bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Milk jug courtesy of jzzbassman. Pours cloudy dark copper with no head, no carbonation due to shortcomings of the jug. Caramel and butter aroma. A little bit of butter in the taste as well, but the sweet caramel and the hops power their way through it and deliver a resinous, citrus and earthy finish. Iím betting that later versions will benefit from a diacetly rest that this beer didnít get because the brewer "was asked to have a DIPA (in spite of not having enough time)"
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Milk jug courtesy of jzzbassman. Pours a mahogany/brown with a thin but prominent tan head. Smells of caramel, resin, pine, peppery. Tastes earthy, sweet and bitter with some resiny splashes on the finish. Iíd like more hops in this one, but an enjoyable drink. The first of what I hope will be many big beers to come out of Alabama. Congrats on the new legislation!
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange pour with a half-inch white head. Soapy, citrusy hop nose and flavor. Smooth and tangy hops with a light malt undercurrent. Earthy, potent and tasty. Very nice.
jzzbassman (1514) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JUN 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2012
Draughts @ J. Clyde. Pours orange with not much head. Aroma lacks hops as does flavor. Disappointing after the really fine cask IPA. Finishes long with moderate bitterness which made me want to see some real over the top hoppiness.
Edit: Talked to the brewer and before he knew about the rating he recommended I try Snake Handler BUT not until my next trip. He said that the current batch had to be rushed..in his words: "Alabama just passed legislation allowing beers over 6% ABV...this happened right before the Magic City Brewfest and I was asked to have a DIPA (in spite of not having enough time) there. The batch didnít have the time it needed to ferment out all the way or dry-hop as long as it should. As such, itís a little sweeter and not nearly as hoppy as the "real" version as the whole batch was "sacrificed" in order to have it @ the festival. "
Canít wait to try it again.
RE RATE 2012 Can release:
Purchased fresh. MUCH better with the proper time. Sweet orange aroma, with hops on the piney side. Flavor is a sweet double IPA, with lots of sweet fruit (apricot, tropicals) that balance the hop bill with a big body.