TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle shared in line at DLD by Roonai/Deyholla. Thanks! Pours a nice glowing darker orange hue, solid glow with some hop haze, a bigger offwhite near tan head sits atop, laces well, stays decent sized overall. Aromas are a melange of citrus, grapefruit, lemons, moving into some sweet malts that really seem to stick, a bit much. Some toffee, biscuits, caramel. More florals and grass. Initial is medium bodied, maybe a touch heavier with a big fruity and citrus front, dry hops and florals mesh into lemons, grapefruits, and some melon. Grass and faint pine move into a fairly sweet malt dominated middle. Toffee, biscuits, caramel, bread dough, and toast. Finish is dry with lingering citrus hops but also trailing sweet malts. Not my favorite DIPA, it is fairly sweet, but it is well made enough.
williamherbert (1232) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is flowery hops; pale malts. Really like an extra pale ale. Hops are sweet and kinda flowery.
The appearance is icy lace, good head. Clear orange; lace makes it.
The flavor is pale and flowery. A little chlorine. Nice and a little yeasty on the back end.
The palate is about average; a little fizzy. Similar to Stone’s Ruination in some ways. Very pale and very solid.
crazyvin (1861) - New York, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a nice orange amber hue with a thick white head that faded to a nice coating. Lace was nice. Aroma had a nice caramel malt base and the hops give it hints of citrus, soap and pine. Flavor was initially sweet, not cloying, and the hops give it a nice bite. Hops seemed to be strong on the citrus side of things but the pine really came through in the finish. Medium bodied but nice brew.
TaktikMTL (5552) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée avec MartinT et Fred82. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes avec une pointe de pins. Apparence: La couleur est orangée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes avec une pointe de céréales et d’apricot. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’amertume d’houblons en arrière goût. (Rating #3600)
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber received in a recent trade with dpowers. Thanks again Dave!
Pours a slightly hazy, light golden orange color with golden straw yellow hues when held to a light source and a frothy, pillowy two finger white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the pint with rings and chunks of soapy lacing.
Earthy hop aroma with resinous, oily pine character as well as some sweet citrus and pale malt. Soil and almost vegetal smelling along with hints of grapefruit and lemon peel. Underneath there is a pale biscuit graham cracker malt base as well as some faint booze in the nose.
Chewy full body with a blast of dry, bitter hop flavor that lingers throughout over the sweet citrus, pale malt and sweet booze notes into a lingering dry finish. Up front there is a lot of earthy pine bitterness that is countered mid-palate by a subtle sweet presence. Hints of tropical and citrus fruit especially pineapple, mango, grapefruit and lemon peel. Slight heat toward the end of the swallow but the ABV is relatively well masked. Underneath the hop flavor there is a nice malt backbone with a slightly grainy biscuit/graham cracker flavor providing balance without taking away from the hops.
Fred82 (2093) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Julio’s. Few weeks after purchase.
Appearance : Clear pale yellow.
Aroma : Nice fruity hops. Notes of passion fruits. Nice malt.
Taste : Fruity hops with malt. A bit floral too. Finish very fruity with nice malt. Sharp bitterness.
Overall : Nice one. Great fruits and malt. Quite drinkable, not much alcohol.
50belair (1857) - Florida, USA - APR 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Murky burnt orange pour with a big frothy white head. Good nose with hoppy pine and citrus aromas. Classic bitter hop flavors (citrus & pine resin) complimented by a sweet carmel malt backbone. The malt is understated making the bitter hoppy flavors dominating the show. I gotta say, I am pleasantly surprised by this tasty DIPA from Massachusetts, what?? My only criticism is the ABV is a little low for my devilish alcoholic side....
bbbeer (543) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange with small off-white head. Aroma is not that strong but mostly citrus and faintly floral. Medium body, some carbonation without alcohol. Flavors are strong citrusy hops but without being that bitter and a significant but not too sweet malt background. Really liked the flavors in this one even if it doesn’t all come together aand could have been a little more bitter.
MartinT (7549) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Coniferous hops and their bitter resins add depth to this Double IPA’s slick honeyed malts, creating a flavorful but lackluster example.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam.
-This is such a departure for Wachusett; kudos to them for trying something different!
-The malt flavors were disappointing and the hops tended to fade before the bitterness kicked in. A sign of age?
-Alcohol was well hidden by the bark-like wooden bitterness.
phaleslu (5889) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle as a trade bonus from VikingHammer- thanks, Brad! Pours a hazy orange color with a small eggshell white head. Aroma leads with sweet malts, butterscotch, and peach before letting some citrusy hops emerge. Flavor of sweet caramel malts, apricot, orange and grapefruit citrus peel, and resin, also with some leafy hops underlying it all. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a citrusy mouthfeel. This had a best by April 2011 on it so I’m glad I opened when I did- not bad at this point but the hops might be leaving.