Nuffield (3665) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden color. Not my favorite double IPA by any stretch. I found the hops to be massive, but not so much on the front end. There’s the usual assortment of citrus flavors on the front end, with well controlled alcohol and a bit of candy sweetness too, but it was really the finish that marked out this beer for me. It finished with a kind of hop unidimensionality, where it lingers (only moderately bitter) but with an acidic pine flavor that seemed both crass and unwelcome. The malts here aren’t doing enough to give this sophistication and subtlety. I couldn’t finish my pour. I thought in Minnesota we had some chance of avoiding the banal excesses of West Coastism in brewing. I guess not. (on tap at Muddy Pig, St. Paul)
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Galway Tribes. Watch out for the teetering bar stools. Amber pour into what appeared to be a water or soda glass? Short off white tannish head? Aroma of zesty citrus, hops. Mouth is great, with creamy feel and good carbonation. Not @ all the hop bomb I expected. Tastes dominantly citrus with a good malt back. Bitter rind finish, and a buttery breadiness. Balance and drinkability paired with a decent bitter linger redeem this. Not Surlys best. Highly drinkable. Would try again.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Galway Tribes. Pours a darkish orange with a small fomay head. Aroma is of grapefruit, malt, pine, and caramel. Taste is of juicy citrus, mostly grapefruit with lots of pine and slight caramel. Has a very biscuity malt backbone. Body is medium, and surprisingly buttery. Finish is very acidic, with an alcohol burn. Not nearly as bitter as I had anticipated. Too acidic and buttery to be very drinkable. Good, but dissapointing to a degree.
tmoreau (2311) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pre-tapping sample at Lunar Brewing Co.,Villa Park, IL. Poured a clear, golden amber, with a thick, small bubbled, white head and some solid lacing. The nose was a very pleasant aromatic blend of tangerine, grapefruit, and smooth malt. The flavor added to these some rich, malt sweetness, and a strong but mellow bitterness that followed into the finish and beyond. A very nicely balanced DIPA, almost a carefully aged, big Furious.
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz draft poured on tap at The Galway Tribes (Frankfort, Il). A true gem of a find. Pours a lovely fiery amber, well hazed, with touches of orange, a decent offwhitish head that clings to the sides of the glass and laces well. Aromas are powerful: a lovely floral hop bouquet pushing large grapefruit bitterness and zest coupled with orange, moderate tropical fruits of mango, and a sweet balancing malty backbone of carmel and biscuit. Initial has a good body, stepping down a little on harshness, but certainly bringing the taste. Big grapefruity hoppy bitterness coupled with a balancing sweetness. Some tropical fruits lie a little deeper, mango and papaya, florals, and some nice sort of piney resin comes through towards the finish. This doesn’t weigh you down, but certainly asserts itself. Finish is bitter, balanced, lovely aftertaste.
Wellestone (33) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
16 oz. pour, on tap at Grumpy’s in downtown MPLS as part of the March 16, 2009 release party along with ElGaucho. Thanks for inviting me! My first thought was this is Furious with a kick. Very hoppy, very strong, and very very good. Pours a hazy, dark gold with slight amber. Aroma is citrus and pine. Very aggressive taste of pine. Definite sweet malt hits in the middle balancing out the agressive hoppiness. Medium body. Lively and refreshing in the palate. My thought is this is just as good as Furious but definitely couldn’t make this a session beer. (Although I was given a second for free due to a wrong beer making its way to our table and I didn’t refuse it!)
scoobydank (6) - Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2009 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
L: Thin off white head. Vibrant blood orange. Only a touch of brown. A consistent cloudiness.
S:A bright citrus orange. A sweet floral grassyness comes storming out.
T:A sweet candied blood orange pops out. Slight grapefruit citrus roles in. A caramel bready wheat comes floating through. What really stands out is the blood orange.
M: Nice fat smoothness with a sharp fizz on the back of the tongue.
D: Delicious incredibly balanced beer. The hops still really pop out with being so balanced though. This beer lasted much longer in the growler than I had anticipated. Very good.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler via faro99 over here but via faro himself over on thebeerspot. Pours orange with a tan head. Nose is sweet and hoppy and overall reminiscent of 90 minute IPA. Taste is quite nice with a grapefruit citrus punch and a nice bitter piney resin that runs through it. Its nice to see such a big IPA that maintains a ton of citrus.
Glouglouburp (5944) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A extra-hoppy and highly drinkable 9% IPA focussing on refreshing fruit flavours . Excellent.
How: Growler at post-EBF 2009 tasting. Big thansk to Rciesla
The look: Cloudy dark orange body topped by a small off-white head
In long: Nice pungent hoppy nose that is half grapefruits half citrus fruits. Rather restrained malt backbone with light caramel and residual sugar. Hops are the stars here with grapefruits, grass, tropical fruits, oranges, citrus fruits. A little lemony with a light citric touch that makes it even more drinkable. Relaxed carbonation. Very bitter but nothing resinous or harsh here, this is a refreshing fruity bitterness. With a body more rich and a little less sugary sweet this would be a world class IIPA. But this is great stuff nonetheless. Kicks more ass than a donkey on acid.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler obtained in a trade, shared with some bros. Pours a an amber body with a white head. Caramel malt, citrus loads of pine some light grapefruit. Citrus earthy floral hoppiness. To bad it was shared next to pliny the younger, never stood a chance.