Scipio (1338) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2017 pras (602) - Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2017
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
For a heat head like me, this is the perfect beer. It has a burn, but not too much. It is enough to make me want more.
Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head. The aroma doesn’t offer much heat except for hints of pepper. Instead, we get herbal hops, mango, resin, apricot and a very light grapefruit. The taste is sweet. More importantly, there is a good burn here. Its not overpowering, but its enough to hold your attention. Other than some lesser mango and herbal impressions, the heat buries the rest of the flavors. Hot finish lingers for a long while. Medium bodied, thick in texture, and average carbonation. I like the burn, but its a little tame when compared the big boys of hot beers. I want my eyes to water. Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - MAY 4, 2017
Bottle thanks to beastiefan2k. Clear pale pour, small white head. Aroma is surprising tropical fruit and tea. A little spice, some grass, and backed up by thick caramel. Spice really hits on the tongue -- even beastie can’t be too disappointed by the amount of heat on this one (or maybe he can -- he’s his own man with his own threshold for disappointment). Big and spicy, sort of overpowers everything else, but not in a bad way (there are enough tropical burps to remind me there’s an ipa to back up the spice). Moderate bitter finish, lingering spicy peppery heat that makes its way from the back of the throat to the tip of the tongue. Light+ body, oily texture. Overall: experiment seems to work just fine (even though this is more of a novelty beer for me than a go-to repeater). hopdog (13374) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2017
12oz bottle. Poured a golden color with a white head. Fruity up front with a pepper burn finish. crossovert (14354) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2017
Blind tasted with 4 other IPAs. Beers were: 1. Flying Dog Heat Series: Experimental Pepper IPA, 2. Clown Shoes Baked Goods, 3. Hop Haus El Andy IPA, 4. Boulevard Tasting Room Series: Rosemary IPA, 5. Maui Haleakalā Sunryes. Rater 1 rated the beers: 42351, Rater 2: 21345, Rater 3 (ME) 1 23TIE 54, Rater 4: 13254.
DocLock (11254) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2017
355ml bottle. Clear golden pour. Aroma is juicy and fruity, peach pine, herbs. Flavor is fruity with a good burn in the throat.
Post tasting thoughts:
This was an outlier in a positive way, good spicy ipa.
Bottle from variety pack of peppers from proximate pub (Whole Foods). Poured clear straw with very frothy, white head. Nose was huge resiny hops, mango, tangerine, black pepper. Tastes hoppy, piney, with solid Scoville heat. Not nearly to the level of Ghost Face Killah or Stone’s Crime and Punishment duo, but this is a significant and relevant heat. The base beer is a solid IPA. LinusStick (3541) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2017
Decent beer. One of the most spicy beers I’ve ever had. Aroma was ok. Big and full of tropical fruit smells. I’m not a fan of the whole tropical fruit hop thing, but the aroma was really pronounced. Pour was a hazy light gold with a one finger white head. Taste was big and full of spice. The tropical fruit hoppy flavor started at first sip, but as soon as the swallow came it was dominated by strong hot pepper heat. The mouth and throat were on fire well into the finish. After the beer was done, there was a strong lingering heat like I just ate a raw jalapeño. Good carbonation. Great novelty beer. I would buy this again