brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAY 15, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2012 Beautiful cloudy bronze, sandstone head, filigree lace. Coconut, pineapple, dark honey, pretty floral accents, and exquisite barrel notes. A very subtle fruit tartness balances out the rich malt. Medium full body, spot-on carb, and a very well-balanced floral-hoppiness in the mildly sweet finish. Had no expectations for this one. Higher abv than I typically prefer, but it is well hidden. This is just working for me this evening, and I enjoyed it immensely. Miles away from your typical iipa. This one drinks more like a wonderful fireside sipper. Lovely label artwork is worth a mention.
***Finished my bomber the next evening ... this was ridiculously delicious to me ... no apologies ... re-scored***
jstraw (1946) - 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 itís as good a category as any.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - APR 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
big thanks to diabolikdub for this killer brew as an extra! this is one interesting, unique and overall tasty brew. a lot of stuff is going on here and its pulled off quite well. the hops, the esters, the barrel, the rose hips, all are present and easily noticable, which i found impressive. great head and retention, but something about the color of the beer is just delicious, greens, golds, and pinks in an orange body, beautiful! the aroma is very nice, a bit more estery. the flavor however is very complex and unfolds ina great way. you get a big hit upfront from some old school high alpha hops, definitely not what we are used to in a iipa nowadays. then you fade into the belgian esters, which are balanced by the barrel ever so precisely, not overwhelmign it at all. the rose hips show up a couple of pojnts in the palate for me, they are subtle but when you just get this refreshing undertone that you will recognize if you are familiar with rosewater. the pale is very nice, sweet, drying, floral, well executed. overall i would say this is one of the most interesting, layered and fun iipaís iíve had in quite a while, definitely a welcomed break from the norm. great stuff!
bhensonb (12469) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours hazy amber with a good creamy near-white head. Nose is all hop. What kind of hop? Floral, resin and citrus? Med body. Flavor is mildly roast caramel. But then thereís a lot of Belgian yeast/spice. Makes the hop seem very floral. The spice is significant. The hop is very significant. A bit peppery - Grains of Paradise? Finish is seductively Belgian. Itís fresh! Lush! Brilliant!
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.
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at 16 Tons Taphouse, Eugene. Pours a very cloudy medium brownish amber, lots of head. Aroma is yeasty, funky, biscuit malt, candi sugar, vanilla/Bourbon, some resinous notes. Holy hell, one of the most complex aromas Iíve ever had for the style. Body is very lively, and finish is equally complex. Sweetness of coconut, rolling bitterness/resinous, slight boozy sweetness. This wonít be for everybody, but is really impressively done.
neepsntatties (1377) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Colour... slightly hazy amber with a pillowy white head. Nose... teaming with hop, candi sugar and a stone fruit character that leans towards peaches. Palate... a slight twinge of Belgian up front then the hops make an appearance as does the rose hips aspect, especially on the finish, as the hips provide an interesting "bite" that is different than the hops. All the while, the Four Roses adds a gentle Bourbon hit to the mix.
I generally donít care for Belgian IPAís, but I am quite enamoured with this delightful brew! Well done Fort Geo!
Alphadelic (1925) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
So a hazy golden beer with a fine bead foam. To the nose it is lightly alcoholic and heavy with musky Tripel yeast, with a perfumey or floral character. It is full of vanilla in the mouth with a rich, round and creamy texture. There is a latent bitterness which builds at the back of the throat. Smooth and drinkable for itís strength, well planned and executed.
Theis (14468) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Yesprís - Thanks. Cloudy amber - white head. Nice hoppy, fruity, zesty bitterness, light spicy hoppy, high bitterness, flowery, peppery, honey, some light oxidation, lovely hoppy.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of citrus caramel bourbon belgian yeast and wood. Nice mix of aromas. Pours hazy amber thin bubbly but creamy looking head. Flavors start with wood and light bourbon move into citrus and floral hops caramel earth, light sugar and bourbon essence. Nice bodied beer, good carbonation. Good.