philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2010 rich42 (128) - USA - DEC 30, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
interesting cross between an IPA and barley wine. not nearly as hoppy as the bottle suggested - but still a nice bite. more of a spicy crispness than actually all that bitter. slightly sweet - but reasonably balanced by the hops and alchohol. almost creamy? surprisingly easy to drink and very enjoyable
Deschutes Brewing Company--Double Bale Quail Ale Imperial IPA--Hopvine Bottle--2002 Release--12 oz. Bottle--10.00% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial--Slightly hazy rich amber color. Light lace head. Thick aromatic pour. Malty floral hop front. Smooth thick sweet big caramel body overwhelms hops. Tangy hot rich hop balancing end. Imperial Barleywine IPA. Sampled 5/25/2003. BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - APR 28, 2008
San Diego Real Ale Festival - This was an interesting beer, I thought it was absolutely wonderful. This beer attacks your nose on several different levels as it does on your palate, which could be somewhat confusing. The hops are very aggressive and so is the yeastiness. This is one of those beers that is great right now, but will be even better in a year or two. This is a bit of a palate killer. I had to wait a few samples before I could really sample anything else, as the aggressive hops really did a number on my palate. who knew this recipe would go on to evolve in to so many later beers at the brewery. Lucky I got to try this one. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 9, 2008
12 oz. bottle pours an amber reddish hue with a two finger white head. Has a sweet caramel and floral hop smell. Medium bodied with a light carbonation. The taste is a faintly sweet caramel which is quickly pushed aside by a tart, hop and alcohol bitterness.
This brew tastes more like a Barleywine now than a Ipa . Not nearly as hoppy as it was two years ago when it was " fresh ". 2004 Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Gold with a white head and small spots of lace. Fruity nose with some bitter hops. Grapefruit and floral as well. Bitter hop flavors with toasted biscuitus and some yeast. Really bitter finish with some fruits. Oakes (18209) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
Orangey-amber colour. Chewy aroma with hint of malt and a big fat chewy character. Rich, resiny hop body with plenty of crystal malts as well.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Sampled bottled at Man Land, Portlandbeerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Hazy blonde, no head, nose of bright cascades & other floral hops. I can’t believe they’ve lived up this long! The flavor is nicely bitter & sweet, well aged with a hoppy finish. Yum!
Pours a very clear amber with a big white head that falls fast. Aroma has a nice balance of sweet malts and big citrus hops. Taste is similar with big sweet caramel front thats desperately needed to combat the big wall of citrus hops to balance it out, and trailing with a big grapefruit finish. This very nicely hides the big alcohol making a nice big IIPA. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Bottle pours a light caramel, somewhat cloudy, small fizzly white head, with sparce lacing. Butterscotch nose... slight phenols along with a subtle trace of pine & hops. Certainly smells sweeter than they did 2 years ago. A sharp bite immediately up front, somewhat thick, sweet, with a nice malty finish. Not as harsh with the bitterness as it was when it first came out. Body and mouthfeel are medium to full. Seems to have held up fairly well. Some slight lingering alcohol and apple skin.   Not bad! motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 21, 2004
’02 bottle at perkeo’s gathering. surprisingly hadn’t lost much of its hop profile over 2 years. pine and lychee aroma. plenty of fruit, some apple turnover, not that bitter but quite mellow and tasty Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Appearance: a dark, plummish brown color, and a slight, but solid cream-colored head.
"Imperial" IPA, that doubles as a barleywine, eh? Obviously the Imperialism reflects high alcohol, and that alone should catapult it into barleywine status, if I’m following their thoughts. With this strength, this hoppiness, and this flavor, it does!
Aroma: Fantastic! A buzzing hornet’s nest of hoppiness! Every kind of fruit is set ablaze and swolders away in this astounding nose. Dark cherries, berries, grapes, more, unfolding, showing more alcohol, resembling port wine, dark and leathery, fierce, peppery, stinging, occupying every sense orifice, and becoming akin to taking a deep inhalation of cognac.
Hops dominate the mouth on first sip, slowly commanding the senses. Alcohol pretty much takes control, and steers the outcome of every consumption from here on in. Malt does it’s part, too, but the hops, and the booze, never stop!
I’m spinning already, under this influence!
Perfectly tasty, lip-smacking texture! Very sweet, delicious, full-flavored!
Under more ideal circumstances, controlled laboratory tests, perhaps a more thoughtful or scientific discernment might result, but, alas, this was not my first taste of brew of the night, and I feel like I’m getting a triple whammy out of this bad boy! A small 12 0z. bottle, but a well-affected, and remembered, experience.
As tasty as I like my barleywines, much stronger than my favorite IPAs, oh, so over the top, but exquisitely created!
Good job, Deschutes, keep it up!