JaBier (8027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Bottle sampled as a bonus beer at the Belgian tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 7/16/09. Pours cloudy amber with a thin beige head. Smells like a loaf of bread. Grainy malt aroma with a bit of hop. Equally bready flavor with some sugar and a bitter boozy finish. Was hoping for a bigger version of Loose Cannon or at least a beer that’s comparable to that one. Not even close. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Bottle and served in my GI IPA tulip: Clean coppery hue with a nice fluffy white head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of Juicy Fruit gum, mango, pink grapefruit and peaches along with a biscuity and carmel malt nose. There is touch of resiny pine and pepper as well. The taste nicely bitter and fruity balanced by a sweet malt profile. Very light hop spice and minerally finish. A slight alcohol kick upon the finish. The mouth feel is sticky and oily with a light bite around the edges. While this is hardly Pliny, Dread or Hopslam, it is not a badly brewed beer either. Just not a hop bomb that is more just an American Strong Ale than IIPA. (note, if you burp up piney hops then it is still an IIPA ;-} ) CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Pours a transparent bright copper orange with a thin, wispy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of citrusy pine, oranges and sweet caramel malt. Starts with good fullness and sticky malty sweetness along with some juicy resiny flavor hops before a drier bittersweet finish. A pretty good double IPA that errs on the side of sweetness. HomebrewerDan (1) - USA - JUL 21, 2009 does not count
22 oz bomber - Wow! It’s very nicely hoppy as hoped for, but what’s different in a good way is it seems heavy on flavor hops and aroma hops, while less heavy on the bittering. Still a strong bitter ale, the flavor is fully revealed with less punch in the mouth; although at 10.6 ABV, you still may feel stunned. The alcohol is definately there, but is balanced well between the heavy orange amber malt, the heavy hops, and a light caramel taste that lingers as you contemplate your last and next sips. It’s a sipping D-IPA for sure. Maybe I’ll call it the Big Sippa. Thanks Clipper City! cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Gorgeous burnt copper body with an amber tint. It holds a 1/2" off white head and provides really great lacing. Soapy hop aroma backed by citrus, especially some big lemon scents. The hops give way to a sweet, bready malt aroma. Moderately bitter for the style, very malty and really smooth. It’s drinkable as hell for such a fresh, big beer. Evergreen and citrus flavors along with the soapy, sticky hops. Caramel and raisin influences followed up by some biscuits. Tame DIPA, but it has plenty of good depth in the flavor and aroma. I could actually see this cellaring quite nicely into a a fine barleywine style.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2009
22oz bomber, served in a snifter. Clear amber pour with a one-finger thick head of beige foam that slowly faded away. Decent lacing. The aroma was pretty tame for a bottle this fresh. Light tangerine and caramel. The flavor had lightly spicy pine, oranges, and some sturdy caramel. Moderately bitter and fairly sweet. Full-bodied, softly carbonated. Comes across more as an American barley wine than a DIPA. Nothing special. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2009
The DIPA is one of the "biggest" and most popular styles of craft beers. As a result, there are a lot of them that are exceptional. Along with RIS, there is probably no style that has more great beers in it. DIPA is a popular and great beer style; however, I felt that this was a pretty average example of this style. An enjoyable beer, no doubt, but not really top of the stack when it comes to DIPAs.
Color is a very appealing and deep ruby red. Head is pretty abundant at first, but doesn’t last long. Aroma is some booziness, grainy-ness, a touch of vegetable-ness, and some hoppiness. Flavor is more sweet and cerealy than anything, although is definitely a boozy note and some hops present too. However, the hops are not really the big thing you take away from this beer...it is more warming in the chest, alcohol esters, and sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel is a little on the thick and sticky side.
I enjoyed this beer, but didn’t really think it to be exceptional when it comes to DIPAs. I’d still recommend it though. I bought my bottle at Blacklick Liquors on Broad Street in Columbus/Blacklick/Reynoldsburg. joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2009
22oz bomber-dark red with a mild white head. citrusy hop nose. a good degree of hop bitterness before a lot of hop flavor, displaying herbal and citrusy notes, the alcohol balances the beer combined with some maltiness. some fruity yeast esters present at the finish. a very nice version of the style. great beer BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2009
It’s fine, I guess. Maybe it’s too balanced - I like DIPA to have hops that smack me down - this one is too "nice". Pretty malty, as you can immediately tell by the color. Smooth frothy head. I guess I prefer west coast and midwest dipas more than what I’ve tried from the east coast. This reminds me of the Harpoon Leviathan.
tjthresh (1873) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2009 Pours a dark rusty orange with some white head and one ring of lace. The nose is pretty hop forward with lots of citrus rind and pulp, and there’s a bit of bready malt to go with. The flavor is big on bitterness, but I don’t get a whole lot of hop goodness. Pretty malty with a syrupy mouthfeel. A bit warm with a long finish. Worth trying if you see it, but I wouldn’t seek it out. I will add that at $6.50 a bottle, I think its a good value.