cubs (10640) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Bottle @ home. Pours a red ruby red-orange appearance with a smaller cream colored head that dissipates pretty quickly. Nose has citrusy hops and fairly strong pale/amber malts. Big pale malty flavor creates a big sweetness. The strong citrus hoppiness offsets that sweetness somewhat. Strong flavor with some burn on the finish. Not bad but not one of the better DIPAs. BVery (10600) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle. Mildly hazy orange pour with a mostly white head. Citrus and resiny nose. Medium mouthfeel with some sharp carbonation. Sharp hop bite early, then piney resin, citrus, and malt present. Finishes clean. Really nice brew. alexsdad06 (10471) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Bottle in trade from Jimbowood. Thanks Jimbo. Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a small lasting off white head. Aroma is of citrus hops with a bit of sweet malt. The flavor is much of the same with the citrus hops balanced nicely with the sweet malts. The bitterness in the aftertaste is long lasting. The 8.6% is fairly well hidden. Enjoyable. DuffMan (10451) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Deep orange colour, off white head. This is a malt-heavy IIPA, with a sweeter profile, still with an abundance of hops, ending with an aspirin-like bitterness. olio (10340) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 8, 2016
355 ml bottle.
marcus (10326) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Pours clear copper color with a small head. Resin and orange on the nose, malts, toffee, apricot. Flavor is malty and caramel-y, bitterness, resinous hops and mild sweet toffee, ripe fruits on the finish. Alcohol is not too strongly present but is there. Decent.
On tap at the Davis Graduate. Pours amber with a modest off-white head and a burnt toast aroma. There is a hearty caramel malt flavor with subtle hop bitterness Very well-balanced. KyotoLefty (10311) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 8, 2009
Draught at Popeye.
Medium amber color. Big fruit and citrus aroma with strong hops. Very smooth, with huge fruit, plus citrus and bubblegum. Slightly too sweet. JorisPPattyn (10024) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2008
Draught Reddish, very carbonated amber beer with just a B.C."H". Very flowery, lunaria , hoppy nose. Very bitter, metallic tang but still some grapey or flowery notes. Unripe strawberries. Slightly burning MF, obviously well-carbonated, at the edge of CO² acidity; alcoholwarming. Still a D. IPA, but IMO a slightly oblique interpretation. MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 My Bottom Line:arminjewell (9688) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Within this lush Double IPA thrive citrus-bearing wooden, spicy hops, efficient companions to the caramel and bread crumb flavors generously offered by the malts. I would expect no less quality from a West Coast I2PA and Mad River delivers with this intense yet balanced number.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the cloudy amber.
-The hop fruitiness is rather orangey, quickly developing into hop cologne when accompanied by the wooden components.
-The mouthfeel is one of its best features, imho; plump, comfortable, never syrupy.
-This may not be as bright as my favorite Double IPA examples, but it sure is a very pleasant West Coast hop fix.
-Light alcohol warmth is felt alongside the hop bitterness.
Pours deep orange with white head, aroma is some nice citrus and spicy hops. Taste is sweet citrus, caramel, and a rather sweet and not so bitter finish. Not a bad DIPA, but with those you usually expect a bit more.