matthewjk (933) - 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.
boxofrane (2200) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at craft ale house. Pours clear copper with a small off white head. The aroma has a lot of the oak coming out with some piney, resinous hops. The taste has a lot more citrus and a lot less bitterness than most of the style. Very caramel sweet and some wood on the finish.
TheEpeeist (3382) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Clear amber with a bone head. Nose is honey, light pine, toffee and vanilla. Sticky, a bit syrupy, with a faint tingle and building heat. Taste is orange pineapple concentrate, vodka or gin, grass and oak. Reminded me of a hoppy malt liquor.
Travlr (12975) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear golden amber color, medium white head. Aroma of lightly spiced, earthy citrus. Taste starts with big malt, then citrus then bitter finish, a bit boozy. OK.
thornecb (4502) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep gold into a shaker. White head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Sweet oak and citrus aromas. Soft with caramel and oak upfront turning to hot resin in the lasting finish.
Sammy (8845) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fresh bottle from Premier. Initially getting creamy orange hop flavour and some oak, then much booziness. The booze just attacks and attacks, rather than the hop in your face flavour. Still good drinkability for a late nightcap.
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber poured into snifter:
Dark, hazy amber/orange with creamy, white head about half-finger thick. Mediocre retention and lacing.
Big nose of pineapple, citrus and hops!! Throw in some caramel and the oak barrels to go with it and bam!! Very pleasant, too good to be true aromas here.
Lots of malt on the tongue. I don’t know, but there’s just a lot of malted barley and caramel in the mouth here. The hops are secondary as another reviewer put it. Kind of a let down for a DIPA.
Body is about the average medium to thick, with average carbonation levels.
This one could be better. It’s not bad, but it’s not the greatest DIPA either.
AirForceHops (3414) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from Julio’s. Let me first start with saying if you’re expecting a hoppy/ bitter bomb, you will not find it here. The aroma is only light traces of malt, muted. English crystal malt sweetness up front, followed by weak traces of oak. Carbonation is right on the right level. Alcohol is completely hidden throughout the palate. Texture is lightly syrupy. Really smooth and extremely easy to drink. A nice brew but nowhere near a DIPA. More like a refined, barelywine. I still kind of like it.
AdamJackson (2786) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden orange, half a finger head, nice creamy lacing. Pretty juicy on the nose, nice orange peel, lemon zest and chalky used foot powder. Taste is really pleasant. Not bitter, not too malty but it’s a big beer. tastes like a citrus infused english barleywine, biscuit, fruit, mild bitterness, tasty but pretty forgettable.
LinusStick (2879) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oak aging an average beer will not make it great. This beer is OK but doesn’t really stand out in the vast arena of IIPAs. Aroma was really good. Oak, caramel and vanilla. Very nice. Pour was a nice clear burnt orange with a one finger off white head. Taste was average. A very muted mix of the same aromas. Vanilla, oak and caramel with not much hop flavor. The finish is quick and sticky with the malt leaving a sweet flavor in the mouth. If nothing else, this beer hides the alcohol content wonderfully. Just wish it tasted better