Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Rating #84. Dark amber with a hint of orange to lighten it up a little. Very nice looking head, light tan with tight little bubbles that translate to a nice creaminess and it leaves a pretty decent lace job on the glass. Slightly musty hop aroma, grapefruit and a good dose of the rye and a powerful whiskey kick in there as well, which leads to a little vanilla also, very nice after multiple nostril fulls. Very silky smooth, more vanilla and grapefruit and a light hop bite on the back of the tongue. A small little whiskey bite in the finish, very well done and a great beer. (1283)
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - JUL 9, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bomber. Batch #1, case #469. Whoo hoo! Batch 1! I’m excited to try this one. Was in the mood for a Hop Head Rye but saw this and decided to pick it up instead. I’m using a snifter glass. Pours a deep ruby red with a full head that has great retention. Incredible aroma on this beer, with the the rye whiskey from the aging process lending to lots of alcohol in the nose. Taste is incredible, very complex. I get huge amounts of malt with a huge alcohol finish. Also yields molasses, vanilla, maybe even some roasted malt flavors somewhere. It’s called a Rye IPA but there’s no hops to speak of, and this is a relatively young beer, bottled 3 months ago to the day. It could honestly probably use a little more time to mellow out. Though the longer you drink it the more you get hops, particularly in the background. This is a pretty amazing beer, very well put together. A sipping beer.
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a big white head. Aroma is sweet malt, toast, whiskey, and citrus hops. Flavor is sweet, vanilla, wood, whiskey, hot alcohol, and a good bit of bitterness.
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - JUL 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich deep amber color with a hint of cloudiness. Drawn by the barkeep so as to make little head, but the head it made was off-white and very persistent. Nose is malty and sweet with notes of chocolate. Very hoppy flavor but nicely balanced with an assertive rich malt flavor. Notes of caramel and, dare I say it, candy corn? Wonderful hoppy bitter finish.
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a gorgeous glowing clear dark amber, chestnut, with a foamy sticky off-white head. Huge coconut aroma, light marshmallow, similar to Goose’s barrel character, rye whiskey, bit of pine, toasty, some pineapple, almost a 9. Flavor is much the same, seems to have a bit more acidity and brightness than expecting, pineapple sweetness, orange from the amarillo is fairly prominent, I could probably do without that, spicy rye upfront, nice bold but not overly aggressive (but just barely) whiskey barrel, toasted caramel, good amount of bitterness in the finish, and vanilla, candy sweetness that played against the piney bitterness and whiskey seems just a tad medicinal, lasting orange, ambrosia, resin, whiskey aftertaste. Medium bodied, round glassy candy feel with corse carbonation. Lovely, but I could do without the amarillo. The palate could probably just as easily get a 3, not the best from He’Brew but actually better than I was expecting. Getting more and more heat as I go. Ack, might be picking up some acetaldehyde... maybe.
BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma dominated by aromatic hops and burnt woody rye with a dose of alcohol. Deep red velvet cooper with lacing that lingers on the glass. Medium sweetness and good doses of hops put the bitterness at a very acceptable level. Full bodied and a creamy coating that sticks hops to the top of the mouth. Complex beer, the rye whiskey barrel gives it a bitter edge that takes away from the beer a bit, but definetly interesting.
PorterPounder (6020) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 22 oz bomber. Dark copper pour, tight off-white head. Aroma of yesterday’s rye whiskey. Flavor has some maple syrup sweetness, a bit of citrus and a bit too much rye whiskey. Back end has a somewhat cloying buttery essence that just does not sit right. Kind of hot and boozy. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Had much better from these guys.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from Fireworks.
It pours a lighter amber orange with a huge, dense, foamy head. Herbal and pungent hops explode out of the glass. Spicy rye and a touch of whiskey are in there too. You know you have a barrel aged brew as soon as you take your first sip of this one. Lots of vanilla, wood, rye, whiskey, a touch of licorice,and herbal hops. A touch of warming alcohol to go with. The body is rich, creamy, and smooth with a lingering boozy finish. This one left sheets of lacing all the way down the glass. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.
thirdeye11 (5734) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22oz bottle best by 4-9-10 batch 1/469 thanks to BMan1113VR) pours clear red-brown with oily tan bubbles. Nose of caramel, rye, vanilla and alcohol. Taste of vanilla extract, rye, light citrus bitterness, and bourbon. Quite complex and delicious! Oily finish to top it off.
nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A -bal aged rye DIPA? I’ll bite. Bomber from City Beer in SF.
Hazy amber pour with a well-formed and well-retained off-white head.
Aroma is very malty, not as hop-forward as expected, but then again it has been aged. Just a little touch of piney/resinous hops. Spicy rye, sweet caramel, and oaky barrel notes.
Strong, strong flavor of candy corn. Seriously. Besides that, there is caramel malt, toffee, rye, oak, vanilla, spice, and booze. Fairly sweet and just a little bitter and resinous from the hops.
Medium-full bodied and smooth, with an excellent palate other than the fact that it’s a bit hot. Could use just a little more age to mellow it out.
An interesting beer overall, but probably not one I’ll revisit unless someone hands me a glass. I enjoyed it though.