Darkmagus82 (1823) - - NOV 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear red tinted orange amber color with a one finger head of foam. The head fades over a moderate level of time to leave a decent level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a sweeter fruity aroma being mainly of a melon and tangerine smell. Along with these smells comes some hoppy aromas being mostly a mix of grapefruit and an earthy smell, but also containing a faint floral hop aroma as well. With a bit of a musty smell and a bit of bread, a rather sweet and intriguing aroma is overall produced.
Taste – The taste starts with a bready and sweeter fruit flavor with a nice tangerine sweetness upfront. Other sweeter flavors of caramel are upfront as well, being mixed with a good showing of a grapefruit hop. The grapefruit grows stronger in nature as the taste moves on to the end, being accompanied by some herbal and initially lighter pine hop tastes. While the grapefruit is the strongest at the end, the pine does get to a more moderate strength overall. Some slightly musty and a moderately melon taste comes more toward the end of the taste. With a loss of the caramel sweetness and a bit of a dwindling of the tangerine, one is left with a decently hopped, and still smooth and still rather fruity sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the rather more syrupy side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the melon fruity flavors and the hoppy tastes the syrupy body is actually quite nice accentuating the hop and creating a sorta chewy feel for the melon. The thickness coupled with the lower carbonation level of the brew, makes of a nice slow sipping style overall.
Overall – This was a very enjoyable double IPA overall. Not the standard citrus bomb that you often get; this one has nice blends of other fruity flavors and a nice blend of hops. Quite enjoyable overall.
jkwalking05 (3923) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Amber in color with an average off-white head. Aroma is of pine, herbal notes, caramel, and grass. Taste is of caramel, grass, pine, light resin, and toffee.
travita (4155) - Frisco, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The look is golden copper in color, light white head, and clear. The smell is hops, grassy, fruity, caramel, and ok. The taste is hops, fruits, grassy, and ok.
deekyn (1253) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A- pours a lightly hazy rich gold with a deep off white head. S- sort of dusty for an IPA. Grapefruit, orange, earth, clover honey and brown sugar all compliment the smooth medium body. Coriander, dark fruits and sun tea. Slightest bit if piney malts. T- nothing overwhelms or suggests the power of this dipa. Good grapefruit and citrus flavors up front. The dark fruits from the aroma come through in the middle. Ending is dry with some bitters. But very clean and mild ending all the same. Nothing about this beer suggests its a dipa.....until you have had a couple.
Ratman197 (10200) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured a clear amber with a small lasting ivory head. Aromas of bread, earthiness, orange zest, tea and light grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, earthiness and light orange zest with a smooth dry lingering earthy finish.
Iphonephan (3635) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at Montana Ale Works in Bozeman. Pours a clear deep copper with an off white head. Light floral hop nose. Malt forward flavor with a nice hop bitterness. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Bitter finish.
jake65 (2728) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Pale copper color with a small whiteish head, very little lacing. Nearly no noticeable aroma at first, but citrus and caramel evolve as it warms. It ends up being a decent sweet, citrusy caramel blend that is consistent with the flavor. Nice citrus and floral hop bite with the caramel malts. Not a high octane DIPA, but middle of the road and approachable. If there was more (intensity) to the aroma I’d boost the score, as the taste is pleasant and refreshing. I’ll revisit again if I can find this on draft or if they start bottle dating…
Beerandhockey8 (233) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 12oz bottle to shaker. Pour is a nice semi transparent golden thick white head. Aroma is dominated by hops, also hints of grapefruit, citrus. Taste is a bitter, hints of sweet and sour as well with a medium body. Finishes very smooth for such a big beer. My favorite beer from Madison River, the drinkability can definitely get you into trouble.