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 that’s 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 (8212) - 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 (1264) - 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. It’s good.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Found some old notes from a visit to 69 Taps in Medina. Mahogany pour with a yellowish tan head. The aroma is more fruity than hoppy. The beer is med-light bodied. The hop is not over powering the bitterness is lower than expected. The maltss are sweet and well matched to the hops. The finish is sharp and smooth. Very nice IPA!
dchmela (2561) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy Solan. Big copper pour. Malty body, lots of hop bitterness. Huge pine citrus hop aroma. Great for the lover of hops.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Copper pour with good clarity and a tan film of head. Very sweet- both caramel malts and big vanilla from the oak- but no dry wood character. Slick sugary body. Some sweet chewy vegetal/syrupy hops with twiggy notes underneath thick caramel and vanilla sweetness. Too much residual sugar and lacking balance.
LilBeerDoctor (3370) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of piney hops, sweet citrus, tropical fruits, and caramel malt. Flavor of caramel malt initially with light citrus hops in the finish. Pretty good IIPA with strong malt overtones.
BBB63 (5743) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in my GI IPA tulip: Pours an initial clean coppery hue with a lovely rocky and creamy slightly off-white head which left excellent lacework upon the glass work. The aroma show plenty of resiny dry-hopping which is an absolute requirement for an BA aged DIPA if you ask me. There is also plenty of caramel and bready malts, clove, white pepper, mint , clean oak and mineral water. The taste is much more towards the malt character but there is a classic English dry bitterness to be had. Light amounts of pepper, clove, grapefruit and mango before the tannic oak and astringent bitters comes about to drain the palate of lingering sweetness. There is also an appearing leafy and catty character that gets stronger as it warms. The mouth feel has been thinned out by the barrel (yet another reason that most IPA/DIPA do not take well to barrel aging), chalky, woody dry and mineral aspects kill the wow factor sadly.
If this was cleaner and brighter, I could see me going ga-ga 4 it. After the nose I thought I was going to rave but this ended up just becoming yet another so-so BA DIPA that makes me wonder if maybe for a moment that those homers on the West Coast are not a little right about Midwestern hoppy brews after all... never mind they are still full of crap. Oh just in case you missed it, this is a Imperial/ Double IPA without a doubt.
Slipstream (1932) - USA - DEC 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2010 On tap at Bronx Ale House. Not a stellar strong IPA, but a good brew. Rerated in 2010, with similar results. Fresh green hop aroma, with some West Coast hop flavor (Amarillo?). Astringent, but balanced. The rep told me they pay a lot of attention to the oak aging with this one.