EithCubes (5137) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Nose deep, heavy caramel with no toffee but a lot of wood -- pine and oak in roughly equal proportion. Pours deep, dark amber (still transparent) with a large and foamy beige head. Light0medium body, dry and stripped of just about all flavor save for the oak barrel and resinous hops -- very much in the style of a West Coaster -- no redemptive malt character, despite the presence of flat caramel, but there are some slight herbal and woodsy touches when the dulled boozes recedes for a moment. Warms the throat and chest, but ever so gently, that we donít mind. There is a roundness, a smoothness here that relieves us of the need for the crisp and refreshing bent of the modern IPA (really a nice sipper in the classic sense, with the depth of a good Old Ale), and yet, for all the lovely traditional, cask-loving memories that haunt this bottle, there isnít quite enough soul to necessitate another.
zoucrew102 (682) - - SEP 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Oaky aroma with floral hops as well as a bit of bourbon. Pours copper colored with a good soapy off white head with good retention and lacing. Good oak flavor with a bit of bourbon-like flavor with smooth mouthfeel. Finishes dry with a good floral hop flavor with a slightly bitter bite. Excellent barrel aged ipa with great balance of hop and malt!
Barnoloid (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A well made barrel aged IPA. There is a good blend of the hops and floral notes with the woody piece from the barrel. Keeps both the hops and oaky notes on a solid level.
vandc01 (137) - North Branch, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22oz bomber. No date on the bottle - but it is vintage 2014.
Aroma - Can definitely smell the oakiness. Dark fruits too.
Appearance - very clear golden color with lots of bubbles coming up. Smell 1/4 finger of head.
Taste - Very smooth tasty beer. Great bite at the end of my mouth.
Palate - Nice mouth feel.
Overall - Pretty pleased with this. I think if it were to age I wouldnít like it as much.
onceblind (4842) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brilliant deep copper under a thin foamy white head. Brilliant nose of citrusy hop depth, some floral hop resins, a touch of dry grassy hops and a brilliant fresh nose about it all, mixed with coconut and vanilla oak tannins with a little toffee sweetness underneath. The oak tannins themselves show through a little too sharply on the flavor, but its backed by piney floral hop resins and a residual grapefruity zesty twang. Deep and nuanced with complex hop notes that arent easy to pin down, with a clever oakiness featuring wood and coconut tones.
tectactoe (2630) - Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Vibrant, lighter amber with some bright orange around the edges, semi-clear & topped with a slightly chunky eggshell cap. Aroma is loaded with spicy oak, tannins, mild floral hints, botanical water, white pepper, & some mild ashy notes (not sure if theyíre from the hops or the oak). Taste transcribes to a semi-abrasive heat on the palate; lots & lots of spicy oak, earthy & ashy hops, stinging floral notes, & tree bark with a mild bitterness. Hint of citrus peel, maybe? But the heaviest component in this beer is wood, in both aroma & flavor. Not bourbon. Not hops. Spicy oak. Not bad, mainly because I do enjoy the smell of fresh wood, but itís a little over the top here.
mp_lane (79) - Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours slightly cloudy amber, small white head. Aroma is mildly oaky and malty, little hop note. This IPA has a good balanced taste. Recommended.
sudomorph (768) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. Pours a deep, clear, amber with a half finger, off white head that laces. Aroma has big notes of resin, pine, and some smooth barrel. Taste is bitter but a touch sweet. Pine, citrus, resin, grapefruit, and bourbon barrel at the end. Pretty tasty. Medium body and carbonation. A bit resiny in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall tasty. Lots of American IPA flavours paired with smooth barrel notes.
Mastelefish (91) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an amber-brown with a white head. Definitely some wood notes at the nose along with some citrus. Taste isnít very bitter. Mouth feel is fairly wet with a dry finish. A little different for an IPA in terms of the woody vibe.
Jayb0 (1066) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was a little dubious about oak aging an IPA but it worked. Didnít take away from the bright hoppiness but added a smooth, rounded body, pairing well with a blue cheese burger with griilled portobello. I still think this approach could fail miserably but if the barrel isnít too dominating itís nice.