Tmoney99 (14494) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Draft at brewpub. Poured hazy dark amber with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy sour citrus and small malty aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth sticky texture. Medium bitter flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a solid drinkable beer. hopscotch (11104) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Growler... DLD06... Clear, deep amber ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. Notes of pine, caramel an dried apricot constitute the nose. The flavor is a marriage of rich, buttery caramel and freshly cut grapefruit. Full-bodied and oily with medium carbonation. Finishes lightly sweet, medium bitter and then dry. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 04/28/2006marcus (10227) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
dark amber with a light chill haze, thin fine beige head, nice lace, sweet fruity aroma, sweet pine flavor, sticky candy character, nice bitterness,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
On tap at the Livery. This reddish-amber beer poured with a sparse off-white head, eliciting a hoppy, flowery aroma. There is a sharp, but pleasant, hoppy taste that quickly melds with the copious malt content, resulting in a very satisfying and mellow flavor. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Poured in the sampled on tap at The Livery (Benton Harbor, MI). Pours a very hazy dark amber pour, decent offwhite head that sticks around small, films a bit. Aromas throw considerable caramel and good toffee malts at e, mellow sweetness, touch cereal with decent fruitiness and light fruity hop presence. Backend shows more crispness, good sweet and hop balance with some good flavors being thrown at me. Amazing this is 10.5% as the board says, strong flavors, but goes down fairly easy with good bitterness on the backend. EDIT - I didn’t know this was a DIPA when I drank it.. not as highly hopped, though it to be an ASA. Hmmm.. One of their top offerings that day, regardless.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Sampled from a growler at the Milwaukee YEHa!05 courtesy of BBB63: Pours a dark amber orange with a nicely-lacing off-white head. Gritty, sweet caramel sugar and nicely-balanced fresh citrus and piney hops dominate the aroma. Dry, lightly earthy and toasted bittersweet flavor. Finishes dry and sticky with some lingering pine and grapefruit. Could really use some more malt and bittering hops to be more true to style, but still a decent brew. egajdzis (6589) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2006
Poured a hazy copper color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of tangerine, grapefruit, pine, citrus fruits, and some light orange peel. Taste of grassy hops, pine, resin, caramel malts, with a grapefruit finish. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2005 Rerate: From the Tosa growler: The flavors seemed even better balanced than before and the mouthfeel is a bit heavier than the first time. Outstanding!Pailhead (6540) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2006
On tap at brewery and served in a snifter:
Murky reddish ornage hue with a small head and nice lacing. The aroma is sugary and hoppy with piney and earthy esters. The taste starts with a snappy hop bite followed by a fruity overtone and a hint of salty quality leading to a dry astrengent finish. There is a enough malt background for proper balance and a sappy nature that is interesting. The feel is lightly sticky and warming, the alcohol is still hidden well within the framework of the brew. This has a lot going for it and shows good promise for the future. Get ya some!
On tap: Big citrus hop aroma with some light apricot. Transparent orangish-amber with a soapy off-white head. Sweet apricot up front with a moderate citrus hop finish. Rather basic IIPA and not as big and bold as I prefer them to be. JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 19, 2005
BBB63 certainly has not holds barred at the Tosa Yeha. He brought enough growlers and bottles for the whole group! Lightly hazed dark amber color with a moderate but stable off white head. Hugh fresh hops aromas, with grapefruit and fresh cut flowers. Mild malt and light fruit in the backdrop. Seems somewhat thin for all the malt and flavors present. Mild caramel and a rather sharp hops bite in the finish. Another in a full line of IIPAs that I enjoyed smelling, but was slightly let down in the flavor.