markwise (5085) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ HopCat in Grand Rapids. Pours amber- gold with an off-white head. Nose is sweet grapefruit and citrus hops with some oak/ barrel and sweetness. Flavor is similar with orange and vanilla, caramel, and some tart citrus. Enjoyable alone, and from a barrel even better. Lots of oak and sweetness.
nimbleprop (6996) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a chance to sample this at RFD in Washington D.C. Pours a hazy, cloudy, orange amber with a thin, cloudy white head. The aroma was the only let down, the hops were absent, some light lemons and grapefruits and the oak is faint at best. The flavor however, is excellent. Grapefruits, lemons, some tropical fruit, oak, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, sour mash. In my opinion, IPAs are very difficult to barrel age since most of the time the oak kills the hops but not here. It must be blended well since the oak is married well. Finish has some light heat and some light bitterness with a touch of chalkiness. Very nice, my favorite Iíve had from New Holland.
JaBier (6496) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Barleys Smokehouse. Clear amber pour with a thin tan head. Orange and grapefruit hop aroma with some sweet malt and oak. Barrel-aging comes through immediately in the flavor with oak and vanilla hitting the tongue first. A bit of bourbon is next before orangy hops and a creamy finish. Sorta tastes like an orange creamsicle. Not bad, but Iím still not fan of barrel-aging this style.
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled draft on tap at the brewpub (Holland, MI). Pours a nice golden hue, largely clear, with big bright white bubbly head that keeps up a decent layer and clings extraordinarily well. Aromas are malty, grainy, pale, and caramel combined with a light oaky dryness with some sweetness. Floral and citrusy hops very evident, with a bit of grapefruit sweetness. The oak makes this beer, and that is big from someone who does not care for the base Mad Hatter. Finishes lightly sweet, with oak, and light bitterness. Doesnít throw the normal cloying syrupy sweetness that I have been feeling from oaked IPAs lately. Truly, a great beer. Cheers.
LinusStick (3156) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent IPA, though I am not a big fan of the oak aged IPA thing. Aroma was so so. Caramel malt with a hint of smoke and wood. Pour was a medium gold with a one finger off white head. Taste was like a smokey IPA. The malt and wood overpower any hops that tried to shine through. Nice novelty beer, but thatís it.
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma was interesting. Fruits and a slight bourbon tone. Flavor was bourbon with not many other interesting characteristics. Not very enjoyable.
LilBeerDoctor (3663) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at ACBF09. Meant to get the non-barrel aged Imperial Mad Hatter, but it turned out ok I guess. I just was wondering why I was getting bourbon from the beer...Anyway, pours a light orange with a small head. Aroma of light citrus and grassy hops. Flavor bourbon initially with a hoppy finish. Actually decent for a bourbon-aged IPA (which sounded quite frightening to me initially).
ZR2Blazer (87) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2009
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle - Pours clear amber, medium high white head. Nice hoppy smell that most IPAís have, could not pickup any undertones. Taste is nice strong hops, a little rough, biting aftertaste. I enjoy a nice hoppy aftertaste, but something in this just wasnít right. I did not like this IPA as much as I do others.
GJF (1468) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2009 Pours a clear copper, pretty carbonated. Semi-sweet beer with not nearly as much hop flavor or bitterness as I like in an IPA. OK, but not great.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
translucent gold, with insubstantial white head. aroma is hoppy, but not very strong. not as hoppy as i like in an ipa, and the barrel seems to cut the edge of the hops, anyway. i found it very mellow, and mellowness is not what i appreciate about an ipa. there seemed to be more minuses than pluses in barrel aging this ipa.