lightbias (65) - USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In a tulip, golden pour with no head to speak of. On tap at Guinness, Thee Irish Pub in the Detroit airport.
This IPA has a definite place in my heart from here on. The waitress told me there were 156 IBUs and although I had a better idea, I decided to jump in with both feet. Nice and smooth like a fine bourbon, bitter without biting too hard. Aftertaste is boozy but lasts true to the taste of the beer throughout. An excellent addition to my meal and something I would buy again if given an opportunity.
alliance100 (613) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Rockwell/Republic - pours a dark gold . Big bourbon oak aromas . Taste is citrus meets oak , still pretty bitter . Overall good .
patrick767 (3536) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From very old notes - Well, apparently I didn’t write much about this one, but there’s a rating and I thought it was very good. Full bodied. Big, bitter hop flavor with citrus. Long, bitter finish.
bpar73 (425) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Orange-golden pour with an off-white head. Nice, big citrus hop bitterness well balanced with a bourbon sweetness, Excellent stuff.
tectactoe (1527) - Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap: Golden-amber with rusty orange tints; mild haze throughout, topped with a weak head that lasts as a foamy white film & collar. Aroma is largely floral, like a flower patch. Hoppy perfume, mild caramel, big vanilla, & a gushing, tangerine fruitiness. Not much bourbon explicitly, but lots of reminders of spicy oak & vanilla. The flavor is definitely more barrel-heavy... The first sip stings with bitter hop perfume, spicy tannins, ashy hop leaves, rose pedals, leading to a warming, bourbon-laden finish. Warmth opens up mild notes of bitter citrus peel & tangerine zest, but the aftertaste is still dominated with florals, wood, & bourbon. Mild vanilla & a hint of toffee malt present at times. Not bad, a decent attempt at a polarizing style that I’m still not a huge fan of. I’d honestly rather just have regular Huma.
koleminer20 (548) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Ashley’s Bourbon Barrel Takeover on March 25. The pour is a foggy dark gold with a nice foamy white head and some sporadic lacing. The aroma is really big on hops. The citrus rolls through and fades to a good maltiness toward the back end. There is definitely a bourbon quality to this, but not as much vanilla as you might expect from it. The flavor is similar. There is a good citrusy hoppiness and a mild malty caramel character. The bourbon is a little lacking in the flavor, which is a bit of a hindrance here. The mouth feel is decent for an IPA, and it’s like the bourbon barrel has taken some of the carbonation out. The aftertaste is a bit grassy, with a lingering booziness
jefcon (1363) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of bourbon, lots of hops. Vanilla, caramel, light floral aromas. Less abundant flavors, which get a little muddy on the palate. All in all, however, a very flavorful beer.
Marheb (1970) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Critique chaotique du extreme beer fest 2013): Un peu difficile à suivre, le bourbon chevauche un côté herbacé, correct.
Mittenator (1251) - Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at crunchy's tap takeover. Medium brown with thin head. Sweet and vanilla aroma. Bourbon and sweet. All the hardcore bitterness has been tamed.
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at 2013 michigan winter beer fest. amber with small head. i’m still not sure what to make of bourbon aged ipas, but this seems to work pretty well. not a subtle beer in any regard. big hops and substantial bourbon flavor.