Ughsmash (7354) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, 2009 vintage. Poured an eerie shade of clear reddish-brown with a dense cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up bright, fresh citrus and grassy hoppage over sweet bready and caramel maltage.. some medium-skinned fruits joined as it warmed up.. almost great, but there was a medicinal twang that didn’t quite let it get there. The flavor found more of the bread and fruity sweetness at the core, with slightly darker fruits and a hint of vanilla extending outward.. spicy citrus and peppery notes surrounded, and played fairly well with the alcohol warmth on the finish.. overall tasty stuff. Medium-plus bodied and vibrant on the palate with the hops leaving quite an impression.. in the end, the malt bill didn’t hold up well enough., long and spicy finish. I’d drink it again, but it wasn’t what I was hoping for.
sebletitje (7498) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle @ weekly tasting.
golden hazy color, thin white head.
aroma and flavors, hops are definitely present adding nice aromatic flavors and aromas while keeping most of the barley style elements, caramel malts with a hop profile that tends to be a little overwhelming.
BuckeyeBoy (3543) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Brought back from Fort Collins from my buddy Dale aka Tevis. Pours out a hazy orange/amber topped with a sandy cream head. Aroma is of citrus, grapefruit peels, sweet malts, and light caramel. Taste was more of the citrus hops and maybe even a little melon. This reminded me of Pliny a little.
Ibrew2or3 (7423) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours murky gold to copper with explosive scary off white head. The aroma is sort of American barleywine like with full hops coming from perfumy floral, spicy hops, some pine and then a bit of sticky nearly dried maltiness. The taste is pretty smooth starting with a mix of pine and floral hops and then picking up notes of sticky sweet malts and a touch of caramel. Nice stuff.
FlacoAlto (3838) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled November 2009
This is definitely excessively carbonated for an IPA, much less a Barleywine. It pours with a four finger thick, light tan colored head that lasts a long time in my 25cl tulip glass; the head leaves a lot of thick, creamy lace on the sides of my glass as I drink this beer. It has a nice amber hue that shows an almost brilliantly clear, copper hued, amber color when held up to the light. A big, American C-hjop nose is quite evident with an ample supporting crystal malt like backbone. The hops remind me of grapefruit, tangerine zest, a big lychee component, a touch of a pine-like edge, some candied orange zest and even notes of something like orange scented honey. The malt, while playing a supporting role, is quite noticeable and somehow contributes a perceived thickness to the aroma; aromas of toasted grain, biscuit like aromatics, and a caramelized malitiness that accentuates the fruit notes from the hops. This picks up some touches of a green-hop note that is slightly vegetal as it warms. The nose is nice, it smells quite similar to a lot of hoppy American Barleywines, in fact the “India Pale” heading on the label seems unwarranted based on other American examples of Barleywines.
My first sip is a mix of flavors, spicy, super fruity, smoothly bitter and even a touch hot from some alcohol. The bitterness grows in presence as it lingers on the palate after each sip, but the thick, chewy caramel malt notes are more noticeable on the sticky palate. I didn’t really expect any different, but the sticky malt character is big enough to muddle the brightness of the hop character; there is still lots of hop character noticeable here with flavors of tangerine, lychee, grapefruit, more pine than was in the nose, as well as some herbaceous almost hemp like notes at times. The herbal notes combines with some hot alcohol and an astringent bitterness to form a bit of a harsh note in the finish. This is a hop dominated beer, but there is still amply noticeable malt flavors; lots of toasty grain character, a fairly big biscuit like note, some sweet tea like crystal malt flavors and lots of caramelized, pale-malt sugar notes. This beer isn’t overly sweet though, and in fact the malt sweetness is nicely complex for the level it is at, but there is also a slew of hop character to easily balance the malt. The body of this beer is quite nice for a Barleywine (it is as heavy as many of the thicker examples of a Double IPA even), thick and chewy, but still somewhat drinkable.
This is not a bad beer, it does seem to not be as integrates as it could be, and, despite the hop focus, it needs a balanced that it doesn’t quite have. I would definitely prefer a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot to this, though this is still doing quite nicely for me right now.
hopdog (9766) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Ryan for bringing this one to share! Poured a deeper amberish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of floral hos, citrus, caramel, and just a bunch of nice hoppiness. Tastes of citrus, floral, pine, caramel, and fruity.
egajdzis (5552) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, light caramel, cantaloupe, tangerine, vanilla, citrus, and light alcohol. Taste of citrus, pine, tropical fruits, caramel, bitter grapefruit hops, and light alcohol as well.
rking (100) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I enjoyed this one. To have the sweetness of the barleywine knocked down by the hops was a nice little change of pace. Pretty good.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fairly fresh 750ml bottle. Pours a hazy, dark, golden-orange amber color. A moderate to small, smooth head of beige froth crowns the surface. Thick, sticky curtains of lacing are draped about the glass.
The nose is, as advertised, quite liberally hopped, showing big notes of citrus and pineapple over a malt base of buttery toffee and cake-like bread. Deeper contemplation reveals baked apples and apricots, which deepens the springtime fruitcake feel. Flavors are also bold, but just as well balanced. Notes of bright pineapple, sweet orange, honeydew, and cantaloupe offer complex, fruity, hoppy and sweet counterpoints. Toffee is rich, while bready cake seems airy and light. It truly does remind me of a fruited cake of some sort, which is quite unique. The palate isn’t as substantive as I expected, though it is slightly sticky, with moderate to active carbonation and a somewhat drying finish. Good brew. Definitely a rare twist on even the hoppy barleywine style, with all of its fruity depth.
travita (4375) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. The look is clear, amber in color, and has a foamy white head. The taste is hops, citrus, fruits, and good. The taste is hops, citrus, sweet, and some bitterness.