BoBoChamp (5878) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2011 65cl, new American brew Anno 2011, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex bitter brew, slightly fruity and malty, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, rocky head, good brew, yet expensive! AWISLguy (3327) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Bomber from Toasts in Augusta shared with ck1. Pours very unclear, just paler than apple juice body with nice lacing. Aroma has piney and citrus fruit notes - mango I got, with grapefruit, plus some earthiness. Taste is moderately sweet up front, citrus and a bit resiny. Finishes somewhat chewy and very, very bitter. Did not seem syrupy or "alcoholly" enough to be a double ipa, so was dangerously drinkable beyond the bitterness. BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Bottle - no idea how fresh since I can’t find any dating. Nice pour with huge head. Aroma is very floral - not what I was expecting. Not too heavy yet very good mouthfeel - sticks to the roof of your mouth. Hop bitterness is very strong but not as citrusy or piney as I had hoped. Good, but I prefer Hop 15. AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Bottle. Aroma is hoppy, with notes of citrus, grapefruit, and pine. Palate is medium bodied with a dry finish. Flavor is bitter. Pretty damn good. jkwood04 (5463) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 12, 2011
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours copper with a thick, lingering, lacy head. Aroma very strong of resiny and citrusy hops with a little caramel malts. The flavor of the hops is stronger than most beers I have tasted, and it’s really interesting. Wish it had more malts to make it thicker, but I wouldn’t want to take away from the hoppiness. A really good beer.
finol (3500) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2011
Pours golden with a white head.
Nice lemony aroma!
Very balanced between swetness and fresh citrus. hirigalzkar (3271) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2011
Bottle. Well balanced. Very fruity and sweet with a bitter (though not overly bitter) aftertaste. I like how this is incredibly hoppy without being too bitter. hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Hazy red-orange pour with some sediment, thick white head that retains well. Aroma of pineapple, caramel, honeydew, pine, smells great. Starts off sweet with light carbonation leading to bitter and finishing dry, bitter - resinous like a mouthful of fresh hops. Medium full body, moderately low carbonation, alcohol is hidden well. A great hoppy beer, something Port consistently does well. FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Sampled at 1702, Tucson; August 2011thegreenrooster (4558) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 10, 2011
The beer arrives with a half finger thick, lightly tan colored head that leaves lots of layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a straw gold color that shows some hop haze when held up to the light. The aroma is noticeable as soon as this is set down on the table with notes of lychee, floral peach and flower nectar just emanating from the glass. A closer inspection yields a much more pungent fruitiness as well as a backdrop of pine and perhaps a touch of herbal notes. The hop fruit character definitely takes center stage here; after a bit more of a ripe tangelo zest like character becomes noticeable. As the beer warms up quite a bit a noticeable, cracker like, pale malt character starts to become noticeable in the nose.
A prickly carbonation keeps this fairly light as it rolls across the palate. There is a huge flavor of tangelo zest (amazingly, distinctly, clearly tangelo zest, so much so that you would think this was part of the ingredient list), a slightly rough, biting bitterness and some herbaceous raw hop astringency. This is quite light bodied when compared to many a Double IPA, but it hits perfectly for what I want in a good example of the style. A touch of spicy alcohol is noticeable in the finish and adds some peppery notes to the herbal hop flavors found in this beer. A touch of dank, herbaceous, slightly garlic-chive like, sort of “hemp”-oil laden hop flavor backs up the upfront fruit character. The hop fruit character is definitely the dominant note in the flavor (though perhaps not quite as pronouncedly as in the nose); in addition to the tangelo zest, there are softer notes of lychee, grapefruit zest, a touch of orange blossom, and a bright Curacao Orange zest notes. The malt clearly plays a far behind, supporting role here, but there is still enough of it to provide just enough sweetness to this dry beer so that the fruity hop character is supported and there is also a touch of chewy pale grain character (somewhat cracker like, and not quite bread like).
This is a really nice Double IPA; one of the best that I have had in quite a while. Lately I feel that I have been avoiding the style because so many of them are thick enough to be confused Barleywines, but this one is certainly exactly what I am looking for.
Pour is a bright golden with lots of floties. Aroma is a nice citrus hop. Flavor is the same, all things hoppy with lots of bittnerness. Its a hop bomb and not much more to say.