Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hops and lots of vegetation, quite grassy. I had this on a night when we had a half dozen beers that were barrel aged (bourbon, whisky, etc.) but were based mostly on porter/stouts or Belgian ales....and though this was aged, it was quite different, being the hoppiest beer of the night. Interesting, whereas most beers fall on a pine vs. grapefruit hoppiness, this one doesnít fall on that spectrum so easily. Thanks Jazz88, as always.
Sparky (2132) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of tytoanderso. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a thin off-white head that still left delicate lacing. The nose is caramel, floral hops and ripe citrus. The taste is oaky vanilla upfront with tart grapefruit, caramel malt and some resin in the finish. Medium bodied. Decent IPA Ė thanks Tyler!
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber color/ fleeting head. Earthy dirt, pungent grassy hop aromas. medium body. Nice floral grassy spicy hop flavors on a sharp caramel malty base. heavy handed hop usage here pardon the pun.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Sprinkle for the bottle! NP10V4! Hazy amber pour with a fizzy off white head. Aroma is mostly grapefruit and light oak. Thats about it for the oak as I didnt pick up much on the flavor. Flavor is toasty, citric, grapefruit, and light pine. Dry finish with a blast of earthiness and caramel
msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours clear copper with soapy off-white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, good amount of hops, and some malty sweetness. Flavor is bitter hops, pine, citrus, light wood, and sweet malt. Finishes bitter hops, underlying malt, and light wood note. There is a fair amount of sweet malts but there is enough bitterness with the hops to balance it out. I like the BA IPAs and this one is pretty good.
fredandboboflo (1570) - East Setauket, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. An enjoyable and not at all overly sweet DIPA that also doesnít have any unique characteristics and for me no hint of the oak. Thatís all I got to say.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from my Secret Santa - thanks Santa! I found the regular Heavy Handed to be a solid but not spectacular brew, and thatís about how I judge the double too. Very bready aroma, as in quickly fading hops, but still with some sharp and bitter notes. Decent enough pour, amber but not much in the way of carbonation. Mouthfeel is moderately full. The flavor is quite chewy and malty, with hops certainly there but almost taking a back seat to the thicker, sweeter flavors of a barleywine. Decent.
ilherps (248) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours fizzy, orangy-copper. Aroma is closed, maybe its too cold. Whats there is comes through as oak and light citrus. The flavor is quite piney-bitter, some nice citrus flavors, and the oak on the finish. Its a bit thin, but the hop flavor lasts quite a while. Its like getting a bear hug from a hop vine, very nice.
JoeMcPhee (8054) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep amber pour with a thick sticky off-white head. The nose is nice with lots of bright pine and citrus along with a kiss of vanilla over a nice light malt sweetness. Very fresh herbal hop component that integrated pretty nicely with the lightly peppery ethanol contribution. There is a very light vineousness along with the light tropical fruit and pine. A really nice kiss of pine/spice in this IPA. Soft bitterness that just sneaks up on the back of the palate. I really enjoyed this.
beernbourbon (1213) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of a college friend. Pour is rich hazy deep deep copper with minimal white head. Aroma is strong pine hop, light caramel malt, light wood, and really pretty fresh smelling. Flavor is bitter hop throughout with a light cookie malt kick in the finish. Also a nice crisp pine hop flavor in the finish with just a bit of wood and yeast. It has retained a lot of the qualities of an IPA even with the barrel aging. The only thing it lost was an overpowering malty sweetness. Which it may not have had anyway. Itís good.