hopdog (12544) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2008
12oz bottle acquired in trade with hoppymeal (thanks!!). Tasted side by side by side (Original , Dry hop, & Grapefruit versions). Poured a medium and hazy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of grapefruit, citrus, caramel, vanilla, some wood, and pine. Tastes of citrus rinds, grapefruit, caramel, wood, and vanilla. This one was definitely more ’citrusy’ than the other 2 and was more balanced. Again the barrel aging was done very nicely. Shorts kicks ass again! ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Bottle at the brewery. Pours a copper color with a smallish yellow-beige colored head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, grapefruit, orange, pine, light caramel. Flavor is a nice blast of grapefruit, light bourbon, oak, lemon, pine, caramel. Body is quite full, medium carbonation, finished bitter. This was another fantastic brew that blew me away. Perfect balace, nice hint of bourbon and wood throughout, nice notes of grapefruit! Awesome. One of the best use of bourbon barrel aging that I’ve had yet!! jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2008
bottle from mibirder. Definitely more sweet, citrus flavor and more noticable bourbon compared to the dry hopped version. A very good, complex iipa. My new favorite brewery? bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Pours a pretty clear amber color color with a small head. Aroma had some bourbon in it but this actually meshed well with the rest of the beer. Not overpowering really at all. I could distinguish some grapefruit at the end of this as it warmed. Had a lot of carmelized malt notes similar to a barleywine. Still had a solid bitterness to this one. Flavor was a little sweet but still good. This was a really good sipper. I dont really know if it can be considered a IIPA though. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle shared by ogglethorp: Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. Aroma, grape fruit comes through nicely along with some other citrus notes, pale and caramel malts, along with the oaky bourbon notes. Flavor, the grapefruit is very forward, and there is a good dose of citrusy hops as well, vanilla, bourbon and oaky notes are evident towards the finish. This was a definite treat, a unique barrel aged beer to me, I really enjoyed it.
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2008
really great aged ipa. I love grapefruit so i enjoyed that aspect alot. It was plenty sweet though. Not offensively so but i enjoy things a bit bitter. Overall a great ipa and Am very glad to have tried it thanks to incutrav! rallison (116) - USA - JUL 9, 2008
Wow. That was my first thought upon smelling this creation. Huge grapefruit rind in the smell with sweet bourbon back there. Can’t wait to dive right in and taste it!
Bitter grapefruit/grapefruit rind, bourbon vanilla and some hoppiness against a relatively thick caramel/toffee malt body. The grapefruit though definitely steals the show. So creative and unique - and well pulled off to boot.
Mouthfeel is pretty rich with low carbonation - something that suits this beer well.
Drinkability is not amazing, but, given what it is, is not bad.
Recommended. Every single brew from this talented brewer I have loved in one way or another - sometimes because it tastes really good, sometimes because the flavors are so unique, sometimes because it just works for me - this beer continues that trend. Please, Joe Short, whatever you do, don’t stop making offbeat beers like this. Tmoney99 (14486) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Bottle shared by Alexsdad06. Poured a cloudy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good to excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex citrus hoppy and woody aroma with a small alcohol tone. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2008
12oz via trade with alexsdad, shared with dalekliz, NYE 08. Pours orange with a tan head. Nose is incredible huge grapefruit and citrus. Amazing!! Taste is really big and citrussy with a good kick of booze, this is really cool. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Huge thanks to Brad for this bottle which I thought I’d never get to try. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours a murky but bright orange that looks closer to caramel in the glass. There’s a small thin white head that clings to the edges as a small collar.
The aroma is still massively fruity after all this time. Juicy, sweet grapefruits dominating. Maybe a little sugary sweetness and some orange zest. Oh, and a hefty bourbon aroma throughout.
The taste is more bitter than the aroma suggested with the grapefruit evolving from sweet to a more pithy bitterness. The finish is boozy with the bourbon burning in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and very slick.
This one is a big bourbony DIPA that has a surprisingly big grapefruit presence still hanging on after 2+ years. Really enjoyed it.