notalush (5897) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Thanks to goldtwins for sharing - hazy reddish copper beer - spicy aroma, with notes of butterscotch and caramel - odd hop spiciness that doesn’t integrate well - a bit sweet, with apparent diacetyl - the alcohol comes out a lot as it warms - not that good. nearbeer (5523) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 9, 2007
650 ml. Hazy, darkish copper with a medium head that lasts well with nice glass frosting. Honey, orange peel, resin and granola aroma. Taste is orange frosting, turning to orange chewable kid’s aspirin, then to malty-orange pine resin and ending with a bitter citrus-herb grass. Palate is light-medium bodied and really smooth. Quality brew, but has the most purely orange hop flavor I have ever sampled, and this lends a sweetness that detracts after half a glass. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle: Caramel color, light head and light lacing. Nose of bright earthy citrus and pine, some citrus. The flavor is woody, light tobacco and bright acidity, lacking a malt backbone to backup the bitterness but isn’t under sweet per se. Bamboo? Interesting. DiarmaidBHK (5460) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle from Bruisin Ales. Pours light orange. It’s pretty clear. A bit floral on the nose. Kind of sweet on the tongue. A bit of hop bitterness on the finish. It’s pretty drinkable for an IPA I don’t think quaffable is the main attribute people are looking for in this style. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Tasted on 10/29/2010. OK I found this bottle sitting in the back of the beer closet, its 3 years old, I know that and the rating does take that into account. This Imperial India Pale Ale pours a medium copper gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is malt, biscuit, sweet and caramel. A medium bodied former Imperial IPA now a barley wine. The malts are very biscuity, caramel and malty. The hops are herbal and floral. Although this beer is probably a faint echo of what it was fresh, it has become a very nice barleywine. There is perhaps a touch of oxidation, but that is not always a bad thing in a barleywine. Nice balance. It was an interesting unintentional aging experiment. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
DialSquare (5113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Bomber from Proof bottle shop. Orange pour with a medium frothy off-white and good retention. Visible carbonation. Aroma is soft caramel, tropical fruit juice, bread and pine. Tastes lean a little to the malty side with caramel sugars and then some of the bitter herbal, floral, pine. Background citrus. Buttery medium texture. Can feel the warmth, but not evident in the taste. I tend to like the more bitter DIPAs, but this was quite good. Well played. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Bottle thanks to Mgumby in a recent trade. Pours a chill hazy orangey ligh amber with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is oragnley hops and some citrus notes, also some grass and becomes almost soapy. flavor is a clash betweenen some crackery base malts and some astringent and dull faded hops with some pine needle, ash, and orange scented soap. Astringent and almsot slick bitterness which doesnt linger very long. This is just average at best I think for a DIPA. jbruner (5026) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Pours a golden orange from the bottle with thin ring of off-white lacy head. Aroma is bready grain up front, then a nice piney hop presence on the back end. Taste is more resinous, nice grapefruit and pine notes from the hops with a bittersweet caramel malt finish. Pretty decent, a lot better than the normal Kashmir. ChainGangGuy (4909) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Appearance: Pours a rich, clear dark amber body with a lush, creamy off-white head.
Smell: Pungent, redolent aroma of resinous pine and fresh-smelling citrus fruits. Plenty of caramel malt ready to balance things out, though. As the beer warms and is allowed the breath, the alcohol really begins to perk up, as does a bright spice character.
Taste: The hops do not wait for the caramel flavor and sweetness to dissipate, right away you get smacked with the fruity citrus, pine needles, and all the bitterness help within. A distinct spiciness continues to build throughout. The hops and bitterness hold on relentlessly into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Hmm, I’d place it at the high-end of medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Rich, luscious mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Quite nice. I look forward to seeing how this one ages and whether or not Highland will continue this trend of releasing an imperialized version of their current beer line. An Imperial Black Mocha Stout might be nice. IndianaRed (4875) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Bottle poures a hazy medium amber. Snall of white head. Malty sweet BW like aroma. Hops are soft and faded. Thick bodied and a bit syrupy. Boce malts and brown sugar flavors with nearly enough IBUs. Slight cardboardy woody trailer.