BuckeyeBoy (8500) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2016 Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: Nearly a very hoppy barley wine. Suppressed the alcohol fairly well.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark, reddish amber with a small to average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel malt; light to moderate pine, citrus and metallic hops; brown sugar; maple syrup; and alcohol. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet and moderate to heavily bitter with and average to long duration. There was caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, pine hops, some citrus hops, more pine hops, sugar water, maple syrup and honey. The medium to full body was a bit oily and then dry with lightly fizzy carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish.
12oz bottle pours out amber topped with a sand head. Nose is pine hops toffee caramel malts. Taste is more of the sweet malts and a nice pine citrus hop. PanMarek (463) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2016
The hops dominate the malt in the nose, lots of pine and resin almost an earthy note to it. Cloudy dark amber pour with small white foam. The taste too is almost all hops, with some citrus tartness coming through. Medium body with light to medium fizz. Strong bitter finish with notable alcohol burn.
Sampled at Pittsburgh Big Pour 2015.
jgb9348 (6484) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Hazy light amber and deep copper coloured body with a single centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of honey, resin, alcohol, pine, sap, apricots and sugary alcohol. Full-bodied; Assertive apricot and honey flavour with a lot of resin and pine right behind with some malt, caramel, toffee and much more alcohol burn near the end. Aftertaste shows some heavy body, syrupy apricot sweetness and a lot of hop bitterness with very little else. Overall, a very high alcohol and apricot sweet heavy beer with a big body and little room for anything else. That said, it isn’t the worst beer, but just an Imperial IPA with a relatively narrow focus and heavy body/alcohol content. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Tampa, Florida on 03-January-2014 for US$3,99, sampled on 30-October-2015. This bottle states an ABV of ’only’ 10%.
Bottle Best By: 31-Dec-2013 (Lot 348) // Purchased: 03-January-2014 // Sampled: 31-October-2015 douglas88 (9632) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear dark amber color with a medium white head. A big malty sweet pine nose. A big sweet malty barley wine like IIPA, sugary toffee, pine, some citrus, orange peel. Very enjoyable. Big, sweet, smooth. Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Poured a semi hazy orange color with a white head. Aroma was of stale oxidized hops caramel and alcohol. Flavor was similar first, but then started. To move towards a barleywine which I appreciated
DialSquare (5132) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2015
on tap world of beer at easton mall. orange pour, off white head. aroma of perfume, citrus. tastes same with resiny, light bitter. ok. 6.8 pet3rman (380) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Below average effort. Moderate hops and bitterness. 9% etoh way too evident... Not enough going on to cover it. keepersj12 (3137) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Another decent DIPA. This one has the typical aroma and flavor for the style. Like the Ithaca before, nothing special and again I ask, why do we have to look for the specials? Can’t we enjoy a good beer in it’s own style. Dogbrick (13789) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2015
This beer is a clear orange-amber color with a medium bone white head that recedes gradually. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, hops and grainy malt. Medium to full body with flavors of resiny hops, fruit and sweet malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a piney hops aftertaste. Decent overall. alexsdad06 (10821) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle sampled at Natifest (from notes). Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have citrus, grapefruit, herbal hops, caramel and toasted bready malts, moderate bitterness, some alcohol is warming and noticeable in the flavor, ok.