abcbeersnob (1) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2010 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really like this ale because the oak doesn’t over power the hops. Very spicy with s rich caramel malt backbone. A well balanced ipa with a nice touch of vanilla on the mid-palate, next a wave of flavors come storming in from ginger to smoky and slightly sticky butterscotch on the finish.
SSSteve (3916) - - SEP 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. a clear orange under a small, frothy white head. orange and peach aroma with some sweet malts. no sign of any oak in aroma. the oak shows in the flavor in a mild way and adds a nice vanilla character. the flavor is heavily hopped(pine citrus) and bitter, but has lots of malts to provide some balance. moderate to high stingy carbonation. warming.
brenn79 (1684) - Idaho, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle- Pours amber clear with a thin yet nice looking head, high carbonation, nice decorative lacework, the aroma is caramel and brown sugar, very little to no hops in the nose . The flavor is very mellow, well balanced, the hops are very well hidden and in check, but there is definitely a hop bite, the caramel malt just kind of balances it out, the oak comes out after the swallow, and i do taste touches of vanilla. A very complex and different IPA. I still like my IPA’s more citrusy and hop forward, but this is a nice change of pace once in a while.
jrob21 (2846) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Leons. A very smoothed out but pretty full bodied and caramel sweet IPA. There is a bitterness working all the way through but not a mouth puckering sort of thing. Just a pleasant pine feature to remind you there are hops in there. The thing of note is the caramel body that works in the back ground and really is the dominant experience here. Touch of vanilla from the oak but the oak did more to smooth and balance everythign than add real depth to the drink.
craftbeerdesign (2228) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2010 bottle. pours an orange color with a 1/4" white firm head. the nose is filled with deep notes of oak, vanilla, caramel malts, spice and piney hops. Light to medium body with pine and earthy hops, sweet malts and light oak. There is a larger presence of oak on the finish with a quick punch of bitterness. Overall, this is a very drinkable, well balanced IPA with a nice addition of some oak and vanilla flavors to add a twist to the typical IPA.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium light vanilla and spearmint in the aroma. Very light butterscotch. Flavor is more light vanilla, a green tree character, light caramel. Medium sweet. Meh.
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured red with thick white head. Moderate lacing. Light aroma a slight citrusy note. Full bodied and flavour. Caramel, tea, and a lot of pine. Long lasting bitter finish.
portableparty (2019) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2010 Bottle. Pour is copper and clear with a creamy head, which leaves a solid lacing. Aroma is malty and hints of wood, earth, leaves. Taste is chocolate milk and citrus mix with a earthy tree oak and vanilla like flavor as well. Palate is sticky and chaulky. Solid beer and will buy again.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. golden, hazy pour with large white head. aroma and flavor of big hops (grapefruit and resinous), sugar, vanilla and oak. it all meshes together very well, as the oakiness remains subtle
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Orangish amber, white head, nose of oak, pine, citrus, flavors are oak, caramel, earthiness, and citrus. Medium bitter finish.