DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Had this the night before the June 25th release. Recieved in a tulip. Out of all the beers I had while there, this may very well have been the best. Most of the review is copied and pasted from the regular Matriarch review with changes made when necessary.
4.0 A: Clear medium orange color. Came with a small creamy, off-white head.
5.0 S: Hop forward despite the ABV (I could swear it was listed at higher than 8.5%). Plenty of grapefruit, pine, and unbelievable amounts of pineapple. Easily the most pineapply brew I’ve ever had. Super intense mango and some papaya. Light crystal component and a "fresh mountain streaminess." This one has a marginally hoppier nose than the regular version, but otherwise pretty much the same. Both versions are pretty much perfect.
5.0 T: Taste is incredible. Unlike the regular version, which failed to capture the intensity of the nose in the taste, this one is fucking powerful. Tons of tropical fruits with pineapple, mango, and papaya being the strongest. Underneath there is pine, grapefruit, and orange. Soft moderate bitterness, lightly bready malts, and just a touch of booze. Really a treat.
4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lingering bitterness. The extra hop additions have completely transformed the creaminess of the mouthfeel. This one is indeed quite creamy and incredibly smooth.
5.0 D: Excellent beer. Nearly perfect all around. To be honest I’m a bit shocked that the dry-hopping has made this beer what it is. A must try for anybody who likes beer or fruit.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 06-27-2011 16:58:59
MrBunn (2867) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Earlier Rating: 6/28/2011 Total Score: 4
Had this the night before the June 25th release. Received in a tulip.
3.5 A: Clear medium orange color. Filled to the top and thus no head.
5.0 S: Hop forward despite the ABV (I could swear it was listed at higher than 8.5%). Plenty of grapefruit, pine, and unbelievable amounts of pineapple. Easily the most pineapply brew I’ve ever had. Super intense mango and some papaya. Light crystal component and a "fresh mountain streaminess."
4.0 T: Taste is very good, but fails to capture the intensity of the nose. Soft moderate bitterness, lightly bready malts, and just a touch of booze. Pine and grapefruit are most intense with tropical fruits under that.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier. Lingering bitterness.
4.0 D: Solid beer. Excellent nose with a good taste. Mouthfeel could be creamier, which is how I like my DIPAs.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 06-27-2011 16:48:37
On tap at Jackie O’s. Pours gold with a decent head and huge aromas of mango, papaya, pineapple and a hint of resin. The papaya was a particular shock to me. Very strong presence in both the nose and flavor. Booze is obvious (board says 11.9% on this batch) and it says "Beware!" DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2014 Had this yesterday, on tap at the brewpub, served in a tulip. Listed as 9.5% ABV when I tried it. Was totally blown away. Slightly hazy amber color, nice thick layer of creamy off-white head. Lots of lace. So creamy and smooth, yet big bodied, that it almost feels like a nitro (also tried the nitro version today, it had that typical-nitro super-creamy head and appearance, with more even lace. Was very smooth, awesome, and recommended). Very light and crisp carbonation. Awesome, humongous yet not too harsh hop aroma. Some nice warmth, a reasonable amount, in my opinion. Really great amount of bitterness - not overwhelming, and that little bit of alcohol warmth makes this brew a great sipper that will hold your attention and command your respect. Excellent citrus-y resin-y pine-y powerful hop aroma. Best beer I’ve had in a while. Also tried the 2x dry-hopped version today on the other side... Much spicier, resiny hoppy taste. Very interesting and unique and even more powerful aroma. Great nose, with an almost oregano-like taste. Overall, they were all excellent, but I enjoyed the classic the most, followed by the nitro, followed by the dry-hopped. 