noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy pour, copper to amber, flourishes up a yellowish head, generous lace on the glass. Hops aroma, but not really a strong one, piney, then floral. Hops bitterness balanced with the sweet, cidery malt body of an amber ale, a bit of cream soda on the end. Wet, and cellary throughout, bit of tobacco smoke on the finish. Medium bodied, somewhat oily.
sloth (2786) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2009
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
thin tan head that lays out quickly. Hazy copper hue. Nose is faint with malts, dirt, earth. Light bodied, little carbonation, light astringency. Dry malty flavors, bready, old, stale apples, light oxydative notes, watery. Dry, crappy finish. What a waste of malt and hops if there were really any used? Botttle procured @statelineliquors. You folks are way too generous.
webbcreative (111) - , Oklahoma, USA - NOV 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a nice deep cooper color with 2 finger white head.
Aroma = Sweet caramel malt, BA calls this a DIPA and I would tend to agree more with that, BUT Point calls this an IPA, so I gotta review according to that, this is too sweet smelling to be an IPA, and the aroma is decent, but it doesnt have that nice, citrus, piney smell that I like so much.
Taste = Again, sweet caramel malt, with big hop bitterness, but no citrus or piney hops, and the taste comes across like medicine.
Mouthfeel = For an IPA to thick and sticky.
Drinkability = Although it’s 8.5% abv, you would never know it, so its pretty drinkable in that aspect, but overall I wouldn’t be able to put down more than one of these because of the flavor.
Overall = If im looking for an IPA [or a DIPA] I would look almost ANYWHERE else but this one for that fix. And its actually getting worse at it warms to me.
arkurzynski (2185) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber. Spicy dry-hop aroma. Smooth sweet taste with nice Northwestern hopping.
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. Small off-white head atop lightly hazed body. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, bread, light caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, pine, earthy, some caramel/bread, light booziness. Medium body, some resin. Wholly underwhelming.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bomber bottle at the 2009 Crescent Moon Summer Beer Festival. Pours amber with a white head. Lots of caramel flavors. Good stuff, but not great.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz. - Max’s. Dried fruit and caramel notes warm to a soft butterscotch undertones Candied citric hop flavors throughout are beaten down by a sugary caramel malt hammer. Medium bodied, soft carboantion, sweet pine finish. I guess it’s more in the realm of a British D-IPA, but ultimaltely I just didn’t care. It was almost as bad as their Imperial Pils if you’re asking...
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - OCT 7, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a clear amber with about a finger of off white head. Lots of sweet sugary malt in the aroma. There are hops there as well, but they are overwhelmed by the malt. Flavor is more of the same, lots of caramel malt. There are plenty of hops, but the struggle to cut through the sweetness. Medium bodied. A lot of DIPAs are unbalanced to hops, this is the opposite.
nuplastikk (5709) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the OF. Filtered deep orange-brown color. Solid foamy head. All sorts of orange-lemon peel bitterness. Lots of hop character though mostly on the bitter citrus end of the spectrum. Thick malt backbone, this is definitely a full-bodied, rich IIPA. A touch unrefined, but I can appreciate the intense bitterness for what it is. Worth a try, sort of like an overly assertive British IPA.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) medium copper with off white head and nice lace. Grassy/floral hops aroma. Flavor is grassy/floral/pine hops wtih a sweetish malt backbone. Hides the alcohol completely.