JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 22 oz bottle. Nice dark red color with fair amount of head. Inviting hoppy-rye aroma. Taste is very complex, as one would expect with such a wide variety of hops & malts. At first this didn’t seem that well balanced, but I really warmed up to this one. Sweet, hoppy, rye flavors mix well on the palate. I hope He’Brew can follow up this offering with some more high quality special edition beers. L’chaim!
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red pour with a thick tan head. The aroma had piney hops, caramel, rye, graitfruit and citrus. Solid flavor with the caramel dominating. Palate was lacking thickness for a double IPA. This was fine but it reminded more of a Stong Ale.
Kinz (3105) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Leaning into the realm of American Strong with the flavor profile here. Deep red appearance, nice head, attractive. Aroma earthy, piney, with some caramel. Flavor matched, with an almost aspirin astringent bitterness lingering. Very full bodied, almost creamy caramel, perhaps that is the contribution made by the rye. Far and away the best HeBrew beer, and a great label. But just a nice beer.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden red color with a nice frothy head. Strong hops, alcohol, and malts. Somehow the over the top blend works and the beer is very drinkable.
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
very nice looking deep red body.head of a light brown and left nice lacing.aroma was.loads of caramel malts and grapefruit in the aroma,followed by alcohol.flavor is much of the same with a bit of rye.this isnt very good either.i wonder if im gonna have a good beer today????RE-RATE:this isnt to bad although its closer to a barley wine and not a double ipa.
notalush (4456) - 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 (1958) - 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 (3676) - 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.