FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2013 Sampled November 2013
The beer has a much cleaner fermentation profile in this batch. In fact all three beers I have had recently have been nice and clean. I hope this is a sign that they are dialing in there process. A much clearer focus on the hops and amuch better Double IPA for it.
Initial rating March 2013
A steady pour into my Teku glass produces a one-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a rich amber color that shows a lightly hazed, orange-tinged, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a bright tropical fruit and woody hop character to it that jumps nicely out of the glass. Lychee, ripe tangelo zest, kumquat zest, floral apricot jam, guava notes, woody mango, and touches of fruity herbal notes.
Lots of fruity notes up front, but towards the middle a weird, curing plastic like note, as well as a touch of Band-Aid starts to become noticeable; the latter becomes more pronounced through to the finish where it lingers on the palate. The fruit flavors contribute notes of ripe tangelo zest, guava, peach blossom, touches of bitter orange, as well as a solid, but not overly biting hop bitterness. The malt character is definitely subtle here, as it should be, touches of caramelized malt, toasted grain, a slight nuttiness, and a touch of sweet tea character. The body is quite light for a Double IPA, even the alcohol is a touch on the light side for a Double IPA, and has me wondering about the strength of this beer.
The front part of each sip has quite the promise, but the finish definitely is quite a bit more funky than an IPA should be (even if it were a Belgian styled IPA). Definitely has some promise, but also has some flaws that make it hard to really enjoy. The plastic / Band-Aid notes are subtle enough that most people won’t notice; at times I can almost not taste it, though at others it is too pronounced. Still this is reasonably enjoyable, and I would love to have this without the off flavors in the finish.
Lubiere (9319) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
An amber DIPA with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet caramel malt with fruity esters and musky notes, same corn husk character which is unpleasant. In mouth, a sweet treacle malt with light floral hops, no alcohol warmth, disappointing. On tap at brewery.
kcorum10 (300) - Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a copper like color with off white head. Aroma is some mild citrus and hoppy bitterness. Flavors are well balanced between bitter and sweet with the bitterness winning, just as it should. There was a slight taste that wasn’t quite normal. Couldn’t put my finger on it.
daknole (8331) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper/amber color with a beige head. Flavor has a lit of nice tropical fruit and citrus but also has a pretty bold malt bill. I did detect a but if a new rubber hose flavor, but I enjoyed it anyway.