fiulijn (18780) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can, courtesy of JoeMcPhee
Cloudy dark amber color, creamy head. The aroma is hop, resiny, some vanilla, cake. Strong body, strong caramel flavor, with resiny hop, fruity too.
Double IPA by the book, very good.
Theydon_Bois (16671) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns., Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On the train from Hereford to Inverness, can liberated from OR thanks to Wingman Willis, 18/10/13.
Hazed orange amber with good sized off white headage.
Nose is toasty malts, citrus fruit, bitter orange, grass, earthy hops.
Taste comprises orange sherbet, earthy hops, orange pith, caramel malts.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi aggressive hop bitterness in the finish.
Drinkable but pretty low end for the style.
mcberko (14080) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Saraveza’s IIPA Fest, pours a hazy dark orange with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, syrupy sweetness - not much hops. Flavour of sweet fruits, syrup, muted citrusy hops. Very messy and not so well crafted. Sickly sweet IIPA.
bhensonb (13996) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can from Belmont Station as Old Grogham Imperial India Pale Ale. Pours dark amber with a creamy beige head. Aromas of sweet malt, oak, heavy grassy/herb, and I think I can get some rum. The hop kind of burns my nose. Full bodied. Maybe heat in the throat. Flavor is mostly hop and brown sugar - but there’s definitely oak. This challenges the mouth with the flavor intensities. I think I get rum, but so much flavor it’s hard to be sure. Really heavy duty ale.
Lubiere (12802) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A reddish brown DIPA with a thick receding light mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with loads of treacle, butterscotch, licorice notes, alcohol warmth and surranated hops. In mouth, a sweet fruity malt with orange pulp, floral hops, grapefruit pulp, licorice notes, alcohol warmth, very nice. 2 year old can. Shared with MartinT.
Dogbrick (11339) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the Memorial Day Deck Beers tasting on 05/27/2013: Pours a hazy dark amber color with a thick and fluffy white head that dissipates slowly. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, pine and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of resiny hops, malt and a bit of citrus. The finish is moderately bitter with a hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.
hopdog (11290) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pint can. This one poured all head. Stale hops, grass, earthy, and toasted caramel. Over carbonated and all over the place.
slowrunner77 (9953) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This had some odd sweetness to it (that I’d guess is from the rum chips but it was too subtle to pick that out). Aroma is nice and piney with some soft carmel and citrus. Flavor much the same but too many things compete for your attention. OK.
DocLock (9905) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can from Blue Dog Lansdale. Pours turbid dark straw with 2-finger off-white head. Nose is piney resiny hops, pale malt. Tastes earthy pale malty, hopcitric, with finishing mild yeasty funk notes.
MartinT (9292) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
This Barley Wine-like Double IPA relies on conifers and candied oranges in a rough and tumble mouthfeel.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam sits atop the murky dull red.
-The flavor profile and texture are rather unrefined.
-Green bitterness is not intense, which is fine by me. But it does make the sweetness appear more prominently.
-The soft bubbling also makes the body feel heavier.