Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Clear amber in color, not much head. Nice bready aroma, with I believe a little vanilla. Very well balanced, nice creamy beginning, vanilla in the middle and a touch of bitterness at the end. Finishes abruptly.....awesome. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2011
The beer pours a translucent, deep orangey-amber color with an off-white, average, pillowy, mostly lasting head which leaves tight, drippy lace. The nose is full of toasted caramel, vanilla, tannic French oak, slightly piney, some spicy notes, and underlying orange; simple, balanced, and pleasant. The flavor is similar with orangey and piney undertones, still spicy, faint vanilla, and plenty of toasted oak and caramel notes. The palate is medium to full, nearly lively, round, and just lightly dry. The beer finishes fairly long with lingering oak shavings, some vanilla, and piney bitterness. Fairly simple concept and simple notes but well balanced and pleasant to drink. Certainly the oak masks some of the hop notes and bitterness but still works well together. I am glad GD put out another American based beer. Alphadelic (2235) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2011
My first oaked IPA - Deliciously clear and chestnutty with an amazing foamy egg-white head. The nose is piney hops and a roasty malt profile; it’s mellow but aromatic. In the mouth the hops hit first with some bitterness and tangy resinous notes but then a flood of sweet vanilla meringue sugariness down to a woody depth in the throat. This is a phenomenal beer. It really is. Drinkable and moreish. I will definitely be buying plenty of this whenever I can get my hand on it. That1Guy (2236) - Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Red-orange pour with a little stickiness. Nose full of citrus hops and oak, plus maybe some vanilla. Flavor is similar but less captivating than the nose. Incredibly smooth, with a medium mouth-feel. Still excellent. RedSox2004 (1867) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Dark amber, almost brown, with an off-white head that left little lacing. Malt aroma up front accompanied by the expected oak and only a hint of grassy hops. Sweet caramel malt and vanilla flavors, with less than expected bitterness to offset them. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a sweetness in the finish that was not very pleasant.
RSRIZZO (1984) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2011
12oz bottle poured into a Shaker at 46°. Color is a deep golden with good carbonation and a small tight head. Aroma of fresh hops, malt and a touch of pine. Medium body that gives a rich smooth mouth feel. Flavor comes in sweet letting the malt show first then the hops jump in with a big pine, citrus and a mild bitterness. After taste slightly dry as the citrus and pine hang and a faint oak taste shows. Overall its a very good brew just a little heavy on the citrus and the oak doesn’t come out enough. beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Not super impressed by this one. GD IPA’s are hit and miss for me. Not getting the pine and citrus. Heavier on the vanilla and oak notes. Pours a brown orange. Aroma is pretty muted. adnielsen (10601) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Bottle @ home. Burnt orange appearance with a white head. Lightly woody, earthy, slightly piney, light grapefruity nose. Woody, earthy, slightly piney, fairly malty flavor. The wood aging milds the brew somewhat. Pretty good. Marheb (5717) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 18, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 Magnifique couleur orange limpide avec une tête épaisse qui disparait peu à peu. La vanille et un bouquet sobre d’amertume en arôme, léger mais bien balancé avec la robustesse du chêne. Au goût on se retrouve avec une version moins riche de la ’’Burton Baton’’, plus mince en bouche et moins amère. La vanille est définitivement puissante. Efficace. anders37 (26156) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2011
Draft @ SBWF 2010. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty grapefruit hoppy aroma with hints of caramel. Sweetish malty hoppy bitter grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy finish.