Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2007
Minimal haze obstructs the nice copper coloured body. Fading off-white film. Not hugely aromatic, but when you put an effort to it, it’s rather complex: the malts are well extracted, toasty and thick. Firm resiny hops with soft citric undertones and more piney, green sappy notes. Confident bitterness slices through the sweetness and the finish is dry all throughout. Medium to full bodied, excellent texture. Cleansing, medium-high carbonation. Good stuff that stays apart from what one may call standard. bp (922) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Draft at Hop Devil Grill (NYC): amber color, citrus and hoppy aroma, taste is hoppy but also well balanced, very drinkable, very good. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Draft at the Blind Tiger. Copper in color with an off-white head. Aroma was of tropical, grapefruit, and pine hops. Not a lot of up-front flavor, but the malt backing comes in fairly quickly, followed by a lot of pine in the finish. Good amount of bitterness. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2007
on tap & growler-pours a big creamy/bubbly tan head and copper color. Aroma is wow! Nice west coast hops-citrus/pine, some sweet. [Simcoe, Chinook, Cascade]. Taste follows with nice medium malt back bone. Sessionable. OK carbonation. No plastic or slick mouth feel. crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Dark amber pour, small white head. Aroma is grapefruit. Flavor is grapefruit hops and a bit of pine. Resiny aftertatse, hop bitterness is pretty high throughout. Light caramel sweetness and a touch of but really the resiny bitterness owns this beer. Had it on tap at the brewery and from a growler.
FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Served lightly chilled at about 58ºF (14ºC); Five days since being filledpforei (338) - USA - OCT 10, 2007
Pours from the growler a brilliantly clear (so brilliantly clear that it is almost ridiculous or even suspect), deep, cranberry color. It is topped by a frothy, initially fat-two-finger thick, tan colored head that leaves a thin layer of lace as it falls back into the beer. The beer is quite noticeably hoppy; as I pour this brew the sweet smell of hop-induced fruit & citrus is easily noticed. Aromatic notes of candied orange peel, candied peaches, tangelo, lychee, apricot concentrate / preserves; there is just an über fruitiness to this brew that is so typically American. Behind the up front fruit notes is a backdrop of lightly herbal notes and a touch of sharp pine. Lest we forget about it completely, there is even some malt character noticeable in the aromatic finish. Aromas of toasty, freshly milled biscuit malt, caramel malt notes and a quite noticeable, crushed soda cracker aroma let me know that the brewer put enough malt in this brew to stand up to the hops, but also be noticeable (though not enough to lessen the overwhelming hop focus of this brew).
The taste is somewhat sweet, yet bracingly bitter from the get go. At first the bitterness is balanced quite well by the malt character, but it quickly starts to bite, with an astringent, slightly rough, yet mostly clean bitterness that becomes more prominent as the beer leaves my mouth and slips down my throat. Quite malty still in the taste, with flavors of caramelized malt sugars, a solid soda cracker maltiness and even has a touch of lightly toasted grain flavors to it. This beer is of course all about the hops though, and even though I have not mentioned the flavors yet, the hop flavors clearly are the main course here. The flavor is not quite as fruit focused as the aroma, yet it is still the most noticeable aspect of it. Fruit flavors reminiscent of lychees, tangelo, ruby-red grapefruit, Curacao orange peel are all noticeable. Actually the fruit notes leaning towards concentrated apricot and peach notes is quite a bit more muted than it was in the aroma; really the citrus-like notes play a much more prominent role in the flavor profile. The alcohol is held pretty well in check, a touch of warming flavors intermingle with the sharp hop notes in the finish. The beer certainly has some heft to it, a fair amount of body, but no where near what I would characterize as a Barleywine. Still with the ample malt, and over the top hop character, this is definitely not quite a quaffing brew.
A sharply herbal and even a touch of pine tar flavors, adds to and melds into the bitter finish of this brew. Aggressive, with enough bitterness and astringency, a bit of an exercise in self flagellation, scathingly hoppy, yet still overall balanced towards the smoother, this is a great example of a Double IPA. This is a damn fine brew, it is very well balanced for a Double IPA, drinkable, yet engagingly hoppy.
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 On tap at Hop Devil. Extremely hoppy aroma and taste. Pine, floral, citrus, grass, and perfume; the whole hop spectrum is here. Slight fruity flavor is there as well. Bitter finish. This beer knows exactly what it wants to be.
Re-rate. Growler from Whole Foods. Malt is more prominent and beer is a little more fruity. Excellent. footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Growler from MrBendo. Assertive food my ass. How does a plate of szechuan chicken sound? Had to stop eating and enjoy this before I drank the whole glass
whilst trying to put out the fire on my tongue.Very nice brew, domintated by the hops here with some other fruity aromas and tastes. This was thick an syrupy which I happen to enjoy in a beer. Also nice to see that the brewer knows what Stilton is. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Growler, courtesy of MrBendo - thanks, Todd! Well, after working my way through this baby on a fine football weekend I can give it a hearty thumbs up. What impresses me about this beer is the interesting balance it strikes. It’s fine looking (ruby, deep), with a nice head (moderate retention). But what strikes me about it is the way it comes on very full and strong with rounded, floral hops, but finishes extremely dry and almost bitter. It makes for a pleasant combo, and a distinctive DIPA. Another excellent brew from this top-notch brewery. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Sample at the brewery. Paired with some blue cheese and salami. Sesame crackers and hummus on the side as well. Pours a rich orange golden color. Nice small head (orb) little fluffy clouds. Maybe its the food but the aroma is heavy hops and balanced malt. Pine and citrus form the hops as descibed come through nicely. Taste is sweeter than expected, but has lots of hops. Mostly hop finish with a little sweet sugary malt. Delicious every day beer.