novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one of the better IPAs I have ever had. It’s so well balanced, the bitterness of the hops won’t overpower you, which is a great thing. The malt is subtle, but not too much so, and the aroma is one of the best on an IPA I’ve ever sniffed. Had this one a few times, and definitely would jump at the chance to taste it again.
deekyn (992) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - pours apricot honey with 1 finger fluffy long lasting head. S - soft and muffled smells. The barrel aging killed the aromas. Bourbon, rye, vanilla, sweet Hawaiian white bread rolls. Sweet sugary apple cider. Musty wet wood. Very very light banana esters. M - fluffy carb. Sticky sweet mf. Full heavy body. Very muddled. Dry and sticky with a hot end. T - sweet white bread rolls ( those Hawaiian rolls) banana/peach esters. Vanilla, whiskey. Malty and bitter. O - Odd. Whiskey and wonder bread. So sweet. It's so complex but it just does not work. Barrel aging is not always the answer. 3.3
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Name: Gordon, Apple Whiskey Barrel
Date: August 31, 2012
Source: The Thirsty Monk, Asheville
Appearance: hazy amber, fine beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, caramel sweetness,sweet fruity apple, light vanilla, touch of oak
Flavor: sweet caramel and whiskey flavor, caramel and vanilla sweetness, good dose of earthy hops, light bitterness
Overall: always happy to see it work when a big beer is put in a whiskey barrel, a lot more apple character than expected, the hops still hang in there adding to the complexity rather than getting in the way
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
NielsenRatings (8124) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ Star Bar. Reddish brown appearance with a decent off white head. Pear fruity, floral, potpourri, slightly toasty, light caramel aroma. Somewhat fruity, a bit boozy, light whiskey, floral hoppy, caramel malty flavor. Ok but I don’t think the barrel improves the beer at all.
onceblind (3575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at Star Bar for Denver off the Wagon’s first anniversary party. Hazy-ish orange amber with a nice foamy white head. Aroma is really complex with tones of flowery hops, apple, whiskey oak, orange rind, and a toasty caramel, which all comes together nicely. Flavor seemed kinda sloppy with apple and whiskey oak clashing with floral hoppy caramel in a boozy flavor with a medium and kinda watery body. Watery start on the palate too. Kinda weird. Floral hoppy apple boozy...wasn’t too keen on this one.