Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Courtesy of ughsmash via tradeLubiere (13900) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate caramel, candied fruit, and citrus. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that leaves behind to thin webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with caramel and light-moderate fruitiness. The finish has moderate sweet citrus notes and light grapefruit. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation an slick/oily mouthfeel. Overall, I find this sitting in that grey area of "Is this an IIPA or Barley Wine?"
A hazed amber DIPA with a thin off white head, with floating hops in the bottle. In aroma, sweet musty malt with light pinhey hops, nice. In mouth, a nice smooth biscuit malt with pinhey hops, vinous notes, catnip, very nice and earthy. Bottle at Istmus Beer and Cheese Fest, Jan 21 2012. sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2012
12oz bottle from Downer Wine and Spirits, with a lone hop cone in it. Pours a clear amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, orange. Medium on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, a little malty, a weird tea flavor that I think is suppose to be hops, with a malt sweet finish. The hop cone is gimmicky, and the beer is pretty blah for me. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2011
(12oz bottle, 2010 vintage thanks to bu11zeye) clear gold with a ring of fine white bubbles. Nose of honey and pineapples. Taste is dank, orange, sweet and biscuit. BVery (10500) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2011
On tap at the new O’So location. Hazy light orange pour with a small white head. Malty citrus hop aroma - wonderful. Smooth palate. Awesome citrus and pine hop flavor, a little sticky, with a big malt balance. Just what I want out of a DIPA. Great stuff.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
This beer is really pretty decent, but still nothing much to it. I like some more complexity. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Bottle with three hop cones (I’m assuming 2010) via a trade. Pours with a hazy, hazy orange body with a thick white head. Aromas are huge with tropical fruit, big c-hops, papaya, grassy, resiny, estery. Fruity, light alcohol and some caramel. Taste is a bit oxidized (showing itself most in coconut flavors), caramel, toffee, medium to low bitterness. Light floral hop flavors with light warming. To be honest this has become a very acceptable, American barley wine. Sweet, but not really a sticky, caramel, crystal sweetness. Medium to lively bubbles. Medium bodied. A bit full for an IIPA, but dry for a barley wine. Overall: tasty. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2011
12 oz bottle from our Wisco/Minnesota trip. I think I have 4-5 12 oz bottle rates left. Pours a well hazed orange amber pour, glowing orange and a small frothy offwhite head that is more of a film, ok lacing overall and a loose hop cone inside. Hmmm. Aromas are oranges, caramel, toffee, some wet cardboard, and toast. Biscuits, florals, grass, and touches of grapefruit, sweeter gumball like essence. Initial is medium bodied, past it’s prime it seems. A healthy orange and toffee sweetness up front, malty biscuits, toast, bread and decent bitterness move into an ok hoppy press, green hops and grass, florals, and more resinous pine start to grow on the back of the palate, lemons. A bit underbodied, perhaps thinned, with a growing resinous and dry earth hopping on the backend, a touch of ABV mixes into the dryness. It’s not bad, perhaps a touch old as some of the fruity and citrusy elements seem to have faded away but it’s still quite drinkable just not oozing hop vibrancy and complexity. Not bad. Finish is dry, sweet toffee, and oranges with earthy and piney hops in decent amounts, a touch of oxidation. Ok. notalush (5874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2011
2010 bottle - had to buy this - there is a hop cone in the bottle; who wouldn’t want to buy it because of that? - anyway, at first it was cool, but once the cone got stuck in the neck of the bottle, making the beer extremely difficult to pour, it wasn’t quite as cool anymore - turbid straw color - minimal head after the trickle of a pour the blocked neck produced - earthy, piney hop aroma, with some additional grapefruit zest and underlying sweet maltiness - nice nose, really - moderate sweetness for the style - loads of earthy hop flavor - still tastes fairly fresh, despite its age - strong bitterness, but only moderate acidity - sweetness is just strong enough to temper the hops - finish eventually becomes a bit sugary, but this is mostly fairly well-executed - I probably wouldn’t buy it again, but you’ve got to love the novelty. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2011
12 oz bottle, 2010 edition. Foggy yellow brown with a lacy white coating. Is that a hop cone blocking my pour? Nose is caramel, grass, pine and basil. Resiny medium body with soft carb. Taste is grapefruit and plastic with lemon peel and orange juice concentrate. All over the place tastewise. I vacillated between liking this and being put off but ultimately had to admire it for the craziness. Probably a bit faded as well.