MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bomber, served in a snifter. Clear amber pour with a one-finger thick head of beige foam that slowly faded away. Decent lacing. The aroma was pretty tame for a bottle this fresh. Light tangerine and caramel. The flavor had lightly spicy pine, oranges, and some sturdy caramel. Moderately bitter and fairly sweet. Full-bodied, softly carbonated. Comes across more as an American barley wine than a DIPA. Nothing special.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The DIPA is one of the "biggest" and most popular styles of craft beers. As a result, there are a lot of them that are exceptional. Along with RIS, there is probably no style that has more great beers in it. DIPA is a popular and great beer style; however, I felt that this was a pretty average example of this style. An enjoyable beer, no doubt, but not really top of the stack when it comes to DIPAs.
Color is a very appealing and deep ruby red. Head is pretty abundant at first, but doesn’t last long. Aroma is some booziness, grainy-ness, a touch of vegetable-ness, and some hoppiness. Flavor is more sweet and cerealy than anything, although is definitely a boozy note and some hops present too. However, the hops are not really the big thing you take away from this beer...it is more warming in the chest, alcohol esters, and sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel is a little on the thick and sticky side.
I enjoyed this beer, but didn’t really think it to be exceptional when it comes to DIPAs. I’d still recommend it though. I bought my bottle at Blacklick Liquors on Broad Street in Columbus/Blacklick/Reynoldsburg.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber-dark red with a mild white head. citrusy hop nose. a good degree of hop bitterness before a lot of hop flavor, displaying herbal and citrusy notes, the alcohol balances the beer combined with some maltiness. some fruity yeast esters present at the finish. a very nice version of the style. great beer
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It’s fine, I guess. Maybe it’s too balanced - I like DIPA to have hops that smack me down - this one is too "nice". Pretty malty, as you can immediately tell by the color. Smooth frothy head. I guess I prefer west coast and midwest dipas more than what I’ve tried from the east coast. This reminds me of the Harpoon Leviathan.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2009 Pours a dark rusty orange with some white head and one ring of lace. The nose is pretty hop forward with lots of citrus rind and pulp, and there’s a bit of bready malt to go with. The flavor is big on bitterness, but I don’t get a whole lot of hop goodness. Pretty malty with a syrupy mouthfeel. A bit warm with a long finish. Worth trying if you see it, but I wouldn’t seek it out. I will add that at $6.50 a bottle, I think its a good value.
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009 22oz bottle pours medium copper with a cream color head that fades quickly. Alot of caramel and and sugar in the aroma with a bit of citrus and floral hops too. A little sticky with the first sip. Alot of sweetness and malty body. The bitterness and hops are not until the end. Not aggressively hopped like some DIPA’s. Good beer guys.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2009
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
This goes down as the biggest disappointment of 2009 thus far. My main beef with the beer is that on first sip it tasted stinkingly similar to their barleywine Below Decks that it lead me to believe that it is the same beer sans Magnum, Fuggles, and Goldings hops. The beer is super sweet and sticky on the lips like maple syrup. The dose of American hops is too low to even consider this anything more than an ordinary barleywine with an American hop accent. I was looking forward to this beer and I hope that Clipper City goes back to the drawing board and crafts something up that is to style and original. I.E. Not Below Decks masquerading as a DIPA. Perhaps something dry and hoppy please. This is a dessert beer, so I think labeling it a DIPA is misleading to the customer who is looking for a DIPA.
nuplastikk (4085) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the 2009 MD Spring Fest. Orange amber color, nice head. Hazy and thick, but still translucent. Astringent hop aroma, mellow cask carbonation and temperature. Big, sticky, warm hop feel. Perhaps a little too sweet and strong for it’s own good. Nonetheless, a memorable and quality beer.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2009 Draft – RFD (Savor Sample Night). Dark amber, off white creamy head (great lacing). Intense sweet pine and melon aromas warm to swirls of citrus and earthed toffee. Powerful hop flavors of sprucey pine and syrupy pineapple-melon tones balance well on a soft sweet chewy malt backbone. Full bodied and smooth, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Think a cross between Hop Stoopid and Hog Heaven (when fresh). A fantastic Southern California style hop monster without a doubt. Congrats to Hugh, Kurt, and crew for pulling this off. I look forward to the 22’s , but this right here could easily be a year-round hit in 6 pack format.
**Re-rate on 7/10/09 - 22 oz. Bottled version - 7464 13. Quite unfortuante as this bottle version was not even close to what I experienced on draft.