Iron Hill 2nd Degree IPA²
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
2nd Degree is a Double IPA. It's 80 IBUs, 9.8% ABV and loaded with 39 Pounds of hops including Chinook, Cascade, Amarillo and Columbus! In case you aren't aware hops are in short supply....and we still used a TON in this beer including 13 pounds in the hop back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Pours with a frothy, light tan colored head that starts out about a half-finger thick, but it remains quite persistant for a long time and even is able to produce some lacing patterns on the sides of my glass as I take each sip. the beer is a clear, deep, red-amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, deeply red stained, vibrant copper color when held up to the light. The aroma, sticky with hop notes, is noticeable as I am pouring this brew. At first smell the beer is very herbal, but an inspection of the aroma yields much more fruit-like hop notes. Massive tropical fruit notes of lychee, apricot, and light pineapple are accented by notes of bergamot syrup, and über-ripe tangelo are the dominant note at first. But then a substantial malt character starts to become noticeable, more towards the finish but with ample notes of toasted malt, biscuit-like grain and a powdered bread crust note mix in with the more noticeable fruit notes. Strangely the strong herbal notes that were noticed at first now only play a boosting, back-drop of a role that adds a touch of spice / edge to the other hop notes.

The first sip is much more herbal than the bulk of the aroma might have suggested. Piquant, herbal notes reminiscent of hemp oil, aromatic almost zesty menthol, substantial pine sap and a huge, biting bitterness serve as the dominant flavor notes. The hop fruit notes are still noticeable in the flavor, but play more of a supporting role (though they still play a substantial role); flavors of lychee, candied orange peel, ruby red grapefruit and tangelo all are noticeable from the beginning through to near the finish were the herbal, astringent, aggressive hop bitterness drowns them ultimately into submission. This has a fair amount of carbonation to it, it is prickly, with a zip to it that keeps it from being creamy and full. The body is full, lightly viscous, but not so heavy that I feel like this is a sipping brew (which is a good thing).

As the beer warms up a ways from its initial 50ºF / 10ºC temperature, the hop flavors become much more fruit balanced. The aggressive (they weren’t overly so in the first place though) herbal notes become softer and superseded by zesty, tropical fruit and citrus flavors. Overall the beer becomes much smoother, more easy drinking and even less bitter on the palate.

A great example of a Double IPA, one that is thoroughly enjoyable and as an often-times hop-head, one which I can’t put down. This doesn’t break any new ground, but does have my preferred balance of punchy hop fruitiness balanced by a supporting cast of herbal hop notes and biting bitterness that I like best in my Double IPAs. Probably loses a couple enjoyment points for no other reason than not being original, which I objectively realize is completely unrealistic in a Double IPA for the most part. I would happily drink this all night though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3901) - Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2008
12 oz. draft at the brewpub. Pour is brown orange with not much of an off white head. Aroma of pine and citrus hops some malt too. The hops are fresh, and very nice. Taste is resin pine primarily, with some of the citrus coming through in the middle. Nice full palate balanced hops and malt out well. This beer hid the 9.9% really well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Hand bottle courtesy of hopdog. Thanks Steve!
Pours a nice medium amber with a lasting offwhite colored head. Smell is nice and fruity with a good sweet hop nose, but balanced and not ridiculously hoppy. Some very light metallic notes and alcohol in the nose perhaps. Smooth and very slick in the mouth, with a good piney and fruity bitterness that lingers. Kind of a strong, lasting odd bitterness the more I drink. Nice hop flavor, but still with smooth and sticky malt behind it and a bit of an overly chalky lasting bitterness. Nice beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Orange-amber color with a medium head. Aroma is thick with citrus and floral hops with a malty sweetness in the background. Flavor is a nice mix of "C" hops with lots of floral and citrus goodness plus some sweeter malts and a full, sticky feel. A nice DIPA from what I consider to be the best Iron Hill location beer wise.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Aroma is that utter perfection of the finest qualities of the many different hops used in this brew,that sweet combination of citrus,pine, and slight sweet maltiness that us hopheads seek in our hop bombs, taste doesn’t quite capture all those components as well,the sweet caramel maltiness is more of a factor, all that hopping results in a tangy, mix of citrusy ,slightly slick hop juice, with different hop charateristics slightly clashing , and a pleasantly bitter finish. Top grade stuff,thanks again Kingpin, an excellent hand bottled

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Big thanks to JB175 for a growler of this stuff. Send me some more! Pours amber with a small white head. Up front citrus hop aroma. Flavor is oranges, more citrus hops, pine hops, sweet caramel. Finishes with that nice sweet up front but bitter in the rear combo. No hint of the abv. Well made and a great example of what I think of when I hear DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2008
5-30-08 hand bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to hopdog!!
Thick, slightly red amber brown with a decent off white sticky head. Smell is dough and hops with a hint of cranberry orange bread in there too. The nose becomes more floral as it warms. Flavor is quite unique and reminds me of a hoppy almost metallic cough syrup. It is full of pine and sweet hops and alcohol. Palate is a little strange and off and there is an aftertaste of hefty burning alcohol that is a little hard to shake. Overall, I have no idea how to rate this beer - I can’t seem to find the words or numbers to adequately describe the experience here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2008 Draft. Clear amber color with medium sized head. Clean looking beer. Small tight white head. Oily full bodied brew. Aroma. of malt light alcohol, pine, and caramel The taste was the same but sweet with thick hoppy light caramel tones. Bitter finish. Good stuff, had two while I watched the Detriot Vs Orlando B-ball game.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Hand bottled by TY! Copper/amber color. Smell of hops, honey, citrus peal, grapefruit, flowers, malt, caramel, pine and alcohol. I remember smelling this for my first time when I opened it. Tastes the same but a little bit lighter than the smell. Wonderful hop flavor. Thanks TY!

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