Linnet (1833) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2010 Golden colour, big off-white head, lacing. Aroma is malty, almost lagerlike. Still there is yeasty notes flowery notes, citric notes and also aroma of vinegar. Flavour is rather hoppy. There is also an acidic quality to it. ABV is evident without being dominant. The flavour is also spicy and fruity, perfume. Mouthfeel is very smooth with small bubbles and the liquid is very crisp.
Serving type: bottle
DocLock (10702) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Bottle from State Line. Pours turbid ruddy brown with off-white head. Nose is very hoppy, resiny, with heavy tangerine, pineapple, sesame, and peppery notes. Silky smooth mouthfeel, with intense hoppy bitterness throughout. A true hop bomb, this one is outstanding from beginning to end. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 18, 2011
13-Oct-09 (500-ml bottle: Purchased 29-Sep-09 for $9.44 from liquidsolutions.biz) Pours a very cloudy, amber-brown body and a lively, light-tan head that, despite a careful pour, quickly balloons to nearly two inches in height before slowly settling to a quarter-inch layer. The heavily malty nose immediately draws me in – this isn’t the typical double IPA. It smells very, very toasty, slightly smoky, lots of rich earth and forest floor, some mushroom, and in the way of hops, a modest dustiness and a touch of pine. The first sip reveals similar characteristics: a moderately sweet, and very malt-dominated beer with a lot of earth, toasty and caramely malts, some mushroominess and a hint of fireplace smokiness. But for a double IPA, the hops are very much relegated to the background, strongly suggesting that this beer has seen a significant amount of age. The hops are lightly citrusy and piney with mild bitterness. There’s a mild acidity and bitterness in the background that does help to bring some balance on the palate, but nevertheless, the mouthfeel is sweet, dense and full-bodied from all the malt domination. Carbonation is surprisingly smooth and not especially voluminous in the mouth considering how carbonated the pour was – much of the carbonation was released upon pouring. This may not be the kind of beer people expect from a double IPA, but it’s very reminiscent of an aged double IPA but with the benefit of not having to wait two years. It is what it is, and that is a big, deliciously malty beer perfect for sipping over the course of an hour or two. If this were available locally and weren’t so expensive, it would probably be a multiple bottle purchase. mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Wanted try this so I paid 11$ at specialty beer store. Not as good as I hoped but very good. Very hoppy through out and an ever so slight sweetness. Looks nothing like the usual double IPA. Very hazy leans toward brown in color instead of orange. Nice toasty bitterness all the way till the end. Mouth feel and lingering aftertaste are enjoyable. Different and good. bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark amber brown with large dense off white head. Wonderful aromas of resiny hop aromas balanced by caramel, totasted malt and some dark fruit. Amazing stuff. Flavours keep the aromas going. Heaps of resiny hop bitterness and flavours with caramel, toffee and dark fruit. A little spiciness to complete the package. Whilst the balance is definately at the hoppy end the addition flavours make for a wonderfully complex beer. Great stuff.
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2010
pours cloudy brownish copper, off white head sticks around, nose is caramel, hoppy, grassy notes, toffee, suprising amount of malts coming through, taste is hoppy, citrus orange, some vanilla, grass, herbacious big flavor. this is a delicate and delicious as a double ipa can get. really delicous. crondonik (32) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle. Pours a nice deep amber red, with a big ol frothy highly carbonated head. Aromas of citrus fruit, dried orange peel, alchohol, more hops, and a slight malt back. The beer tastes of good resinous hops, with an incredibly rich, full mouthfeel, that goes down perfect with a little malt hint. The feel is amazing and carries the beer through with perfect balance. jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2009
A very nice example of the style. Poured into my German tulip/pils glass, it appears brown. The head fluffs up on this really big. Not sure if that’s a result of it being stored lying down in the fridge. Catty and citrusy hops. Decent bite in the taste with a coat of caramel. Leaves the mouth coated with hops. A nice example of the style. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 29, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Bottle from Perry’s. Are we sure this isn’t a Barleywine? Or did I just get a crazy-old bottle? Nose is malt, alcohol, minor hops. Flavor is much like AB as RollinHard says, with an added charcoal, dark quad fruit, alcohol, old hops, almost coffee thing going on. Star of the show is the color, which is a beautiful cloudy unfiltered brown with ruby highlights. I might have let the Japanese/collaboration frame skew my rating because this isn’t really to style, but I sure did like drinking it. Braudog (6717) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle -- Muddy, rusty-orange, with a nice poofy head. The solid, woodsy pine aroma wafts nearly across the room. Drinks with a stark oiliness, rich with sappy hops, pine, and a citric bite. Nice solid beer, and dangerously drinkable for 8.5%. (#3747, 11/21/2009)