pressboxjoe (464) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2011
There it is! That lovely double IPA aroma. I have had so much bad luck this year (and yet I keep trying) with IIPAs that don’t smell or taste right. Sweet honey floral aroma, mango, peach, grapefruit, lime. Flavor is good, the lime and grapefruit still there; not a ton of pine for me, but I do detect that oak. Somewhat mellow. Visually, a little pale for me. Nice bitter finish, pretty dry. Happy with this beer. ChainGangGuy (4920) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2011
12 ounce can - Olde Crabapple Bottle Shop in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Svesse (8742) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2011
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, deep yellow body with a very tall, very aggressive, near white head. Already this beer is beset against me. Gobs of sticky lace on the descent.
Smell: Nicely aromatic with fragrant notes of pineapple juice, lemon peel, ruby red grapefruit, sweet oranges, and papaya with a backing of oak wood well encrusted with sugars.
Taste: Pale malts with a 50-50 helping of light-colored caramel and simple syrup glazed over faintly toasted grains. I’ll admit, the sweetness present caught me a bit off guard, not that I’m displeased at all by it. Mild inclusion of vanilla here and there. Pleasing myriad of citrus flavors with some more tropical elements like red papaya pulp and mango juice. While it does start a bit surprisingly sweet, it closes out dry in shot at the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.
Overall: Nice job, 21st! Goes does with surprising ease for being nearly 10% ABV and it was very hoppy without simply being wretchedly bitter without any hop flavor.
(Can, Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Golden amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Hoppy, fruity nose with notes of grapefruit, pine needles, resin and lots of fresh, citric hops. Hoppy, fruity, malty taste with citrus, caramel, dried apricots, grapefruit, pine needles and a smooth, hoppy finish with caramel, vanilla, citric hops and hints of oak wood. Almost full body, with some sweetness. Impressive hop character, with the oak wood firmly in the background. Lovely beer. deyholla (12034) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Can thanks to Baker. Pour a clear deep amber with an off-white head that dissipates to the edges and laces nicely. Aroma is full of sweet grains with a bit of pine hop and a good amount of oak that keeps the pine mellow. Flavor starts with sweet grains but transitions to oak, pine and a bit of resin in the finish. Barrel aging took away too much of the hops IMO, but still solid. dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Decent, overall I don’t tend to live oak aged IPAs...in this case it was decent enough but a little old (guessing) and when you combine that with the oak aging the hop profile just wasn’t that strong. It was pretty smooth and drinkable, just not overly memorable. If I’m going to do a 10% beer I want it to be memorable.
Leighton (22054) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2011
Can at a tasting. Pours clear gold with a delicate, white head. Fresh pine aroma, some sugar. Very sweet flavor, some honey and light caramel, ripe citrus. Medium to full in body with average carbonation. Sticky finish, oil, resinous, more nice pine, faint dirt. Great beer. jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Can. Pours orange with thick, frothy white head. Aroma of citrus hops. Taste of piney resin with light malt balance. Creamy mouthfeel. A good bit of the oak comes through in the finish. The best of their beers I have had. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Can from State Line (I think). Nice pour, moderately hazy, pitched somewhere between yellow and pale orange. Head is fluffy, with a goodly amount of stick-ickies. I’m usually quite leery of the marriage of oaking and hops, since it often undercuts just the things I wanted out of a DIPA. But this one worked splendidly, with majestically understated wood imparting just a bit of a white wine quality to a heavily citric and floral brew. Good stuff indeed. hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2011
12oz can poured into a tulip glass. Pours dark gold with a white head. Aromas are grapefruit and sticky pine. Taste is earthy and well balanced, there is definite hop bitterness, but not overpowering. Notes of oak, grapefruit, malts, some pine. Overall, a very nice DIPA omhper (25565) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2011
Canned at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Clear deep golden, faint head. Rich lychee aroma. Sweet and marmelady with near full body and clean, rounded mouthfeel. Hugely hoppy with tangerine, lychee and seville orange. Really bitter finish. Hugely citric, but the oak is not noticed - which is probably good as oak and citric hops is a match made in hell.