Travlr (11835) - 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.
argo0 (11533) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Medium off-white head that mostly dissipates atop crystal clear deep amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some wood. Taste is sweet, grapefruit, caramel, some orange, light wood. Sticky medium-full body, light resin.
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured clear dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex hop and sweet wood aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a solid beer.
BeerandBlues2 (9690) - 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.
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Poured an amber color with an off white head. Aromas of floral hops, some skunky week, and wood. Tastes of citrus, some wood, floral hops, caramel, and vanilla.
Sammy (8628) - 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.
Drake (8546) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Wegman’s Lake Manassas. Pours a clear copper color with a thin frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of wood, spicy, citrus and herbal hops, pale biscuit malts with just a touch of caramel. The taste is citrus hops, candied citrus, caramel malts, wood. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, moderate lingering bitterness and a good bit of sweetness. Almost too much. Decent.
crossovert (7388) - 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.
DrSilverworm (6371) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. This year’s Big DIPA is aged with oak spirals, which I believe warrants a separate entry.. Clear red-orange color. Good, thin creamy off-white head, good retention, leaves good lace. Bigger body. Good, smooth creamy texture. Nice earthy, herbal hops.. Nice light caramel malt, which is noticeable but takes a backseat to the hops. Definitely tastes like there’s oak wood influence in here, which works nicely with the beer. Still assertive, smooth, and drinkable. More bitter than sweet. Alcohol not noticeable, very drinkable for 10.5%, works well with the flavor. Very tasty stuff.
b3shine (5426) - Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to snifter at Dutch’s. Looks decent; malty though. A transparent orangish-brown with sticky off-white lacing. Smells malty and hoppy (in that order) with a bit of oak. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. A malt-bomb of a DIPA.