BREWMUSKCLES (2721) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2008
very malty and woody with a moderate smooth alcohol influence. secondary hop presence that is clearly inhibited though apparant and does put in it’s lightly bitter signature. caramel and moderately sweet it is also woody and tawny as well. bit of a more black pepper essence as from a pre-grated container in the grocery store. points for being very mellow sophisticated and smooth and in good balance as it reveals itself as complex but in good order . not exactly my description of a double ipa. low on citrus with hardly any other hop presence. jcr (2719) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Bottle. Small, off-white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is moderately hoppy with hints of grapefruit, orange and resin and moderately malty with notes of caramel leading one to think that the hops will carry through well into the flavor, but they don’t. In addition, there is a strong hint of alcohol in the nose which does follow into the flavor. The flavor is heavily sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It is also peppery with alcohol. The finish is moderately bitter and alcoholic. Full body, syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. As much as I Iike Dark Horse products and as much as I like double IPAs, this is a big disappointment. The alcohol and thick, almost sickly sweet malts are just too overwhelming; they don’t let the hops present much character in the flavor. An off-balance, unenjoyable double IPA.
drfabulous (8286) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 18, 2008
From a bottle at Wine Sellers in Macomb. Did I have this in Michigan? I can’t remember. Everything a Double IPA should be. Malty and intense. Fantastic. flatmatt (1593) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours red amber with a small to medium off-white head. Aroma is citrus hops, then a little bit more malty and caramel aromas and a little alcohol. Like the single Crooked Tree, the flavor is less dominated by hops than I expected. Grapefruit and spicy flavors are definitely there along with substantial bitterness, but there’s also a strong caramel flavor in there, along with some noticeable pale malt flavor. Flavor is quite reminiscent of a hoppy barleywine as opposed to a double IPA (and I see I’m not alone in thinking so). Hides its high ABV well, just a little bit can be noticed in the finish. Some lacing. Pretty enjoyable beer. RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Super piney and yellow fruit hops in the aroma. The flavor is much less bitter than I thought it would be. Great balance.
dchmela (3078) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2008
12 oz bottle courtesy Polomagnifico. Pours cloudy copper with a thin head and a lot of sediment. Big malt, caramel, aroma and citrusy hops. Big malty caramel, toffee body with hints of bitter citrus hops. Has a slight bitter hop finish. Not sure of the age, but the hops are mellow. Has an almost barley wine feel to it, very tasty. jbuzz (838) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Single thanks to sprinkle. Very nice double. Sharp hops with a good hit of bitterness. Some bubble gum. Body is very full. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2008
In short: A sweet sugary body, a lot of alcohol and a ton of resinous hops. Over-the-top but not unpleasant.jgb9348 (6399) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2008
How: Bottle, relatively fresh (2 to 3 months old at most). Thanks to the simultaneous generosity of a few traders. You know who you are.
The look: Partly cloudy dark golden body topped by a very small off-white head
In long: Nose is sweet and resinous. Body is full, very full. A sensation of crunchy caramel candy bar. Obviously very sweet, to the point of being sugary. However the beer also has a ton of citrusy resinous hops. Funnily I didn’t get much alcohol taste but I had a strong burning sensation on my tongue after each sip. I usually despise those over-the-top extra-sweet extra-strong IIPAs but this one is acceptable. Not highly drinkable that’s a given, all in all about as refreshing as a San-Francisco July heat-wave.
Super deep copper coloured body with dark brown highlights and a very thin tan head. Aroma of potent hops, alcohol, malt, cherries and a bunch of caramel - a ton of flavour - no doubting that. Full-bodied; Assertive hoppiness up front with a backbone of malt and potent alcohol. Aftertaste shows caramel, yeast, pine cones, grapefruit, more hops and a long tingling alcoholic finish. Overall, a strong double IPA, perhaps overshadowed by the sweetness and alcohol. I liked this one, but definitely preferred the normal IPA! I sampled this wax-dipped twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan during the Red Wings Victory Celebration on 06-June-2008, sampled on 05-July-2008 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. FlacoAlto (4214) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2008
A very vigorous pour is only able to produce a two-finger thick, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. It is fairly large bubbled, but doesn’t melt instantly. The beer is an unnatural, completely clear, deep cherry red color that shows a rich, cranberry stained amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sticky, candied hops and hot alcohol; candied orange zest, ruby-red grapefruit, lychee, concentrated tangelo and candied pine tips are accentuated by a thick, caramelized malt note. The finish has strong notes of pine sap and hemp oil to it. Somehow this smells very clean, almost lacking in complexity some how; there is a fair amount of malt noticeable in the nose, but it seems stripped of its character.
Quite sweet tasting, but it is not as sweet tasting as I was expecting this 13% beast to be. It is still fairly viscous and chewy, but it almost comes close to being like a good double IPA. Hop flavors dominate of course with concentrated citrus / fruit notes up front (lychee, bergamot oil, tangelo and apricot), but substantial herbal notes of pine and especially earthy hemp in the middle and finish. Alcohol provides some substantial warming notes to the finish that actually lingers on in the throat for quite some time after each sip. This is bitter, but not nearly as much as one might thing, the hop character really focuses more on the hop flavor notes than the bitter notes. The malt flavors play a removed, secondary role here (as they should), but do contribute ample caramelized malt sugar notes that help support the hop character. A touch of toasty, biscuit-like malt can also be found floating through the flavor profile.
Not bad, but not all that great either. This was certainly worth a try, but it really is too strong in alcohol, for me, to be an IPA. I do like that it is not overly heavy though, but it is still not something I want to drink more than a few ounces of. Still this is not bad in small doses.