SpringsLicker (3133) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at KP’s SE Gathering.
This pours with a hazy gold that borders on light amber, with a head that isn’t quite white.
Hops and malt nose.
The flavor starts with some bitterness but the sweet malt rides through all the way to the end, giving it a rather sweet finish with lots of bitterness. The creamy palate is just a touch syrupy though. The alcohol is well hidden in this one.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pine and citrus…some fruits that remind me of Kool-Aid somehow. Lots of caramel. Hazy red-brown color with a nice off-white head. Moderately sweet, moderately bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, heavily bitter finish. Medium full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: very nice, prototypical DIPA.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium earthy hop aroma. Cloudy dark orange, thin head. Herbal hoppy taste. Only slightly bitter. Getting some strange barnyard/horseyness as well I think.
absolutesites (2) - Cheswick, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Though categorized as a DIPA, I would have to say that this awesome beer come off more in the spirit of a big barleywine. Great beer, definitely one for the cellar.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful clear mahogany with a huge lasting light brown head. Aroma is very malty (caramel, some roastiness) and then hoppy. I would classify this more as the Ratebeer definition of American Strong Ale because it doesn’t really fit the profile of your average I2PA - almost in barleywine territory. Taste is very heavy on the side of the roasty, toasty malts but also offers a equally massive amount of hops to balance out this brew. Also had notes of chocolate, caramel, oak, dark fruit, pine, citrus/grapefruit and resin - complex stuff. Moderately sweet with an equally roasty and hop bitterness aftertaste. Nice subtle alcohol warmth in the finish but the alcohol content is well hidden. Mouthfeel is very full, round and creamy on the palate with subtle carbonation -very nice. Lacing hangs on the glass in sheets with great head retention. Awesome stuff.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Brown. Great, well balanced, rich taste. I really enjoyed this one. Has a great hop flavor that ties everything together very well. Was quite expensive, but can’t complain much after drinkin it.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared at the 12/18/04 Wisconsin gathering: Pours a murky ruby brown with a thick and well-lacing white head. Aroma is semi-sweet, earthy, and milk chocolatey with plenty of fresh US hops. Body has a dry corky flavor with decent hop presence and balance. This has a different malt billing than most double IPAs, but it seems to mesh together well. Thanks DavidP!
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Deep dark hazed ruby, thick creamy off white head. Aroma was bursting with loads of evergreen, lemon rind, grapefruit, some tangerine, with slight hints of caramel and touches of chocolate and smoke. Was very well balanced with the sweet malt integrating nicely into the hop world we now live in. Full bodied, prickly carbonation, drying bitter hop finish. Good stuff....
hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Lightly hazy, very dark crimson ale with a very large, creamy, light beige head. Great retention with spotty lacing. India Brown Ale? Light chocolate and lemon rind dominate the aroma. Heavy and malty, but perfectly balanced with terrific hopping. Huge flavors of orange peel and yellow grapefruit with a lesser note of toffee. The moderately high ABV is totally disguised. Full-bodied and fizzy. Short, moderately bitter, dry finish. Very well done by the folks in Lyons, CO.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle purchased from the brewpub in July. Dark brown beer that pours with a big tan head, leaving great lacing behind. Evergreen and pine hop aroma, along with some orange and tangerine. What really strikes me is the malt. This is hoppy, but not in the massively huge resin hoppiness of some other DIPAs...the malt is much more substantial and strikes me as being more like a barley wine or strong scotch ale...this beer gains a lot of complexity from its malt, and that makes it stand out. I’m not sure I’d really classify this as a DIPA, but whatever it is, its really yummy.