ShaneJ (818) - - FEB 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Mogo Vintage Cellars. Deep hazy orange/copper colour, lasting frothy head, aroma is solid citrus/pine hops, mouh-puckering bitterness, but not out of balance due to solid malt backing it up. Oily texture with resiny aftertaste. Loved this, one of Tim’s best.
Sevenlee (1711) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this one literally the day after is was bottled so it was a fresh as fresh gets. Pours a cloudy amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, pine, citrus and hops. Taste is medium sweet leading to a sweet, sticky finish. Despite the freshness, it wasn’t particularly exciting.
Oakes (14669) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2013
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Comes out almost flat, aroma has syrupy hop, but also diacetyl. Same palate, sticky sweet but dull hops and there’s diacetyl in there as well.
M_Sack (568) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick cloudy copper with a very frothy head from a 600ml bottle. Its a tropical bomb with pineapple and watermelon aromas. Malt sweetness leads into cloying bitterness that hangs and hangs hangs. There is a touch of alcohol mid palate. The bitterness is balanced with a huge malt bill. Very viscous mouthfeel. Well balanced, you wouldn't know it is 150 ibu. Too big for me to drink regularly but a good beer worth trying. Make sure you share it!
Davros (2601) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours murky copper with a massive head.
Nose shows some piny and resinous hops with a fair whack of sweet malt underneath.
Hoppy flavours, more resinous pine. Also a fair bit of sweet clean malt followed by a bold bitterness and a fair bit of sharp booze.
Carbonation is way too high.
Jessop (207) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2013
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This beer has a wonderful colour although no carbonation at all, it has an sweetish hoppy nose and a cloying sweetness with bitterness and alcohol thrown in. Not one of Hopdogs best.
fletchfighters (1359) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2013
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
bomber in to a snifter
Clear ruby amber color. Very little, if any carbonation. Slight ring of lacing. Already have doubts.
Nose is sweet malt, little to no hops at all. More like candied apple really. Sad, just sad.
More like a barleywine in the taste. Sweet malts with some pine and grapefruit. No carbonation at all. Sweet and slick taste.
Fail on every level on a DIPA
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
amber with a huge gushing head - carb issues here. after leaving it to settle the head disappears completely. aroma is a disappointment for a dipa - i was expecting 3D grapefruit and lychees but got something murky, indistinct and handy andy like, with more than a hint of fusels and acetaldehyde. i dont doubt the hops are there, its just not clean enough to let them out. flavour is heavily alcoholic, with some evidence of munich or melanoidin malt or something, plus some of the usual toffee stuff, and this medicinal mingling of fusels and high alpha bitterness. yes it’s lunatic excess but its not very well executed lunatic excess.
Maris (1304) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 650ml (?) bottle on 25/3/2013. Pours a cloudy light orange with a huge head. Has a relatively strong aroma of yeast, honey and pink grapefruit. Taste wise, it starts out sweet with citrus and stone fruit, loads of honey, a touch of caramel, and a dash of alcohol. The bitterness is firm and lingering, but it’s hidden for something listed as 150 IBUs. All up, this is enjoyable enough but a little lacking in character for a DIPA (and HopDog is usually big on character). On the plus side, happy to find a HopDog brew where the carbonation is actually under control.
gam (3906) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright orange pour very gassy ale the aromas citrus stonefruit tropical the flavours apricot gtrapefruit lychee pineapple strong ibu malt is sweet honey the finish strong aftertastes of hopand malt lasting bitter perhaps on the sweet side
briank029 (1) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2013 does not count
1.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
This is crap. Its not a double ipa, its not even a normal ipa. Has no hop flavor at all. Very strong alcohol taste. Almost like a bourbon county stout. If you are into ipa’ s do not drink this. I am from Chicago with great brewers near by such as 3 floyds. This is junk. I live in australia now and there is NO good ipa. Matilda bay is the closest thing to a real ipa and its still crap. Dont buy any australian ipa’s. Go New Zealand if you want the real deal.