AdamChandler (5225) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2012
So thrilled that a west coast trader scent me such a great box of IPAs. Received this last week, put it in the fridge and now pouring into a Hill Farmstead on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
eros47 (53) - Huntington Park, California, USA - MAY 6, 2012
A - Gorgeous light red / orange appearance, SRM of 8. 2 Finger tan head subsiding quickly.
S - Huge bitterness of dry hops right off the bat. Lots of big hop profiles, grapefruit, pine and citrus. So damn nice smelling. There’s a tough of oak and wheat.
T - Whoa. Very very bitter! This beer is explosive but not long term. It hits you and then fades very fast. Not sure what technique was used but I like my hops to stick around for a while. The Chinook and Centennial hops are very easy to point out, bit of banana and apricots in here with a lingering dried fruit aspect on the finish.
M - 50/50 carbonation on the mouth swish. Medium body, smooth fruity finish.
O - I don’t know if this beer was just sitting on the shelf too long or not but it’s drinkable. I’d like to have it very fresh.
Aroma- Very strong grapefruit/hoppy smell with a noticeable amount of malt for an Imperial IPA, must come from the aging process the beer goes through in the Chardonnay and Cabernet barrels. Noticed a bit of alcohol on the nose.
Appearance- The beer has a gorgeous copper/ orange appearance. Good amount of carbonation. I poured a two finger head. The head itself is frothy looking a white/ light beige color.
Taste- Bitter sweet. I got a mix of grapefruit and orange flavors. You would think at 144 IBU’s this would just be a straight hop bomb, but its very well balanced. Smooth, didn’t notice any of the alcohol. Finishes clean, leaves the palate asking for more.
Overall- Great beer, I definitely recommend this beer. I’m going to buy a couple more bombers.
Cheers. corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Draft at Hamilton’s in San Diego.
Pours a dark golden amber/orange color with a one finger white head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Vinous wine barrel aroma with earthy oak and vanilla as well as some earthy pine and sweet citrus. Good balance of barrel and a complex hop profile. Hints of orange peel, pineapple and grapefruit counter the grassy/earthy notes without being overpowered by the barrel treatment.
Medium bodied with some spicy hops balanced by a prominent barrel character. Vinous with dark and light fruit notes as well as some toasted oak. The dryness from the oak compliments the earthy hops which give off hints of pine a citrus. Decent balance but the hops are overpowered a bit and aren’t as complex as the nose suggests. beerdogforyou (7) - - MAR 8, 2012 does not count
over the top Imperial IPA...Kaleidoscope of flavor..the wine barrel aging adds to the flavor...small head big lacing..smooth deceptive Ipa...Don strikes again SanfordBrewer (1610) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Translucent copper with a thin but lasting beige head. Medium body with medium carbonation.
bleeng (1705) - Houston not near Beersel., Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Aroma: ctrusy american hops, caramel and pretzel malt.
Taste: fruity citrus hops, pale malt sweetness, complex fruity wine notes.
Complex and fruity with plenty of hop aroma and malt sweetness. Well-balanced. Wine notes increase in tanic astringency through the second pint.
Snifter at J. Clyde Birmingham AL. Bright copper. Hoppy flavor with some vinuous notes. Taste is sweet hops with some winey notes. Good stuff. crossovert (14233) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2012
I had no idea this was aged in wine barrels. I had it on tap, it was a run of the mill DIPA imo. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Clear dark golden with a fluffy white head. Very nice grapefruit orange and lime aroma and taste with a very nice wine barrel flavor to the finish with grape vanilla and oak notes. Very well done.