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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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Some may call this a malty double IPA, some a hoppy barley wine. We prefer that it not be classified. We think of it, simply, as our strong winter ale. Intense hop aromatics and flavor (think pine, candied orange) blended with just enough malt sweetness to balance out the palate. Vitals: Color – Mahogany ABV – 9.1% O.G. – 1.080 Malt – American 2-Row, Marris Otter, Victory, Carapils, Caramel 80, Midnight Wheat Hops –Centennial, Simcoe, Cascade, Falconer’s Flight

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishonmyplane (500) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 23, 2014
As far as the description goes - this is a lot closer to a malty double IPA than a hoppy barleywine. I love this style: basically a full-bodied, well-balanced, strong IPA. Plenty of depth with citrus and spruce hops, and some malty sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (760) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle at Lucky Owl. Pours clear lighter orange, khaki head. Nose is piney, lots of caramel malts. Sweeter and heavier bodied but a fair amount of tasty DPA characteristics. Distinctive heavier American strong crossover ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LuckyDog (614) - - APR 23, 2015
Labeled as a double IPA. Somewhat sweet. Fairly hoppy. At the brewery in a sampler.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (8707) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2015
500mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a beautiful opaque orange amber with a medium beige head. Nose is kind of confused, with bready malts and obscured hops. Flavour brings out dark fruits, resinous hops, and caramel malts. Not the most complex beer, surprisingly, but well-balanced and full-bodied. Overrated, but very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Underdogs88 (259) - New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2015
Piney, citrus hop aroma with notes of caramel and high alcohol notes. Appearance is a hazy copper with an off white head with good lacing and retention. Flavor has bright notes of pine and citrus with a clean bitterness and a complex malt flavor of toasted bread, biscuit and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Overall, it's a good hybrid between an American barleywine and a malty double IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - APR 3, 2015
Dark amber with an inch of condensed-milk-colored, medium-coarse head that is medium-slow to fade. Aroma is citrus: orange and grapefruit, some mango, pineapple, and guava. Some floral notes undergird. Body is medium-medium-light, starchy, somewhat oily, medium-light, soft carbonation with light burn. Flavor is guava, some orange/grapefruit (on the sweeter side), floral notes, green grass bitterness and mild green herb. Super smooth and actually light on the bitterness for an IPA (hence the strong-ale categorization) but surprisingly light on malt sweetness. I would call this an excellent imperial amber!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
halfonit (1214) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Pours a deep, dark amber color. Murky. Aroma is definitely on the drier hop side. Hops, pine, grass, leaves all come to mind. Heavy palate. Flavors are of bitter sweet hops, orange, and some earthiness. Leaves a bittersweet dry hopped finish. Very good stuff!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1112) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Purchased from New England Wines & Spirits. $7.04 (I think) for the 500 mL bottle. I may need to reexamine the receipt. Somewhere around there...
To oversized snifter, it pours a partially clouded skin-tinted burnt umber/dark mahogany with which a sudsy vanilla creme head 1 finger in length stood. Head retention was lovely.
Aromas of Carapils, Belgian yeast, bubblegum, maize seeds, wheat flour, coconut, and the tiniest hint of mint sage.

Tastes the same with the addition of autumnal leaves, Pacific Northwest hops, cotton, baby spinach,young oak, and sweat. Caramelized onion, sea salt, and cloves experienced by swallow.

This is one of the brews you can’t hate. This isn’t really my thing, but I still find the complexities inherent in this offering, to be fascinatingly baffling.
Yes, there are herbal notes, but they’re not what I would consider screamingly distracting, and it also has a huge array of flavors to dive into, so I can’t hate on it. Well, sure I could (everyone can), but I don’t anything more to add than what is already expected of me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (4428) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Pine needle and lemon zest aroma. Deep auburn, clear, thick yellow head. Rosehip, maraschino cherries. Medium body, soft, smooth. This is absolutely a DIPA, plain and simple, but a very well made one. Just because it is well balanced and has a little color doesn’t make it any other style. DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwm1034 (695) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Bottle from Binny’s in Chicago. Was tucked away...bottled 10/2015.... but still excellent. Pours a foggy dark orange with thick tan had...quickly recedes to reveal a nice lace and hoppy nose. Taste is caramel, bready with resin and spruce....mouthfeel is medium to full body; thick...bitter edge....wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (2555) - New York, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle at home for Saturday night. Pours fine reddish with beige head. Wonderful nose of tropical fruits and some malty goodness. Tastes of pineapple, mango, red fruits, malt, molasses, some dough. Fine bitter and yet sweet palate. Delicious..

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