holdenn (2117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 On tap at RevBrew. Copper amber with a creamy tall beige head. Awesome nose lots of hops fresh out the bag. Piney and citrusy. They must have just tapped this one. Caramel malts underneath all of those bitter citrusy hops. Not crazy bitter but those hops are delicious. This is the freshest iipa I’ve had in awhile. Add some more bittering hops, but the flavor ones are right on. 9/4/8/4/16
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2010
A pour at the bottling facility. Caramel colored with a beige head. Tropical fruit Citrus light but nice aroma. Bitter citrus pine tropical fruits. Some booze. A little faded but good. 8/3/7/4/15
On tap at the brewpub during Revolution’s Oktoberfest Celebration (Chicago, IL). Pours an orange copper hue with a fiery glow, decent haze, a moderate white head that stays fairly large, larces well. Aromas are quite striking: florals and citrusy hops mesh with a touch of resiny pine, caramel and toffee malts, toffee. Initial is a sturdy bodied DIPA with big flourishes of grapefruit, lemon, piney hops. Dry, moving into sweet sticky caramel and toffee, biscuits, bread. This fades a bit on the palate, making the hops a but muted, and showing me more malt dominance than I would have liked. Finish is dry, lingering sweetness. The hops have a punch up front, but fall off a bit for my liking in the end. A nice local DIPA all the same. SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Draught at the brewpub. Dark copper-red with a light beige head. Rich and fruity aroma that seems to be equal parts caramel, citrus, toffee, dried fruit and butterscotch. Sweet and malty with lots of butterscotch and dried fruit. Hoppy, but the hops struggle to shine through the malt and fermentation character. Very estery, probably due to the higher gravity fermentation. The diacetyl works better here than the pale ale, as it plays well off of the malt and esters and the fact that the hops are muted doesn’t feel like as much of an issue SrSilliGose (3324) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 26, 2010
tap at brewpub. sweet caramel, some light throat warming booze. medicinal sherry note. grassy, herbal hops get lost amongst the booze. some light orangepeel. okay, not great. more of a hoppy barley wine. TheCruiser (1) - UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS - SEP 23, 2010 does not count
IMO this is Man Candy ^2 Just fantastic, unique, powerful, mind clarifying elexor!
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - SEP 14, 2010
On tap at the brewpub.User29624 (1687) - - SEP 11, 2010
Pours a slightly cloudy auburn-amber with poofy white head that has some staying power and leaves nice bits of lace. Aroma is piney, sticky-caramel-y sweet malt, juicy citrus with notes of lemon, grapefruit and bitter orange. Flavor is bitter, piney, astringent, dry, crunchy, bready, nutty, and not nearly as juicy as the aroma had hinted. Sugary-rich malt builds as the beer warms and becomes sticky and overbearingly saccharine-sweet; the malt sweetness manages to become quite assertive without actually bringing any balance to the hop bitterness. Palate is cloying with a dry, nutty and mildly astringent aftertaste.
This is a rather strange IPA, double or otherwise. One of those dish-soap-flavored IPAs hopped to the hilt with inadequate balance that I’ve grown to truly dislike, with the added weirdness of being nutty and dry like a brown ale. Not digging this.
Draft - pours amber with off white head. Nose of citrus hops. Bitter citrus flavor, good body and hides the 8.3% ABV fairly well. Not one of my favorite of their IPAs, but still decent. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Draft at Revolution, released today. Pours a chill-hazed reddish amber with a sticky offwhite head. Nose is fresh and citrusy, some apricot, earth & tangerine. Nice. On taste, it comes across a bit harsh. The interplay between the crystal malt and hops isn’t super friendly. Also lacking more of that citrus flavor, but overall, not too shabby. At least an interesting beer and about on par with Samadhi. Nice.