nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2010 On tap at the Rose & Crown for Mayfield Brewing Night. $7 for about 12oz of this beer was a steal compared to the kingís ransom they charge for a bottle *COUGH* ripoff *COUGH*. Ok, I donít want to be too much of an a-hole here. Several of the local beer guys have met the brewer, John, and from what I hear heís a good guy, and he seems like a solid brewer from what Iíve had. This beer pours clear reddish-amber with a small off-white head that leaves some decent lacing. Interesting aroma - sweet malt, muted floral hops, oak, and red wine. Not particularly hoppy-smelling for what is supposed to be an IPA, but you canít fault it for that since hops donít typically hold up too well to aging, and this is -bal aged. Flavor is very woody and vinous, and only mildly hoppy. Hops are mainly floral and earthy. Really interesting. This beer is sort of three-headed, like a hydra - or 1/3 of a hydra I guess (9 heads, right?). On one hand (or head), youíve got your IPA. On another, youíve got your -bal aging and oakiness, maybe even some vanilla. On the third, youíve got high quality red wine, adding some tannins to the brew. Some pear and starfruit notes in there too. I canít say this is a total match made in heaven, but the beer is far from unbalanced. Medium-bodied with a fairly dry and crisp mouthfeel that really works well. Fairly low carbonation and some mild hop resins. Overall, a good and unique beer. Now I went into how ridiculous the pricing is in my Iconoclast Nocturna review, so Iíll spare the reader that here. Suffice to say that I would buy a bottle of this beer if the price were anywhere up to about $15, but itís...wait for it...$43. So Iíll pass.
scanovajr (614) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - OCT 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. A clear amber beer with a medium beige head. Aroma is malty and sweet, caramel and citrsy hops. Taste is malty and fruity, citrus, wood. Medium body and low carbonation. Spicy finish
iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
7/24/09, 750mL bottle (20 of 240), courtesy joet. Clear amber orange with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and raisins, but the sweetness gets lessened by the oak and light floral hops. Flavor is a little tangier with some wine tannins. Dry finish, bitterness at a 4. Light carbonation, medium body. Better than the Aurora.
SHIG (3280) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 24, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to sebletitje: Poured a caramel color with light bubble head. Aroma was very tea leafy spice and citrus fruit. Taste was sweet citrus fruit with a very herbal finish.
IndianaRed (2041) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked and "double-dipped" 750. at a private tasting at Brewforia in Meridian, ID.
Hazy light amber with a quick coarse off-white head. Big fruity buttery aroma. Light and sweet malts with a touch of citrusy hops. Some fruitiness upfront and long-boil hop IBUs later. a big late tannin-like tartness at the end from the wood. Softly carbonated.
Different and tasty but a bit of a departure from the classic IPA
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of sebletitje, thanks for bringing this hugely overpriced IPA! Pours clear copper with thin white head. The aroma has a pulse of sweet citrus quickly run over by a train wreck of spicy oak and booziness. The taste is smooth with citrus hops, some spiciness and fairly smooth oak notes. It tastes better than I thought based on the aroma. Letís see, beer alone rates a 3.6. Tack on the value and it sinks to a generous 3.1.
markwise (4094) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to sebletitje for the share. Pours clear amber-brown with an off-white head. Nose is malt, vinegar, vinous fruit, wood, and chardonnay character. Flavor is same with lots of wine in it: tart and dry fights with a little bit of the malt. Medium bodied and conflicted overall. This beer is a journey through the mixing of wine and beer. It is interesting, but I am not sure who won.
sebletitje (5991) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cheers go out to Nick717 for sending this rather pricey bottle.
Bottle 125/224. Another one fo those dipped in 1/2inch thick wax coating, then dealing with a cork that broke in three pieces, leaving a small remnant to fall in the bottle.
As soon as we opened this one the beer started to slowly erupt, fearing this would be an infected one. None of it happened.
Pours amber, tan head.
Aroma, got a lot of hops, not leaning to any hop bomb but nice fresh piney hops blended with a strong Zinfandel / Cabernet wine aroma and wood barrel.
Flavors, the wine aspect of the barrel aging dominate the beer. Not really a bad thing, the hops are more hidden and blends nicely with the white grape/wine aspects yielded by the barrel aging. American oak adds a nice flavor as well. Despite the heavy bottling wax / cap, the beer was a little low on carbonation.
I donít think the final product warrants such hefty price tag but the beer was nicely done. Hops are present though the profile keeps a lot of white wine character along with nice oak presence.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle via trade. For a $45 bottle, I was really expecting something great. Some sour, metallic, and cardboard notes. Oxidized. No discernable ipa elements. Stay away.