nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Appearance: Pours a golden copper with a thing head and moderate lacing. Aroma: Caramel, citrus, and floral hops. Flavor: Sweet and bitter citrus with a hint of wood and alcohol. Palate: Medium body. Smooth and well balanced. The oak aging rounds this beer out perfectly.
JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a really good IPA. I got a lot of citrus, grapefruit, pine, earthy, oak, and hints of vanilla. Very, very nice.
phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a glass from a bottle. It might just be my personal taste, but the oak aging does not work well with this beer. This one was a little too sticky/sweet as compared to how I normally like my IPAs
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep amber hue with a beige head, leaving quite a bit of lacing along the sides of the glass. S: Strong hints of floral hops followed by vanilla. T: A bit of citrus at the beginning, with ensuing heavy oak and vanilla flavors with a bit of alcohol on the aftertaste. P: Light enough for an imperial IPA with good carbonation. Excellent with the added complexity of the oak aging
emarkd (97) - Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I think this is my first oak-aged IPA and it didnít really work for me. The oak seemed to really overpower the delicate nature of the hops and resulted in lots of oak flavor but most of the hop goodness was muted to the point of just bitterness. I did get some pine and resin in the nose, but thereís also tons of vanilla and oak in there. None of the more delicate hop smells, like citrus or flowers or perfume. And the taste is almost all oak and vanilla, very sweet up front with a strong bitter bite in the end. An interesting beer and Iím glad I tried it, but I wouldnít do it again.
bigirishphan (93) - Peoria Heights, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark golden color with awesome lacing from a small white head. Oak on the nose with a tad of hops. Liked the sweetness and oakiness. The taste lingered a bit.good brew with some body.
lawman357 (93) - Missouri, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice ... oak aging strips the aggressiveness of the IIPA but leaves all of the citrusy goodness with a caramel malt booziness.
Gabler (87) - , New York, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Amber pour, off white head. Super hoppy earthy aroma. Awesome palate, lotís of complexity. Citrus and juniper abound. Nice drink!
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Pours a deep amber hue with a beige head, leaving quite a bit of lacing along the sides of the glass.
S: Strong hints of floral hops followed by vanilla.
T: A bit of citrus at the beginning, with ensuing heavy oak and vanilla flavors with a bit of alcohol on the aftertaste.
P: Light enough for an imperial IPA with good carbonation.
perhaps not well balanced - the oak aging is very prominent, but i canít wait to try the original and compare.
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - FEB 7, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Josh. Pours a rustic orange with near zero head. Aroma is very sweet. Carmel, alcohol, a light pepper and a bit of fruityness. Itís all over the place. The taste is like the aroma, all over the place. First and foremost, huge sweetness with an alcohol flavor and burn on the back end. There is a bit of fruityness, but not much. Itís not great or even that good. It just needs more balance and more smoothness.
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