NachlamSie (3597) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Canned double IPA?? Hell. Yes. This is win. Picked up a champion four pack from Five Points Bottle Shop. I’m apprehensive about oak aged IPA’s. The question is, how much hop quality can remain intact? Hop Crisis!’s answer is, "plenty". PNW hops are in the nose and in the flavor in full effect. Ample pine, grapefruit and a bit of herbs. The oak is there, but just kind of melds with the malts. It provides a vanilla-type smoothness while the hops still add plenty of bitterness.Good stuff.
corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Pours a pale golden orange color with golden yellow hues and a two finger white head. Good retention slowly fading into a lasting ring. Glass left coated with soapy lacing.
Floral hop aroma with subtle earthy pine and lots of sweet tropical/citrus notes. Hints of mango, grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. Subtle alcohol sweetness. Really nice citrus presence.
Medium bodied with a blast of bitter earthy hops that provide a nice dryness that’s countered by a ton of sweet citrus/tropical fruit notes. Lots of mango, grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. Slight sweet booziness toward the end of the palate but the abv is well masked for 9.7%. Slightly dry finish with pine bitterness.
Goodgrief (2071) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Can. Sweet and sticky. Lots of hop flavors, but I think it might have been an oak or vanilla like flavor that imparted a "gunky" character. Not clean or refreshing. A real mess. BeerDisciples (13) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Decent Nose, Floral and Citrus Hops, Taste is refreshing and fairly well balanced. Malt body seemed small, I love this brewer but was hoping for something bigger for an Imperial. This was too drinkable for an Imperial but a good summer beer. B+ ratings and 92/100 for me. willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2011
20110702 12oz can from Honeygo. Aroma is loaded with grapefruit, garlicky Simcoe, apricot, and buttered white bread, puffed wheat. Pretty good IIPA despite the oak addition that adds a layer of vanilla and butter that I don’t particularly care for. Alcohol is a bit much.
keepersj12 (3142) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2011
Thank god they got all the hops free. This is for those hop heads out there. Pours a clear amber with a small head out of the can. The aroma is pine, citrus, with a malty backbone. The flavor also has a good deal of malt which is quickly taken over by the hops. Nice and bitter, very dry. mansquito (7131) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Whole Foods Market, DC 4-pack ($11): Orangeish color with a quickly dissipating white head that leaves a thin layer of lacing. Aroma is trees, citrus hops, caramel, cake, and a couple more hops. This is not an extreme IIPA. It is well-balanced with the malts and the hops. Though the hops come out in good force around the middle with plenty astringency. Has some tastes that remind me of seeds.The real unique and interesting quality here is the oak again, which I think was done exceptionally well. Complex beer and plenty interesting to drink. A little sweet. Easy-drinking. AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Can thanks to BigMMartin. IIPA in a can?? Aroma is hoppy with a strong carmel malty backbone. I get some citrus, orangish notes along with some oak. Palate is medium bodied. Flavor is bitter, finishing dry. The oak is more subtle that the aroma lets on. The oak becomes more and more strong as it warms. thornecb (6152) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Pours clear, deep gold into a Sam glass. White head meringues and recedes leaving spider lacing. Sweet resin aromas. Thick with caramel, resin, and sweet citrus front to back. Lasting oaked resin finish. BroSpud (2282) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Can. Pours a clear golden with a white head. Hop aroma jumps right out. Nice citrus and oak taste with no clue of the hefty abv until it suddenly hits you at the end of the glass. This one is so tasty and easy to drink it could be dangerous. Added bonus: I just burped pure hops...