blankboy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2012
Bottle [12oz]. Pours a slightly hazy orange-copper with an average size diminishing frothy off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, tropical fruit, rye bread, citrus hops, alcohol and light spices -- sweeter and maltier then expected but good. Flavour of bready caramel malt, pine and citrus hops, fruit, some sugar, alcohol and a big bitter finish. Medium bodied. Sweeter then I like my DIPAs, and not quite hoppy enough, but still pretty good. chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2012
draft. one of my favorite DIPA’s so far. awesome balance of hop bitterness. worth the extra pennies no doubt. jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle. Did I get a bad batch? Where’s the hops? Pours clear amber with a medium, mostly white head. Sweet caramel aroma with only a hint of pine/citrus hops. Taste is sweet caramel with slight pine and grapefruit hop flavors.
beerlover82 (241) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Poured into snifter glass a nice hazy light orange ,with weak head, that dissipates fast. Adequate lacing.
A very malty and fruity nose, emphasis seems to be more malty than hoppy. Sweet toffee-like malts, some fruits and just enough faint hops swim into the nose. Very different aroma for a supposed Double/Imperial IPA.
Fairly thick body of sweet toffee malts, fruits and different kind of hops than normally used for any American-style IPA. Average carbonation level. More on the malty and sweet side, not nearly hoppy enough for a regular American IPA, much less a Double/Imperial. It’s a good, pleasant taste indeed, but it’s very disappointing as a DIPA.
As other reviewers on this site and others have stated, this is probably much close to a trippel or English IPA at best. Had the brewery classified and/or marketed it as one of those, it would get a lot more points from me and, no doubt, others.
waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Amber pour with clarity. Thin head. Light lacing. Real funky aroma. Funky mouth too. Artificial fruitiness, slightly medicinal, strangely bitter and acidic. Rich malts. Hops are not fresh and hard to describe, an english ipa would be my best description.
StormCoat (123) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Picked up a bomber bottle at a Sprouts market in San Diego, CA. Poured it into a snifter. Pours a fairly clear amber color with a foamy off-white head. Big, heavy aroma of sweet, spicy orange peel and alcohol. Flavors are very rich, full and caramelly, with a mellow bitterness and an underlying "can’t quite put my finger on what fruit" tang that lasts. Shipwrecked also has lingering, mouth-coating oily mouthfeel. Overall, this is pretty darn good, with some interesting twists and turns. probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2011
12 fl oz bottle from Finger Lakes Beverage, served cool in a tulip glass. 12DE11. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
App.: Cloudy deep orange-amber with a fair orange-tan head.
Aroma: Brothy/mashy, sweet, fruity caramel, peppery and spicy, a little alcohol, rye bread crust and big grapefruit C-hops, peach/apricot, a little floral.
Palate: Medium+ body, medium-low effervescence, slick.
Flav.: Big, juicy grapefruit, a little resin/pine, big, crunchy, sweet caramel, peach/apricot fruitiness, brown sugar, still a bit savoury/brothy/mashy; sweet with decent bitterness and a long pine/caramel finish.
Honestbrewer2 (16) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Date: October 03, 2010
Source: Brusin Ales, Asheville NC
Appearance: cloudy orange, fine off white head, sticky lace
Aroma: sweet floral aroma, growing fruity citrus
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, lots of balancing bitterness, heavy floral hops, very earthy
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
A golden amber color and very clean. The aroma is floral and piney and some malt character is coming out. The flavor is piney as well, but not overly astringent as I find piney beer to be. There is a medium to medium low body with a biscuity malt flavor perceptible underneath. It is nice and creamy, but the piney aftertaste is throwing me off. It also finished a tad dry. LilBeerDoctor (4032) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Cask at RnH. Pours a clear orange with a thin white head. Aroma of acetone, hop oils, sweet caramel malt. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, citrusy fruits, hop oils, grassy hops. Pretty strong with alcohol dominant. Just ok.