tiong (5399) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark orange with a small head. Aroma of oak, grassy hops, sweet caramel, toffee, citrus and vanilla. Taste is sweetish, caramely and citrusy with some oak, toffee, grass and pine. Finish is sweet, oaky and grassy. A bit strange.
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep opaque straw yellow with thick white head. Aroma of herbal, floral, and citrus hops, oak, and grass. Flavor matches well and has a pleasant aftertaste. Solid beer and drinkable.
ClarkVV (4599) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
April 2015 bottle drunk 8/18/15.
I tried to keep up on Great Divideís beers for a long time, but they just pump the damned things out so quickly that Iíve long since kept current, but itís nice to try a new one now and again...that being said, I was curious about this one, if not so hopeful. The appearance is a lovely burnished copper, good clarity and a creamy, light beige head atop with good retention.
In the nose, however, not that it smells bad, thereís just a ton of strong, sourdough-like oakiness and even more caramel. Smells very barleywine-like to me and much stronger than a 7.1% ipa. While the PNW hops are certainly there, adding light pine, plentiful orange rind and grapefruit, all of their potential brightening edge is sunk in to the caramel and oak and it seems round, sweet and heavy.
The mouthfeel, unsurprisingly, is very supple from all of the malt; at least there are no harsh/astringent wood tannins. Carbonation seems appropriate, medium-light but nicely tight/engaging. Obviously not meant to be compared exactly as an IPA, but even taking it for what it is, itís just a lot of dull caramel sweetness, big toasted oak flavors and some misplaced bitterness and acidity from the hops. If you like over-the-top barleywines.....
drsordr (1739) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to taster pour avg gold with moderate white head. Nose slightly dank, some light floral hop, but not to strong. Taste strong slightly astringent bitter up front. Dank and slight vegetal mid palate mixed with sweet malt. Light bitter finish.
hman43 (740) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
It pours dark golden with an off white head. There are aromas of citrus and caramel. There are also hints of oak, vanilla, and pine. The flavors are pine and citrus with oak as the dominant flavors. It is moderately bitter on the palate.
Jared_Clifton (86) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy unfiltered golden amber. Medium body. Great hop flavor, vanilla, and oakiness. Bitterness to end slightly stale towards the end of the beer.
seymour (1750) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - AUG 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from 12oz brown bottle into pint glass, a mostly-clear deep amber colour with moderate beige foam. Fairly typical APA/A-IPA traits: malty, rich caramel sweetness, slightly bready and toasty, with loads of citrusy and resiny hops. A bit coarser and muskier than most, with only the slightest trace of the advertised wood-aging. Very subtle oak tannins, vanilla, a little mushy oxidation. Medium body and carbonation, bittersweet aftertaste. Decent enough and drinkable but not nearly as complex as Iíd hoped.
raymow (1166) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at Dog & Bull in Croydon - nice orangey color. Hoppy aroma. Nice hop flavor that could use a little sweetness. You can pick up the oak flavor from the oak aged barrels.
Savage_Night (243) - California, USA - JUL 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper orange with a white head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: malty, caramel, pine, citrus, herbs, vanilla, woody, light tropical fruit, spice, herbal hops and light peppercorns. TASTE: spice, caramel, pine, citrus, herbs, vanilla, woody, hop bitterness, lightly boozy, peppercorns and light cinnamon. AFTER TASTE: spice, caramel, woody, vanilla and pine/hop bitterness with an oily rich finish.
DeadRomance (32) - - JUL 26, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
355ml bottle. Pours dark orange, cloudy with a rocky head. The aroma is citrus, herbs and a lot of vanilla. The taste is very hoppy with a medium bitterness.