thirdeye11 (5555) - 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 (3509) - 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.
Mora2000 (5727) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.
Batch 001. Bottled 4/9/10. The beer pours a hazy brown-orange color with a white head. The aroma is piney hops with some rye notes. The flavor is chocolate, rye, toffee and piney hops. Medium bitterness. The alcohol is right up front and is very hot. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
cmonster (976) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber served in a tulip. Batch 1 / 469 cases. Pours clear, polished brass with a billowing creamy light tan head. Excellent retention and good lacing. On the nose the rye barrel aging pairs well with the malt forward Double IPA base, adding richness and complexity. Spice, vanilla, and rye in effect. Full body, thick, ultra-creamy texture, and average carbonation with the hops appearing on the finish in folds. Sweet rye malt flavor. There’s quality and heat from the whiskey on the nose, palate, and in the finish. It’s important to note that most Double IPA’s wouldn’t stand up to Sazerac. This, however, is a terrific match.
skoisirius (1716) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. Finally something to get my jaw dropping from Hebrew. This was ridiculous...if you don’t like the whiskey brews, don’t touch this guy. Blatantly whiskey fed all over this place, you can smell it, taste it, feel it go down your throat. Somewhere in there is the RIPA, with it’s malt qualities complimenting the whiskey flavors in a very smooth manner. Hops are detectable, but barely, as the singe from the rye whiskey definitely takes forefront with the brew. I loved it!!!!
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from a 22 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is good looking clear amber hue with some flowing micro bubbles and a huge off white foam head. The aromas are full of rye, tons of malts. The flavors stall full of malts, delicious rye, a nice rustic earthy hop compliment, excellent oak flavors, loving the rye malts, cool pepper spice, barrel spice, vanilla, alcohol, hard candies. The mouth is medium bodied, smooth
, with a warming stomach. Love this brew.
marcus (6538) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear reddish copper with a massive beige head and a srong whiskey aroma. There is a lot of ingredient in this brew, resulting in a substantial and pleasantly bitter rye bread flavor with a pine and slochol finish. All-in-all, a very interesting and tasty beer.
blutt59 (6021) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, than ks to bman1113vr, nut brown in color with a malty rye and fruit aroma, flavors of sweet caramel corn, chocolate, hoppy bitter finish
BMan1113VR (7864) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled on 4/9/10 from batch 001. Pours with a huge tan head over a bronze body. Aroma of alcohol, minty, rye (whiskey), and caramel. Taste is alcohol, boozy, bitter, and whiskey. Hop flavors are quite muted. Lively bubbles.
HighWine (952) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Monk’s Kettle served in a red wine glass. I was bummed that I couldn’t meet the He’Brew crew at Toronado a couple of weeks ago and thought this beer was draft only. Much to my pleasant surprise, here it is -- in a bottle! Garnet/nutmeg color in the glass. Off white head fades pretty quickly and leaves some big, foamy bubbles on top of the brew. The nose is sublime. Rye malt...rye whiskey...yum! Taffy sweetness in the nose is present. Taste is big like a barleywine. Sweet malt is huge with oak and then a deffinite bitterness at the end. Boozy for sure. Usually I would suggest aging beers that have this much alcohol heat but this is damn good right now. (Chances are I’ll buy a bottle and take it home to age it anyway.) I keep having to remind myself that this is technically a DIPA because it reminds me so much of a barleywine/ryewine. I"m sure as it warms up it will get even more complex and awesome. Lenny’s RIPA is plenty good and this version is exceptional.