ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed 3/5/13. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a crystal clear burnished copper color. The head is a two finger offwhite shade. The texture is creamier (if thinner) than most DIPAs I tend to encounter, and the lacing it leaves behind is nice looking, as well.
S: Dank. Really the perfect descriptor for this one. Weed, fresh cut grass, herbs, pine, lemon are all the hop qualities I notice, backed by the spicy rye malts. An underlying aroma of toffee, biscuit, and caramel also give the hops some breathing room.
T: At first, it’s lightly sweet and spicy. The piny, herbal hops all hit on the midtaste, providing many of the same flavors the nose suggested (marijuana, pine, black pepper, etc.) On the finish, there’s an upsurge of both rye malt qualities and earthy booziness. Not really deep, delicate, or balanced in any way, but a fun DIPA to sip on.
M: Shocking heft on the palate, and shockingly silky as well. A bit of roughness builds up after the first sip, in conjunction with the drying of the finish. Given the choice between syrupy and sweet or dry, clean, and boozy...aw fuck it, I’ll take dry, clean, and boozy in this case. I’m really glad this one lacks overt sweetness.
O: I’ve never been too particular over rye IPAs, but this one is fine. Very good for those who like spicy, bitter, pine-forward DIPAs.
chriszfat (83) - Lake stevens, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2016
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
From a bottle pours dark amber and clear with a decent head. Smell is malty and can smell the rye also. Taste is sweet Carmel and whiskey, too sweet. Some lasting bitterness but not enough for the overpowering sweetness and malt.
BrewBrain (137) - Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2016
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber pour with foamy tan head. Aroma is caramel, whiskey, orange. Very sweet citrus whiskey-like flavor. Moderate bitter very sticky finish. Too much caramel malt.
polo_marco (262) - milton, Vermont, USA - MAY 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells of bread sweet malts Orange pulp and slight booze scent. Dark red amber color. Sweet malt come out at first then hoppy citrus fruits with a wine like finish a taste that I dislike but can handle cause it’s suddel. Medium sticky body with lite carbonation. Brews a bit malty and boozy for what I enjoy for an IPA even one with this high ABV. But this could use more hop flavor. Not bad overall.
fuzzcro (199) - Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2016
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Much too bitter for my liking. Out of my normal brew comfort zone. Trying to spread my wings with new types...this however, was way off the mark.
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark orangish amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some bready malty tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste.
Quick3Beers (808) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark copper brown from a bottle. Whiskey and rye nose with caramel. Flavor similar, very malty, with lots of hops too, but seems like less of an IPA than a pale ale, or even a super hopped scotch ale. Good beer.
sulawang (964) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours deep mahogany brown with a long lasting ultra-creamy small head, sticky micro lacing, super fine layer of 1mm retention, clusters of snail speed streams near the surface.
Nose: toffee barley malt. (lvl-4)-pungency
Attack: superfine creamy smooth, thick-dense mouthfeel, suspended micro CO2
Mid-palate: grapefruit bitter hops, (lvl-5-sweetness), toffee toasted barley malt, resiny, trace metallic
Finish: sweet-heavy alcohol hit, dry rye malt.
Summary: Super duper creamy mouthfeel unlike most others, stealth 10% ABV hits hard once it’s all over. Very drinkable, up there.
That1Guy (2191) - Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2016
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Clear dark amber pour with a white head that disappears quickly. This is so oxidized. Smells like cardboard and cereal. Shocking flavors no doubt. Almost poured it out.
eduardovl (1302) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle served in a goblet glass. Enjoyed @ Craftissimo - the best craft brew bottle shop in Hong Kong! Thanks Ronny!
A: Pours a deep amber color forming a medium and persistent tan head with lots of lingering lacings left in the glass.
S: Nose is a must for rye beer lovers: It smells rye! :). Strong notes of toffee, caramel malts, pine, resin, grapefruit.
T: Slightly sweet upfront. Rye, caramel malts, grapefruit, resin, pine, zest. Intense and persistent hop bitterness punch finish.
M: Heavy body. Average carbonation. Rye, grapefruit, resin, pine, zest in the aftertaste.
O: Good drinkability. Great Rye IIPA!
drsordr (2182) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour brownish copper with moderate ecru head. Nose toffee, dank, molasses, sweeter malt. Taste moderate bitter bite up front then bready malt, dank, toffee. Mid palate moderate sweet. Late palate peppery rye then long bitter finish.