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 beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Beautiful golden amber color on the pour with about an inch of head. On the nose you get hops, a bit of citrus and a nice floral aroma that every double ipa should have. On your palate you have hops, citrus and a bitter but crisp finish to it. Great lacing of the glass and stays around on the palate just like it should. gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2008
draft. deep brown pour with a nice head. nice hop aroma. lsome bite up front with a nice mouthfeel. bitter and warming finish. alcohola warmth is present but not overpowering. nice. sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - APR 21, 2011
I’ve been encountering a lot of beers lately that bill themselves as double or triple IPAs that, quite frankly, include so much malt they almost drink more like barley wines. This is the latest. I picked this bottle up while on a visit to Asheville, a great little, picturesque town with a flare for food and beer and the outdoors. It looks like a barely wine (translucent dark amber), smells like a barley wine (tons of sweet malt, a bit grassy, with a note of alcohol), and tastes like a barley wine (reflecting the nose, but with a hint of hops on the tale end). Remind me again why this isn’t labelled a barley wine? I think perhaps the reviews on this one are a bit lower than they should be because the hop heads feel let down. StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Nice earthy and doughy aroma. Nice lacing on an amber colored beer with a small white head. This one packs a punch. Sharp bitterness with a slight fruityness. Great beer. Get this one if you have the chance.
FSUScott (112) - Rome, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2010
beautiful golden color. sweet smell, almost like soap. very hoppy taste with a sweet tone in it. good feel and goes down fairly smooth. ebmalon (62) - Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Tap to tasting glass at Pisgah brewery. Pours hazy amber with appropriate ratio of white head. Holy hops!! Nose is citrus with a hint of yeast. Taste is sweet and full of PNW hops fading to biscuit/bready yeast. Finishes warm and bitter. Lovely ipa. Too bad i couldnt survive a session of this :p beasley269 (15) - Rutherfordton, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Moderately sweet almost nutty aroma, medium brown in color with a beige head that maintains nice lacing. I taste hints of caramel and almonds. Its very slick on the tongue. The finish is sweet yet has hints of bitterness, almost reminds me of dried fruit. Quite unique but a delicious brew none the less. Came out of a growler picked up straight from the brewery. cwalexander1 (14) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2011
2009 Batch was the shit. big malty dry (not sweet) hoppy . well balanced really all around great beer
2010 batch not the same beer at all bubblegum, butterscotch, caramel, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, medium bitterness, not enough hop to back up the sweetness would love to re-rate this beer when I open one from the cellar!