RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Deep red pour with off white head. Nose is all hops...pine and grapefruit. These flavors predominate along with a hint of cattiness, on top of the caramel/toffee malt base. These guys do so many great IPAs on a regular basis, that when they do one that’s just good it tends to disappoint me a bit. That being said, still very nicely brewed. dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2009
mug club tapping at brewpub. hazy reddish color, tiny off white bubbles, nice lacing. the aroma is piny hoppy, citrus hoppy. flavor follows aroma, perhaps with a trace of armpit. medium bodied, bitter finish. supremely bitter, which is a plus, but not very complex either. MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2009
On tap at Flossmoor Station and served in an English pint glass. This IPA poured a dark reddish amber with a one-finger thick head of tan foam that slowly settled into a lasting ring. Some light lacing was left around the glass. The aroma was loaded with grapefruit and pine. The flavor was also full of hops. Not abrasively bitter, but not much malt comes through either. Mainly a lasting Chinook bitterness. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and clean. Light carbonation. A decent IPA, but not one of my favorites from Flossmoor. DrnkMcDermott (3101) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Purple waxed bottle from 2009. Another IPA I’ve held on to for too long. Those bomber just look so cool stacked up in cartons in my cellar. And the gold logo is way off center on the bottle, too! So. A lot of malty smell when opened, this has gotten a bit of phenol and oxidation, but just enough to give it kind of a barley soda smell. Hops have settled down to a sight citrusy note. Taste is pretty good, though. Malt taste has deepened and gotten just a tad sweeter. Hops are still there mostly as a bitter background. Like I said, a bit more soda character, but still great as going-on-four-year-old IPAs go. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bomber- purple wax. One of my least favorite of the 3 we had- pours much darker than the otehrs with a thinning head. Aroma is a bit more dull than the othes as well- perhaps past its prime? Chinook and Amarillo hops are hardly noticed- just seems like some light citrusy cascade, and some wet paper going on with some deep caramel malts in there as well. Flavor is still not as hoppy as expected- dull, tea-like, slight oxidation, sharp crystal malts, and a hint of coppery metal in the finish. Meh.
j12601 (12000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle at Captain Lawrence during the release of Smoke from the Oak Apple Brandy Barrel. Pours a hazy brown with a thin white head. Caramel and toffee on the nose, not much hop presence though. The body is rather empty and has some weird flavors going on. Finishes up with a nice grapefruit bitterness, but not enough to really save the beer.