RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Decompression, a classic American Strong Ale, has an enticing medium amber color with notes of caramel and toasted bread provided by carefully chosen American and French malts. It is hopped exclusively with Falconer’s Flight hops, a proprietary blend of hops created for the Falconer Foundation, giving it a fruity, northwest hop flavor profile. At 80 IBU and nearly 8% ABV, it packs a wallop!

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ACHops (1693) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2012
On tap @ Super Deli Mart. Pours light amber with thin head. Aroma is thick bready malts. Taste is sweet malt with bitter, astringent hops. Bitter hops dominate the finish. Kind of an unbalanced beer. Not hoppy enough to be a double IPA, but really bitter for a strong ale. Maybe a different hop choice would have helped here? I tried this when it was released and age hasn’t added much to it. Would like to try the bourbon barrel version though...

corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Draft at Chuck’s 85th Street Market in Seattle, WA. Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine hues and a one finger yellowish beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Sporadic spots of lace left behind. Complex hop aroma with resinous, piney hops countered by sweet and tropical fruit notes. Floral, spicy and earthy hops countered by sweet caramel malts. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit, grass, pine needle, caramel and toffee. Medium body that’s bursting with resinous, earthy hops. Very earthy and floral with lots of grassy pine needle flavor.  Slightly herbal with a nice amount of dry, sticky bitterness.  Mid-palate there is a decent amount of citrus fruit notes but not as much as the nose suggests.  Decent caramel malt backbone with toffee and hazelnut notes that don’t get in the way of the hops.  Nicely bitter with strong hop flavors lingering into a bone dry finish with slight heat.  Slightly one dimensional but pretty tasty especially if you like bitter dry hop bombs.

Aml42000 (625) - Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Dark amber color with a thin white head. The nose shows some dank resin and a hint of biscuit. Full bodied and a bit unbalanced. The palate shows a bit of orange zest and caramel, but is overwhelmed by extremely bitter hops.

gunnfryd (15509) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle at DSG 2011. Pale amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is hop, malt, pine, grapefruit. Flavour is hop, malt, pine, grapefruit, citrus, sugar, malt. Full body. Nice beer.

Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle @ Danish Summer Gathering, Ulfborg 2011. Golden/amber color with a tiny, quickly disappearing head. Fruity hoppy aroma with a nice malty background. Sweet caramel mlaty taste with a solid bitter hop character. Dry bitter finish.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2011
In short: A caramelized and very hoppy (resinous, wooden, fruity) golden ale. Borderline Double IPA and very enjoyable.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed relatively fresh less than two months after purchase. Bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt
The look: Clear dark amber body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: The nose is mostly hoppy with resinous wooden hops and a concentrate of citrus fruit juice. The citrus fruit juice concentrate suggests sweetness but overall in a blind tasting I would have guessed this is a Double IPA. Taste does bring more sweet caramelized malts that the showed through the aroma. I enjoyed the nice flavorful but not-too-sweet caramel taste but I thought the body was a bit light (airy and fluffy) for an 8% beer. The hops overwhelmed the malts in this so-called American Strong Ale that is a IIPA in my book. The hops are resinous, wooden and also fruity/citrusy but without the bitter grapefruits (more like peaches, apricots and such). I heavily caramelized IIPA or a uber-hoppy Barley-Wine Light? Whatever it was good, an enjoyable 8% brew and I drank my bomber like it was a session beer. This beer is a true American strong ale, very hoppy, solid caramel and all… You cannot say you are an American Strong Ale lover and tell me you don’t like this beer, I will not believe it. You also cannot say you are an American Strong Ale lover and an tell me you are an alien cyborg assuming the identity of a library clerk, I will not believe that either.

Crit (4105) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2011
Cloudy orange/amber.Lasting beige head.Nose of brown sugar,malt,lightly fruity.Mellow malt fore,molasses mid,long strong hop end. Good complexity

boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Bottle... Poured dark orange with a thick, beige head. Grassy, grapefruit-like citrus. Passion fruits, and slightly sweet. Caramel,pale malts allowed the hops to shine.

fonefan (52426) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2011

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ The Danish Summer Gathering, TFODRBSG11.

[ Courtesy of erkaneva2 ]. Clear medium to dark orange amber colour with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white to biege head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, toasted, caramel, light nutty, moderate tol ight heavy hoppy, citrus, dusty, orange - citrus, pine notes. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dry, dusty hops - malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110820]

Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Pours clear ruby orange with a large long-lasting light tan head. Aroma is malt heavy, some roast, and dirty, earthy, woody, fungal hop notes. Taste is well balanced with sweet and bitter, pretty nutty, resinous, earthy. Nice beer, I was thinking it was going to be an IPA so this was a nice surprise.

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