Hangover (1020) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUL 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber pour with a creamy and lasting tan head. Aroma is fantastic. Strong grapefruit hop aroma but right underneath that is big malt, with some dried fruit, plum, date as well as an alcohol presence which is not subdued. Full mouthfeel. Wow. Piney and citrus hops explode, leaving you with a huge alcoholic middle. You can pick out the rye and more of the malt profile in the finish, which is oily with lingering alcohol. This beer tastes even bigger than 10%. I would be interested to see if aging takes away some of the bite. Overall, I liked this rendition of the style. A lot.
beastiefan2k (2258) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Brought this a few weeks ago to the HW Open House and the little of it I tried tasted was really good. However, thought I needed a better sample for a rating. Picked this bottle up about a week ago, cellared till about an hour ago. Maybe its not cold enough but I am really not feeling it as much as last time. You know these DIPA can just go down in a hurry. Aroma is all hop, mainly piney (Amarillo?). Main I loved it a few weeks ago but now its just so average. The taste is just hop dominated, nothing special or really discernable. Not a bitter heavy DIPA, which I like. Before I opened this up it was a shoe in for an over 4 score (pretty much what Dickinsonbeer had) but now its so different. Will a DIPA change this quickly or is it all in my head?
Dhrjericho (66) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish copper color with a minimal head. Aroma is sharp and citrusy with a hint of pine. The flavor is bitter with a late hoppy kick that lingers at the back of tongue. Has an alchol finish.
omhper (18757) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm] Clear copper red, small head. Aroma of rye bread and lychee. Sweet and full bodied with clean mouthfeel. Plenty of malt with evident notes of bread and phenols. Alcohol plays a significant part. Lingering salty lychee-like finish. Very solid.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Relatively clear orange-brown body, thick, tight cream-tan head. The aroma is the best aspect of this beer, dense and layered with caramels, toast, sweet berries, brown sugar, and plenty of resiny, grapefruity and piney hops. The sweetness and thick malts carry over to the body but are quickly hollowed by thinning alcohol that significantly restricts the development of the palate. Resiny, strongly bitter hops residues linger on the palate in rather unpleasant fashion as a result of this unfortunate quirk.
Kevin (2025) - Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep ruby hued brown that reminds me of some nice barley wines. Perfect cream colored head. Damn, sweet rich plum aroma reminds me of good barley wines too. Other aromas of apricot, lemon, caramel. Oh yeah, this is a barley wine, I don’t care what the label says. Luckily it is not a bad barley wine. The alcohol does not hide in this, it comes to the front and mixes well with the plum, pineapple, fig Newton, caramel, grass, some pine in the finish. Thick syrupy mouth feel. A rich enveloping beer that is a pleasure to sit and sip while listening to a cut from an audio version of fear and loathing while reading an Elmore Leonard novel. I have to say the beer is better than the book. I’ve been sipping on this for a while and looking for something more to add, but other than the occasional high octane bite nothing new has popped out except a bit of cinnamon, that’s alright it is a fine sipper that burns at just the right moment and is a great end of the day brew. I think I will pick a few more up.
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Svesse (5816) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled, Akkurat, stockholm 18 July) Colour is dark amber with hints of ruby. Frothy off-white head, leaving lots of lacing. Nose is initially mainly malty, sweet with notes of syrup and caramel, after a while the not so modest hops break through with citrussy grapefruit notes. Taste is very bitter, sweet with loads of hops and notes of pine needles and resin, some burnt caramel notes as well. Full bodied with an almost oily character. Long bittersweet finish. Rather complex, malty nose and hoppy, bitter taste. A nice one.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good beer here. The RIPA pours a coppe/red color with a tan head. The aroma is very nice--plenty of those sweet simcoe hops come through in the nose for that nice citrus scent. The taste is big--plenty of caramel malt, rye, hops and some molasses flavors as well. Good finish with some bitterness lingering.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2006 Bottle at Oliver Twist, Sockholm) Clear amber with a firm tan head. Aroma is really dry, oily, grassy and piney (hop) with faint undertones of caramell and rasperry liqour! Bitter flavour of grapefruit, grass and breadchursts. . Really chewy body underneath the the hops of jelly, rastperryjam, ryebread, and peppermint. Finish is really bitter and full of grass and grapefruit with undertones of mint and ryebread and mint.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUL 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ruddy crimson with a khaki head leaning toward sherbert. The nose is assertive but not offensive, not the nasal cleansing hop acridness that usually comes with the territory. Nice malty platform, very English but with a drying bitterness. Must be the Rye. The grain in this case gives heartiness and a cleansing finesse. Good hoppy finish. Not what I was expecting at all. The alcohol is a little heavy, maybe some cellar time will fix that.