Chuckaduck (490) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
1/25/2013. Pours orange-copper with a thin white head. Aroma is fruity, vanilla, bourbon, caramel. Taste is pretty big; boozy, sweet, citrus, resin. Nice bourbon finish. Medium carbonation. Clean, smooth mouth feel. Not bad as a beer but very difficult to identify as an IPA.
alexsdad06 (3042) - Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle tasted pretty fresh in 2011. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma had some caramel, bourbon, vanilla, with a big distracting shot of diacetyl. The flavors were much of the same; too much diacetyl and not enough hops. Some bourbon and vanilla, but with a name like Hop Flood I was expecting more. This one became my least favorite of the series.
Dogbrick (6033) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew pours a hazy orange-copper color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily. Short stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla and caramel malt. Medium body with a slightly boozy character and notes of vanilla coconut, malt and resiny hops. The finish imparts the barrel character, leaving a bourbon and vanilla oak aftertaste. Decent overall.
dimenhetfield (2354) - , Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle shared by Ryan from Funky Buddha. Nice hoppy floral aroma with slight hints of citrus and bourbon. An incredibly balanced DIPA and easy to drink.
ngeunit1 (1544) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Pours a hazy rich copper-orange color with a very thin layer of white head. The head fades quickly leaving behind a touch of lace.
S - Aroma is full of Bourbon. Lots and lots of it. There is just a bit of hops that mix there way into the nose in the background if you try and find them.
T - Starts off with a mild and growing Bourbon flavor. The hop flavor is a bit more noticeable than in the nose. Through the middle, some vanilla and oak flavors come through with some hop bitterness. The finish is big on the Bourbon and booze with a just a bit of bitterness that lingers.
M - Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth and just a touch syrupy. The Bourbon really warms the mouth as it finishes.
D - Pretty drinkable. The Bourbon flavor is fairly strong, but that is not a bad thin in my opinion. A bit more hop flavor here really could have made for a winner.
savnac (2056) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 25, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Hazy golden/orange with a tiny white head that fades to a ring. Aroma is milk caramels, vanilla and rock candy. Flavor is sweet caramel, some vanilla with a medium hop bitterness and a bit of bourbon. Medium body with mild carbonation and a slick mouth feel. Very weird beer, tastes like those creamy milk caramels with some bitterness.
Cletus (6177) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of pellegjr. Pours mahogany with a white head. Smells of piney hops, some underlying bourbon, oaky, some resiny hints. Tastes of bitter, resiny hops, peppery, some underlying dryness with a floral finish.
pellegjr (384) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours hazy orange w/ light off-white head, aroma is moderate caramel malt and very light resiny hops, some vanilla, medium-bodied, lightly hoppy throughout w/ a fairly hot finish, ok
Tmoney99 (8782) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear copper color with a moderate frothy off-white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate hop, butterscotch and wood aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy complex sweet with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Brewers and promoters gone wild.
phaleslu (4431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from The Party Source. Pours a semi-cloudy copper color with a small off-white head that settles into nothing but a small ring around the inner edge of the glass. The aroma picks up a ton of bourbon barrel characteristics, and has notes of vanilla, caramel, bourbon, coconut, wood, and some earthy hops that take a back seat to the barrel notes. Flavor of vanilla, caramel, bitter earthy hops, overripe mixed fruits, toast, bourbon, and wood. Some lingering bitterness from the booze and hops, but the palate is also coated with some vanilla and caramel sweetness. Light-bodied, with mellow carbonation and a sweet, bitter, coating mouthfeel. Good complexity, even if the barrel dominates. Interesting beer.