Iphonephan (3538) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Malty nose. Boozy flavor with some hop bitterness.
TheFisherKing (5) - Bangalore, INDIA - MAY 31, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
There’s a certain comfort in certainty, especially when it comes to things that are close to you. Strange as it may seem, when it comes to beer, I’m old-fashioned that way; I like to know wxactly what it is I’m drinking and I expect the beer to mostly conform to its style (ballpark - sort of like virtuoso guitar playing within the context of the song)
So when I sit down to drink an American beer, I expect a hoppy, bitter, aromatic concoction. Especially when it’s from a brewery that’s given me so many great beers of that ilk.
Fair to say, the Double dog shattered all my conceptions. For starters, it’s a frightful 11% ABV - that’s in Belgian tripel territory (and we know all about those crazy drunk Flemish loons and their seductive boozy ales). It’s a double IPA - I expect to have my tongue curled by bitterness, instead I get a malty sweetness that’s more like an English ale. Thankfully, the grapefruit aroma is comforting - at least something’s familiar!
This is a big, bold, brash yet magnificently disguised beer. Worth experiencing, even if only for the sensory rush.
(written originally for my YIC blog - brewviews.tumblr.com)
garthicus (2712) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 30, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the drink store. Appearance: Ruby red, tiny off white head, Aroma: Can be smelled from an arms length, big sweet hoppy aroma, lots of brown sugar, pine, bread, raisin, such a big aroma. Flavour: Big hoppy bitter bite right off, pine, citrus, resin, malty, a little boozy with a gorgeous bitterness, lovely long pine and bitter finish, this bottle seems to be over a year old and it’s tremendous.
venom666 (389) - Elche, SPAIN - MAY 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2014 Orange/brown crystal color. Aroma is intense, malty, hoppy and alcoholic. Very powerful taste, very sweet, caramel, with a good bitterness at the end. Marked alcohol presence due to it’s high ABV. Although the "official" style is Ameican Strong Ale, this great beer fits better in the Double IPA style.
JefVerstraete (1531) - Ghent, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber colour, white foam. Aroma of honey, brown sugar and some tropical fruit. Bitter hoppy finish. Alcoholic finish. Bit unbalanced.
Patrik (285) - - MAY 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fatöl. Nja de måste glömt skriva dit BARELY WINE på info fatet.. Detta då den söt söt å maltig tydlig tuttifrutti. Ok som sådan men ingen vidare humle frishör.
melush (939) - SPAIN - MAY 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Botella de 35,5 cl, adquirida en Cerveceria Internacional. Color ambar. Sabor a malta, lupulo, alcohol, amargo, muy ligeramente a caramelo.
Iznogud (753) - CROATIA - MAY 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 355 ml. Pours hazy orange with and off-white head. Fruity and piney hop aroma. Sweet fruity with nice dry hoppy bitter finish. Nice one.
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog. Tried it bottled. Slightly too high in alcohol and sweetness for me.
chinchill (2056) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottled stamped "VINTAGE 11CC" (from June 2011 notes).
Pours a nice reddish amber, nearly clear, with a short-lived but creamy tan head.
Aroma: both hops and toasted malt evident. High ABV partially hidden, especially before warming. Floral and woodsy with a hint of citrus. After warming a bit, it has a very boozy aroma.
Taste: imbalance of bitter over aromatic hops, with a pungent bitter quality that hits almost immediately and is all that remains in the finish. FD says IBU = 85 but it seems even higher. High ABV is all too apparent in the flavor. Aged bottle was smoother and more palatable.
M - smooth; medium body with good carbonation ... but the 11.5% ABV adds an unpleasant burn.
O - I had this immediately after finishing an excellent Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA. A striking difference, with pronounced bitter hoppy flavor in the FD as well as a less attractive and LESS hoppy aroma. The FD is certainly challenging and seems unrefined by comparison, even allowing for a minor style difference.
There’s nothing average about this beer, but that’s where my overall rating of it ends up.