SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
#944, From the CAN, had at the December 06 Chicago Gathering at ElGaucho’s Place. Slightly hazy, thin dusty head. Nose is wow with lots of strong hops and big pine vapors. The taste has lots of pine, hops and sweetness, kind of syrupy and a big alcohol presence.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz can - courtesy of Nolankowal! Pours mostly clear, deep cherry copper color, with a thick beigey head that leaves nice lacing. Rich, sweet fruity malts, orange and grapefruit in the aroma with cover and spice. Sweet, candied orange and caramel flavors, bold hops, but not overbearing, with ggrapefruit and pine as well. Full velvety body and creamy carbonation - very smooth! Good beer in a can!
dogfishho (588) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Most expensive can of beer I have ever bought. Fortunately, however it is also the most delicious canned beer I have ever had. The aroma was filled with powerful grapefruit, citrus notes, and oddly enough, cedary notes, as well. The flavor is full of hops, yet bit terribly bitter. The sweet caramel flavored malts balance well with the orange, lemon, and grapefruit flavors from the hops. This IIPA feels very creamy and smooth on the palate yet finishes clean and refreshing. The whole package is fabulous. Mr. Gordon Knight, wherever you are, your friends at Oskar Blues have paid you a great tribute.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Translucent and fiery copper in color with a frothy, grayish tan head. Aroma emits a mean green hop machine, cleaved with sugar-crusted grapefruit rind. A touch of freesia flirts with brown sugar-basted apricots for an altogether bright, strawberry cotton, visceral, aromatic jolt. Caramel cubes slowly dissipate into a honey maple graham background flavor. Centennial sentiments treat with honeyed marigold sap. Nonconfrontational and extremely balanced, eliciting feelings of English toffee brittle and amaretto cheesecake under the tamed bitterness. Weaving praline dough confronts earl grey tea for a substantive base, but the alpha acids never take a curtain call. At the tip of the tongue, it’s is a touch more assertive, but elsewhere, it’s moderately hopped caramel sauce. Cherry cotton and a tamed, sweet bitterness ride alongside the consistent caramel cube all the way to the door.
Frank (2865) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2012 Rerate: This is basically a barleywine. It’s big and sticky and sweet and while hop forward for sure it does not have the dryness to be any kind of IPA--and that’s OK. Citrus, pine and the usual suspects along w/ oak and maple syrup. I still think this has a bit of a weird taste in the finish too. Pretty good for what it is, which is a barleywine.
Original rating (3.5): I’m giving bonus points for the can. I don’t care what you say.
Hazy orange w/ a rign of head and spotty lacing. Big hoppy nose w/ sticky pine and malt notes in the background. Good and malty w/ a lingering bitterness but nothing overly aggressive along w/ some pretty heavy lemon ice tea notes. There’s something strange lingering beneath the surface here that only barely dampens my enjoyment of this fine beer. I’m not quite sure what it is, sort of a stale off-not in the hoppy finish, maybe slightly metallic or soapy.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 12 ounce can from BeerandBlues2. Clear copper with a sticky white head. Ass loads of lace on the edges on my snifter. Pungant pine and grapefruit aromas with plenty of sugary malt to balance. The flavor is a bit to much on the balanced side for an IIPA, at least in my book. The malt and hop flavor meld so well, its a bit boring to drink. On second thought, there might be a lack of a good bitter bite that I tend to like. Either way, the beer tastes fine. I’d just like to see it kick up a notch. Palate is full and rich. Very clean. I can see buying a case of this and sitting out before a ball game or metal show. Thanks Brad!!!
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Reddish brown body, off-white head, sweet nose with significant hop presence. Creamy mouthfeel, sticky, nice blend of hop flavors, good sweet malt backbone. A winner.
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally, a Double IPA in a can! And I can be free of all those glassy flavors that come from bottle drinking!
This poured a reddish-orange body with an off-white head that did some dandy lacing. The aroma of pine, grapefruit, citric zest, etc. , nearly drown out the sweet caramel at the base of the drink - - and that’s just fine for this avowed hop-head. There are some annoying caramel malt flavors as one begins drinking, but the hops rush forward, tipping the scale in favor of some serious PNW bitterness. I couldn’t really notice the sturdy ABV, being as hopped up as I was, but got a hit of it later. (Actually, there were a bunch of big drinks at the tasting, so it’s difficult to say whose alcohol hit me first.) It finishes on a prolonged bitter note, hampered by just a touch of sweetness, and with some earthiness added to it. Very, very nice.
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ElGaucho (2206) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2012 2/18/12: can. Here I was thinking this was a new beer from Oskar blues I was trying only to see now that is been renamed from Gordon. It’s really annoying when brewers do that. Weaselly in fact to get people to buy a beer again by disguising it as something new. Syrupy sweet aroma with a hint of hops. The room I’m in is dark so kind of hard to discern color other than its having a reddish amber hue. Beautiful off white head/ lace. Sweet initial mouthfeel with some hotness from the alcohol and an almost cloying malt y finish. Some pepper notes. Good, enjoyable, but not great. 12/10/06: Can. Real nice hop aroma. Beautiful lace. Best lace of multiple beer tasting session. Beautiful, rich reddish yellow color. Wonderful flavor; rich, well balanced and hoppy. Excellent.8,5,8,5,17
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can, thank you to Larry (Goldtwins) for this one! Off whitish head on top of a redish orange, pretty clear body. Piney, citrusy, and resiny grassy hop aroma at first. Also a worty malt aroma. Caramel and light toasty malt to go with it. Very little fruitiness other than hops. Well balanced overall, but has just a bit of a bitter finish. Grapefruity hop flavor balanced by toasted/bready malt flavor and just a hint of caramel. Finish is dry, and has a lingering grapefruity and piney hop aftertaste. Malt flavor gets a little dominated after mid palate, but that’s okay. Burps are definitely piney hops! (Hey, it keeps the flavor around, what can I say). Fuller medium body, lighter medium carbonation, alcohol makes a showing, but it’s a very, very, light warming, and smooth overall. Another impressive beer from a can! I’ve had Dale’s Pale Ale and Old Chub, and this one is right up there quality wise, as is the recipe for this beer! Nice job Oskar Blues, now get your butts, and your cans into Ohio!