WeeHeavySD (3377) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA. Pours orange with a big stable light tan head. The aroma is malty, hoppy and citrussy. The taste is sweet and strong wtih a big hoppy bite and a decent amount of bitterness. This is a great ASA, the grapefruit that talon mentioned does come through in the tart bitterness, but after drinking so much Alpine Nelson lately it doesn’t hold up well enough for me. Good Job Flying Dog.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, as Double Dog Double Pale Ale, courtesy of Hogtown Harry. Deep copper, frothy white head. Lovely aroma of hops, fresh, sweet, some alcohol. Taste: holy crap, that’s potent stuff. Alcohol, orange citrus, really sharp bitter hops. Soft mouthfeel, medium body. Caramel sweetness in finish, and the alcohol softens up a bit as it warms and mellows. Great great stuff, thanks Harry!
adrian910ss (2561) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an orange caramel color with a nice medium lacy tan head. Fresh pine needle and floral aroma with strong hints of grapefruit and orange citrus. Taste is grapefruity and piney hoppy with a nice caramel backbone. Tasty.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2007 No date on bottle. Pours a nice, transluscent coppery-amber color with an average, creamy, off-white head; longevity is decent and lacing is tight and sporatic. Nose is brash and potent and quite fresh; resinous pine and ruby red grapefruit citrus hops are dominant with lighter tones of floral and a touch of caramel. Wow, flavor is totally one sided but surprisingly quite intoxicating (not a pun); pink grapefruit, a sweet caramel, and a touch of a lighter pomme fruit (maybe mango) start the flavor but it is quickly taken over by a very high, herbal bitterness filled with pine resins. A slight roast note is found in there also, to go with a bold alcohol warmth that is a bit strong, but never hot or astringent. Palate is medium to full, slightly sticky, somewhat chewy, and soft after the initial prickle. Flavor is very long and progressive with all giving way to an all bitter lasting finish with some herbal notes. This is probably the most bitter beer I have had (ASA??, more like IIPA), but the flavors worked well together. It was bold, in your face, and quite potent but done fairly well. Hope you like hops!
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy amber/brown with a nice beige head. Great biting hoppy aroma, with an undertone of raosted malt. Floral and soapy hop flavor, with an undertone of roasted barley malt. Palate is medium/full, dry, and pleasantly bitter. Definitely one of the better, if not best, flying dogs I’ve had, but a bit unbalanced.
jcr (2527) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Copper pour below an off-white, creamy head. Citrus, grapefruit and straw in the aroma with notes of caramel. Flavor is moderately sweet and presents a moderate to heavy bitterness. Sticky texture and full body. Lively carbonation. Enjoyable.
bboven (103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Others have noted all the subtle flavors I tasted in the first instant this beer was in my mouth So I won’t elaborate. However, there is an aftertaste of alcohol that makes it seem as though someone poured a shot of chhheeaapp liquor in every bottle. It ruined the beer for me, as I can mix a boilermaker on my own. I expected a nine dollar four-pack to be a lot tastier than this.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Rated Blind. Pours a transparent, clover honey amber color with a thin layer of creamy, well sustaining, off-white head. Big hoppy aroma of fragrant blue spruce needles and pink grapefruit zest jump up and grab the nostrils. Some fruity peach and mango notes lie in there as well, along with some sweet, light caramel malty notes. A hint of alcohol detectable in the nose, but not overly astringent or sharp. Light to medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Full carbonation, but soft and supple feeling on the tongue. Some sweeter caramel malt and light honey flavors start out the palate with a squeeze of fresh white grapefruit juice. Very bitter, piney hop resins linger on the palate in the final smack, along with some more warming alcohol. Quite nice overall; big and bitter with some nice malt complexity. Alcohol burn is biggest weak point, but its not too high to be considered a major weakness overall.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Gravity Head: Fiery orange pour with little head retention. Moderate lacing. The nose is nicely balanced between oodles of flowery, perfumey hops and cereal and bready malts. A more rounded hop profile is presented in the body - peach, grapefruit, pineapple and well saturated throughout. Almost winey at times with lots of residual sugars.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Vintage 07B. Hazy caramel copper with a one finger creamy pale beige head that fades to a film after a couple minutes. Nose intense pine, tangerine grapefruit next, and a bit of caramel malts. No idea thus far as to why this isn’t a double IPA. Flavor continues with huge pine and citrus unfortunately to the point of astringency, but I’ll live. There is some caramel sweetness in there The alcohol is noticeable if you’re looking for it, but the huge hops and astringency coming with it trick your mouth into not noticing it. I can tell this is strong. Pretty big bitterness. Moderate carbonation with a full body--as Hoppity said, this isn’t very smooth. Not ungodly complex by any means, but pretty good except for the astringency--and again, I dunno why it isn’t listed as IIPA.