drfabulous (8563) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Decent, hoppy IPA at State College’s only brewpub. When you aren’t sure, choose this. zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Shared growler thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Pours orange, off white head. Aroma is hops, tangerine, caramel, slightly fuzzy. Flavor is bitter, caramel, tangerine, a little too syrupy. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2008 Date: 07/24/2007MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Appearance: hazy dark copper, scant head,
Aroma: sweet pine aroma,
Flavor: lots of sweet pine flavor, good sweet caramel malt adds to the sweetness instead of balance, a touch of hot alcohol,
Score: 3.4 to 3.4
Words: cellar party
Aroma: nice fruityness in the aroma in addition to the sweet pine,
Body: creamy body,
Overall: lots of crystal sweetness balanced by peppery alcohol,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Bomber. Clear orange with a medium head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit and sugary candy. Very sweet sugar candy taste which combines with the grapefruit hops to come off like a beer-tinged pixy-stick. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium body. Dusty/tangy texture. mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2008
22oz bottle from trade with kramer17801. Very deep golden and orange color. Slightly hazy. Sweet aroma with citrus notes in the hops. When tasted, the hops and sweetness match up well. Alcohol is there but not overwhelming. For a DIPA, it was nicely balanced. Very similar to DFH 90. Would like to try it on tap.
Oakes (18756) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2008
Golden-bronze colour. Slight haze. Berryish hop nose with a slight woody accent. Flavoursome, with lots of bright hops and a light toasty malt note. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2008
In short: An intense IIPA but unfortunately a bit shy on the malt front. For the hophead only.Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2008
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear golden body with a small off-white head
In long: Shy nose but very tasty, a recurrent theme at this brepub. Crisp sweetness half-honey half-caramel. Lots (and I mean lots) of hop bitterness. Pine needles juice up front with orange peels and grapefruit. Hard to take a big sip without making a face, this is a very bitter beer. I like when IIPAs push but with such an intense hops bill this one would have benefited from a thicker malt profile to bring some kind of balance and provide a place for the alcohol to hide (which was very apparent even at only 8.2%). Overall it is a pretty decent beer but somewhat overrated. But that’s American, everybody likes a Double Ds over in America. Not me, I’m pretty happy with a just a B. Hi Ruxandra!
22 oz bottle
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2008
This was a bonus in a trade though I lost track of which one. Thanks to whomever sent it as it has been sitting in the fridge for a while ready to be consumed. While not a terribly exciting example of a double IPA this does have all the right characteristics. Under the right circumstances (warm day, cool breeze, grill going) it might be a nice choice.
Aroma / Appearance - The two finger head cascaded down into the amber body underneath before relaxing. The aroma of a freshly cut Christmas tree asserted itself almost as soon as it began to settle. There was also a hint of spring roses in the background.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel of creamy vanilla soda was not what I was expecting at all. However I soon was back in comfortable territory with the introduction of tree bark and orange rinds. The bitterness was slow to appear but packed a punch when it finally did. While this is not as intense as any of the West Coast IIPAs it is still a quality product.
more malty than hop aroma. murky, orange brown color. little head. smooth, bitter in flavor lacking in the more floral notes of hops. Overall, a more mellow double IPA, nice for a change. notalush (5922) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Thanks to beastiefan2k for sharing - dark red, cloudy beer - sticky sweet, resinous hop, and light fruity ester aroma - the hops are earthy and potent, but the malt sweetness overwhelms them rapidly - some cherry, strawberry, and sticky caramel - the hops never get a chance to shine - too sweet.