zathrus13 (1660) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks, Eric. Pours copper, with an off white head. Aroma is hops, and caramel. Flavor is hops, caramel, malt, and has a floral bit to it, I assume form the sage and juniper. Body is a little thin. Something a little different.
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The g/f brought back a bottle of this from a ski trip. Pours ambers. Aroma strongly of herbs, specifically strong sage. Medium carbonation with good mouthfeel. Flavor is overwhelmed by sage. Not too bad, but to me definitely not a DIPA.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at Mammoth Brewpub (Mammoth Lakes, CA): You know youíre a geek when the brewpub turns on all the moving neon lights at 9pm, half naked girls start dancing on tables with glow-in-the-dark bras and DJ Roomba is going off with heavy dance music... and youírre sitting at the bar taking notes on the aroma of an IPA... wow. Pours a clear dark amber (more amber than their amber ale- I tested this out) and topped with a thin white head that recedes into a circle around the rim. Wet smell. Nose of sweet bourbon, wood, dark plum and other pitted fruits, fig, hops, juniper, sage, ground clove, other notable spices, and some dark berries. For a DIPA, Iím honestly not getting many palate wrecking hops. This is different- but exceptional, Iím not so sure. Flavor of strong bourbon, faint hops, some juniper, wood, leaves, ground cloves, sweet malts (on the verge of cloying), and a sage-spiced punch right into the finish. Drinkability: Either you hate this or love it and Iím torn. Tastes good. Does it stay within a traditional realm of IPAs? No. I like it more than hate it, but canít help but feel a little put off. Pairing: Spicy, chipotle beef tacos. Rebuy: Probably not. #357 on 31032010, DG.
aaronbr (118) - Palo Alto, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish color poured from a bomber I got from Mammoth on a ski trip a couple of months back. A bit of sweetness, not as crisp as my favorite IPAs. Good, but a cut below the best.
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I owe this beer to the old beer crew at Hi-Times/ Costa Mesa, Mike and his guys for turning me onto this, the new guys are a little weak i must say. Overall this is a big beer, smell, taste, finish, it is all dominated by that friggin juniper, and it all works. This has taken the IPA thing and moved on from the citrus to another shrub and it is refreshing. This beer alone is good stuff, but beyond that not so much, not very drinkable after the 22.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at brewery.
Appearance: Pours a deep amber gold with a nice dense offwhite head.
Aroma: A big olí noseful of sage, menthyl, juniper, and other herbal goodness. No sign of hops or malt due to the huge herbal presense.
Taste: Sage soda? Sweet malt, herbal spicy hops, and juniper berry.
Mouthfeel: Thick, sticky, medium carbonation.
Overall: Too herbal for my mouth to consider this a double IPA or any kind of IPA. A really fun, interesting beer, that I would love to marinade chicken breast with.
madmitch76 (12083) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 11th October 2008
GABF. Clear amber beer. Very aromatic and bittering hops with a medicinal note. The aroma alone made me sneeze! 3.
5th June 2012
Hazy amber - brown beer, good pale tan head. Light palate, semi dry and crispy. Creamy malt provides silky smoothness. Hops are minty and piney. Whisper of orange. The sage blends in nicely here. The juniper adding a nice subtle fruit. Finishes smooth and malty creamy with fresh hop spice. Nicely thought out IPA - the additions sepperating it out from the crowd. Very drinkable.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Bomber courtesy of slowrunner split between a friend and I on a relaxing Friday evening. Not big or hoppy as an IIPA is supposed to be, but I found enjoyment from the well thought out additions of sage and juniper that make this beer stand out. The sage is upfront in the aroma and leads to a mild citrus and flowery profile. Soapy amber/copper body with a diminishing bubbly head and streaky lacing. Filling and surprisingly balanced. The malts and herbs seemed to subdue the hops quite a bit. Flavor is full of herbs and flowers along with caramel and fresh dough. The juniper and sage are easily detectable and really add a nice dimension. "
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From notes. Amber/gold. Just a few bubbles. All hops in the aroma - resinous, pungent, floral, pine. Flavor is more balanced with malt notes of cookie and caramel. Light/medium body, low carbonation, weak on the palate. Meh.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured hazy amber with an off white. aroma of citrus, red grapefruit, and buttery pine. flavor was buttery pine, citrus, dandelion weed juice. light-medium body with low carbonation. seemed a little different.