol. This one just doesn’t have the polish. A bit rough to drink with an herbal / burnt caramel flavor.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
outside of the gonzo, this is top notch for the brewery...aroma and flavor of abundant floral and bitter hops...very biting and somewhat boozy...nice hazy golden, amber body...nice palate; this is a huge beer that only suffers because it is somewhat hard to drink
freekyp (1476) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another supremely hoppy imperial IPA disguised under a different name. Potent alcohol, strong whiskey notes, and uber-bitter grapefruity hop finish. Is it good?: yup. Is it groundbreaking?: no way. Enough of this already. There is more to beer than being "extreme". As good as this is (and it is good), it bores me. Typical of the "over-the-top" American beer movement. I’m more impressed by branching out (gruit!, double white ale!!) than attempting to leapfrog countless others who have tried their hand at an uber hoppy monster ale.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy yellow orange color with a white head. Aroma is of some malts with citrus hops. Flavor is malty with a moderate bitter hop finish.
Duster72 (117) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours from 12oz bottle into tulip glass a surprisingly clear dark amber. Little to no head but foam ring around edge leaves moderate lacing down glass. Aroma is grapefruit and pine with some sweet carmel malts. Taste is hard to pin down. Pine is the dominant flavor with carmel and grapefruit in the background. Excellent blend. Not as sweet as most DIPAs, which is a plus. Mouthfeel is smooth and satisfying. Scary drinkable at ABV. Excellent DIPA.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this surprised me. im not the biggest flying dog fan.....but they managed to make a good IIPA. the beer looks great. crystal clear dark golden body with an everlasting thick white head that leaves lacing clinging all the way down the glass. aroma pine and quite a bit of earthy caramelized malt. strong bittersweet spicy pine flavor. loads o hops. the sweet malt comes through for a minute but is quickly washed away by the spicy black pepper hops. very spicy dry finish with a hint of sweetness. full body. nice soft carbonation. a lot better than expected. well done.
islay (1077) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Strongly hoppy aroma features grapefruit and pine (standard American pale ale fare) as well as sweet malt scents that hint at maple syrup. Pours a slightly hazy dark tan / amber with a golden hue and a small to moderate amount of relatively short-lasting, fluffy, yellow-tinted, beige head. Produces good lacing, especially for a beer without a huge head. Sharply and bitterly hoppy flavor. Alcohol evident. Lemon, lime, and grapefruit in the taste. Mint and pepper flavors, reminiscent of a rye whiskey. Double Dog definitely leans toward the hops in the balance. Just today, I was saying that I haven’t had a truly bitter double IPA, as most are fairly sweet due to the high malt concentration. Well, this one comes close. Long, bitter aftertaste. Full-bodied. Low to moderate carbonation. Good bite, again reminiscent of an American whiskey (but of course much more subdued). Easy to drink for a beer so thick and high in alcohol. I have been very tough in my ratings lately, so a 3.7 is something of a rave. Double Dog is a strong, mean hop machine. It stands as my first beer of the 2007 baseball season, and I opened it at the beginning of the Minnesota-Baltimore opener to celebrate the long-awaited return of American League baseball. Go Twins!
RoboHop (21) - Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown and clear with a tan head. Hoppy, citrusy aroma. The flavor and palate, while good, were not anything uncommon. Double Dog is a good drinking experience, but Double Bastard is still the standard.