Fred82 (2114) - 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 (2145) - 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 (577) - 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 (7677) - 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 (6204) - 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.
Ratman197 (9454) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber courtesy of Doodler poured a hazy orange amber with a small lasting ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, floral notes and light citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, grapefruit, light orange zest and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering moderatly bitter finish.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from a trade on BA. Larry is amber and faintly cloudy. Larry has a rapidly diminishing head but retains decent carbonation. Larry might be a bit too aged, as there is an excess of breadiness in the nose, alongside the pungent dankness. But Larry wears his age well, and the beer has a general tealike quality to it (backed by abundant malts and some floral hops, as well as much bitterness in the finish). I enjoyed Larry and want to encounter him in his youth.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this on-tap at American Craft in Brookline today. Review from notes.
5.0 A: Hazy medium orange color. One and a half fingers of super creamy off-white head. Excellent retention and lots of lacing. Awesome!
4.0 S: Lots of citrus hops and some herbal going on here. Malts are in the background. Orange and mango most apparent. Some pine as well. Overall, aroma could be stronger.
3.5 T: Malts are bready, which I don’t really care for in an IPA. Hops aren’t too bold either, but still pleasant nonetheless. Orange and mango again, but not as strong as in the nose. Grapefruit and a touch of pine show up.
4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation and reasonably creamy.
4.0 D: Good overall, but nothing special.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 06-30-2010 02:11:08
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Pungent aroma of hops, pine, fruit, crystal malt, pineapple, grapefruit, resin, hop oil, and citrus. Very nice hop aroma. Poured orange in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily bitter and light to medium sweet. Tastes of hops, pine, grass, citrus, pineapple, crystal malt, caramel malt, and resin. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium bitter, light to medium sweet, hop, caramel malt, crystal malt, resin, grass, citrus, finish is dry. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
thicksuds (408) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2014 This still registers as one of the best DIPAs I have had to date, maybe because I am getting it fresh in MA, but the hop profile is perfect for me. Great pour, lots of foam, murky orange, smells of citrus, hop aroma is great, taste is equally as good, strong bitterness factor, but well balanced with a good backbone, but doesn’t take away from the hops. Hops aren’t completely torching the tastebuds but its enough to get a hop fix for me. Excellent, Wachusett’s best offering.