BierMeHoos (644) - Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2016 DYCSoccer17 (3708) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber purchased at Town and Country in West Springfield. This IIPA is about a year old, and to be frank, before I even try this, I am not expecting too much from it in terms of hops. Big gush of grapefruity, PNW hops to start, nice. After that dissipates it gets a bit sugary and sweeter in terms of the aroma. I detect a ton of bubble gum and a bit of booziness as well. Transparent amber/copper color with a pretty frothy off-white head. Fair lacing. Herbal, floral hoppy start, with some more sweet bubble gum like flavors. Middle has some noticeable booze present, but not bad for the 10% abv. Finish has lots of grapefruity, tannin-like dry bitter hoppiness, but not overly exhausting. Even after a year, the hops are still agressive in this without really much in the way of oxidation. This is a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately, the malts do not make their presence felt and it comes off as being unbalanced. Do they still brew this beer? Or should it be retired now that there is a Middle Ages XI? BTW, the XI was less than impressive when I had it in Cooperstown a few weeks ago.
Where: a gift from a neighbor.
How: 12 ounce bottle.
Appearance: Pours a dark orange, with a 2" head, and really good strings of lacing down the glass.
Aroma: grassy hops, pine sap, pine needles, honey, and sweet malt.
Taste: Starts with some citrus, grass, bread, nice bitterness.
Palate: light to medium body.
Overall: Pretty good, typical for style. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
07-Apr-14 (22-oz bottle: Obtained in trade with jah noth, thanks Dan!)hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - MAR 12, 2014
This beer has been cellaring for nine years (not really on purpose for THAT long), but I love beers that develop this profile over time. The beer pours a clear, dark-amber body with half an inch of tan head that recedes to a ring and dusty sheet. The nose is sweet, caramely, and fully malty, with candied fruit, sweet spices, marmalade, and decayed logs. Pretty similar on the palate, with the sweet, caramely, and toasty malt and sweet, dried fruit balanced somewhat by earthy, decayed log flavors. The beer is full bodied with medium carbonation, light acidity, and an earthy dryness to balance the malty sweetness. Overall, a beer that’s cellared like this is right up my alley. All that earthy and malty character that only develops over time. Yum!
Poured from 22oz bottle courtesy of Gary (who was nice enough to bring it to me on the Disney Cruise). Poured amber hazy. Aroma is some pine, citrus and grass. Taste has some pine and a bit of bitterness. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Poured from 22 oz. bottle.
Hazy, amber orange with a 1-finger khaki head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of citrus, pine and enough malt for balance.
Taste of pine, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel, bread and herbal hops. Very hoppy with enough fruit and malt to balance the bitterness.
Medium/full body and medium/high carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone BiereLuc (1276) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
Bière cuivrée, limpide, modérément mousseuse. Nez légèrement houblonné et caramélisé. En bouche, une légère amertume flirte avec un sucre résiduel bien équilibré et un caramel discret. Bon.
MacBoost (1936) - Victor, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2013
On CASK, mutthafukka!!! Pours a just slightly cloudy amber with a nice white head. Piney aromas with just a hint of citrus. Kisses. Taste is malty but with a Tylenol bitterness. Pikey. You can do better than this, bro. ben4321 (6735) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from Half Time, 10/14/12
beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Aroma: The nose is fairly sweet: orange, citrus, and tropical fruits mostly, with spice and pine notes
Appearance: It pours a cloudy orange color with a small white head and light-medium lace
Flavor: The taste has some sweetness, but it is not as sweet as the nose would suggest, the citrus and tropical fruits are a little less prevalent in the flavor, there’s a little more spice, a bit of booze, and a medium bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it is a little sticky, with a lively carbonation, a little heat, and a little dryness
Overall, this is a pretty nice beer for sure, but it is not a top-of-style IIPA. It is plenty drinkable though, and certainly worth trying. Solid stuff.
22 oz. bottle. Pours a mostly clear rich gold with a thin-moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left moderate lace all the way to the end. Pleasant aroma of caramel with notes of orange, grapefruit and pine. The flavor begins with a solid dose of caramel and is followed by some restrained pine and citrusy hops. The finish is resinous pine supported by the caramel. Alcohol is well hidden. Enjoyable. FROTHINGSLOSH (8142) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2012
My wife brought this one back from a trip to Rochester. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a cloudy dark amber with a small off white head that left good lacing. The aroma was tangy pine, resin, grapefruit and lemon lemon with undertones of butter, bread and biscuit. The finish was medium length pine, butter and biscuit. Moderately full bodied. Ok. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 2/4/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Unfortunately, this one has a bit more time on it than I would prefer for a DIPA, but we’ll see how it goes.
This pours an inviting orange amber color, effervescent, yet hazy. A majestic eggshell cap rests on top, retaining nicely and decorating the glass with a sheet of lace.
The hops have definitely faded in the aroma. It smells balanced, with tangerine, apricot, and some candied grapefruit.
The taste follows the aroma. It starts sweet, with caramel malt, then blends in with the hops - a smooth transition to candied grapefruit, tangerine, and apricot. It finishes lightly bitter.
Medium to full body on this one. Alcohol touches the tongue and throat and warms the stomach. The vigorous carbonation that I found in the appearance is subdued in the feel, leaving a softly carbonated creamy beer in its wake. Hoppy resin still coats the tongue, but loses any blistering effect it may have once had.
More boozy than I would like and less hoppy at this point. Drinkable, but not one of the more enjoyable DIPA’s I have had.