swoopjones (6108) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden orange pour. Good lacing, long lasting head. Big evidence o barrel agin in the aroma, woody and bourbon notes. Burnt orange peel. Candied orange peel. Bourbony flavor, orange, woody. Bitterness comes in late. Enjoyable
toffsbury (114) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bottle, a gift from my lovely girlfriend. Cloudy pale brown, with a big retentive head. Aroma is candy, with a bit of vegetable. Hard to smell it through the head... Happily, I poured it into two glasses. Flavour is a mix of up-front bitterness and sweet malt, with a lot of bourbon. Hard to find the rose hips, but they are hidden back there. Belgian-type bitterness sits on your tonge at the finish, then a faint hint of bourbon lingers on. There’s definitely a boozy bite to it. Quite nice.
patrick767 (3586) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle - Pours hazy with a huge head and heavy lacing. It smells mainly of bourbon and Belgian yeast. The flavor includes high bitterness, prominent bourbon, spicy Belgian yeast, florals in the background, and a long bitter finish. In my opinion the floral character is mostly buried by the bourbon and hops, so for a beer intending to feature roses they could have been more in the forefront. It works well otherwise though. Good brew.
DesertDevil (535) - Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours light orangish with a transparent, thin head. Aroma of fruity Belgian esters and a bit of barnyard funk. Taste of roses and bitter vegetable, with a harsh dryness. I didn’t get any bourbon except for a touch of warmth and sweetness. OK, but I had much higher hopes when I bought the bottle.
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber with a massive off white head and thick sticky lacing. Hops and bourbon on the nose. The rose hips kinda lay there on the mid palate and don’t play that well with the Belgian yeast. This clumsily transitions to a bitter astringent finish. Interesting, but could be more cohesive.
jstraw (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Muddy amber-gold with big, foamy, white head / Delicate nose of turning orchard fruit and rose hips / Medium body, very lively carbonation, woody and astringent with very bitter finish / Flavors of turning apples, orange peel, caramel, rose hips, oak, and just a hint of bourbon / Overly astringent for the delicate flavor profile but otherwise an stylish and complex brew. Not really a double ipa, but I guess it’s as good a category as any.
Ratman197 (10103) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, roses, light bourbon and light oak. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, grapefruit, light rose, light bourbon and light oak with a smooth dry bitter lingering fruity finish.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Dirty amber, cloudy and dark, moderate to large sandy head, nice lacing.   Somewhat of a floral hoppy nose, slight pith and alcohol bring up the rear.   A little rough on the tongue.   Certainly bright, more pithy than I expected, warming, with a slightly caustic floral aspect.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finishes hoppy, pithy, with lots of citrus peel and overly bright floral notes.   Not bad, but a little rough around the edges.
CapFlu (4589) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle) Courtesy of EskimoDave. Nose of waterchrest, vanilla and highly hopped. Almost sweaty and fishy. Not interested.
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beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - MAY 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was expecting mucho bourbon and ended up with a really bright and citrusy Belgian IPA with a big hit of rosehips instead. Once I got over that, I really enjoyed this and I was glad I opened it instead of cellaring.