OhHoppyDay (9) - USA - AUG 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
APPEARANCE: A bright dark-copper colored brew, bordering rusty orange. A small yellow to slightly greenish/yellow head off the tap that dissipated quickly leaving a nice amount of lacing on the glass.
AROMA: First and foremost is grapefruit or grapefruit rind flavor, a strong hop presence.
FLAVOR: My first reaction ruby red grapefruit, and a slight grapefruit rind, definitely citrus. There is also a subtle tropical fruit kind of note There is a nice malt character tucked away to balance this beer nicely, but this beer really showcases the hops.
PALATE: A full bodied beer with an amazingly smooth and extremely clean taste. It’s almost a touch sweet, like ruby red grapefruit would be, with a lightly crisp, dare I say a hint dry, finish. For the ABV the alcohol heat is well hidden, borderline non-existent. For all of the hops in this beer, twenty pounds for ten barrels if I remember, it’s extremely well balanced and doesn’t blow you pallet out.
NOTES: I could session this beer all summer if it weren’t for the extremely well hidden 8.0% ABV. There is seriously nearly no alcohol heat, and the little that I picked up was only after the beer started to warm up a bit. Even then, the heat was well hidden which was enjoyable for a “big beer”. It is tapped a little on the light side of carbonation, I think, which enhanced the flavor in my opinion. Bottom line, just a touch of sweetness, lots of citrus flavor, malt to balance and extremely clean.
Brigadier (3505) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub
This was a standard double IPA. Hardly overpowering it still made itself known. Heavy at 8% it also is a beer to sip on. A great value for $2.50 I would probably pass on this if it were on the shelves in bomber format for more.
Aroma / Appearance - Rich and deep brown with a faint tan head ringing the top. Caramel, mango, and grapefruit form a resiny sweet ensemble. Not super aggressive it is still more hoppy than your typical IPA.
Flavor / Palate - A chewy meld of molasses, ginger snaps, and honey crisps. The caramel finish was sweet and hoppy without being mouthpuckeringly over the top. All in all I would say that this is a decent and passable imperial IPA for the situation.
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap, poured a very dark golden color, almost brown, with a small head. Not too much in the aroma, a bit of hops, but not what I’d expect from a DIPA. Flavor is malty with some fruit as well...and not a lot of hops. Pretty disappointing beer....