Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle.
Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a creamy, off-white head. Great head retention and great lacing.
Aroma: A little bubble gum was the first thing I noticed. Kind of strange for a DIPA. Lots of citrus, a little Play-Doh, and some citric sweetness.
Taste: Powerfully bitter! Great notes of caramel, candy sweetness, citrus (blood orange?), floral notes, and a bit of the aforementioned Play-Doh. Not quite sure where that one is coming from. Great up front, but a bit off on the aftertaste.
Palate: Medium, very smooth carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Long, bitter finish.
Overall: Not a bad DIPA, but it doesn’t reach the heights of the truly great ones.
Rebuy: No, but it is definitely worth trying once.
AmEricanbrew (6377) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brilliant amber color with a lasting off white head. Nice floral hop and malty marshmallow aromas. Smooth medium body. Floral hop flavors on a lightly sweet caramel base. Nicely bitter finish.
drfabulous (4925) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet. Citrusy. Very nice overall grapefruit taste. Bitterness. This is a very fine IPA. Delicious.
Butters (3967) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with the guys at the Inglorious Emergency Tasting. Nose is a clean soap hop pinapple fresh clean. Flavor is a little spicy plastic hop. Pours a near clear golden with good white head. Earthy homebrew quality of the aftertaste, and a little plastic. Great nose, and good flavor, but a little flawed.
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy orange with big white head. Aroma of sticky pine hops, hint of malts. Similar taste, very hoppy. Kind of funky aftertaste. Great aroma, but average imperial ipa.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a pillow, off-white, lacing head with a golden-amber body. Smells of grapefruit, pine, toffee. Flavor is cotton candy, citrus hops. Slightly spicy and bitter on the finish. Little home brew in the aftertaste.
Delsym (41) - Vinton, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A well-balanced DIPA. Not as hoopy as I would’ve liked (and excepted), but still pretty solid. Bought in NJ, so I wonder if the dreaded "three t’s" (time, travel, temp) had something to do w/ its less-than-diseralbe tasting. At 120+ IBUs I was expecting more. Avery Maharaja blows this one away.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
mostly orange in colour. Starts with a nice big head but it eventually dies out. Sticky sweet aroma with a nice dose of hops. Very drinkable and barely lets on that it’s a big beer. Again, it’s pretty sticky with a nice lush mouthfeel. Biscut like malt gives way to a nice even hop flavour, lots of floral hops with a bit of grapefruit in there.
vyvvy (4738) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2009 Usually when a new brewery comes into the area we get their best. Not here - the first batch of this IIPA that came into Missouri was three months old. Hopefully they send this fresh later so I can rerate on a fresh bottle - this bottle suffered from being old, but this was what came from the distributor, so a rating is still in order. Pours lightly hazy copper with a sudsy tan head. The aroma has quite a malty presence that has light toast and quite a bit of sweetness. There are some citric hops hiding in there somewhere. This has a medium / full body with a light abrasiveness and sharp microcarbonation. The flavor starts with bubblegum like taste, some earthy/woodiness (hops, oxidation or both?), minor toast and some medicinal traits. The finish is astringent and harsh. 127 IBUs? Not noticeable at this age. This was "meh" in every way. Laughing Dog / distributors - please show St. Louis some love and give us these beers fresh so we can taste the big IBUs that are supposed to be here. Hopefully I can rerate this soon.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a bright orange clear color with a big foamy white head. Nose is grapefruit and resiny hops, a nice floralness and a hint of biscuity malt. Palate is full and clean with some light playful carbonation. Flavors of biscuity malt notes, some breadyness, a nice floral hop note with some tingliness in the finish. pretty well balanced.