ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2007 A great tasting IPA. This brew had nice carbonation with a crisp smooth palate. Has a very floral hop aroma and flavor, with flavors of pear, apple, and grape also being prevalent. One of the sweeter IPA’s I’ve had. Not quite as bitter as a double should be in my opinion though. ClarkVV (6757) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2006
12oz bottle from Crosling, drunk on 9/2/06. Not sure of the age.pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Very deep red-clay body has copper-orange highlights and a very high clarity, though the liquid looks very thick/viscous. Off-white head is flimsy, receding very quickly to partial-cover/ring and then nothing, in a matter of seconds. No lacing left behind. Sporadic, large bubbles drift lazily upwards. No sediment on the bottom.
Munich malt in the aroma pretty much overlays everything. Bready, lightly acidic sourness seems at odds with the clarity/crispness that these citric hops would like to deliver. Dry, thick, pine resin sits on the end and in between there is a touch of cherry and orange fruitiness. I keep getting an odd, almost chalky, dull/bland note, maybe the wheat (not that I would have guessed that). Whatever it is, it seems mainly stale, like preliminary oxidation. Candy sweet malts seem to outdo the hops, and in the end, I’m left with a large amount of sugariness, growing stale and finally bready and sour/acidic with hard pine and raw citrus.....
Seems like most of the bright/lively hop flavors have passed out of the flavor, as this is a syrupy-sweet, thick, cloying mess of a beer. Pine acidity, with dry orange-rind bitterness and an old, leafiness are all that are left as far as hops. Hard crystal maltiness produces caramel and candy flavors, while the munich malt keeps things sourish and bready. Forced carbonation is large-bubbled, not engaging and exacerbates the syrupiness. I think Nick is paying me back for the Nashoba Valley Peach Lambic ;)
Pours a hazy coulded yellow orange gold with a sizable though quickly diminishing head. The nose is fragrant with orangey citrus and honey. Light and sweet malt and some graininess melds nicely with the noticable hops. The palate is a little thick with good creaminess and even a bit viscous, though it’s still very drinkable. The flavors are rather big, though I wouldn’t say big enough to merit double IPA status. I really refuse to believe the ABV is 9.2! Anyhow, light sweet pale malt with a touch of caramely notes. There’s some grainy wheatness, which I just noticed makes sense given the malt bill. There’s some balancing citrusy hops that border on being pungent. There’s a sharp biting bitterness that sinks in as the beer lies on the tongue for a bit. Not really a super clean bitterness, costing a point or two between flavor and overall. The balance on this beer is truly remarkable, and the alcohol is hidden as well as I’ve ever seen it done (unless the info in the database is wrong!). tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2006
This beer looks nice, it is yellow-orange in color and cloudy/hazy- you cant see through it at all. There is a big bubbly white head that dies down quickly but never completely. The aroma is very hoppy, with a blend of orange and general citrus fruits and caramel. The flavor is also super hoppy (even moreso than the aroma) and citrusy with a big bitter finish. I can possibly detect wheat in the flavor. Wouldnt have guessed the 9.2% alcohol. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2006
22 oz bottle, via Secret Santa PhillyBeer2112. Pours a clear dark gold under a fine bubbled beige head two fingers plus in height. Minimal visible carbonation. Aroma is well balanced between sweet toasted and caramel malts and a floral hoppiness. Flavor is moderately bitter with some hoppiness up front, and all bitterness on the finish. The malt is in the background, but certainly makes itself known. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fine fizzy carbonation. Slightly sticky on the finish. Overall not too bad, but I never would have guessed that this was a Double IPA. Though that also means that the alcohol was very well hidded for such a strong beer. A decent IPA but not a good IIPA.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange-brown body with a small bubbly white head. The aroma has bread, sweet alcohol, and oranges that are yeasty and bountiful. Big, chewy, yeasty-flavoured body with bread malt and lots of orange-pulpy grapefruit hops. Adequate sweet malt providing balance. nimbleprop (8453) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2006
Poured a murky orange color with a semi-thick white head. Fruity, hoppy aroma. Initial flavor is citrus, sweet and a little syrupy. The finish is great, very clean and not at all astringent like other imperial IPAs. Not as hoppy as other small batch IPAs but the flavor is just as smooth. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 29, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 In the bomber bottle from Roof Bros. Amber copper in color with a serious density slightly off-white head. Aroma of a cherry and grapefruit little old lady fruit salad brought to a Sunday church dinner on the grounds. Thick malt sweetness that controls the hops dying to escape. Caramel and phenol in an unholy union. A hard beer to dispell, but remarkably smooth for an Impish IPA. UPDATE 11/2006: On tap at the Crescent Moon. Deep gold in color with a thin, but tough as hell head. Great lacing. Aroma of freshly cut yard grass and bushels of hops. An alfalfa sunshine smell like being in a haybale on a summer day. This is a smooth beer for such a high ABV. Nice amount of malt, but not over the top. Sweet, but neutralizingly sweet for the intense hop flavor. IrishBoy (4211) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Bottle a present from Enniskillen, my son; Very hoppy aroma mixed with caramel malt; hazy copper with a few bubbles on top; flavor is nice hops and caramel in the background; with a sweet finsh that slowly trails into a mild bitterness. Radek Kliber (7369) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 28, 2006
Bottle. Hazy, muddy amber with bright white top. Strong hoppy aroma, plenty of high alphas, medium malt base. Fruity character . Initially this beer feels quiet balanced malts and hops cooperate well. In the midlle hops do take over. Overall clean solid IPA.