Marheb (6193) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2015 FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a fat, two-finger thick, nicely amber stained, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright metallic, red-copper hue when held up to the light. You can tell this is viscous as the carbonation struggles to work its way up through the beer. The aroma is bright and hoppy; ample notes of lychee, concentrated tangelo zest, kumquat, floral peach and guava are noticeable. The herbal / woody side of the hops plays a supporting role here, but still adds notes of lemon grass, touches of woody / pine notes, and just a touch of dank spiciness. If you really dig for it you get a whole grain bread like malt character and some sweet, at least slightly, caramelized malt character as well.
Viscous and chewy, but not nearly as much as I was expecting from a rye beer of this strength. The beer is bitingly bitter with a linger pine like and herbal hop character that plays a much bigger role in the flavor than it did in the aroma. The bitter, somewhat astringent, green hop bitterness really lingers on the palate in the long finish. Bright, fruit laden hop notes of lychee, kumquat syrup, marmalade, ruby-red grapefruit, and concentrated citrus oils. This has a spiciness to it, mostly from the hops, but accentuated by the malt; peppery, woody in character, and definitely herbal, with a dank, earthy, skunky, marijuana like note to it towards the end.
I am so glad this was not murky and muddled like the unfiltered test batch; this has a bright hoppiness to it that is only slightly grounded (and in this case in a good way), by the earthy, spicy rye character. This is definitely a sipping brew, it is thick enough, and bitterly hoppy enough that one glass of this is enough.
(En fût à la brasserie): Feuilles mortes, poivre, accents sulfureux et amertume abrasive sur corps riche et résineux. Ibrew2or3 (8828) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Poured up on tap at the brewery where it exhibits a crystal clear amber to copper body that supports a thin light tan head. The modest aroma offers up sweet malts, spicy hops and a rye sensation intermingled with the hops. The taste delivers a smooth palate and quickly gets into pine hops and a spicy rye goodness. It gets a little floral hop like around the edges and then slides into the finish with a thin yet adequate malty backbone. Solid. ajnepple (7104) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2014
On tap at The Perch Pub & Brewery. Amber and clear appearance with an off-white head and sticky lacing. Aroma of resinous hops, caramel, light toffee, pine and light citrus. Similar flavor, strong and bittersweet with a boozy finish. Medium to full body. Scroll past. maley1 (1301) - Calgary, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
Clear amber-orange pour with medium sized cream colored head. Aroma of rye, malts, caramel, grapefruit and hops. Taste of caramel, rye malts, orange peel, grapefruit, pepper and massive hops. Full bodied, medium carbonation and a full assault on the taste buds from the rye malts, peppery dry finish and huge hops. A little too aggressive. BelgianBeerGal (4160) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Fate AZ guest tap. Clear ruby, bronze color with a white head and sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and ruby red grapefruit. Flavor is well balanced with sweet malt, hop bite and a lingering bitterness that actually builds. Nice
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Clear amber pour with a brown eggshell colored head. Rye,caramel, toasted malt, and light hints of citrus. Flavor is nicely rye’d with nice caramel malt. Very nice. arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark orange-red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of dark caramel, toffee, slight earth, lots of spice, grass and herbal notes, hints of a bit of sweet orange marmalade as well. Taste is a mix of orange, grass and spice into rye, yeasty notes, caramel and toffee balance it out finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter. highibus (823) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2013
On tap at world of beer. nice spicy aroma goes perfect with the deep chestnut color and white lacy head. flavor hits hard spicy hops on the back of the tongue. rounds out to give some spiciness and a light sweetness. great heer Crispy34 (496) - Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Draft. Aroma is hoppy with some spice. Appearance is a brown with a creamy head. Taste is a skunky hop bitter that finishes very dry. The aftertaste is a funky hop mess. Overall, a decent double ipa, good for such a young brewery.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2013
On draft at Papago, amber red pour with an off white head. Aroma is hoppy goodness with some nice earthy and citrusy flavors busting through. A nice hoppy bitter finish. An excellent DIPA!