vyvvy (4777) - 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.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from once upon a vine in Richmond, VA. Hazy bright amber pour with nice retention and lace. Floral notes and earthy malts on the nose. Grapefruit, honey, light citrus, and grass
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Wells. Pours a slightly hazy orangish yellow color with a large, rocky head. Big herbal aroma, grassy, very earthy. Some citrus in the flavor, biting hop finish is paired well with malty body. A good IIPA.
Tmoney99 (12224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06.
Poured a hazy copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly diminished with good lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.
This is a very good beer and my expectations where met.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to alexanderj. Orange pour with white head. Earthy malt and hop aroma, some lemon and grass. Flavor is the same, sorta high carbonation, earthy malt, some herbal and grassy hops. A little too medicinal for my taste, but decent overall.
alexanderj (3429) - Branson, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; poured a hazy copper/orange color with not much head. Aroma is very earthy, grassy, grapefruit and citrus; a bit of caramel. Flavor was fairly standard for the style; did not have great, or a lot of flavor. Fairly bitter, but not in a detracting way. Still, this was a pretty solid beer overall.
pinkzambia (1720) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 10, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Cloudy copper color with an off-white head that never ceases covering the sides of the glass with lacing. It has a wonderful hoppy aroma of grapefruit and other floral notes. A monster hop tastes fllows with fresh, floral tastes, bitterness, but not too bitter. It also isnít too syruppy sweet like many 2 IPAís. I think it has a well-balanced taste, not overly hard core bitter (which I donít necessarily mind), but bitter enough and refreshing. It has tons of carbonation and isnít too thick on the feel. This is a great 2 IPA!
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 7, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle courtesy of ditmier. Thanks Eric. Pours a cloudy copper-brass color with a big rocky white head that has great retention and lacing. The aroma is soft with ctirus, sweet malts and buttery yeast. The flavor is that of a citrus hop monster, with grapefruit, oranges, pine, caramel, lantana blooms and some herbs. The mouthfeel is full and malty. The finish is long with lingering biters. Overall: A very potently flavored DIPA, not for the casual IPA drinker, but thats not me; I loved it.
ben4321 (4881) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Normís, 8/6/09
Aroma: Sweet and citrusy, grapefruit, orange, mild spice, honey
Appearance: Hazy amber-orange color, two fingers of creamy white head, glass covering lacing
Flavor: Strong citrus hops flavor, some nice bitterness, and a bit of caramel malts as well
Palate: Nice mouthfeel, some stickiness, medium body, no burn (8% is very well hidden)
My first rating from Idaho! (I feel like Iíve had a beer from Laughing Dog before, but Iíve never rated one.) This was a nice beer, a bit of a subdued IIPA as far as being only 8%, but tasty. I liked it, and my small qualm with this one would be with something a bit odd that distracted from the taste and kept this beer from being a few tenths of a point higher (in the taste and overall impression categories) for me.