HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Bottle courtesy of fishingnet. Poured a hazy amber with an average off white head. Nose is caramel, orange, some tropical fruit, and grass. Medium body with a sugary mouth feel. Taste is fairly balanced with caramel malt sweetness and bitter citrus hop notes. Finishes grassy with mild bitterness. DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Bottle. A bit darker bronze color than is typical for an IPA. Subtle grassy nose and a nice sized white head. The hops come through in the flavor more in the finish than up-front as they leave a spicy burn in the mouth. Hops lean towards pepper and grass. The body’s filled out nicely with some dark caramel sweetness. I like how this is called a Triple Pale Ale...it’s as strong as a double IPA, but not so aggressively hopped as has become come for the style. Another nice beer from this awesome brewery. jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Draft @ Barley’s in Asheville. Nice pour with orange color. Not much going on here. Almost taste as if an old keg. Minimal hop in the nose and in the taste. merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Bomber pours a slightly hazed copper/orange body with a gushing ecru hued head. Lavish lacing. Aroma is floral and fruity, with orange blossom, pink grapefruit, and some floral hops. Taste is dominated by leafy, earthy, bitter hops with a pink grapefruit note and some chewy caramel malt. Very nice. Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Pisgah deceided to bring this back which was a great suprise to me. pours a cloudy brown gold. very initial hop aroma. Little crisp and bitter mouthfeel, with stron finish. Very good, I could not say that it would be better with a few months behind it to calm it down a little, but it is wonderful now, very deep IPA... Good stuff.
JAXSON (604) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Bomber via a trade from Keith. Pours a nice deep orange/red with a huge, puffy off-white head. Aroma is some caramel mat balanced nicely with thyme, pot (seriously), and lots of other herbal qualities. Begins heavy on the caramel malt in the mouth, followed by a pleasant bittering sensation. Too heavy on the malt in my eyes, but the balance is there and it’s kind of nice. Interesting contrast from the malt to the fizzy, bitter hops that is unusually extreme. cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Draft @ the brewery. Pours golden with an off-white head. Pine and citrus hops on the nose, some apricots, some caramel malt backbone. Citrus and apricot in the flavor up front, strong bitterness in the finish, with a prominent malt middle. Didn’t pick up the high ABV at all. Fairly dry finish, medium body, refreshing even. Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Draft at the Taproom in Ashville. Pours a unclear amber with a big orange head. aroma is super hoppy. Flavor is a punch of hops, clean super bitter with nice bite. 3.5 grams hops per pint of beer. I did’nt think that beer could be any hoppier. I enjoyed this one. Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Had this one at the RB Pittsburgh tasting. Honey and hops in the scent. For some reason I wrote "glossy" as the description for the appearance. Clearly the lineup was taking it’s toll on me at this point. Taste is good, reminds me of a super hopslam. Mouth is medium in carb and body. koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Appearance: Dark copper / amber with a massive 3 finger khaki crown that shows loads of retention and lace.
Smell: Caramel malt with lots of floral and herbal hop presence.
Taste: Same as nose. Fairly sweet caramel malt presence which isn’t my particular cup of tea. Good amount of bite and a tiny tinge of alcohol. Extremely well balanced even with this much age on it. Would have loved to try this one fresh.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and a medium body. A touch sticky but not quite chewy.
Drinkability: The abv holds this one back from a higher drinkability score.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-17-2009