chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark for an IPA. Cloudy as well. I am intrigued by what is to come. Two finger off white head settles in. Lacing is generous and persistent, coating the glass. This brew has some substance. I am salivating over an opportunity to enjoy one of my favorite styles.
The first whiff is intriguing. I couldn’t help pass the newly opened bottle under my nose before pouring. Simcoe hops. This should be an education as well as an adventure. Do I sense a roastiness? Strange for the style, but very pleasant. The hops smell delicious. Not quite as aggressively hoppy as Cascade. There is an earthiness, almost tobacco like quality here as well. The malts smell delicious as well. This is one of the best smelling beers. A yeasty cheesy hint is in there as well.
Oh, but the taste! The malt is right there immediately. Almost too sweet, but the malt never overwhelms the other flavors that come parading through. The hops are huge, but not astringent. This is not the withering English hop profile. It is a citrusy like a navel orange. The combination with the malt produces a tropical flavor. Some pine sap overtones in the finish. This beer is so delicious, I can’t believe it. Sip after sip does not disappoint.
The flavor follows the smell...thankfully.
The flavor profile is an absolute dead ringer for the nasal profile and is even more bombastic. Sometimes I think I overuse the word ’explosion’ when describing great beer of this style, but there’s no other word that comes close to capturing the density and intensity of the flavor. Detonaton perhaps? Only a hint of alcohol.
This beer is a chewy as some imperial stouts. Wonderful. It causes the flavor to cling to your mouth. My tastebuds have fallen into a long wet kiss. Where did this beer come from. It should really be no surprise. It is a double IPA. But this beer is exceptional in most categories.
I have had several Weyerbacher offerings in the past. They were of high quality. But this is the best of all their offerings. Great job.
619photos (19) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tastes like itd been aged in bourbon barrels. Bit on the heavier side for my personal taste for DIPA. Couldnt drink too many of these..and i enjoy some DIPAs
thepatrickman (778) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 17, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes (10/16/15). Pretty straightforward, slightly under-inspired DIPA. Lots of pine and not much fruit from the Simcoe. Not bad, though.
Frank (3970) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2016
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is a glass of 2003--an amber colored, super bitter, super sweet IPA. It smells like a pine forest complete w/ a damp pad of pine needles and earth underfoot and tastes like hopped malt extract. It is big and syrupy on the palate w/ a bit of alcohol burn to it. This is really typical of everything wrong w/ the giant IPAs of decades past and I’m glad most brewers have moved on.
trapped (2143) - New York, TURKEY - MAY 23, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy dark orange with small foamy beige head, strong citrus peel aroma, low carbonation, sweetish start followed by bitter citrus peel taste, thickish body, medium bitter finish. The expiration date had passed, and it felt a bit too bitter. I am not sure whether it was because of that though.
weihenweizen (3082) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle, it seems best before March 4, 2016, oops. Opaque reddish medium brown with small beige head. Aroma is herbal hops, medium body, lower carbonation, and a little lacing. Taste is herbal hops, caramel malt, resin, and bitter finish.
SG111 (1219) - New York, USA - MAR 19, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at whole foods Auburn Hills. Pours deep honey spiked with melted caramel. Off white head. Aroma is big pine, resin, tropical pineapple, slight orange and grapefruit biscuit malt, dank hops. Wow, this feels like a West coast double to me. Kinda like a knee deep sorta deal almost. Flavor is pine, resin, malt, sugar sweetness from the high abv, pineapple, grapefruit. Wow, really really good.
BrewBrain (145) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy reddish amber pour, smallish thick head. Nose is caramel, pine, vague citrus. Very caramelly sweet, moderate bitterness. Lowish carbonation .
jsporrer (622) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a creamy off-white foamy head. Very clingy with lots of lacing. Tons of sediment suspended in the glass. Medium citrus and a pine resin aroma. Surprisingly smooth with just a hint of bitterness on the roof of the mouth and at the finish. Very well balanced with a thicker malty flavor masking any harshness or bitterness. Hides the alcohol well. Refreshing and very enjoyable.
OrthoDoc (169) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color with lots of floaters, clearly unfiltered. Nose is malts and faint citrus. Taste is malts, lots of sweetness, some citrus, and maybe a little very faint mango. This one is very similar to Sierra Nevada Hoptinum in look, nose, and taste. Not my favorite dipa.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
blueshockey24 (414) - Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours orangish amber with off-white head. Aroma is Malt, Mango and papaya. Taste is sweet malty citrus pine and alcohol up front with a fruity mango/papaya alcohol warmth finish. Pretty good but a little too malty for my personal preferences.