CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by SamGamgee: Pours a transparent deep golden with a spotty-lacing wispy white head. Aroma of piny resiny hops with a light caramel sweetness and peppery alcohol. Body starts with a nice fullness and sweet caramel malty balance with a clean citrusy flavor hop presence and a crisp, bittersweet finish. Hides its alcohol very well and is very drinkable.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on draft at Lost River Brewing Company in Wardensville, WV. Pours a clear copper color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Big resiny hop aroma with some caramel malts. Taste is very bitter and hoppy with earthy, resiny and herbal notes. Lots of toffee and brown sugar toffee notes as well. Medium-full bodied. Sticky.
GT2 (7020) - Riverside, California, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL thanks to D Master P. The pour is a clear, lighter orange with a disappearing yellow head. No lace really sticking. Aroma is heavy kumquat, bitter cantaloupe rind, light fruity alcohol, vanilla extract, light coconut and pineapple rum. Actually much better than I expected. A far cry from strawberry cheesecake that most old DIPAs exhibit ad nauseum. Taste has an oily texture, sweet mango, pineapple rum, sharp but tolerable alcohol flash, bitter peel. Palate is bitter, oily, thick. Carbonation is pretty soft. Nice stuff. Much better than I expected.
Ughsmash (6912) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled, BB 2/15/11. Poured crystal-clear lighter orange with a short, but persistent cap of yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up juicy oranges and pineapple upfront, with some floral notes around.. honey and pineapple meat followed.. very aggressive, with a lot of messy sweetness evident. The flavor found more of that messy sweetness.. pineapple, orange zest, and caramel were heavy at the core, with the related citrusy bitterness and some pine resin surrounding.. peppery alcohol amplified everything.. hot, sweet finish. Medium-plus bodied with a thicker feel on the palate and moderate-plus carbonation.. a big beer, no doubt, but unkempt and unenjoyable.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Neil’s HSC initation. This brew is a hazy orange-amber color with a medium and creamy light beige head that diminishes slowly. Stringy lacing on the glass. Floral hops aroma with some malt in the background. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character that has pine and floral notes. Sweet malt and caramel undertones as well. The finish is hoppy with a lingering citrus aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (and previously on tap, but forgot to do notes). Pours a clear golden orange with a medium to thick beige head that falls down rather quickly. Big astringent citrus hops, malt, and a bit of caramel and vanilla on the nose. A touch boozy, but a nice big hop presence right up front and a good thick malty backbone. Finishes with a nice long lingering bitterness.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at Coles
Appearance: clear dark amber with mid plus creamy top. 3+
Nose: Fresh , citric hop character , light vegetable green , mild malty base. 7+
Flavor/Palate : Mid full bodied , good crisp hop bitterness . Full lip smacking bitter strong ale . Mature work.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours gold with a nice whote head. Smells of citrus and dry malt. Tastes astringent and citrussy with a peppery finish.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours gold with 60 second head that started two inches tall. The aroma is up front grapefruit hops, some mild pine hops, grassiness and aged malty sweetness. The taste begins with a fresh pulse of grapefruit and tangelo hops. The sweet malts are there the whole time too but take over midway as the hops recede into the background. It ends with fading malt and caramel sweetness and a persistent grapefruit and orange peel hop bitterness. Pretty nice malty IPA below average IIPA.
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz). Bright clear deep amber pour, large lasting off-white creamy/fluffy head - thick lacing, too. Terrific resin/pine/grapefruit aroma, slightly mango-sweet, only mild alcohol - solid, just the thing. The taste carries the sweet tropical fruit, slightly overripe, but the bitterness is simpler, drier - resin and grapefruit pith, a little boozy. Average body, astringent and mildly carbonated, very long pithy bitter linger. Solid dIPA, and nice to have it in a smaller bottle.