JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold hazy body. Off-white frothy head. Dry yeasty orange and lemon juice (thanks Blake...). Light malt character in flavor (and aroma I suppose). Flavor is predominently citrus hops with a strong lemony character towards the finish. Fizzy body (too fizzy). Good beer, hops seem one-dimensional in a direction that I am not a fan of (bright lemon citrus)
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Jason. The beer pours to a very hazy golden body with a creamy/foamy white head. The aroma is sweet lemons and fresh orange slices/juice with a light pickled ginger. The flavor is wheaty and bready. Tart lemons and light orange oil. Some sort of herbs and honey. Light ginger. Very unique. Very surpised when I had a sip of this. Sweet, carbonated, creamy mouthfeel. IIPA meets Hefeweizen?
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG 2006 - DC Grand Tasting Lineup
HAzy orange, nice head and lacing. Nose of citrusy and chewy hops. Lightly musky with a lack of floral notes. The flavor is nice, sweet candy, chewy hop oil and a nice cherry/coconut taste in the tail. Finishes creamy, sweet, good. Could use some more work in the nose.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Unfiltered light copper color with a white frothy head. Oranges, sawdust, flowers and sweet malt aromas. Very bitter taste with a subdued hop aroma. Honey-like sweet notes. Grapefruit, oranges, straw and ginger. Lingering, bitter finish.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another idiosyncratic HOTD offering. Cloudy rather pale gold offering covered by a lasting white foam. Heterogeneous blend of belgianesque fruity esters and hop derivated fruitiness makes for a complex aromatic garden. Strong backing malts appear rather crisp, biscuity like pale tea cookies and naturally pairing with the doughy yeast. Grassy developments do offer a contrast to the otherwise exotic fruitiness. Comfortable, smooth, expansive carbonation is engaging while the body stays medium-full despite an advanced attenuation level. Certainly not the most focused example, but fully original and pleasantly tweaked. It’s stunning how this is full of surprises, yet doesn’t surprise us just by knowing who’s behind the bar.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Liquidsolutions.biz,Thanks Matt. Pours a funky golden color with a massive head.MASSIVE. Really heavily carbonated which I do not like. It had a mild hop nose but nothing like you might be expecting. All I can tell you is that this is just like DeRanke XX. It is really,really,really bitter,so much so that I could only taste,well,bitterness. The hops were present but...
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Damn...haven’t rated this yet. Drank some more with MrRomero....good stuff, but like he said...this doesn’t fall within the usual Double IPA realm. Great hazy dull yellow pour...funky hop nose...mild malts plus a ton of hefe-yeastiness. Nice turn on the style, but not my favorite.
MartinT (9319) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2012 Any first impressions?
-A veil of foam shields the hazy, honeyed gold.
-Confident pineapple esters coagulate into a unique fruity honey which lets itself be penetrated by some agile piney hops.
-Sandy hoppiness lays a dry foundation on the tongue for the haystacks to sit; fruity cereal is abundant.
-The soft yet expansive effervescence is typical of Hair of the Dog, particularly when paired with their usual creamy maltiness.
What if you dig deeper?
-The herbal, peppery hop bitterness, apart from being flavorful, is certainly intriguing.
-Biscuity maltiness is a great companion to the idiosyncratic hop selection.
-I probably wouldn’t have called an Imperial IPA, but if you know and like the vivid, bright personality of Alan Sprints’ gambrinal creations, you will be seduced once again by this one.
Bottles and on tap at Siboire, in Sherbrooke.
DocLock (9982) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Brock_Landers for this one. Pours turbid urangy dark straw with 2-finger off-white head. Complex aroma of funky grassy malt, hopcitrus, fruit, and earthiness. The palate is complex and dense, lively, and lovely, providing flavors of funky Bretty earthy malt, sticky piney hops, citrus, apricotty fruit, and a heafty dose of spiciness. Is it unique and perhaps off-kilter stylistically? Hell yes. Is it delicious and a beer you’d kick your mother to the curb for? Again, hell yes!
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of Brock_Landers: John also had this beer on the way to the FSU-Rice game. Poured yellow-orange with a large white head. The aroma to me reminded me of a Hefeweizen. It even looks hefeweizenish. The hops are present but also noticed notes of banana. Maybe from the yeast? Not what I would classify as a double IPA. Moderate hopping and not real malty. Still a nice beer with a different twist to it from the everyday IIPA’s.