anders37 (14730) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy grassy citrus aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter citrus flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit finish.
argo0 (11079) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle, thanks Lubiere. Lightly hazed dark amber body topped by large off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine, some grapefruit, bread. Taste is moderately sweet, pine, pepper, caramel, some alcohol. Medium body, low carbonation. Not bad, just fairly nondescript.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A reddish copper ale with a thick moka head. A pleasant herbal malt aroma with wafting alcohol, vinous notes, quite pleasant. In mouth, a rather malty interpretation of the DIPA, herbal and nutty, light sweet notes, sustained bitterness. Interesting.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy deep amber pour with a thin white head. The nose a bit of odd sweet maltiness. A bit of apple and pear. Fairly hoppy on the back of the palate but the beer is quite sweet and doesn’t really do anything for me. A little bit of lemony/citrusy character. A bit of caramel and a touch of odd honeyed sweetness along with a touch of herbal character.
Sammy (7716) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fluffy white head on light grapefruit body. Very mild hop aroma. Creamy mouthfeel, from malt and I think yeast. Pleasant bitterness. More like a 1.5 IPA. Good drinkability, better with food. Alcohol hidden by taste.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This comfy American-style Strong Ale benefits from luxurious bready and caramel malts, balanced out by a spicy and resinous hop finish.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-Sturdy foam icing lasts forever atop the hazy dark amber.
-This is not a Double IPA aroma at all. In fact, it smells like the dry-hopping technique was far from mastered.
-Alcohol is obvious in the otherwise deficient aroma, but it is well positioned in the flavor profile.
-Some citrus fruit, like oranges, are perceived within.
-If you forget the fact this is labeled as a Double IPA, this is a very decent strong brew. The malts and conditioning are endearing and the balance is quite pleasant. This is actually quite drinkable for its abv.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012-03-22. Hazy dark orange, small beige head. 3+ Aroma of sweet caramel malt, light alcohol and grains. Flavour is similar, sweet caramel malt, light grains, muted leafy green hops. Light bitterness in the finish, but the main character is sweet caramel malt. Pleasant, pretty mild. It is enjoyable, and not super hoppy, though it grows a bit as you go. Enjoyable. Perhaps a bit old, but I seem to have enjoyed it more than many others so who knows. Bottle, a few months old from Dépanneur Tout-Près, Levis
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 10, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clearish yet sedimented aplenty, pale copper ale wearing a healthy off-white foam. Subtle coniferous hints peak through the green hop nature of this proclaimed IPA that should probably not be described so. Dense crystal malts provide a strong sense of sugariness with evocations of caramel and honey. The malts dominate being toasty, but very sweet all throughout, with the hops kicking in with a serious bitterness that comes accompanied with a dash of citric acidity that clashes into the bitterness more than it does into the sweetness. Leafy, tea-like tannic finish. Not very aromatic and rather simplistic for a 8.5% strong ale.
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Deep clear copper with a decent lasting frothy beige head. Sweet and floral, a hint of spoilt milk. Taste - not bad - a bit earthy, very grainy with baker’s chocolate and dry spice - a solid 7+!! Average body, mild carbonation, not a lot of up-front malt, or acidity - and not really hoppy at all, but I’m not sure this is supposed to be a DIPA - longish gritty herbal finish. I enjoyed it, not sure what it was though.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A below average IIPA.
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed relatively fresh, two months after the beer release.
The look: Cloudy golden copper body topped by a medium beige head
In long: Nose of floral hops and stinky feet notes. Taste has gentle caramel, some cake malts, floral and fruity hops, mold, citric notes. Alcohol is apparent and annoying. Body is oily. The finish is a bit harsh. It is not the first time I get that stinky cat littler aroma/flavour from an IPA and I don’t know what causes it but it bothers me. I don’t know who Joseph Bellarmin is or what he’s done. I don’t know if he even exists. And if he does he’s probably just another one avoiding me.