Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a muddy looking, dark brownish amber with a small, off-white head that settles quickly to a thin film. Random spots of lacing noted. The aroma is very fruity and malty, which isn’t what I was expecting from a fresh IIPA. I picked up notes of melon, orange, grapefruit and pine amongst big, malty caramel and nougat scents. The flavor is again dominated by malts, with caramel, nougat, and even faint hints of chocolate showing through. The hops are discernible, though far more subdued than I would expect. Orange, grapefruit, and pine varieties are all present. Medium-full bodied and very smooth, this one drinks more like a light barleywine than a IIPA. This is an enjoyable beer, but one that defies its description, and most likely, the brewer’s original intentions.
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille 650ml, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur ambrée-orange et semi-voilée. Nez de houblon citrique, résineux et aux notes herbeuses (thé et herbes), malté de caramel, moyen de fruits (abricots, agrumes) et d’alcool ainsi qu’avec des notes de sucre brun et de pain. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture résineuse et aux notes crémeuses. Goût amer de houblon citrique et résineux accompagné d’un goût fruité sucré (abricots, agrumes, notes de pêches) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un moyen goût malté de caramel toffee sucré aux notes rôties et terreuses avec des notes de pain et de sucre brun. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un moyen goût d’alcool légèrement réchauffant jusqu’en finale accompagné d’une amertume de houblon plus herbeuse (thé et herbes mouillées) et plus asséchante ainsi que des notes poivrées. Post-goût long et aux notes sèches, amer de houblon citrique, résineux et légèrement herbeux, moyen d’alcool et légèrement fruité (zest d’agrumes, pelures d’abricots).
mathieuc (3256) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to AlexFields, thanks a lot sir! Pours a glowing golden with a really small head that doesn’t stay for too long. Aroma is nice with (light) piny, citrus and caramel notes. Taste is under control unlike many DIPAs out there with a medium sweetness and a good amount of (gentle) bitterness. This isn’t a palate wrecker and I can appreciate that. A little alcohol can be felt but it isn’t so bad and doesn’t kill drinkability. Overall a real nice proposition!
NachlamSie (3256) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 Bomber. I had this a couple of days after its release and was rather underwhelmed. For some reason I was under the impression IIPA’s had a significantly strong hop profile. I waited a couple weeks to open another bottle and now am retrying it. The pour is red with a pretty nice tan head. More hops are noted in the aroma than I recall with distinct pine and grapefruit but it’s not very intense. A heavy caramel, berry sweetness is also noted. The mouthfeel is rather dense with heavy amounts of malt and the 10.2% is masked impeccably. The hops are definitely second fiddle in the taste. The flavor profile is mostly comprised of sweet caramel, dough, and a barleywine-like toffee flavor with a far off peatiness in the finish. Small suggestions of berries are noted. The hops just can’t compete with the intensity of the malt on this one, they only dry out the finish a bit. The first time I cracked open a bottle, I was very disappointed because the label touts extreme hoppiness. This second time with a different mindset, I enjoyed it a bit more. The main problem is that the sweetness was probably intended only to balance the hop flavors, but somehow became the most evident flavor. This brew lacks some of the complexity of their intentionally maltier brews like Imperial Gaelic or Tasgall.
[Bomber split with Muenster on Oct. 20] Okay, so here we are again. I still don’t get any assertive hop qualities and the malts definitely dominate. I noted a heavier cotton candy or candy vanilla presence this time around.
brnandersen (3253) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from 650 ml. bottle. Slightly hazy golden colour with a dense, white head. Fruity aroma with floral hops, citrus, a herbal, spicy note and caramel malts. Medium body with soft carbonation. Finishes dry and herbal bitter.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
for a guy that lives in phoenix i sure have sampled a lot from this brewery in NC thanks to ucusty!... hazy caramel color with a fluffy light khaki head. aroma is overwhelmingly malty... caramel, toffee and brown sugar with a spritz of citrus and floral hops, spice and straw. earthy malt flavor is packed with more caramel and brown sugar, wood, orange and floral hops. pine shows up on the dry finish and leads to a lightly bitter aftertaste. the palate is on the sweet side but the finish helps clean it up a bit. the full body and mouth feel are chopped up by the dry hoppiness leaving this brew without the stickiness many dipa tend to have. still, it’s more like a decently hopped BW...
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaske, hos Yespr. Let uklar, gylden med et lavt hvidt skum. Sødlig, frugtig og ret krydret aroma. Fyldig, klistret, bitter-sød. Karamel. Krydret, bitter finish. Lang.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a tough beer to rate at the IIPA Capitol of the world, O’Briens. Smells malt with the flavor of rich passion fruits and raisens.
OldGrowth (3208) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, from Sam’s Quik Stop. Good aroma, citrusy sweet. Grapefruit, some pine, a toasted grain, peppery. Clean brownish orange color, good head that faded quickly, minor to no lacing. Bittersweet flavor, lots of graprfruit, pinneapple, little peach/apricot. Thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. It’s good, had some moments while sniffing that were great, but didn’t quite come together with the flavor I had hoped for. Got a little better as it warmed.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bottle. A bit of aged hop, bright clementine citrus, and fragrant jasmine flower. Bright, hoppy and grassy. Not too much pine. Pours a slightly clouded amber-orange, with a slick rim in white. Grassy, piney and rich with resins, pitch and juniper. Nice spicy hop character over a decent toasty malt touch. Maybe a little wet with sugar. There is some dusty old lemon as old hops, but nothing cheesy and dead. Overall, this a very respectable high gravity IPA, with a little age on it. Thanks Piper!