Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. handbottle courtesy of Ty5592. Thank you Ty! Nice red color with a small head. Nice floral hop aroma, even if it is a little faint. Very complex citrus, pine, earthy hop taste. Full bodied. Alcohol sublimely hidden.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: 2nd Degree IPA
Brewery: Iron Hill - All
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear dark copper, fine beige head with frothy edges, streaks of drippy lace,
Aroma: sweet pine and caramel aroma,
Flavor: sweet pine flavor, lots of sweet crystal and caramel to go with the pine, touch of peppery alcohol adds contrast to the sweetness, nice bitterness adds some balance but lets the fruity and piney hops stay in control,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
hopdog (10285) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted from Growler filled earlier in the day. Poured a medium and clear orange color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of light citrus, toasted caramel, floral hops, and earthy. Tastes of caramel, floral hops, pine, and had a nice grapefruit bitter finish. Some alcohol in the finish.
alexsdad06 (7454) - Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. handbottle courtesy of hopdog. Pours a clear amber orange colr with a smaller off white head. The aroma is in your face citrus hops, moderate sweetness, a touch of pine, and some floral notes. The flavor is still citrus, but more in the finish where it presents as grapefruit bitterness. Up front there is more caramel malt, pine, floral, and slight earthy combinations. I think they work well together. I don’t notice the alcohol at all. Full bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. This is a very solid beer and a great intro to Iron Hill for me.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared by kp: Pours a transparent bright copper orange with a wispy-lacing white head. Nice aroma of fresh grapefruity resiny hops and some sweet toasty caramel malty balance. Body starts fairly full and toasty caramely malty sweet with great balance of fresh assertive resiny piny and grapefruity hops. Finishes crisp, smooth and bittersweet, hiding the alcohol quite well. A very nice double IPA.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler courtesy of Ty5592. Pours copper with a caramel color head. Smells of sweet malt, some citrus, yeasty, some pine. Tastes of sweet caramel, citrus, resin, some nice citrussy hints, roses and a peppery splash with a fruity finish. Some nice spicy hints are also there. Very enjoyable!
egajdzis (5697) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Gravity Cask] Poured a dark amber color with a small white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, floral hops, lots of amarillo, light toast, and caramel. Taste of pine, bitter grapefruit, toasted malts, toffee, citrus fruits, pine, and a very bitter finish... fair amount of alcohol detected.
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This Imperial IPA pours a medium orange gold color from a growler. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel malts and floral hops. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The Malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are floral and citrusy grapefruit. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Bitter without being over the top. Touch of orange oil. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with some orange.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to hopdog for picking up this growler and sharing it. Pours a translucent orange/amber with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of pine resin, floral notes, caramel, some toasted malt, lots of orange notes from the American hops. Flavor of pine, citrus notes, a good amount of caramel, some toasted malt, lots of hop flavor and bitterness, enough malt to help balance and some alcohol coming through in flavor.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Hopdog. Poured a clear bright deep orange with an off-white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, and toasted malt. Caramel malt flavor with a piny hop middle to finish. Dry and moderately bitter very long finish. Almost a medium body. A nice drinking IIPA with the alcohol very well hidden.