NachlamSie (2881) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 Bottle, Thanks Tronraner! Pours a cloudy orange with a nice, tall white head that fades away eventually. I can see a little bit of yeast in the bottom, just a few specks. The nose is heavy on the grapefruit and big, bold pine resin. Iím a sucker for that drying, piny character in IIPAís. I really donít get a lot of malt in the way of the aroma, itís all about the spicy, dry hops. The bitterness is right on for the style, itís dry and biting, yet clean and enjoyable. Lots of marijuana notes and pine, itís very grassy and sharp, but again, clean. The sweetness here is not syrupy at all, just present enough to add balance and a respectable density on the palate. Man, Iím really digging the finish on this one. Itís zesty, dry and savory with lots of lemons. Hm, some nice green tea flavors too. So Mad Riverís IIPA is not as huge as some, especially not for California. But it is has some unique qualities that I really enjoy. I agree that if this one was a bit bigger itíd be even better, but as it is, it made a fine impression on me. Well done!
Bottle. Pours a very cloudy orange with a tall, firm white head which was perhaps enhanced by the tulip glass. The nose is rich and hoppy, but not extreme for the style. I suppose I could use more hop presence (like always) but the actual notes I find very pleasing. It leans towards pine and dry lemon with just a dash of citrus and fair malts. The hops come out more in the flavor and again, this is very tasteful for the style, but certainly aggressive by the measure of most any other style. Really nice middle of the road melon and caramel sweetness provide an accessible backdrop for the drying, zesty, herbal bitterness. All in all, itís a solid, very well crafted IIPA with adequate bitterness to get the job done.
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy orange and mustardy yellow - looks like cider - with a moderate white foamy head.
Aroma is big and hoppy: mostly gooey, resiny pine with some notes of citrus fruit. Not much in the way of malt in the nose.
Medium bodied and bitter with grainy malts. Flavor is pretty much still hops throughout. High bitterness but without too much acidity. As IIPAs go, I like this one quite a bit. I knew before I looked that RB folks wouldnít agree.
There are definite departures from the "standard" IIPA, but I appreciate these. One is the malt profile quite a bit less caramel-y and more grainy. The hop profile doesnít feature a prominent lemon, and the alcohol is not even 10%. God knows there are enough cookie-cutter IIPAs coming out, and I congratulate Mad River for a little originality.
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2007
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dull amber hazy pour, no head. Aroma - Grassy, nutty caramel, resinous.
Thick, syrup like body. Alcoholic finish. Very sharp bitterness. Taste nothing like any other double ipa iíve had, something is wrong.
IndianaRed (2709) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Pours a fairly clear amber with a small off white head. Modest hop aroma for a double. Nice hefty malt body and fairly balanced with a bit of alcohol in the flavor. Just not very "Double"
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Pours cloudy orange with pillowy ivory head. The aroma is mandarin orange, pineapple, pine, and sweet caramel. The flavor is fruity hops for a millisecond, then gets very piney. There is some malty sweetness at first, too, but the malts get toastier as it progresses. The finish is bittersweet with lots of pine resin. Bitterness lingers into the aftertaste. Nothing special, but a solid IIPA.
Palidor19 (3024) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This actually tastes more like a regular IPA than a DIPA. The hops aroma is more sharp piney than citrus like. Still it give off a good presentation.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours quite hazy and amber with minimal white head. The aroma has a very deep malt scent to it with fresh pine, light orange, and caramel. Hints of alcohol as well. The flavor is sweet piney malt with hints of orange peal. Very nice. Simple strong and good. Bitter but not crushingly so. Heavy mouth feel but bright on the tongue with a dryish aftertaste. Enjoyable.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Cloudy orange with a small head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit and oily resin. A bit of balancing caramel and big tropical fruit taste. Heavily bitter to the point of astringency. Tastes reminiscent of Valley Brew Uberhoppy, but falls down somewhere along the way.
jason (1690) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Thanks to cbkschubert for sending me this one. Pours a pale golden amber body with decent size head. mild aroma - hoppy, caramel - nothing really standing out. Flavor is a hoppy mess of a IIPA, lightly bitter with a big syrupy caramel taste. Decent mouthfeel. Was not the hoppy citrusy IPA I was hoping for. Enjoyable but a failed attempt at a IIPA.
argo0 (11866) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle) Particulate-filled topped by a medium off-white head. Aroma is fairly tame, medium sweet, grapefruit/pine. Taste is sweet, fruity, grapefruit/floral/orange, some caramel, light alcohol. Resiny medium-full body.