9/5/8/5/18Sheerbrewing (117) - Athens-Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Re-rate, on tap at the brewpub on 5/22/2014: I figured I had to re-rate this 4.5 at some point. And what better time than now? I’m on my way to Maryland for my sister’s graduation in from University of Maryland, she’s in the ROTC commissioning as an officer. I figured I may as well stop by Athens for a night. I’ve already had a few tonight, but I figured I had to try this version of Matriach, my highest-rated Jackie-O’s beer ever, before I go... Especially considering that this version is labeled 11.9 goddamn %. A true "Triple IPA". Back in my day, I thought Matriarch was more of a 9% double IPA? This is truly a different animal. Served in a 10oz tulip. Pours a clear orange color. Leave a good thin of-white head. Leaves an awesome, thin off-white head. Leaves very nice thicker ridges and rows of lace. Nose is big resiny hop, and caramel malt up front. Tons of caramel, toffee, and almost rye-like spicy malt. Big pine, some orange citrus, and some spicy heat. Maybe a hint of onion, but I don’t mind it. I was looking for it, a beer of this category, I can’t help but think of Devil Dancer... Bigger sweet taste, and bigger bitterness too. Alcohol is well-hidden. I mean, you get a bit of heat, but it works for 12%. It’s a big, hoppy heat.. A bit different from the kind of heat I got from Devil, and much more fresh hop aroma than I got from, say, Double Crooked Tree. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lightly soft, lighter carbonation. Kind of dry finish. My original rate was a 4.5, now I’m looking at a 4.2. This is still a fantastic Triple IPA. Probably the best I’ve ever had, even though it wasn’t called that when I originally had it. It’s playing the role now, though. Damn impressive stuff. Just some sweet hop resin, is what this is. And so convenient, that it comes in right at 11.9% percent.. Always very on-point in such a clutch way with the ABVs, aren’t you Jackie-O’s...?
Aroma is fantastic hops are fruity and citrus. Pours a hazy dark amber. Great hop taste litterly feel like there should be a couple whole cone hops in the bottom. Great malt balence for a dipa but the hops are definitely the star. Little bit of an alcohol burn, couple of these will set u straight. This beer exemplifies all the triaits that I expect in a dipa. corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Bomber shared by kp at the Travel Lodge.
Pours a slightly hazy golden yellowish orange cor with glden yellow hues when held to a light source, visible carbonation bubbles and a thin white foam head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a thin lasting ring.
Slight earthy hop aroma with a sweet citrus and tropical fru aroma. Hints of pineapple, mango, orange peel and grapefruit. Slight biscuit Graham cracker malt also present in the nose.
Dy earthy pine hops up front with a decent amour of dry bitterness that lingers throughout over the sweet citrus and tropical fruit flavors and subtle biscuit graham cracker mal backbone. Lots of luscious tropical mango and pineapple along with grapefruit, lemon and orange peel. Dry finish. Very quaffable.
Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Bottle. Pours a golden body with an off white head. Hoppy tones with citrus, grapefruit, and some light pine tones. Very tropical with a pineapple and sweet fruit punch sweetness. An awesome IPA. SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
A-I really like the body to this one. A nice uniformly foggy medium amber colored DIPA. Unfortunately the off-white head pretty much immediately fades to a thin collar and no lacing is left behind.
S- Though somewhat faded the nose still packs a pretty good punch. Lots of citrus tones, earthy hops, and a big caramel malt backbone. A hint of pine comes through as well.
T-Caramel malt is the main character with accents of citrus. Just a hint of pine comes through for the finish. Minimal hop aftertaste.
D-Great. Smooth and oily with high and prickly carbonation-medium weight body.
O- Given that this was bottled in November you can tell that the hops have faded a bit but there’s still a lot of flavor left in this brew. It would be optimal if I tried it fresh when the hop profile was probably a lot brighter. Still though-a very well put together, smooth, oily DIPA full of flavor.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-13-2010 22:49:11 decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Orange pour with creamy off white head and lace. Large citrus aroma and caramel malt. Large sweet caramel malt, bready, and large citrus bitter. Medium full bodied with good carbonation. A well balanced beer. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2010
22. pours a cloudy dark toffeeish amber. big dense grapefruit nose. creamy medium body, slightly more subdued carbonation but still fully present. very grapefruit pithy mid palate, long resiny finish.