UDBeernut (2589) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber with foamy off white head that reduces to a lacing cap that coats my glass. Nose smells like the packet of EKG hops i opened this morning during my brewing session. Taste starts with bitterness of grapefruit, orange peel, and slight pine. This gives way to gentle sweetness and faint biscuit. Full body. Yeah... Go Syracuse!
puboflyons (3025) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the 650 ml. bottle with no date that I can find. Handsome medium to dark brown pour under a long lasting, soft tan head. Lacing. The aroma is of dark or barley malts and maybe charcoal. I do not get the advertised "screaming with hops." I pick up a little musty cellar. Maybe something slightly herbal or resiny, The body is medium to full. A lovely texture. Semi-sweet and burnt taste with a mild to moderate hop finish. A slight alcohol burn but nothing offensive.
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bouteille. Nez de houblon citrique (pamplemousse), légèrement résineuses aux notes florales et terreuses, malté de caramel toffee sucré, léger d’alcool doux et de fruits (agrumes, notes d’abricots). Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture huileuse et légèrement résineuse. Goût assez amer de houblon citrique (pamplemousse), légèrement terreux et aux notes résineuses et florales (qui dure toute la gorgée) avec un léger goût fruité (agrumes et notes d’abricots) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût malté sucré de caramel toffee (léger de butterscotch) légèrement rôti et terreux parallèlement à un goût d’alcool moyen puis progressivement, le goût de houblon reprend le dessus en étant plus sec et plus herbeux plus résineux. Post-goût long et un peu sec, amer de houblon citrique, résineux, herbeux et terreux avec des notes d’alcool, de rôti et fruitée (zeste d’agrumes). [notes 2006]
phikus (96) - syracuse, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Being from Syracuse I know this is middle ages response to arrogant bastard ale. This should be in the American strong ale category with that as this is not a double or imperial IPA. Roasted fruity malts backed with piney hops. Interesting, but I don’t like the yeast this brewery uses and that’s what throws this a little off for me.
DarkElf (3051) - 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 (4127) - 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 (4016) - 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 (5145) - 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 (2852) - 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 (11399) - 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 (772) - 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.