ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2015
April 2015 bottle drunk 8/18/15.drsordr (2798) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2015
I tried to keep up on Great Divide’s beers for a long time, but they just pump the damned things out so quickly that I’ve long since kept current, but it’s nice to try a new one now and again...that being said, I was curious about this one, if not so hopeful. The appearance is a lovely burnished copper, good clarity and a creamy, light beige head atop with good retention.
In the nose, however, not that it smells bad, there’s just a ton of strong, sourdough-like oakiness and even more caramel. Smells very barleywine-like to me and much stronger than a 7.1% ipa. While the PNW hops are certainly there, adding light pine, plentiful orange rind and grapefruit, all of their potential brightening edge is sunk in to the caramel and oak and it seems round, sweet and heavy.
The mouthfeel, unsurprisingly, is very supple from all of the malt; at least there are no harsh/astringent wood tannins. Carbonation seems appropriate, medium-light but nicely tight/engaging. Obviously not meant to be compared exactly as an IPA, but even taking it for what it is, it’s just a lot of dull caramel sweetness, big toasted oak flavors and some misplaced bitterness and acidity from the hops. If you like over-the-top barleywines.....
Draft to taster pour avg gold with moderate white head. Nose slightly dank, some light floral hop, but not to strong. Taste strong slightly astringent bitter up front. Dank and slight vegetal mid palate mixed with sweet malt. Light bitter finish. hman43 (1747) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2015
It pours dark golden with an off white head. There are aromas of citrus and caramel. There are also hints of oak, vanilla, and pine. The flavors are pine and citrus with oak as the dominant flavors. It is moderately bitter on the palate. Jared_Clifton (127) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Pours a hazy unfiltered golden amber. Medium body. Great hop flavor, vanilla, and oakiness. Bitterness to end slightly stale towards the end of the beer. seymour (2093) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Poured from 12oz brown bottle into pint glass, a mostly-clear deep amber colour with moderate beige foam. Fairly typical APA/A-IPA traits: malty, rich caramel sweetness, slightly bready and toasty, with loads of citrusy and resiny hops. A bit coarser and muskier than most, with only the slightest trace of the advertised wood-aging. Very subtle oak tannins, vanilla, a little mushy oxidation. Medium body and carbonation, bittersweet aftertaste. Decent enough and drinkable but not nearly as complex as I’d hoped.
raymow (1732) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2015
on tap at Dog & Bull in Croydon - nice orangey color. Hoppy aroma. Nice hop flavor that could use a little sweetness. You can pick up the oak flavor from the oak aged barrels. Savage_Night (434) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Pours copper orange with a white head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: malty, caramel, pine, citrus, herbs, vanilla, woody, light tropical fruit, spice, herbal hops and light peppercorns. TASTE: spice, caramel, pine, citrus, herbs, vanilla, woody, hop bitterness, lightly boozy, peppercorns and light cinnamon. AFTER TASTE: spice, caramel, woody, vanilla and pine/hop bitterness with an oily rich finish. DeadRomance (38) - - JUL 26, 2015
355ml bottle. Pours dark orange, cloudy with a rocky head. The aroma is citrus, herbs and a lot of vanilla. The taste is very hoppy with a medium bitterness. Cybercat (6012) - Georgia, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Pours dark, opaque honey golden-brown with a nice buff head. Aroma is hoppy and woody with a malty undertone and a citrus hint. Flavor has woody hop, orange, and malty tones, tasty if not spectacular. Mouthfeel has firm, viscous body and strong fizz. Get ready to rumble. DrinkinWell (389) - - JUL 23, 2015
Pours an opaque, unfiltered amber, pretty frothy head, lots of lacing. Oak, vanilla, caramel on the nose. Creamy mouthfeel. Hoppy bitterness offset by sweetness from vanilla, caramel, toffee notes. Bitter at the front; sweet and smooth at the back. A really enjoyable IPA. A solid, drinkable beer.