beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at the brewpub: Hazed, soft, and pale copper. Incomplete and sporatic capping of whitish foam. Lacing is slow and inky.
Aroma is resinous to say the least. Raw, unhinged, greasy hops, lay out some pale grapefruit, oily pine sap, and floralness as a small backing of toasty/paled malt sweetens the back slightly.
Taste is flavorful and lengthy. Simple, bold, and rounded front of lightly toasted and pale malt. Big bursting pine oilyness and deep woody resin jumps into the middle and increases from there adding some extra depth to its seemingly simple display of hop tones. Twisted additions to grapefruit oils and pineapple mush add some sweetness along with a souring citrus bitterness that builds and doesnít escape the finish. Lengthy and striking in its character, but somehow familiar with tones and not as complex as other Dbl IPAís. Was still very impressionble however and contiued to grow on me from sip to sip.
Body is thick, creamy, oily, and hoppy. Probably the best aspect of its overall likability is its thicker body. Thickly silken; malted with a semi light toastedness and paleness which is helping provide an extra firm and saturated deep thick sweetness. Quite nice actually, as its body holds the flavors in place for a long time, keeping it interesting and on the buds for longer. Finish is a collage of oily hoppy stuff with pine, grapefruit, resin, oils, and deep, somewhat darker bitterness.
Drinkable by alot, even given its thicker body and well masked 8%. Still, not long after the impression is made, its harder to finish then youíd expect. The thickness did make me slow down some, but didnít have any problem draining another glass. It just took longer.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cue up the Patty Smyth (and Scandal?) song, or dialogue from the 1979 movie...itís up to you...
Malts are American and English, and ample enough to balance this blistering hoppiness...I heard 112 IBUS...might be true...? Tons of Warrior hops thrown into this...letís crack the growler and check it out, eh?
Hazed, bronzed appearance, solid, staying chalk-white head, leaving some lace. Very nice.
Aroma is lovely, spankingly hoppy...yes, thatís my phrase now, Iíll copywrite it, "spankingly (c)"...bold, fruity, bitter, but not too much so...apples and dark fruits match citrus and pine...a delicious mix. Me likey.
Drinking it, big, fat, blasting hops right on the tongue, but not too much...just enough. A...wait, I said "delicious mix"...so, itís a "flavorful ferrago"?...(look it up, somewhere)...Appley, citrusy, melony, ...and the high alcohol content is well buried below the malt. Yum, I keep saying, yum, and yum, again.
Sweetness from the malt, a sturdy bottom, with this tastiness dominating. By no means an overly hoppy ale, this is absolutely well-balanced, and quite worth the drinking.
The more I drink, the more I wonder what could possibly be wrong with it. Nothing, is all I can come up with...I just love it and love it, despite the super-hoppiness. Itís delicious, as I already said...did I mention yummy, though?
Actually, it gets better as I drink it...and I had four servings before I cam home to crack open this growler...I like it more, as I drink it. And itís not just the booze talkiní!
Good job again, Mr. Hoops!
Nuffield (3732) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
There are a few hops thrown into this. Uh, yeah. Yet, it doesnít seem like a double IPA. Itís just not that thick. There is a bright grapefruit rind kick up front with a vegetal, long, bitter finish. Slightly hazy, dull amber with a decent clinging head. (on tap at brewpub)
undsioux7 (824) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2006 on tap at town hall. A light copper color with just a bit of cloudyness. Nice hoppiness but not bitter in the end. This is a greatly balanced beer. My favorite double IPA so far. I love American Pale Aleís, and this was more like one, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much. Please brew this again!!!!!!!
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap: May í06. Dark copper, with nice off-white head, lasts quite awhile, great lacing. Aroma has plenty of citrus and pine, no malt to be found. Flavor is all bittering hops and doesnít seem like there is any other hop character at all. As it warms, malt come through for the first time. Reall harsh bittering aftertaste. Looks like it may have taken a bit of time for this beer to mesh.
JK (4750) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A cloudy orange beer. Very strong hop aroma and one of the most-heavily hopped beers I have ever tasted. The hopes are sweet and floral rather than bitter. Simple and good.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at brewery. Husky sweet IIPA. Nose-butter, citric hops, malt extract. Taste-kind of falls into the 1.5 IPA, not 2X. Everything is medium and slightly muted. Tastes like the Masala Mamma but with more bittering hops.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazed deep amber, topped by an inch of soft white foam. Good head retention and lacing. Sweet caramel malt is the first thing noticed in the aroma - then wham - you guessed it - lots of citrus hops!
As with the aroma, the first sensation in the flavor is a thick caramel malt, just as a little bit of apple fruit character starts to sneak in, the hops take over the show. Bold, intense, powerful citrus and pine hops. Bitter in the finish, very biter in the lingering aftertaste - lending the impression that you just bit into an orange that was still green. Skin and all.
Full body, smooth mouthfeel, ample carbonation. Potent stuff.