ClarkVV (4067) - 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 (4264) - 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 (2350) - 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 (2760) - 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 (4047) - 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 (4451) - Arizona, 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 (834) - 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.
AirForceHops (4178) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Label on bottle stamped bottled on 11-14-13. With batch 02 after the code. Lots of fluffy, foamy head that laced for the entire glass. Really great hop bouquet, Pine, citrus and a grassy note permeates from the glass. Must have dry hopped this with bucket loads of hops! Toasted grain and toffee malts provide a nice base for the assertive hop blast that is used in here. Bready malts give it that nice chewy medium body followed by citrus orange hops upfront then transitioning into a grassy/ resinous pine hop that lingers for a good time after the swallow. Texture is mildly sticky. This brew drinks fantastic for the alcohol level. Can this really be 9.1?!! If you can get a fresh bottle, do so!
Travlr (15111) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy amber color, medium tan head. Aroma of mixed tropical fruit, citrus, light pine. Taste is citrus, biscuit, nicely balanced. Good stuff.
nimbleprop (5569) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle pours a clear, caramel amber with some sticky, off white head. Nose is piney, orange, soap, heavy citrus, grapefruit. Flavor is lightly sweet, sticky pine, bitter orange, grapefruit. Sticky finish.