hopdog (7652) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle. Poured a medium amber color with a larger sized off white head. Lots of small suspended floaters. Aromas of wood, some earthiness, and fruity. Tastes of vanilla, caramel, wood, and the same fruitiness. Alcohol content well hidden.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one pours the least impressive of the four version as the head is big, but very fizzy and recedes to a small cap very quickly. For whatever reason, the retention and lacing is the worst of the series.
The aroma is similar to the American oak with an earthy spiciness and vanilla sweetness in the nose. The hops bring the white wine-like character with a mild fruity sweetness and bready malts as well.
The taste is the most wine-like of the four with an extremely dry oaky character with grassy hops and grapes coming through. The finish is boozy and very dry, again like a wine. Tons of oaky tannins from start to finish.
The mouthfeel is consistent with the others with very high carbonation and this one may have the driest finish of any IPA Iíve ever had.
This is on par with the American oak version though it takes the sweet grapes and dry oak to a new level. Sounds like a broken record, but this is like a sweetish white wine.
DocLock (6789) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Greenn glass bottle bought from Caponeís and seen at State Line. Pours turbid ruddy deep copper w 3 f sticky noisy ow head. Nose is earthy caramel malt, resiny hops, oaky vanilla, fruit. Tastes earthy and spirity hoppy and malty, with resin, fruit, sticky, pine coney hops and taste, with some oaky flavor and a spirited finish.
patrickfannon (1172) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 22oz. Pours a deep, sunset haze orange with a rich, creamy, two finger cream head. Aroma of raisins, plums, figs, lemon zest, slight dry hops, over ripe apple, and sweet malt. Medium bodied with a smooth, woody, slightly boozy palate. Nice spice on the tongue. Huge, slow finish. Tons of warming through the chest. Awesome oak aged double IPA.
DaSilky1 (2604) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange-chestnut with beautifully constructed peach-tan colored, dense, Swedish Pillow-like head. Nose was oaky, slightly sweet, with juicy hop notes underneath. Not as pronounced or spicy as the Acacia though. Flavors combine some hoppy spiciness, a little dust and must, and aging citrus flavors. The wood influence is yet again nicely evident in the flavors, as was the acacia aged one...this one is a little tamer though, somewhat less focused, and a little too dusty. That being said, the wood accented hoppy tones and quite nicely masked alcohol still a very nice strong IPA this do make.
Slayer85 (979) - Firenze, ITALY - JUN 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked bottle. A hazy pale amber beer with a large, frothy, mostly lasting white head. The aroma is lightly to moderately malty and moderately hoppy, with notes of toasted grains, grapefruit, tropical fruits, grapes, wood and alcohol. The flavour is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderatel sour, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, lively carbonation, very long finish with medium to heavy bitterness, lightly to moderately alcoholic. More similar to the Referenec version and less woody than the Acasia, very drinkable.
Ober (2763) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A clear orange/amber colored beer with a thick foamy light beige head. The aroma is fruity like tonsil. Some sweet with notes of wood. The taste is fruity with a little laurel. Itís dry bitter with some wood. Alcohol in the back. The aftertaste is bitter with wood and a little sweet.
SphinxTX (2846) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(37.5cl bottle thanks to bu11zeye) Pours a cloudy gold with white fizzy head. Aroma of nice citrus, farmhouse, light tartness, wood. Flavor is very much the same, is dry and has subtle toasted oak and a bit hoppy. Mouth feel is medium body with fizzy carbonation. Overall, Tasty!
Countbeer (2852) - Best of Eindhoven ohne Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty big white foamy head, disappears slowly.
First I smelled some champagne, than it was a strong mix of spices, fruits (apple and some yellow fruits), hints of the carbonation and slight hints of hops. A fresh smell.
Color is yellow golden orange
Sweet and bitter taste, spices, wood, hops, a bit of an older kind of taste (probably the wood), some very slight hints of yeast and some hints of (dried) fruits. Very smooth ipa.
Label says dry ipa is used, but tasting this, dry is not the first thing that comes to mind, (not the last either).
Allen (2670) - SWITZERLAND - APR 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 375ml. I am convinced that the barrel aged components donít add anything to my appreciation of this beer. Honey showing up throughout. Full bodied. Interesting in any case.