crossovert (12917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2011
12 oz brown bottle. No sign of a date.
It pours slightly dark for th style, it is an orangeish/reddish/copperish brown with golden highlights. The head is large and off-white, it is frothy and takes a while to recede leaving some decent lacing.
The smell is caramally, boozy, and pretty hoppy as well. It has a bit of citrus and pine in there that smells candied with the sweetness this beer carries in the smell.
The taste is a bit weak for a dipa. It has lots of grain and malt flavors, a hit of caramel and some smooth nicely flavored hops that don’t provide much bitterness over the top of all that. My main qualm is that it is a bit watery.
It is merely okay, one of the lesser DIPAs in Wisconsin. Very drinkable though, if you want a summer DIPA that you can just suck down on a hot day this would work.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-19-2010 03:31:52 AWISLguy (3109) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Bottle from Sonoma Cellars. Pours a toffee color with a small head. Aroma is grapefruit, some pine, and sugar. Taste is sweet candy, caramel, bitter fruit and some raisin. Medium body that finishes somewhat bitter. Alcohol well hidden. No real defining flavor or hoppiness. Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Bottle at Bodega in La Crosse. This beer is a clear amber color with a thick off-white head that burns away slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops and malt. Medium body with a resiny hops character that has floral and earthy notes, plus some malt. The finish is hoppy with a lingering bitterness left behind. Above average overall. spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Notes from Monday, July 05, 2010
Ar: Piney hops along with some citrus, particularly grapefruit.
Ap: Hazy copper with a 1" head; beautiful color.
F: Lots of citrus with a light caramel backbone. Light alcohol on the finish.
P: Medium body. JaBier (7972) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Sample at the brewpub on 10/16/10. Clear reddish copper pour with a medium tan head. Orangy hop nose with sweet malt. Flavor is orange and tropical fruit with a bit of sweet malt before a bitter finish.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2010
12 oz bottle from Jason A. Dark orange/brownish pour with a fluffy white head. Amazing citrus hoppy aroma. Awesome hoppy flavor with a nice malty backbone, thick chewy mouthfeel with a bitterly hoppy finish. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Tasted from bottle purchased at Discount Liquor. Pours clear amber with a thick and rocky off-white head that leaves a massive lace. THe nose is floral and resin hops with a solid sweet malt backbone and good bitterness. The flavor is sweet with a bit of brine (in a good way). The resin and floral hops come through nicely and finish with a pleasant malt and nuttiness. The body is medium plus with average carbonation and a long bitter and sweet finish. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 6, 2010
12oz bottle, courtesy of MrPickles. Thanks, Andy! Pours a bright, medium-amber color; lightly effervescent with high clarity; creamy, fine-bubbled, off-white head with good retention and lacing; nice pour on this. Pungent hop aroma without the negatives of overt alcohol or painful sweetness; lots of juicy, earthy hop oiliness and vibrant citrus notes, with just a touch of vinous character from the ethanol and a mild, candied maltiness; well-handled nose. Medium-high body; medium-plus carbonation; significant vinous character from the alcohol, but not especially warming or harsh; not getting much astringency here, although there is a persistent tea-like note that carries some tannic character with it; definitely some heft here and some weightiness, and while I don’t feel comfortable saying "this is a midwest double IPA" I kind of want to...; there’s definitely an English-ness and earthiness to this beer, in both the hops and the malt core: the hop character is attractively bitter, with a resiny earthiness and a citrus component with a light amount of grapefruit-like rind note to it, but nothing approaching the vibrant citrus and dry core of a prototypical west coast rendition (plus... nothing close to pale about this beer); the malt core, in a similar fashion, is strongly honeyed, with some crystalline sugars and a tea-like element mentioned earlier; attenuation could be better, definitely, but overall this is pretty drinkable and solid; just not exceptional. Medium-length finish of toastiness, lingering earthy bitterness, and hints of honey; the far end is reasonably balanced, with a lasting bitter dryness. There’s a hint of a vegetal character here, but this really never plays out. egajdzis (6580) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Lightly hazy amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, over ripe citrus fruits, caramel, and grass. Taste of citrus, grass, toffee, caramel, and light grapefruit. hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2010
12oz bottle shared thanks to Josh. Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized head. Aromas of floral hops and some earthiness. Tastes of floral hops, pine and lighter caramel.