craftycarl21 (2116) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 mL bottle from Whole Foods P Street. Gorgeous deep blood orange colored pour with a vivacious white head. Nose and flavor are absolutely lovely; tangerine, sweet kumquat, spruce tip, hints of peach and earthen loam, scallion, and garlic. Love the addition of Falconer’s Flight to add that slightest new-age change. Reminds me of an imperial Zoe but with more fruit character brought out by the malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is gorgeous; actually quite lean for the first 50% of the sip, then the slight malty richness and 9.1% ABV shows itself en route to the finish. Scary drinkable. Really beautifully done.
GMCC2181 (1490) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via StateLine... I am pretty much down for anything these guys produce... This brew smells hoppy. hummmmm...that smells good. Malty as well. Closer to a barleywine smell than a DIPA. Great lacing left on the glass. Decent head. Taste reminds me up 3F Behemoth barlyewine... Taste is a big hoppy, malty monster... Tons of hops, bitter with a little sweetness. But still malty with some flower characteristics. Smooth... If someone told me this was aged for 5 years I would of believed them. Silky smooth, really easy to drink but the alcohol is warming and not harsh.. Overall: Top level brew not matter what you call it. Get some!
Maverick34 (2015) - New York, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy ambery pour from bottle. Big sticky white head. Spicy hops, band aids, pine needle aroma. Malts, choppy resin taste. Lingering bitterness. Good.
ClarkVV (3760) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2014 12/20/13 bottle drunk on 1/15/14
Cherry-amber body shows a high clarity, leaving the sediment behind. White head is mostly receding.
Didn’t read anything about this beer before trying it, which was pretty fun, no expecations. Double IPA in the nose. Bold, resinous, juicy hops provide white grapefruit, peaches, cherries and tons of pine. I do like the cherry/peach combo, obviously a liberal use of very fresh hops at the end. Malt is full of caramel, but seems nicely attenuated, nothing sugary or syrupy/cloying here. Medium to medium-high strength of aroma. Some alcohol/ester burn, ever so slight.
Full on hop bomb flavor. Very bitter citrus, with tons of dry, bready malt and a very supple body thanks to an appropriate amount of maltiness and a lighter carbonation. Not boozy, which is great, but an obnoxious amount of bitterness. It certainly provides an enjoyable hop flavor as well, but it’s a bit too brash without as much complexity as I’d hope for. The cherry/grapefruit flavor is nice, but let’s see some more tropical fruit and some more depth of malt.
bytemesis (2422) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy reddish amber with a medium creamy beige head that sticks around and laces very nicely. Aroma is a pleasing blend of pine, grapefruit, citrus, just a touch of grass and caramel to keep it honest, along with some passionfruit. Flavor is light plus sweet and medium bitter, citrus pine caramel flavors all melding together. Finish is fairly bitter, but just short of harsh. Full body and creamy mouthfeel. ABV very well hidden, perhaps a bit of burn in the far finish to give it away. Yum!
dnstone (2092) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh dry pine hop aroma. Amber color with sudsy off white head. Sweet malt body with significant pine dry hoppy flavor, much like an IPA.
Notes: on tap at the brewery
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Reynolds314 (2008) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice grassy and piney hopped barleywine. The hops are great and balance the sweetness perfectly. Really great and well balanced at 9%.
Iphonephan (2604) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 50 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a hazy gold with an off white head. Fruity hop nose. Flavors of tropical fruits and some grassy notes. Medium heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. Bitter finish.
Ernesto987 (3230) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pretty nice barleywine, good strong hops and a complex malty body. Rich and very clean
icehawk (831) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Luke; Thanks! Awesome effervesent aroma of fresh pine needles, grass, and fresh citrus. Pours dark amber with foamy white head. Medium body, resiny, slick mouthfeel, minimal carbonation. Tastes like fresh pine tree. More sweet than bitter with citrusy notes as well. More body and sweetness than a typical DIPA, so I can see why this falls into the Strong Ale category. Really excellent beer.