kdm1984 (707) - Missouri, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2014 Pours somewhere between orange and copper. Small head with not much lacing, but the head stays around with lots of little bubbles. Herbal, somewhat sweet malty aroma; also floral hops. Flavor is very herbal, some bitter floral, grassy hop, and a nice malt backbone. Exceptionally well-balanced for all the bitter hop going on; mouthfeel is creamy without feeling heavy. Great carbo. 5 on the palate. Wouldn’t say this is quite sessionable - a little too strong for that - but worth savoring for sure. Flavor really lasts. Man this is good stuff. Better than Torpedo, which I kind of use as a benchmark for herbal IPAs. 6/17 UPDATE: Let this sit more in the fridge, and the vanilla and oak are coming out more than the herbal qualities. I was wondering why so few people described this as "herbal" when I did a search. My first sample was a little warm, which apparently brought out those qualities. Still an amazing IPA; not changing my rating, just explaining taste differences at different temps.
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Brunzies. Nice sweet hoppy aroma, tropical fruit and honey, caramel and biscuit. Deep coppery amber clear with thin off-white lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts sweet and malty with apricot, tropical fruit juice. Sweet throughout, big juicy hop flavors but not overly bitter. Sweet finish with notes of coconut, oak, and vanilla. Light bitter after and smooth lingering fruity hops.
HIGHB4LL (656) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Wilbur’s. Appearance: finger slightly off-white head, amber color, clear, head does not last, Aroma: pine and resin, floral, caramel, oak, orange. Palate: medium to light body, average carbonation, sticky texture, bitter finish. Taste: nice caramelly sweetness, followed by a medium bitterness, not terribly hoppy, and oakiness in between the two. Very impressive beer and something special. Oak aged IPA, Brilliant!
dalekliz (882) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber with a small white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Sweet and bitter hoppy aroma, with citrus, sugar, toasted malt, caramel, vanilla. Taste is woody and sweet, starts with caramel, malt, vanilla, oak, end with some light citrus hops bitterness. Lingering woody bitterness that ends a bit watery. Nicely balanced.
alexanderj (3332) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; copper type color with a persistent head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, earth, wood and hint of sweet vanilla. Aging subdued hops, but still get some earthy pine and fruit notes in finish. Caramel and touch of vanilla; sweet throughout. A bit of a rotten fruit note here and there. Good
BierMeHoos (157) - Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a light brown color. Oak, caramel, citrus smells. Vanilla finish. Very good beer.
thrashers2x (46) - Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not quite as hoppy as expected, but still a bold hop flavor with a nice a balancing malt backbone. Very drinkable.
MattyKakes (95) - Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a red amber . Scent is Mellon and honey. Taste is smooth oak, citrus, vanilla along with a hop in the back. Very drinkable. I highly recommend. Cheers!
AdamT (186) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 bottle from Beer Army in New Bern. Orange hue, hazy clarity with mostly diminishing white fizzy head. Virtually no lacing. Light pine, orange hop, vanilla (as warms) aromas. Strong bitter citrus & malt up front with a sweet fruit and vanilla (as warms) finish. Lively carbonation, dry palate. Meh.
OPIE788 (337) - Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Poured a copper color with a white head. Sweet aroma with hints of caramel, wood, vanilla and some citrus. The flavor follows the smell with lots of sweet caramel and vanilla rounded out with a bit of hops on the end.