williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Aroma is pine sap and spruce, then orange peel and citrus. Roasted caramel malt balance, almost burnt like smoldering wood chips.
Nice carrot-orange, thick foamy head. Hazy.
Flavor is a roasted, burnt malt. Very strong pine and oak, and lots of alcohol. Very strong and with a woody kick. Bourbon whiskey alcohol. Hops are sharp and bitter. Flavors really emerge with warmth.
The palate is thick and creamy. A sharp, fizzy bite. Sharp and woody, and full of alcohol. Dark and rich and delicious. Not for the weak. drewcnelson (13) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Really good! Drank this in Brattleboro. Heavy, hoppy and delicious! nathan30533 (1020) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Great ale. A taste of hoppolicious heaven. Great draft brew. Great double IPA. scarletfire65 (1472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2011
On tap at Gingerman. Poured a pretty amber - orange, nice and hazy. Hopped to the extreme at 85 IBUs, but just enough sweet malt to keep it from tasting like wood. Very nicely malted, the very slight sweetness brings the hops to the forefront, like adding salt to your french fries. I’m not a big fan of sickly sweet IIPAs, so I really appreciated this beer. The hops tend towards fruity flavors - apricots and citrus. Nice big nose also once it warms up, of citrus and floral hops. NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2014
22 oz bomber shared. Pours rich golden amber with a huge head. Tons of hops, but doesn’t assault the tongue. It has a nice balance of caramel, burnt sugar, and fruit. Really good.
canary dog (774) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUN 17, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 Rerate: I enjoy this type of beer more than I used to. I appreciate the extra malt kick to compliment the floral hoppy finish. I’m still a little nonplussed by the name, however. It’s more of an ESB-- because of the extra malt character-- than an IPA. One could also categorize this as an American strong ale, much like the nationally known Stone Arrogant Bastard, with which this local brew compares admirably. A fine beer, and it definitely hides the 8% kick. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2009
22oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. Musky orchid-filled outgassing, rich with Tahitian vanilla bean, peaches, and juicy resins. Pleasant and rich. Pours a hazy orange skin and sunset, with a soapy off-white lace. Flavor develops bright hop-filled alcohols, candied bitter orange peel, drying sweetgrass and a bit of salty salicornia. A thick luscious malt body helps play off the aggressive hop flavor. Spicy and musky as alcohols draw into the nose. This has a wonderful hop bouquet, a well-balanced body, and rich complex flavor profile. Excellent. Some might saw it was a touch sweet, a little hot, and edging dusty, but those edges can easily be overlooked, because this beer done well. Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Big Bomber from the Vermont Liquor outlet. Nice bold deep golden pour with a nice carmel head. Hopps citrus bitter deep delicious beer. You need to discover McNiells Brewery! Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2010
Imagine my surprise when I get an email from my local bottleshop telling me they had McNeills. Well I had to go see with my own eyes as I usually only get some when my in-laws bring me some since they live nearby. Aroma was nice, caramel and piney hops. Poured a nice amber with an offwhite head. Flavors were well balance with caramel malts and the hops melding very well. Palate is medium bodied and nicely tailing. Overall, very nice, so much I’ll buy some more til it’s gone. Way to go Ray finally getting some distribution. Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Growler. Poured golden, amber, orangey, with a thin white head. Aromas of grapefruit, sweet citrus, pine, a little funky fruit, and sweet sugary caramel. Flavor is bitter pine and citrus, papaya, and some sweet toffee and caramel to round things out; alcohol is evident, but not overwhelming. Nicely balanced. Thick, creamy, warming, and a little sticky. This stuff is fantastic; perfect to warm up on a cool evening.