ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Fantastic double IPA. I was surprised by the lack of heat for 13.6 - usually covered up with bitterness and warrior hops at this this high ABV, this beer drank smoothly and I never felt the heat I was expecting (like an Old Stock Ale 2008 type of heat). Nice, soft palate, correct viscosity, slightly sweet, very subtle bitterness for a double. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Bottle from Jan. Big thanks> Green wax cap.Pours a cloudy orange amber. Orangy citrus & marmalade aromas along with sweet malts & resiny sticky hops. Taste is sweeter malts, nice hop burn but not as much as you would expect in a 13.6 beer. Not as boozy also. Rich like a barleywine. Nice fuller mouthfeel. Very good mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2009
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Color is deep amber with small tan head. Aroma is hoppy, but balanced by a lot of malty sweetness and fruit (apples, dates). Taste is similar to Double Bastard to me, hoppy and rich, with sweet malt and biting hops and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Not my fave DIPA, but pretty good. hayduke (5731) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 4, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2009 From a trade with Eric in Indiana, this 12 oz bottle with the wax top poured a dark and hazy copper with a small but creamy off-white head and light lacing. Nose of caramel malts and lots of pine and citrus hops. Very slick mouthfeel feeling more like a barely wine on the palate than anything else. Flavor is malty but also nicely bitter with lots of pine and citrus and the finish is long and bitter. It hides the high alcohol content remarkably well. Excellent in all regards. Score of 8.0 for four stars. cgarvieuk (26387) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2009
bottle at DLD 2009 ... Copper ... light sweet hop ... bright bright pine hop ... fruity and juicy ... well balanced.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2009
12 oz. Amber-copper colored pour with a dense creamy head. Aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, hops, grass, pine resin, and toffee. Big sweet, caramel flavor up front with a chewy and thick hoppy finish. Warming alcohol in the belly. Very nice. MoDog (928) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2009
12oz bottle served in a tulip. This beer poured a hazy, dark amber with a one-finger thick head of light tan foam that quickly settled into a lasting cap. A small amount of slippery lacing was left behind. The aroma included fresh grapefruit, pine, and perfumey citrus. Also a healthy amount of caramel and toffee. The flavor had a good amount of bitter pine and citrus, but also a very sturdy caramel malt backbone. Almost like a big American barley wine, but still plenty hoppy. The high ABV was almost undetected. The mouthfeel was heavy and definately full-bodied. Minimal carbonation. This was a monster of a beer. Heavily hopped with plenty of malt. Very nice! ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2009
12oz bottle via trade at DLD ’09. pours a dark copper with a thin, whispy light beige head. aroma is massive pine and earthy hops with slight floral notes, grapefruit, big toffee malts, and a bit of booze. flavor is an initial blast of booze, big piney hops, citrus, and spice backed by big caramel malts, brown sugar, oak, and more booze with a big, bitter hop finish. mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty slick, and nicely carbonated. overall, a massive DIPA that could easily pass for a barley wine but is damn tasty. beernbourbon (1604) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Brownish orange pour, small whitish head. Huge pine and malt aroma. Hop aroma is mostly pine, but lemon and grapefruit lurk as well. Flavor is true to nose with a slight alcohol burn in the finish, but for 13.6 this drinks well. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2009
UPDATED: APR 30, 2009 malt bomb! flavor is plenty spicy...dark color even for the style. very malty but not sticky...moreso very crunchy with excellent toffee character. some booze finally appears in aroma after repeated attempts but still nothing like the 12% it rides it at.