Dacrza (1036) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2017 stunetii (90) - Bergen, NORWAY, - AUG 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Purchased at Fireside in Strasburg, PA. Overall, this was a pretty good IPA, but with a balance that was almost devoid of malty notes. Pours with a hazy amber color, producing a solid standing white head with tight and sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, as the name suggests: sweet, with florally, mildly fruity and piney aromas. The taste is almost all hops; notable malt hints would have made this a better IPA. It starts out sweet, with notes of pine and tropical fruits, that transitions to a dry and hoppy finish.
DATE: September 8, 2017... OCCASION: the night before Soccer Season 2017 begins... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... pours a nice dark amber body that sports bubbles, though one must strain his eyes to find them, dense as it is... the head is white, thick, clumpy, and uneven, while the lacing arcs, creamy and staying... the first breath is pure resin, thick caramel, apple, rum, and stone fruit... a creamy body that lights a fire of sorts, with a dry, thick, lingering finish that coats the throat... a thick, almost molasses-like draw makes for a sippable brew... the caramel pushes the profile, with the resin and fruitiness a secondary flavor... apricot, orange float in... this boozy, swagging DIPA is more balanced than many I have had, with enough puckering citrus to tantalize for the next sip... picked up as a singleton from a build-your-own, this offers a bourbon-like sweetness, rewarding the slow draw with some band-aid Islay scotch aroma as well... almost better than the sum of its parts... I would revisit this again, and enjoy that Lancaster attempted to balance this, even at 9.3% ABV... jcartamdg (3535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Pours a light golden orange with a thick white head. Aroma of citrus and malt. Taste is lemon zest, sweet malt with a dry grapefruit finish. Very different, haven’t had an IPA with that much of a lemon presence Bricks (1150) - Delaware, USA - AUG 31, 2016
Nice reddish appearance, not much head. Aroma is sweet, quite malty.. with some hoppiness, maybe some vanilla and citrus. Smells almost like a barley wine. Tastes like your standard IPA in a blanket of malt. Some alcohol and bitter on the finish, but smooth. dlovell2 (2308) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2016
Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma is citrus with dank pine resin. Flavor is caramel malt with big fruity citrus finishing with grapefruit and pine resin bitterness. Excellent. Gotta love a beer that uses a characters name from one of my favorite childhood shows. Maxbier (1000) - Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Clear Amber with white head. Piney grapefruit citrus aroma. Sweet syrupy biscuity malt up front followed with tangerine piney and grapefruit. Bitterness in the middle and some in the finish.
Beerdedone (3457) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours amber with a small white head. Aroma of pine, citrus and caramel. Flavor of caramel, citrus, piney hops and grapefruit. Darkmagus82 (2303) - - OCT 18, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-12-14-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours quite hazy copper color with a small one inter white head. The head fades very fast leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite nice with it being heavy of a tropical fruit smell of mango, pineapple and tangerine. Other aromas of a slightly bready nature mixed with a bit of caramel follow behind the fruit in intensity. Along with the sweet tropics and malt are some lighter grapefruit hop smells as well as a little bit of an herbal aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a doughy flavor that has a moderate level of caramel and some fruits of a tangerine and mango nature. Some hop flavors of a grapefruit nature are present upfront, with these getting more potent to the end. The sweeter flavors are certainly not that overpowering though and are only of a moderate flavor upfront, with them fading as the taste moves on more toward the end. The doughy flavors also transitions with them becoming slightly more bready and cracker like in nature at the end of the taste. With the increase in the grapefruit hop, some other hop flavors also come to the tongue. Around the middle of the taste, a resinous pine and earthy hop make their presence known and last to the end. With the mix of hops, lighter fruits/caramel, and more crackery/bready flavors one is left with a non-overpowering but crisp slightly resinous and lingering bitter taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly below average side in terms of thickness and creaminess for a brew of 9.4 % abv. with it having a carbonation level that is a bit on the lower side. The mouthfeel was overall fairly nice as the slightly thinner body accentuated the crispness of the brew all while the lower carbonation did not take away much of the potency of the hop flavors.
Overall – A fairly easy drinking and flavorfully crisper, big IPA. Rather tasty overall. ganache (6057) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Bomber. Nose very big and hoppy with a strong caramel base; pine with other dank wood and lighter herbal character, spice. Pours orange with an off-white head. Semi-dry, big caramel and wood, spice, strong in stinging alcohol, verrry slow warmth accumulation. Wooden, light astringency; good, traditional "hard" hops without any of the juicy character that’s en vogue. Citrus and amber malts, very slight toast, a little complexity there (some rye?), and medium bitterness. Full body but not that heavy. Finish is dry and the palate is fully cleansed. A very good bridge between the super sweet IIPAs of a decade ago and the juicier newer versions that have very little bitterness. jflopsu (1804) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Pours a clear dark amber. Has a strong floral hop aroma. Has a sweet floral hop aroma with some malt and spices. A slightly bitter aftertaste but a mix from the hops and malt. closey22 (2105) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Amber orange lacy beige; aroma sweet fruity berry; Flava is dryaltyswee hints of cantelope juicy fruit gum; feels mdium to light and foamy; finishes dry softly bitter with hints of fruit/gum