notalush (4823) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I swore I’d never give HeBrew beers another chance, but based on the ratings of this, I figured I’d give them one more go - Clear amber pour with soapy head - quite a sweet caramel and rye malt aroma, with cascade and amarillo hops taking a back seat, but still making their presence known - hops are most prominent up front, with the amarillo most noticable (which is fine with me) - sweetness comes on strong, and would be cloying were it not for the lasting hop bitterness - a tea-like herbal quality settles on top of that - rye is pretty prominent - not a bad effort for the standards of this brewer, but it is still a little over-sweet, and, like many of their beers, still tastes somewhat artifical and adjunct-laden - however, I’d still choose this beer if I had to drink one of theirs.
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not very hoppy, at all. No pine, resin, or citrus. Surprisingly. Nice big, off-white head. Color was dark amber. This is a definite alcohol aftertaste. This is OK. It got better as it warmed up, but it didn’t affect my ratings.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber pours a thick, deep, copper color with noticible viscosity as sparkles of carbonation struggle to surface and maintain the incredibly sized ecru head. (And the head does last a long time, eventually falling gently into frothy peaks and lacing the glass in sheets.) The nose finds a heapin’ helpin’ of pine and citrus backed by the chewy sweetness of cookies and sweetbreads. At times the hops strike the nostrils with Renuzit intensity and artificiality... or with the soapy florals of an Irish Spring®. Thick bodied with alcohol astringence. Flavor begins with a dirty, heavy, caramel/honey sweetness shifting to a hop-laden middle and finish that are surprisingly lemony. Sharp rye notes play well with the alcohol. Hop and malt flavors mingle nicely and the complexity garnered by the 15 different varieties is more balanced than not. This doesn’t burn as harshly as other DIPAs nor is there any trace of "dishwater", and for those points I’m rather thankful.
<font size=-4>22 oz. bottle from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/frankf Liquors, Frankfort, IL 60423</font>
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer pours quite viscously with a dark reddish hued, amber color that shows a brilliantly clear ruby tinged color when held up to the light. The beer is topped by a frothy, amber tinged, tan colored head that is initially about a finger and a half thick. I am quite happy to say that the aroma is quite hoppy. Notes of sweet oranges and a touch of pine intermingle with a big, chewy, caramelized maltiness. Quite fruity, almost a berry like note joins the citrus notes. Toasted grain notes help to dry out the aroma towards the end.
The beer is a bit sweet up front, in fact perhaps amply so, but there are lots of things to balance the sweetness out. An astringent bitterness rides throughout this beer, it is a touch harsher than I would like. Part of this is that there is a menthol like note, that seems to couple with a bit of an astringent dark grain note and a sharp note of alcohol. There is some hop flavor character here as well, it just plays second fiddle to the other notes that I have mentioned; notes of orange peel and some herbal notes are here. This beer is just unbalanced, and not in the way a double IPA should be; harsh, sharply astringent and hot. Perhaps some age will help to mellow this out, but it no longer would be a even the shade of a double IPA that it is now.
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jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a very attractive dark clear red with a medium beige head. Sharp piney aroma with some cherry fruitiness and wood. VERY tasty; starts off with notes of dark roasted caramel, spicy rye, general massive malty sweetness, oak and then a boatload of intense piney citrusy PacNW hops-very pungent, grapefruity and bitter. Hints of tropical fruit too - lingering bitter finish. Nice complexity between the malty sweetness, spicy rye and hops. Full, round and lush on the palate with fine-beaded carbonation. A thin layer of head sticks it out up until the end. I’d classify this as an American Strong Ale, actually it’s almost in Barleywine territory. Seek this out if you like complex, malty hop bombs. Great stuff.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange ruby. Nose honey centennial and cascade. Flavour is piney with a grassyness. Big sweetness to balance the bag of lawn clippings. great balance.
JorisPPattyn (7877) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge yellowish head, clear; foxy-amber beer, clear. Coconut (Pinacolada?), caramel and very discreet hops. Warming up, I get almonds. In the taste again coconut, but here there’s hoppy bitterness that has but little aromatic components. A bit like bitter almonds, resin or even quinine. Adstringency is unmistakable. We agree that it has no rye character to speak of. Buried under all the alcohol and the rather raw hops? There’s a lot to say about this beer, but in all, it’s not anywhere bad. It’s surprisingly meek for a 10% ABV beer, which is a performance in itself.
OldGrowth (2645) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose, sweet & sour. perfumey. Pine, gf, orange, caramel, brown sugar. Clean brownish orange color. Good head & lacing. Bittersweet flavor, Much more bitter though. Grapefruit metallic bite. Caramel if you dig for it. Medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish that lingers. Side of me likes it, but a one sided flavor made me knockoff a couple points from flavor and overall score
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Dark amber color, with a medium off white head. Aroma of brown sugar, mollasses and a light spicy hopiness. Flavor, rye, brown sugar, some spice and bitterness on the finish. There is some warming on the tail end as well, and the bitterness wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. But still enjoyable.
aracauna (3052) - Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby brown with a slow-building, creamy head. The aroma is apple and pine hops with a strong malt backbone. The malt is sweet and balances nicely with the hop bitterness. Good, easy-drinking, especially for its size.