hopscotch (9082) - 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.
BBB63 (6013) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2007 Rerate from the can: Well the nose is still quite nice with lots of hop character of pine, citrus, and floral vapours along with some caramel and bready notes. (same score for aroma and appearance) The flavor is still a sharp bitterness over a layer of sweet malt. I don’t get any of the chocolate or coffee written below. (-1 for Flavor). The mouth feel is sprite and aggressive with a slight metallic note (not from the can and works well overall. +1 palate). Overall score is still the same, A darn solid canned brew!
Bottle: Reddish brown hue with a long lasting head and very good lacing. The aroma has a major pine character along with notes of grapefruit, orange zest, dusty yeast esters, white pepper, toasted malts, and minor phenols. The taste starts with a nice balance of malt and bitters. Citric twang and a big spicy finish awaits. There is a unique chocolate and coffee undertone which make the palate so interesting for the genre. The mouthfeel is it’s only real weaknes, a bit too chalky and metallic on the finish. This is pretty nice IIPA with a different and tasty malt bill. Enjoy one for yourself. Major thanks to DavidP for bringing this to the gathering.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark dark red, creamy white head. Aroma is malt, chaerries, and opens up the sinuses. Flavor is smooth, hoppy cherries and choclate, creamy malty body, very interesting. Thanks to DavidP for sharing this one!
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 750mL. Dark red body, enormous light tan head. Interesting malt bill, kind of chocolately. Otherwise there’s the usual resinous grapefruit rind hops. Malty aroma. A nice take on IIPAs!
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2005 Pours with a huge head. The color si a dark brown with red ruby highlights. The aroma is an intense malt with anise, molasses and oak. The taste is lightly toasted. It also had panckes, vanilla and tobacco. Finishes with coffee and caramel. A surprsignly thin mouthfeel. Thanks for this beer that I hadn’t heard of, DavidP!
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet caramel and honey w/ minor citrusy undertones. Thick brown color w/ good head and great lacing. Bittery and rich in flavor w/ orange and honey notes. Medium body.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a brownish/amber hue with a small frothy head. Aromas of foam and soap. Flavors of slight roasted malts, slight hop bitterness. Closer to a double red rather than a double IPA.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown-mahogany. Stunning head, massive, pillowy light tan pillow, lasts forever. Nose citric, bit of chocolate. Big hoppy flavor at first, citric and floral, goodly amount of malts. Bit too sweet. Some mild smokiness.
sloth (2468) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to my freind Frank for a sample of this brew. Small tan head, good retention, minimal lacing. One damn dark IPA! Citrus and pine in the nose, dark fruits. Full bodied brew. Medium sweet malts, sorta resiny, fruity. Notes of caramel, spices, chocolate and tobacco notes also. Not yer typical DIPA. Thanks Frank!