bigbish (715) - California, USA - AUG 3, 2011
A very good, well balanced IPA. Great malt flavors and not overly hoppy. Very full bodied. A nice change of pace from other overhopped IPAs. DiarmaidBHK (5647) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Pours slightly orange from draft with a thin white head. Some notes of pine on the nose. Some hop flavor on the tongue. It’s a fairly drinkable IPA for non hopheads. Finishes clean. Not bad. bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2011
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. The body proved darker than a typical ipa, which likely reflects the aging, although this dark orange-russet color will be familiar to those of you who drink GDBC’s Titan ipa with any regularity. A one-finger head quickly dissipated to rings, and the beer’s time on oak reduced carbonation to a faint presence on the palate. Yet the beer still tasted refreshing, even in July in Georgia, thereby bringing some ineffable "ipa-ness" through the oaking process. I assume that this reflects the judicious use of wood to enhance and transform, rather than smother, existing notes. Oaky vanilla becomes more notable as the beer warms, with sawdust and green wood notable after you’ve been sipping it for a half hour or so. And you may as well linger over it, because the biggest fault of this beer is that it is a seasonal rather than a year-round offering. Cavie (4769) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Bottle from the Cap & Hare. Pours a clear oragish brown color. Light white head. Aroma is light hops, wood, and some alcohol bourbon. Flavor is light wood, some hops and a bit of smacky alcohol. Bitter finish. SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy amber with beige head. Aroma of fresh oak, malt, caramel, nut and earthy hop. Flavor is much the same with a drying oak aftertaste.....bit spice as well.....nice bitter at the end as well. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, solid brew!
strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Draft. Amber color, clear, light head. Caramelly hoppy aroma, nice taste with balance of bitterness. Good ipa. Niko100 (2978) - Chicago, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Nice amber/gold color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of floral hops, caramel malt, some vanilla, & citrus; Flavor of slight sweet malt, oak, pine hops, citrus (notably grapefruit), and caramel; Finish is bitter; Nicely balanced; Different overall - pretty decent. Johnsense (1734) - - JUL 28, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2016 Pours clear dark amber with a finger plus of head which leaves traces of lace as i drink. Aroma of caramel malts, Vanilla, Hops and oak, with neither overpowering the other. Taste of Oak, pine, and sweet malts that prevail in the end. The low carbonation is my only complaint - the beer seems a tad watery in the mouth. Overall I liked it and would try it again. mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2011
The color from the wood aging shows through and the nose is full of hops. A hint of sweet malt followed by very pungent hops and some lingering vanilla and caramel. This is no timid beer. The hops are more prevalent than the oak for sure, but this is great for hop heads looking for a bit of a change. Quite bitter, and a nice 7.1% ABV. Dogbrick (13518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Sample at Dad & Dude’s. This brew pours a clear copper color with a medium off-white head that diminishes to an outer ring. Aroma of hops and caramel malt. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character that has citrus and pine qualities. Notes of oak and caramel as well. The finish is hoppy with a lingering citrus aftertaste. Above average overall.