BARLEYWINEO (106) - Tacoma, USA - APR 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Poured a transparent glowing golden, orange color with great carbonation leaving a nice white cap, bubbles and a lot of lacing even as I finished the glass lacing and bubbles were clinging on to the glass for mercy
S: Tropical fruits raid the nose with a whiff of booze and breadiness. Main notes were mango, orange zest, pineapple and other light orchard fruit like apricot and peach
T: Big mango, pineapple, apricot and fruits upfront with a nice booze sting, the hops tend to be upfront and it transitions into a bready malt base. Hops are sre smooth and there is not much of a hop bite, not stinging like PtY, Hop Venom or others. Very smooth on taste.
M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, loads of flavor but the mouthfeel is a little soapy and oily
O: Fantastic, I really loved this! my only fault in this beer was the slickness on the back end
Alextricity (373) - Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served on-tap at One-Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale, Michigan.
Appearance: A light brown color with a nice bubbly film on top -- lacing’s decent, but nothing extraordinary.
Smell: As others have described it, quite dank... malts, fruitiness... interesting smelling beer, no doubt.
Taste: Like the aroma, but holy hell the alcohol is very noticeable... not just in the flavor, but in the warmth as well. It was masked in the aroma, but that 10% definitely comes through on the taste buds. The warming sensation works well with the aromas and rest of the flavors, and makes for a pretty solid sipping beer. The feel is solid as well, no complaints there.
Overall, after having it side-by-side with something like Kuhnhenn’s DRIPA, I found it to be ALMOST forgettable, which is a shame, because it was still a damn good beer. It smelled great, and tasted very good. The ABV is pretty insanely high on this, and it’s an excellent example of the style. I hadn’t even heard of this beer before having it, but I trusted Lagunitas, and it didn’t fail me. Incredibly solid beer.
rader58 (740) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark copper color. Aroma of heavy hops, pine, spruce, citrus, caramel. Flavor of pine, spruce, caramel.
jbrana (245) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It’s very sweet and smooth with an overwhelming amount of hop presence. There are strong floral, citrus, and resinous notes with quite a bit of grapefruit and dank flavors.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the brewpub. This brew pours a slightly hazy dark orange color with a medium foamy off-white head that recedes gradually. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, ripe fruit and malt. Medium to full body with flavors of dank hops, earthy malt and pine. The finish is moderately bitter with a resiny hops aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
joeneugs (2576) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted this fresh a couple months ago… It pours a dark orange with a creamy orange head. The aroma is very sweet with fruity mango, orange and grape. The flavor is the same… super fruity with grapes, mango, a little spicy hop bitterness in the finish. Strong… Full bodied and a bit on the sweet and thick side, but great flavor.
PhillyCraft (2578) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at South Philly Taproom with Alan. Ugly hazy red pour no head or lace. Straight sugar, barleywine, past prime hops, sticky fruit, cherry. Gross shit taste lilke its all of the 6 weeks old. I was excited for this but what a huge letdown. I drank 2 ounces and returned the rest to the bar keep.
RobertDale (2601) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Hopfest 2013. Comes a somewhat cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma of fruit, pine, and florals. Taste is grapefruit, other citrus and tropical fruits, florals, pine, and malt. Not much alcohol comes through. Nice.
unclemike (2067) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
good.aroma sweet, Fruity. Tangerine, orange, peach, apricot. Clean yellow gold.color. small to mo head, spotty lace. Bittersweet flavor. Medium body creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter finish. Pretty darn fast. Wonderful aroma.
TURDFERGUSON (3741) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Milltown. Pours a reddish bet with a small off white head and some sticky lace. Nose is citrus, resiny hops, lots of candi sugar malt. Flavor is similar--more sweet than the Sucks, lots of resinous hops, caramelized sugar, light papaya, and guava. Certainly a fine double ipa, but I probably prefer the Sucks for its drier qualities. Solid, but not worth custy’s hype and a bit on the sweet and boozy side for my tastes.
Jayklew (29) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler poured into snifter. Amber beautiful. Little bit of head lingers at edge of glass. Great lacing leaving perfect rings on glass. Aroma of earthy, piney, weedy goodness.
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