crazyvin (1934) - New York, USA - JUL 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A clear copper body with an off white head that had very little retention. It seemed almost flat by appearance. Aroma had some great malt notes, mostly caramel and a good resinous hops note. It had some earthy dirt notes to it which in no way negatively affected the beer. Flavor was on the mild side. Nice caramel malts and some hops. Easy to drink. Alcohol seemed hidden.
dnstone (2137) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice amber hue with a soft ring of off-white head. Aroma is a mild sticky hopiness of light pine-citrus. This beer definitely coats your mouth in the citrus, then pine hop dominance that lingers quire well; solid, moderately sweet body underneath. A solid DIPA. I would say that the oak character is underplayed to the point where I might not have noticed it, if the label didn’t mention it.
porkdiggity (108) - Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting, but not a flavor I'm super into. The description they give is spot on. Earthy, herbal, oaked,
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hfmejias (713) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 Oz. Bottle from Dover Liquor Depot. Poured dark deep amber with a nice off white head that leaves huge and consistent lacing on the glass. Aroma of fruit, malts and some hops (I was expecting more hops from a DIPA) and some Oak. Taste is malty sweet with a moderated bitterness from hops some oak and booze there as well. Good beer very enjoyable.
Elwood (3090) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a deep amber orange with a lasting off white head. The nose comes off as more fruity than hoppy with a little dried apple and pear, some oak, and a little malt. The flavor is rather underwhelming in the hops department and overwhelming with the alcohol. There is a little citrus to pair with the light fruitiness, toasted malt, and oak notes. Imperial IPA? Not in my book. Imperial Amber is more like it.
magsinva (878) - Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Wegmans Sterling - this is not my style and this one didn’t encourage me to flip over to the dark side.
BeerandBlues2 (9601) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Pours clear dark amber with a medium to small, frothy and foamy off-white head, short retention with light to good lacing. Aroma is candied apple, pear, and pineapple fruity esters with honey, cookie, and toast malt, citrus and floral hops with light grassy and resin hop notes. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness with a supporting sweet malt and fruity ester backbone, light dry oak notes, some bourbon and coconut character with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
DiarmaidBHK (3386) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Wegmans sterling. Pours orange with a khaki head. Not much on the nose. Kind of malty and sweet on the tongue. Not a lot of hoppiness in any sense. Eh!
crossovert (7337) - Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Was weary of this being a clearance and an oak-aged dipa. It is the 2013 vintage. Hardly any aroma at all besides stale grain and some oak. Flavor is suprisingly good. A bit boozy but nice oak flavors to go with some earthiness, citrus, and mild bitterness.
matthewjk (902) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was quite elated to see the DiPA back on the shelf tonight at my local shoppe, for I really enjoyed the first time around back in 2010. Not so sure exposing anything and everything to oak aging is beneficial. I recall the original being much more balanced, but these things are difficult to discern three years later. Not a big fan of what the oak imparts to the DIPA. Yes, still nice to sip on, but I wish I had a bottle of the original to compare.