Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark gold with a frothy head. Huge bubbles and tan. Sweet malts with a little grapefruit are the first aromas. Floral with fruity esters and caramel in the flavors. Thick and sweet. Syrupy and cloying. Finishes out fruity.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 22 oz. blue capped brown bomber with a blurb along the left side of the bottle, sampled at a cooler cellar temperature in a goblet.
Poured a cloudy, dull golden hued orange with a foamy white head that
settled into a thin lacing, minimal amount
A nice DIPA aromas, grapefruit, oranges, whiffs of pine and honey, and
a spicy rye malt.
Good, even carbonation and a crisp, hop textured and slightly slick, smooth
medium bodied mouthfeel.
Delicious tasting, grapefruit mixed with orange zestiness, a light lemon and
only hints of pine at first, a soft hop bitterness, not a taste bud killer, all
balanced by spicy rye breadiness, a nice rye malt backbone with touches of
honey sweetness, the alcohol is well masked and only emerges slightly
towards the end, and a dryish pine and rye bready finish, good DIPA
drinkability, very quaffable.
Has a rye malts backbone instead of the usual caramel, so it has that tasty
Hair of the Dog kink, unique and well
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle.<!-- br --> Pours a hazy orangey gold with a long lasting, white head floating on top. Nose is hops, floral and piney. Bitterness lasts throughout this brew, with some grapefruit zest, too much so in my opinion. This was pretty much a spineless beer, with the malt backdrop of 2IPA MIA. Thought this was going to be better than it was. Thanks to wohlf for the bottle.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours like an unflitered hefe: cloudy yellow-orange with a big white head that hangs out for a while. Aroma is sweeter than expected, with the expected citrus hops underlayed with hints of apple and other fruits. Also some sourness and the classic "belgian" aroma. In the mouth, itís a little soapy. The flavor is quite bitter and doesnít live up to the complexity of the aroma. Big alcohol warming, which is surprising at 7%. After my palate adjusted to the bitterness, though, I started to appreciate this one more. While still overwhelmingly bitter (and leaving my mouth feeling a little numb), I started to like this one more and more. I think that if youíre a big fan of bitter, youíll love this one. If youíre not (like me), you might be a little disappointed by the flavor, especially given the nose, but give it a chance to grow on you.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle (thanks to greenhorn1) poured a cloudy pale/gold color with a nice white head. Aromas of citrus hops and some pepper notes from what seams to be belgian yeast. Taste was a bit strange for a double IPA, with a good bitterness and an overpowering belgian yeast character. Overall another interesting release from HOTD.
skoisirius (1880) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 On tap at The Collins Pub in downtown Seattle. Pours a hazy golden color with quite a foamy white head. The aroma has a fairly citrusy and hoppy nose to it with some spices thrown in the mix. The flavor brings out somewhat of the same of the nose: sweet, bitter, and citrusy hops with some spices thrown in the mix. Not too much malt going on with this considering its a DIPA. Fairly bitter end on this guy. I really love the Blue Dot, but mainly only when its fairly fresh, so don
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber ocurtesy of Dubbercody, thanks again Jaime! Pours a hazy golden color with a yellow-light cream colored head that dissapates quickly to a film. Super fresh aroma, mass amounts of citrus complimented with some light pine, candied fruit and a bit of black pepper. Bitter and dry flavor: grapefruit, lemon zest,belgian yeast, pepper, and some very light and dry malt. Sturdy body with a fairly delicate mouthfeel and a lively carbonation that isnít overkill. Overall, a fresh, floral IIPA that resides more on the dry end than the sticky and sweet side...a nice take on the style.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 Sampled at RBSG 2006- Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy butterscotch candy color. Fine aroma of pineapple and citrus. Has a distinct juniper taste with a luau finish. This must be a fairly low pH beer. Lots of tartness to the mouth. This beer could be used for aroma therapy. UPDATE 3/2008: In the bomber bottle from Johnís Market in Portland. Intense citrus and pine tar aroma. Delicious fruity and citrus flavors. A bargain beer for $5.
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale cloudy yellow with a nice frothy lasting head. Aroma is spicy, with some slight citrus notes, has sort of a Belgian yeast strain smell to it. Taste is not what you expect the aroma to lead into. Hop bitterness dominates with very little sweet maltiness you would find in a conventional IIPA. But HOTD is hardly conventional. Alcohol is almost non-existent, but the hop bite at the end of this one is almost too astringent for me. Iíll enjoy this one in moderation.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBSG 06. Very pale and hazy with white head. The aroma is floral, pine and bready. The flavor is lemon, floral and herbal. Medium/light body with bitter finish.