tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear reddish-brownish color with a huge fluffy tan colored head. Smells and tastes VERY hoppy, but well balanced. In the aroma I get the rye, and some bread and caramel. The rye really comes out in the flavor, along with some sweetness, maybe some grapes and grapefruit, a tiny bit of caramel, and a huge bitter finish. Very good!
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 pt. 6 oz. bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Rich dark fruit, hoppy barlywine like aroma. Dark amber/mohogany color with a medium light beige head. Flavor is rich dark fruit and molassas followed by a sturdy citrus back and a lightly dry orangy finish. Full bodied, rich and smooth with medium carbonation. This one is the fine line between barleywine and double IPA. R.I.P. Lenny.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper with a thick, lasting head. I can tell this beer is full-bodied just by watching it pour. Aroma is hops and alcohol. Flavor is much the same. The sweetness is a bit cloying. Rye gives it a bit of a rough complexity.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Deep ruby red and filtered. Clinging bone white head. Spotty. Malty, fruity, berry, cinnamon aromas. Great Nose. Citrusy grapefruit hop aroma. Medium malt roast with serious caramel and chocolate notes. Bitter rye flavor. Then the alcohol middle. Finish is all bitter hops. Grapefruit and a resinous piney hop note. Hits the bitter taste buds. Rye breadiness mingles with the hop finish to make this beer bitter from start to finish. Malt flavors are sharp and crisp. This beer has some pop! Solid!
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
damn this ipa is hoppy! the rye malt adds the extra impact along with the combination of their ’obscene amount of hops.’ there’s much caramel and almost a chocolate flavour on the tail of the palate. the ’brew remains true to the ipa style, and i would be comfortable comparing it to the j.w.dundee ipa, another (though less ABV) high octane experience. Schmaltz hit the nail on the head with this one, and now i’m off to sample the rest of the line. hope this helps.
Braudog (5357) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a rusty red with a light cloudy head. Warmy hoppy nose; big and citric with a hardy malty undertow. Rich nutty sweetness tops it off. Excellent.
mephisto (1265) - TAIWAN - OCT 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
a strong hoppy ipa, the appearance is of cloudy copper. brown head with grassy, hoppy aroma. strong but very drinkable.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This offering from He’Brew pours a dark plum delicious and tasty that leaves a thick tan head. The aroma is fantastic rye, caramel, pitted fruit, this is a very complex and enjoyable nose. The taste starts malty upfront, caramel, maybe brown sugar, it then moves to a spicy bitter grapefruit feel on the palate finishing with a plum, date, sweetness rounded out with a bready, nutty feel that I love, the alcohal being at 10% is warming and not overwhelming. This is a great brew and although Mendocino brews their beers great job Shmaltz and keep them coming!
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, electric garnet color with a frothy ivory colored head. Sweet wort aroma. Very bitter and malty with a zingy rye kick. The aroma hops seem underdone but the rest of this beer kicks ass. Somewhat sweet, bitter finish.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle purchase at Party Town in Florence., KY. Pours thick, and a very deep copper brown with off white head, decent lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops and toasted grains. Lots of maltiness in the flavor of toasted grains, tea, rye, caramel. Semi-dry and very peppery bitter hop finish, with some alcohol coming out in the end. More barleywine/strong ale territory than DIPA. But I don’t rate to style. As a beer, this did not wow me, and seemed at bit messy. Not really flaws, just a personal observation.