maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a somewhat thick white head. Nose has some very hoppy elements to it in more of the resin/grass family, and seems very inviting. Taste is a little bit bitter, but the oakiness comes through nicely as a good complement to the beer. Very interesting... warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 11, 2013
22 oz. bomber. Hazy orangish amber with a thin off-white head and really good lacing. Smell is caramel, raisins, piney hops, citrus, and definitely oak and vanilla come through as well. Taste is big, lots hops and caramel. Also the oak and bittering hops play well off each other, with the vanilla and caramel notes lingering on the tip of the tongue. Has many of the characteristics of a barleywine, big and complex. Noticeable alcohol, but not as a negative. Has a big beer mouthfeel that coats your palate in between sips. This is a good one.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Ret12 (454) - Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2013
This was one delicious double ipa. Very heavy beer with a thick feel. Poured a dark golden almost orangish color. Very happy with a big malt backbone perfectly balanced superspak (6232) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear orange copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, grapefruit, caramel, floral, light pine, oak, honey, toast, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop flavors; with a very balanced malt backbone and light-moderate oak presence. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, orange rind, floral, light pine, grass, caramel, honey, oak, toast, and floral earthiness. Light floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus rind, caramel, floral, grass, pine, honey, oak, toast, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a very balanced malt backbone with oak that isn’t overdone, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice oak aged DIPA. All around great balance and nice complexity of hop/malt/oak flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. GnarlyGnome (673) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle: pours a nice amber color with a light tan head. Aromas are fruity and citrusy hops, with a splash of hops. Taste is nice, pine and citrus from the hops, oakiness and finishes clean. This is very nice! Refreshing alternative to lots of other oaked beers.