ROGUE (2205) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brewpub in Orland Park. Poured a slightly hazy deep golden color with a foamy white head. Aroma is big resiny, piney hops and not much else. Big hop taste as well, a resiny explosion of citrus and pine hoppiness, with a light sweet pale malt base underneath. Crisp, fresh, and strong. Finish is oily with a strong bitterness that lasts. Mediumbody and carbonation.
islay (2375) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2012 10 oz. pour on tap at the brewpub. Consumed on 7-11-12. Tapped on 6-4-12, according to a sign at the bar. Labeled as “Double Down – Double IPA.” Moderate amount of off-white/taupe head. Hazy orangish-tan-leather appearance. Quite strong, citrus smell: Grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Sweet, resin and muffin aroma. Well balanced in the flavor: Sweet malts and quite dry hops. Yes, of course I get citrus (especially grapefruit and, to a lesser extent, lemon) and pine, but it’s surprisingly dry in an almost English IPA way. Orange, marmalade, and triple sec (Cointreau). Lemon/orange dessert bar. Medium to full body. Lively. Tangy in both flavor and palate. A challenge to imbibe. Very tasty but very filling. Double Down – Double IPA is an excellent entry in the style. It’s a flavor and aroma bomb and definitely my kind of beer.
monkeychugg55 (1057) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper body with foamy head that leaves a lot of lacing. Lots of pine resin and citrus hops on the nose, along with some sweet caramel malts. Similar flavor. Bitter finish.
Vir4030 (600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light clear orange with a healthy head as a sampler in oak park. Not much aroma, but what is there is banana, and the flavor follows. Very banana once you get into it.
TheAlum (7054) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Orland Park, IL). Tulip pours a glowing orange gold, good haze, frothy offwhite head stays moderate sized, laces well. Aromas are a floral melange, grapefruit and orange, amarillo gumball sweetness, mango, bigger melon, grainy bready malts with a touch of bigger toffee, pale malts. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, lighter crisp cereal grains and pale malts mixed with touch of biscuits. Florals and sweeter melon and amarillo, gumballs, moderate bitterness on the palate sticks with some sweetness, dry florals, grass. Orange, some decent citrus, pale malts and cereal grains, dry and bready. Not a bad DIPA, not as juicy or bitter as anticipated, a bit sweet on the palate but still fairly well balanced for the style, a lingering touch of heat and dryness mix with sweeter malts, sweeter slanted hop character with dry florals. Not my favorite hop beer from Orland, but Iain is doing good things here.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub: Golden bodied with a tall, sustained head, this had a big cirtrus and zest aroma with a touch of floral and pine scents. The malts wait until the flavor to shine, grainy and softly sweet, but are outweighed by the fruity, bitter hops. The finish is dry (of course) with a solid lingering bitterness. Another fine addition to Iain Wilson’s array of monthly IPAs!
tmoreau (3929) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub bar, and served in a tulip with a deep, golden hue, creamy, off white head foam, and web-like, lasting lacing that etches the sides. The aroma was smooth malt, the perfume of sweet fruit & citrus, with a resiny pine backing. The flavor added full hop bitterness and a complimentary amount of balancing malt, resulting in a medium+ body, with a lingering bitter and dry finish. Very nice hop encounter! This must have been named for Iain’s recent Vegas trip?