maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 01/13/2009. Clear copper amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet resiny and citrus hop aroma with caramel hints. Resiny pine, floral and citrus hop flavor with a caramel background and lots of lingering bitterness. Medium full body with moderate carbonation and a sticky finish. 8/3/8/3/17 - 3.9
7/22/2006: From Immy’s Tasting. Slightly hazy amber color with a small tan head. Sweet floral hops aroma. Sweet caramel and floral hops flavor. 7/3/9/3/17 - 3.9 unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2006
I’ve had a 750mL bottle cellared for two years. Gave it to beerlamb for her 25th B-Day today. BOTTLE #8065 Poured a beautiful amber with a little bit floating around in it. Right from the cork, hop florals from the cork all the way to the bottlom of the rocks glass. Heavenly hop bitterness through the entire brew. From start to finish. If only every Flying Dog tasted as powerful as this masterpiece, American Double PA. A Hop Masterpiece! beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2006
(05.04.06) One pint, 9.4 oz green bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 10th anniversary limited edition no. 8695. 9% ABV. Limited edition 8695. Bottled September 2004. Poured hazy amber with long lasting large creamy white head. Soft carbonation. Intense hop bouquet. Medium bodied ale that starts with light malt sweetness. Malt, flowers and hop flavors. Smooth and rich tasting with complex character. Finishes with light malt fade and hop bitterness. Firm malt foundation. Well-balanced with edge towards hop flavor, not bitterness. An exquisite ale. Wish I had stocked up on this ale when I had a chance. atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a wonderfully built tight creamy head. Aroma is mixed with malts, sugars, and hops. Full aromas both sticky malt and vineous piney malts. Lots of aroma activity and ballance. Imeadietly impressed with the mix of flavor. Really full matlyness, not too sweet, but inviting. A bit of a biscut and tea character and noticable fruity citrus hops and a round alcohol finish. More fruityness in the form of strawberry flavor. Finishes meduim bodied with flavors mentioned earlier and a warming alcohol. Thanks to Kevin for including this as a bonus. fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
Copper, cloudy appearance with thin bubbly lacing head. Aroma is hoppy and caramel. Flavor is malt, hop, citrus, floral. Smooth creamy palate with hoppy burp finish.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2006
750-ml. all to myself, bottled Sept. 2004, No. 8657 and 9% ABV, for those of you who give a damn. CMUBEERMAN (442) - - FEB 1, 2006
Translucent amber-orange in color with a dusty, oily, grey flecked head. Consecutive pours would usually yield a foamy, orange tinted head and thick rungs for lacing. Aroma is hot dogging it with mango and grapefruit abrasions, some greasy potato chip bags, hints of alcohol content and some freesia and rose blossoms to provide touches of floral lightening. Decadent oily residue seeps in to welcome us to the flavor department. Thick orange, papaya and starfruit provide a citric shine, yet there’s no plateau or break of alpha absurdities (might be the nature of it’s age, but it lends itself to being one of the best balanced double pale ales that I’ve ever had.) No dactylic alcohol whatsoever. Nectarine cream melding with vanilla-orange caramel/toffee nips. Oily, thick, chewy and massive substance on the palate. Hefty malt bill with controlled carbonation and a sonorous, balanced motif that reminds me of Goose Island’s latest batch of the Imperial IPA. Finish winds down in like fashion, pulling on orange dream and hints of papaya enzyme. Subtle force and complexity, and a sheer delight to drink. I don’t think this one could have been any better than when I had it in its present state.
I shared one of these with Zeswaft a while back, I just remember that it was really citusy and didn’t hide the alcohol at all. doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Have had this in the cellar for well over a year. I expected this beer to lack some of it’s great hoppiness it had when I had a fresh bottl. However, the aroma certainly indicated that the hoppiness did not diminish. Unfortunately, while it smelled very hoppy, it sure didn’t taste very hoppy, at all. The head was great for a year old; it lasted forever and had excellent lacing. While the aroma was much hoppier than malty, the taste was the exact opposite. There was still some hops left and the alcohol had lessened quite a bit. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 Bottle 3353. Hop aroma of grapefruit, lemon, grass, and malt. Aroma is pretty subdued for the style. Pours murky amber with floaties. Nice frothy white head with some lacing. Initial flavor in dominated by citrus hops, and the caramel sweetness comes out as it works its way down. The earthy, grassy, resiny finish lingers nicely. One of flying dog’s better brews. Charging $11.99 for 750ml is a tad high for my budget. MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2006
Keg @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Very hoppy and sweet. Full bodied barley wine, to me. A bit too sweet in the long run and quite bitter for a barley wine. Demanding. Red fruits and grape seeds in aftertaste.