Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Sampled via 22-oz bomber during Cheesehead YeHA in Brookfield, Wisconsin and shared by 1FastSTi. Pours a hazy caramel amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that leaves behind a thin head and white ring. Aroma of distinct grapefruit and apple zest/skin, dark biscuit dough, piney/citrus hops and a touch of caramel. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of sweet grapefruit, citrus zest and a touch of caramel malt. Finish is semi-sweet, bitter with an iced tea character aftertaste. Good alcohol balance in the finish. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Cheesehead YeHA (who brought this?): Coppery hue with a small frothy head and some lace. The aroma has notes of caramel and biscuity malt, herbal and piney hops, hint of grapefruit and apple, and some fusel alcohol vapours. The taste is sweeter than expected but there is hop bitterness and acidic fruit twang to counter-balance the flavor profile. The finish is mildly spicy and alcoholic. The mouth feel is aggressive and sharp with a chalky finish. Okay but under attenuated. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Thanks to whoever brought this! Poured medium caramel with a short cap of beige head.. settled down to a thin layer after a couple minutes. The aroma picked up lots of bright caramel and lighter fruitage with lots of alcohol amplification.. dry and seemingly weak in the hop department. The flavor was sweet, and certainly booze-driven with caramel as the major player.. lots of raw booziness and not very complex. Medium-to-heavier bodied and sharp with boozy caramel and fruits on the hot finish. MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Light copper pour nice white head thick lacing. Bit thick well coated palate. Fruity cereal flavor w/ a big grassy/piney dry hop that dominates a slight caramel backbone. Fruity pebbles cereal like aroma light alcohols and a touch of caramel. Not really my beer here. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2007
bomber poured a lighter amber in color with a one finger head that faded to a skim coat on the top with slow mediocre carbination. aroma is very light for a double ipa, fruit hops, caramel malt, grass, some citrus, and light dough. flavor hits better than the smell, hop bite mid tongue, citrus peel, heavy dose of malt, heavier carbination than evident in the glass, has a bitter finish that somewhat lingers on for a bit and alcohol present. not sure where they are going with the food pairings on the label in my opinion this would be terrible with pink Alfredo sauce and peppers. nice try but not a top contender here.
goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Poured hazy amber color with a large off-white head. The aroma is malt with notes of orange and citrus. Light orange hop of malt. Biscuity with a little pine at the end. Seems to have a touch of acidity. Medium bodied and moderately bitter. Semi-dry finish. canary dog (780) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - NOV 11, 2007
I was surprised by this one. I haven’t really had anything too great yet from these guys. This is a VERY fine brew. Very well balanced malt and rich floral hops. Alcohol is well hidden. Despite a slight Irish mossy (?) note in there (not as bad as the Tomahawkus), it was a very smooth beer. I think this compares favorably to Stone Arrogant Bastard. Their best stuff I have tried so far. I’m also a little surprised by the low ratings here so far. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Pours copper with a generous white head. Smells of citrus, some resin, some pepper. Tastes of biscuits with some pepper and citrus. Better than their IPA not that that is saying much. ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Appearance: Pours a clear amber body with a small, soapy off-white head.
Smell: Pungent, redolent hop aroma of citrus and freshly-squeezed spruce juice.
Taste: Near-absent caramel malt character with a brief, fleeting sweetness. Flavors of grapefruit and spruce shavings. As for the bitterness, well, it’s evident. Hell, it’s unmistakable! As is the lingering bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A brash, almost cheeky double IPA. Yep. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Name: Double IPA
Date: September 29, 2007
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy dark copper, wispy white head, bits of lace
Aroma: light crystal malt aroma with earthy hops
Flavor: crystal malt flavor is kept pretty dry by the earthy hops, lasting bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4