Braudog (6719) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2007
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 In the past week or so I discovered this on tap at both Green Leafe and Taphouse-Ghent and brought home a bomber from Bon Vivant. It’s a deep shiny red beer with a textbook rocky head ... the classic visual appeal for this genre. The aroma assaults your senses with a gigantic hop flourish, piney and citrusy. Once across the tongue, this lives up to the promise of a big, oily, resinous hop-bomb, earthy and woodsy. It has a nice smooth, silky mouthfeel. This is a great big IPA and the best I believe I’ve found from among our Virginia brewers. Good job! (#2738, 3/7/2007) jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2007 22 oz bottle. Pours an attractive dark clear amber with a perfect light beige head. Nice biscuity aroma with some medium tropical fruit-like hop character. The flavor is very pleasant and balanced; has a nice level of dark toasty caramel, breadiness, wood and hop notes of tropical fruit, pine and grapefruit. Balanced bitterness yet ample to be considered an IPA. Medium bodied with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. Good head retention. Very drinkable and satisfying overall.maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Earlier Rating: 3/5/2006 Total Score: 3.9
Pours a darker shade of bronze with a thick off-white head. Neat aroma of pine mixed with mango and tropical fruits. Flavor is heavy on the side of pine and tropical fruit-y hops, grapefruit, orange peel and a big helping of toasted/caramel malt. Pleasant caramel sweetness. Plenty of lingering hop bitterness, not harsh in any way - very smooth. Medium bodied with a smooth texture and subtle carbonation. Lacing hangs on the glass in sheets, good head retention. Really tasty stuff.
On tap at the brewpub. Deep ruby amber body with a small off-white head. Sweet citrus hops aroma. Sweet citrus and floral hops flavor, lots of bitter, and a gentle caramel background.11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Earlier Rating: 2/18/2006 Total Score: 3.7
Medium creamy off-white head with a clear brown body. Relatively hoppy aroma. Flavor of bitter hops mixed with sweet malt.
Bottle from Styles, July ’06. Medium deep amber colored and fairly clear. Not much head formation, no lacing. Aroma is a bit oxidized, stale hop aroma. Medium bodied with a harsh bitterness. Not really doing it for me. SpringsLicker (3642) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Thanks to Numenor for this one!
A large, light tan head tops this dark amber IPA.
Bready malt aroma combines with nutty caramel and resiny hops.
Moderately bitter with a good support from the malt, long, well balanced finish.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2006
(22oz bottle) Crystal clear copper body topped by a medium, creamy beige head that diminishes but never leaves, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, pineapple/pine, some grapefruit, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, pine, caramel, some grapefruit. Medium body with lots of resin. hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
22oz bottle acquired in trade with The_Beer_God (thanks!). Poured a darker copper color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, citrus, biscuit, pine, somewhat spicy and grapefruit. Tastes of oranges, caramel, with a spicy and somewhat grapefruit finish. Body a little on the thin side. hopscotch (11113) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Clear, deep amber ale with copper highlights. Small, frothy, beige head. Great retention. Fruity nose with a medley of mango, apricot, grapefruit pulp and a kiss of pine sap. Lots of grapefruit bitterness in the flavor. Full-bodied with an ultra-satiny mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Although the malt is heavy and impressive, the true backbone of this beer is the massive lupulin. Finishes bitter and grassy. Excellent, world class beer! No diacetyl in my bottle... not that it would bother me as I love butterscotch and butterd toast. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2006
HWOH. Not many people liked this one, as it was pretty much loaded with diacetyl. Hoppy aroma but overshadowed by the butterscotch/buttered popcorn aspect. Flavor is more diacetyl along with a fair amount of citrus pine and apricots. Sweet malts throughout, with a finish that is dry and moderately bitter. Would probably be good if not for the diacetyl. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Draught at the Brewery: Aroma is hoppy and spicy. Smells like Amarillo hops. Intense amber color. Small white head that lasted. No lacing. Tasted soley of Amarillo hops. Spicy flavor. No malt taste at all. Dry. Easy drinking. Medium body. Lively Carbonation. Good IPA. Spicy all the way through.