duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2004
Bottle, vintage 2002. Lots of lychee and hops in this one, sweetish as usual and alwasy lots of flavour. Not much else buts hops in the flavour. PorterPounder (7970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2003
Pours with a murky orange color with a tight white sticky head which dissipates quickly. Pleasant fruity, malty aroma - slight whiff of molasses. Excellent thick mouthfeel. Flavor - more akin to a barleywine but more hops present. Alcohol is evident but not overwhelming. Cascade hop flavor is dominant but not to the point of being cloying. Finishes strong. A good nightcap before bed. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 18, 2003
Orange brown color. Medium head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with a touch oak. A full bodied Imperial IPA/barley wine /American Strong Ale. Malts are nutty and somewhat sweet. Hops are grapefruity, piney and spicy. A big very hoppy beer. Touch of oak and fruit. This beer is hop dominate, there is no attempt to even try to balance the malts. The hops balance each other out, but there is no attempt to meet the malts. Hides the 10% alcohol very well. Finish is nicely oaky. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, crisp and oaky. Aftertaste is bitter, with a touch of alcohol bite. MrDick (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 2, 2003
The last keg of Double Bale Quail Imperial IPA was on keg at Toronado last week. Poured into a cute little 10oz glass - seemed to have very little smell but my allergies could have been wrecking havoc with my sense of smell. Nice balance of hops and malt. The malt easily rolls over your tongue but the hops smacks you upside the head to remind you that it's there. Sweet malty flavors of caramel and bubblegum. Very smooth drink given that it's 10%. Make a limited release again! TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2003
2002 Vintage. Reddish brown body with a non-existent head. Hoppy, woody nose. Smells similar to the Leviathan from Fish Tale. The first taste is divine! Wondefully hoppy and bitter taste on the tongue mellows a little and then becomes spicy with a lightly bitterted aftertaste. Barely taste the 10% alcohol. This is good. Wish I had more of it!
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2003
Weird, cause it says its an imperial ipa, but its clearly a barleywine. Smooth at first with the barley wine flavor kicking in later with a twisting sour bitterness to it. It has an oil and laquer feel to it. raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2003
2002: Hazy,darker,oarnge colored beer. Off-white,head of very,small,bubbles. Big earthy,herbal hop aromas.Significant toasted malts and small alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick and fizzy. Very sweet malt flavors.Spicy hop flavors linger on the roof of the mouth.Pretty chewy. Wet,sappy, hop finish. Great earthy/toasted malt in finish as well. Andrew196 (1903) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2003
Damn, they sure masked the alcohol well in this beer. Very crisp and hoppy, this beer really let the sweet maltiness come through in a nice way as it warmed. JorisPPattyn (10004) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2003
Orange-amber. Small, dissipating, yellowish head. Vineous, some chalk, some hops and orangepeel. Bitter; hops, but even more roasted malts. Glimmer of sweet malt underneath, but the roasted varieties reign. Long bittereffect. Extremely full-bodied, chewy. Aftertaste is just the prolongation of all those hops. It’s better than some hopmonsters. Especially the mouthfeel pleases me. Still, it remains a bit lopsided.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - APR 20, 2003
Bottle. Average looking. Strong, complex, and difficult to rate. The aroma wasn't as vigorous as I was thinking it would be: sweetness, mint, but no hoppy grass clippings like most west coast IPAs. Excessively dry mouthfeel and I didn't like the finish either. Somehow the flavor was complex and boring at the same time. The 10% was well disguised. I don't feel like I got a good idea of what this beer is really about.