ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with plenty of yeasty sediment. A good amount of citrus and pine in the aroma and taste. A good amount of bitterness and hops in the aftertaste. It is not on the same level as other double IPAís if had but still a very enjoyable beer.
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a small sized ivory head, fine-small sized bubbles, sparse lacing, yeasty, cloudy, no visible carbonation, and a brown hue. Sweet, hoppy nose. Flavor was sour and hoppy. Dry, very tingly, hoppy palate. Medium body. Very hoppy aftertaste.
Maddog (425) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good beer with a wonderful, floral hop nose and a decent body. However, for a double IPA, it needs to blow me away, and this one fell a little short. Would be a great IPA. Contained good aroma and good flavor hops, but the bittering hops were not up to snuff.
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice light amber color with a thin head. A little citrus and pine in the aroma. The taste is a bit of grapefruit and a lot of bitterness. Not sure if that is 100+ IBU, but it tastes great anyway.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden amber with a small white head. Malty and piney in the aroma. Body is piney and grapefruit with a malt backbone that is weaker than is needed.
It doesnít blow me away with the hop profile and then fails to make it up with a malty balance. Good but not great.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Superbly made IIPA from, hey look at that, my local brewery. Some of their better stuff for sure. Pours a wonderful golden pour, small white head on top. Nose full of hops, slightest malt backbone. Flavor is reminicsent of Dreadnaugh, and Yulesmith but not quite packing the same punch. Wonderful brew though without question.
lamas (1432) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. A cloudy rusty-orange pour with tons of chunky floaties and a big, creamy light-tan head that leaves lots of webbed lace. Typical I2PA aroma profile of sour, tangy, citrusy and piney hops. A little more orange present in this one compared to others. The taste isnít completely over the top with hops. Grapefruit, lemon and oranges are up front. Really sour and tangy. The middle is smooth with some sweet caramel. The finish is quite piney and dry. It lingers too. No hint of the alcohol at all while drinking. It hit me a couple minutes after I finished the bottle. Good stuff.
thehinge (282) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This might not have been capped correctly...had absolutely no head at all.
But thatís really my only complaint with it.
Bready, yeasty aroma. Hazy orange pour....man, this had a ton of hops in it.
Taste had a lot of citrusy hops and caramel. Very well balanced. I would definitely recommend it.Too bad itís a limited run and Two Brothers is probably not available on the East coast.
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of sediment in the bottle. The initial aroma was pronounced and pleasurable, but not over the top. Smooth mouthfeel and bitterness, again not over the top, but not outstanding or original either.
ClarkVV (4058) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 Bottle consumed on 9/13/2005. Smells really hoppy. Deep citrus, pine-resin, some light fruitiness, quite perfumey. But there is also a distinct caramel malt, which mixes with the hops and produces a cantaloupe sort of aroma. Severely unfiltered, with all kinds of huge things floating around and plenty of sediment suspended in the liquid. Chunky, in a word. Transluscent body is a rusty orange-copper. Light yellow on edges. Flavor begins with a lot of caramel flavor, toffee as well, and is very sweet and wants to be syrupy, but a little bit too watery/loose in consistency for that. Very low carbonation. Needs more, I think. Lacing on the glass speaks to the unfiltered nature, but all of the hops oil makes for a very small, poorly retained head, yellowish in color. Hops taste of grapefruit, resin, perfume, lemons. No alcohol apparency. Good unfiltered body, but not enough interesting fine bubbles. Gets better as it warms, slightly more passable in mouthfeel. But overall, itís so boring and unoriginal. I guess everyone wants to try their hand at the Double IPA, but come on, put some twist on it. Not so here.