Darkmagus82 (2029) - - AUG 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance Ė The beer pours a clear darker golden amber color with a big billowy white head. The head fades very slowly over time to leave a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell Ė The aroma of the brew is rather strong of tropical fruits and citrus (orange, tangerine, and grapefruit) mixed with a rather strong showing of some slightly bready and doughy smells. Along with these aromas comes some other lighter notes of grassy smell, some melon aromas, and just a little bit of a yeasty smell.
Taste Ė The taste begins drier then I was anticipating with a little bit of a tangerine and caramel sweetness. Upfront the dominant flavor however is that of a crackery taste that mixes nicely with a grassy and grapefruit hop right from the start. As the taste moves on the sweetness at first fades, but later resurges with flavors of more fruit of a tropical, citrus and melon nature coming on at the end. All the while, the cracker taste becomes just a hint more doughy helping match the sweet nicely. At the same time the hop flavors present upfront increase in strength and are joined by new hop tastes of a pine and herbal nature, leaving one with a lightly fruited, but overall mainly dry and slightly more dankly hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer is on the somewhat thinner side in nature with a carbonation level that is rather low. The lower carbonation level is prime for all the hop and lighter fruit flavors making it slightly more of a slow sipper. In my opinion a little thicker of a body would have been slightly better, but overall, due to the crackery tastes of the brew, the thinness was not all that bad when all is said.
Overall- A fairly nice double with a somewhat drier flavor but blended nicely with some fruit tastes and a decent hop profile. It is very much a crisp IPA at 7.7 %, so one has to be slightly careful while drinking as it can catch up with you rather quickly. Overall, I would recommend giving this a try, depending on your preferences for an IPA, you may like this quite a bit.
JohnGalt1 (832) - , Idaho, USA - AUG 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 picked up at the brewery... Enjoyed tonight out of my smaller Teku.. Polished dark golden with a beautiful white head... Great retention and lacing... Fruity hoppiness makes me think melon and peach with some citrus coming up in the back.. Big bitterness on the palate with more of a rounded tropical fruity hoppiness... Finishes surprisingly dry... I dig it.. Well done.. Like a solid West Coast DIPA. Did NOT think I would like this one as much as I did. Proper.
nuplastikk (5090) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle shared by Levi. Very clean IIPA. Filtered, light orange tan. Soapy head, steady. Restrained, but clean and enjoyable. Straightforward and classic.
madvike (3105) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Pours light amber with a thin white ring of head. Nose is lightly sharp, a bit of garlic and a clean malt base. Taste is sweet and malty, a bit of honey, grassy/herbal hops and a sweet finish. Thin and medium-carbonated.
Beerandhockey8 (263) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 22oz bottle to shaker. Pour is a nice bright gold with a very thick and lingering white head. Taste is medium bodied, slightly bitter but mostly sweet. Nice touch of carbonation that finishes strong. I was very surprised at how sweet this was for a double IPA, great beer though.
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - SEP 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Hazy golden pour with a thin white head. Scent is pine. Taste is sweet malts, pine and some biscuits. Tad sweet.
dresden (1172) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - AUG 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orangey copper with a pillowing white head. Aroma of grassy, floral hops. A bit of sediment in this bottle, i wish i knew the age. Really sweet caramel malt, not overly bitter. I had high hopes for this, I thought Bent Nail was pretty good, but this isnít for me (or isnt very fresh)
DavoleBomb (1522) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter.
4.0 A: Lightly hazed bright orange color. Two and a half fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is very good and some irregular lacing is left.
4.5 S: Awesome aroma on this. Superbly flowery with tons of pineapple and followed by orange and papaya. Lightly sugary. Quite clean overall with some crystal malt and a very light biscuitiness.
4.0 T: A lot of the aroma translates into flavor, which is something that doesnít happen in a lot of IPAs. Flowery with pineapple, orange, papaya, and a bit of pine. Mild bitterness. This isnít quite as clean as the nose though. A pesky breadiness (Iím not a fan of bready IPAs) enters the scene as well as hints of yeast. Still, itís good.
4.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Would be a bit better here if the breadiness chewiness was gone.
3.5 D: Tasty beer. After having a horrible hefe from Red Lodge, Iím glad they redeemed themselves with this.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-15-2012 01:30:34
kksue9 (1) - Billings, USA - JUL 16, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Score again Red Lodge Ales. . . Love the dry, hoppy bitterness with this exceptional brew! Very smooth.. . Taking this to the mountains!
eyedea10 (4) - - FEB 18, 2012 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours reddish brown with light white head. Has rich flavors that roll off really smooth.