DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
13-Dec-06 (22-oz bottles: Obtained in trades with goldtwins and shadey, thanks Larry and Shane!)
This has to be one of the most distinctive Double IPAs on the market. To the point of being startling, the extreme toastiness totally dominates the flavor profile of this beer and is unmatched by any beer I’ve tried that claimed to be a Double IPA. But I knew something was up when I started pouring the beer into my tulip glass: the ruddy brown color is extremely dark for the style. The toasty malts are only lightly sweet, which works perfectly for the flavor profile. Bitter hops isn’t the focal point at all, instead being relegated to almost a background flavor compared to the toastiness, certainly a curious approach for a Double IPA, but hey, it’s still a very enjoyable beer if you stop questioning the brewer’s interpretation. The hops has a definite herbal/floral quality and is rather English in style to me. There is also an unexpected spiciness that for some reason is reminding me of a mellower version of Anchor Christmas; perhaps this is just the resulting characteristic when you "double" hop with English hops. The nose is mostly toast and floral hops, again straying from the typical beers of the style. Medium-bodied and quite dry on the palate with medium carbonation, but there is enough hoppy/spicy bitterness in the finish to keep the palate reasonably refreshed for such a malty beer. The inch-tall, light-tan, creamy head is most impressive on the pour, and then continues to impress by showing better than average retention, settling to and holding at a thin but complete layer atop the beer. Two rings of lace adorn the glass, with scattered patches of fancy lace patterns adding a decorative touch. After drinking two bottles on successive nights, I’m inclined to characterize this as a very toasty Imperial English Pale Ale. Hey, we always need new beer styles, right?
zvikar (3731) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks kerenmk. Pours orange to brown with a huge beige head, aroma is fresh with marmalade, sufgar and fruit, flavor is bitter with sugar, bread and some cookies, medium bodied
kerenmk (2612) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Hazy copper with a yellowish head. Sweet, a little spicy aroma. Sweet hints of bitterness, smooth, full body, long, sweet finish. Feels really old.
markwise (4545) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to jcartamdg for sharing this one. Pours a hazy orange with a white head. Nose is some cardboard, some grassy hops, and some mellow citrus hops. Flavor is similar-mellow citrus hops, grass, and some malt with hints of cardboard. Medium in body and ok overall.
tomer (1806) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - DEC 31, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
At a tasting, no head, murky light brown colour, aroma of malt, cola and homeycombe, flavour of stale bread, caramel and hay, umpleasant bittersweet aftertaste.Not good, over the hill.
DSG (6352) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks kerenmk. Deep amber with a beige head. Aroma of stale hops, a bit dusty, a bit citric, a bit earthy, with a bit of malt. Flavor has some a bit of sweetish malt, caramel, light fruitiness, some citric and slightly earthy and floral hops, a bit stale, and some bitterness. Medium-bodied.
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 8%. There is no freshness date.
Appearance: The body has a deep coppery amber color with a light haze. Its head rose up tall, thick and clingy. It had a light tan color and great retention. This all made for nice sticky lacing on the glass.
Smell: There is a bold mix of floral/citrusy hops and sweet malt with a hint of butterscotch and dark fruit.
Taste/Palate: It has a firm foundation of sweet fruity, bready and caramel maltiness with a slight touch of butterscotch. Blending into this is a firm backing of pungent floral citrus and earthy hop bitterness. It finishes with a sticky hop bitterness clinging to the palate. It feels firm and full bodied with just enough carbonation to keep it moving easily over the tongue.
Notes: This is definitely a well made and very enjoyable beer.
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Cloudy brown in color with a thick beige head. Aroma of malt, wet wood and earthy hops. Malt and caramel flavor with tobacco accents before a grassy hop finish.
AirForceHops (3528) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ J. Ryan’s. Dark Brown with solid lace. Nose is malt with a slight nutty tone. Flavor is lots of malt. Caramel, toffee with a English Earthy malt feel. Very light citrus hop in the finish. Sweeter rather then malty. Texture is creamy and really smooth. Malt forward here. ABV is completely hidden. I really enjoyed sipping this. I had to remind myself that it is 8%. Drinks like a 5% brew. Really decent. Not really sure how this is an DIPA??? The CD even says its a Strong Ale? Ok... Style lines get fuzzy.
Voodoo (357) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep red birch beer color with a healthy white head. Aroma is malt, slight hop presence. Taste is citrusy hop, slight astringency, malt, smooth bittering with a dry finish. Might need a drink of water after a few of these.