hopmelt (75) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep golden, slight off white head good lacing. Aroma is caramel, toffee, fresh dough malt, earthy, tropical hops, brown sugar. Taste sweety malt, caramel, toffee, citrus, tropical hops, bit of garlic. Mouthfeel is medium body, good carbonation, slight astringency and alcohol warming. Overall real good, well balanced, big beer.
Beardaxe (127) - - AUG 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Superbly executed DIPA. A beast at 10.8, but it drinks so smooth. Tons of malt to counter the hops buts its not malt overload like hoptimum. Excellent carbonation. Easy drinking which you would not expect at this
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Maverick34 (1910) - New York, USA - AUG 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Clear yellow orange pour with big white head. Super fresh hop smell. Lots of harsh grapefruit hops that kind of overran everything Slightly disappointing.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - AUG 3, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2013 Clear amber color with ivory head. Sharp caramel, pine, grapefruit aromas. Medium body with average co2. Big pine, grapefruit flavors with sharp dry caramel, alcohol. Boozy bitter finish--messy
glennmastrange (2030) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy roasted and caramel for the malt, grapefruit peel for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with date, dried cherry, wood, honey and alcohol in the background. Head is small to average size, frothy turning wispy, white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear amber. Palate is lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, oily with a soft carbonation and an moderate to heavy alcoholic finish. Juicy grapefruit-y hops puts this world class DIPA in my top ten.
CampesinoTino (686) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a substantial cap of off-white foam. Tons of tropical fruit, citrus peel and pine resin in the aroma. Taste opens with a burst of resiny hops bitterness, grapefruit rind and pineapple along with some dried mango, mint and pine. Also a significant malt presence balancing out the hops and alcohol. The body is moderately thick and creamy with medium carbonation and an unsurprisingly bitter, leafy green finish. An obliteration of the taste buds in the best possible way.
stevoj (1337) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Excellently crafted IPA, Pours a hazy amber with silky head, excellent lacing clings to the glass. Aroma smacks you in the face with hoppy spiciness. Taste bites the tongue, slightly puckering bitterness. Still smooth and drinkable. A work of art.
malrubius (1512) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Save On. Orange golden with flat head and lace. Fruity spicy orange hop aroma with a little grain. Fruity sweet but not too fruity sweet with assertive fruity woody resiny hop finish. Full body. Well hidden alcohol. Enough carbo to enhance the hops. The rare beer that tastes better than it smells. Excellent.
OldGrowth (2342) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
10 oz pour at Tylers Apex. real good aroma. Sweet. Citrusy. Orange peach. Clean brownish orange color. Ok head and lace. Bittersweet flavor. Medium body. Oily creamy mouthfeel. Bitter finish tad harsh medicinal on finish.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a deep red / amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep red-stained, copper hue when held up to the light. Concentrated aromas of lychee, guava, tangerine zest, some lemon-leaning herbal notes and a touch of nostril warming alcohol; this last gets more herbal, and a bit dank, a bit peppery even as the beer warms up.
Bitter, sweet malt and hop fruit notes, a bit herbal, and definitely chewy and rich. As a stronger version of a Double IPA, this is definitely well within Barleywine territory when it comes to the body; perhaps a touch light for a beer of this strength, but really this coats the palate fairly well and is definitely a sipping beer. The hop character is easily the most dominant character to this beer; it contributes lots of flavors though with lychee, guava, and bitter tangelo zest up front, while the finish has a tongue numbing (accentuated by the alcohol no doubt) menthol note, some peppery herbal character, and a rosemary and pine sap like flavor. The malt character is not completely consumed under the hops here, there is a chewy cracker like grain note, a bit of hay like flavors, and a chewy, whole grain leaning, biscuit type maltiness to this as well.
Not bad, but I wasn’t expecting such a big beer; I really like things labled as an IPA to be somewhat light, and definitely quaffable, this is neither, but as an excessively hoppy Barleywine it is pretty decent. The bitterness, the herbal notes, and the alcohol can get a bit harsh in the finish at times.