Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured deeper, ruddy amber with a nice lookiní cap of khaki head. The aroma opened with lemon zest, pine hoppage and alcohol initially (kinda like Pine-Sol, but it a good way).. honey really comes through on the back of the nose.. sweeter and almost mead-like back there.. strong and enjoyable. The flavor found a hefty dose of honey plus some grapefruit meat backing.. grapefruit, pine resin, and peppery alcohol around.. finished assertive with alcohol-fueled honey and lots of residual bitterness. Thick feel on the palate with moderate carbonation.. lots of lingering bitterness and warmth.. I enjoyed it.
EithCubes (5242) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle for IPA Day (new to me!). Nose is boozy with IIPA malt, sticky caramel malt, honey, white grape. Cloudy ruby-tinged copper pour with a (beautiful) rich and rocky tan head. Taste is bittersweet, leaning toward sweet at first and drying out only slightly to resin and sticky, heavy caramel. Dank, woody hops, thin and papery with low pine and good bite. Citrus is subdued. Full body but not fat. Apricot/peach jam and undeniable green Hallertauer, though in an obviously supporting role. Some nice spicy notes emerge with volume, rye and honey intermingle. The reported alcohol figure is surprisingly high given the taste, as itís well put together. Needs a little something to balance out the sweetness, but I enjoyed this more than most IIPAs.
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks funkybrewster for the not so fresh bottle. this is the kinda beer that you read the ingredients and say... ísure why the hell not... who wouldnít make this combinationí Well, sometimes those weird oddball things that no one else would think to do turn out surprisingly well. Honey is probably the base malt with rye 2nd and munich 3rd...? Aroma of rye, vanguard and glacier, bit of oxidation but I love that rye aroma. Flavor is bit weirder, especially since it isnít fresh, some biscuity and malt (mostly rye) oxidation character, it has that malt-o-meal kinda flavor (sure it wasnít there fresh), the honey malt is certainly in extreme, but that malt isnít over kill to begin with, nice little touch there but I could probably do without it, canít really pick up the munich much but Iím sure itís adding that caramel kick and color, hops and in a very nice belnd, plenty of pine over a bit of caramel sweetness with a rye sour spicy kick, honey and citrus blend well together, medium bitterness but the sweetness is a bit more, finish is rye and resin. Body is medium, not sticky, great carbonation, great beer here... wish I could try it fresh. What a frankenstein.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had hopes for this one, but I figured there was a reason I havenít heard of this brewery before. This kind of IIPA ainít my bag. I like bright citrus and floral notes and this thing is just over the top resinous and earth hops that I just donít like. The aroma immediately let me know that I was in for the aforementioned hop profile. It isnít totally bad. The alcohol is well hidden, but other than that it just seems out of balance and just not my thing. Hopefully the other ones I picked up from the brewery are better.
drpimento (2482) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Geez, I donít know - hope Iím not getting too old to appreciate new, cutting edge trends; but to me, these over-the-top hopped beers taste like theyíre just that: out of balance, over the top, hopped beers. Seems to be the reasoning that just adding more and more hops is supposed to make the beer better and better, but Iím not buying it. So to speak. Anyway, poured with a nice, fine, thick, creamy, light tan head with good lace. Aroma is HOPS, malt, citrus and more citrus. Flavor is like nose with bittersweetness and a little funk standing out. Body is influenced by the bitterness and not so great in that regard. Finish is like flavor and of course, too long. Not my kind of brew.
dchmela (2827) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a thick off white head. Big resiny citrus and pine hop aroma with notes of chocolate. Big chewy malt body with chocolate notes and lots of citrus and resiny hops. Quite a nice hoppy brew.
GnarlyGnome (778) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2011 Bottle: pours a lovely copper color with a creamy head that dissipates fairly slowly leaving nice lacing on the glass. Aromas present are that wonderful citrus hop smell that becomes a pine aroma in your nose with a hint of toffee hidden behind it. The flavors are amazing... Everything from the citrus hops, to a caramel sweetness, and a wonderful maltiness. Nice job with this one.
SHANER4 (485) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark copper colo with medium creamy head. Earthy citrus aroma with some mild hops. Flavor is excellent, very balanced malt and hops. Overall an excellent iipa, has great balance and alcohol is mild.
davey101 (746) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass. A - Deep amber/copper body. Tan head, loads of lacing and retention. S - Biscuity malts, caramel, piney resinous hops. T - Great balance between caramel malts and piney hops. Alcohol is slightly noticable on the end. Not excessively bitter. Smooth and velvety mouthfeel. O - A nice double IPA. Doesnít really stand out, and it certainly seems like an east coast style IPA due to the malty backbone. The label is really great.
gsmitty80 (2011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice Double IPA with a good mix of hops and high alcohol yeald. A little tough to get through the whole thing at the time and would love to try on tap.