tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2005
750 ml bottle champagne corked: pours a hazy burnt orange color with a creamy off white head. the aroma is of carmel and citrus, with some apricot/peach. there is a strong malt flavor up front with a balancing citrusy/piney bitterness. this is a really good beer. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Auburn jello murk. Massive cascade of foam races up the sides of the glass after the pour creating an impressive sized crown of big bubbly outlet cover white. It sits at length before slowly diminshing to a hefty skim. A storm of lace nearly blankets the entire top of the glass with gooey curtains of foam. Beautiful.
Aroma has a supurbly delicate nature to its heft with a lovely array of tangerine skins, pineapple pulp, lemon skins, and orange pith. Those citrus tones keep a good amount of the action going while a semi coating of sprucey pine and bold caramel decorate the back. Very fresh, very soft, and very juicy, all while keeping an adequate amount of bulkyness.
Taste is also quite soft, fresh, and yeilding with a mild orangey tone of multi-layered hops and a moderately present caramel pitch. Fluffy and full of citrus parchment along the sides of the palate. Partial leafyness is aquired within the hop character with a general agreement between orange skins, grapefruit skins, and tangerine pith. But I tend to think and taste oranges here. Big and juicy. The chewy caramel backing smoothes out letting a fittingly, late enduced, spruce coating emerge from the back. Gets much sweeter on the tooth as it sits, gaining a sugary hop juice candy echoing the orange/grapefruit/tangerine with a bit more squeeze in a souring slant late in the finish. Leaves a generous heep of hopified orange soaked spruce across the entire palate after each sip and seemingly begins to build a home on your palate. This really grew on me. The build up of hops got better and better as I went. Very nice.
Feel is just over medium with a certain beefynees to its hold and character. Balanced more to towards the hop end, which I didn’t mind as its overall softness and juicyness made for what I’ve come to like out of a Double IPA. One things for sure, it certainly turns your mouth to an orange-like cotton candy over time. Beautifully present, leafy, and citrufied juice layered hop housing from start to finish. Don’t forget the caramel chaser. Which actually doesn’t do much good as the orangey stuff just drives right through it like a snow plow through a dainty 3 inch snowfall. Wild dog is a big hop juice induced dreamsicle. Coming across with an orangey barleywine-like attitude that masquerades its aggressiveness very well. It’s Polite, but not letting go once you’ve engaged in its friendly game of bitterness and sweet citrus. beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Draft. Nice deep coppery ruddy brown. Nice citrusy aroma. Big malty sweet mouth and maybe hints of pears and carmel. Decent and appropriate bitter bite to finish. Some peppery alcohol warming. Body is nice and not thin. Well done. lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Provided by rajendra. Thanks Raj!
Pours a lightly hazy deep copper. Huge, dense, deep ivory head. Intense lacing, big and chunky. Aroma is lots of citrusy bitterness. A strong biting grapefruit smell wafting up from the foam.
Taste is HOPS. Lots of big, citrusy hops. However, the big fruity maltiness cuts through from time to time to remind you this beer is 10% ABV. A slight rough alcohol burn that fades as you make your way through the glass. Long hoppy burn as it goes down the gullet. Mouth is surprisingly creamy and smooth for such an assertive beer. Bitter citrus aftertaste, like orange rind. Full bodied and bold. Oh so tasty. In the words of RCM, "Good God Almighty! Yes indeed!" mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
hazy orange, off white head. grapefuity and pear aroma with roasted malt and hard candy. smooth mouthfeel. caramelized malty flavours with roasted carrot and orange, leafy, pithy bitter finish. tasty.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Heavy, sweet, resinous, fruity (pineapple, grapefruit) nose; slick, sticky and sweet malt front end with flavor to match; some pine, wood, and toffee notes; not a huge, but a substantial bitterness on the finish to go with the huge hop aromas and flavors; pretty balanced, complex and tasty jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Pours a rusty amber with a large creamy head that sticks around. Aroma is big piney and citrusy hops with a strong sticky sweet malt. Flavor is a mix of hard caramel and piney and citrusy hops. There is also a little smokeyness that I think comes from the deep caramel and bitterness mixing. Interesting with the deep hard caramel backing and very good but it just doesn’t beg me to drink it as much as some other IIPAs and American Strongs. fuzzywasabeer (35) - boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 3, 2005
orange to red in color, 2" 0ff white head, smells of sweet spice, taste is sweet with a little alc bite on the end, med-heavy body, not enough carbonation, nothing to back up the sweetness, might be good with some waffles. dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2005
dark color, big head. nice pine aroma, not as overpowing as some brews. i found the flavoe disappointing (perhaps because it is a bit medicinal). however, i could get used to it. a good entry. JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Silphium’s hiccup-inspiring offering at a tasting that I hosted last year. Really cool bottle, but, overall, a quite bland Double Pale Ale. The high alcohol was present throughout, actually covering some of the hoppiness that i was craving from it. Malts were caramelly with tingly alcohol. Some pininess and sappiness snuck through but would have been incredible to taste more.