goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2006
GABF 2006: Hazy golden color with a small white head. Woody and earthy aroma with a hint of citrus. The flavor was tart. with woddy and ctirus notes. Bitter finish. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Pour is clear amber with no head...smell is horrid grapefruit and wood...completely out of whack...sour and just a mess...mess mess mess... beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Mellow and distinctive, loses some of its pizazz for an IPA. Not sure what I think about it, but probably not bright enough for me. 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Light murky yellow with a big head. Weird nose... unlike anything I’ve had. Like champagne, spicy and sweet, flowers and soap, spritxy on the tongue. Big and harsh hops but it has a wet and smooth palate after the hops cross over the tongue. Flavor is spot on fresh peaches... nothing like an artificial peach flavor, but the real, raw peach skin with the tartness and starchiness. Really interesting, but hard to finish. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Boulder, CO, Backdraft IPA aged in wine barrels: Very, very woody, right from the start. Bready malts; grapefruity hops (see Backdraft IPA ratings). Vinous, red wine (port or burgundy, perhaps) elements were strongly interlaced throughout. Curious notes of blood and cherries. Drying hops left behind flavors of bark and freshly cut wood.
Ernest (7817) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Draught. Head is mostly lasting. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread), moderately hoppy (herbs, grapefruit, apricot), lightly yeasty (barnyard), with notes of oak and isopropyl alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. The alcohol here is a little bit nasty (rubbing alcohol or perhaps even fusel in nature), but the oak and barnyard elements (perhaps a wild-yeast-infected barrel?) are nicely fused into the hop-dominant aroma. Without the alcohol issue, I’d probably give this another few tenths of a point. Has been available at BJ’s Boulder on the regular taps for the last month or two (so probably Backdraft IPA), and I could see this one returning regularly.