superspak (4867) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/13/2016. This batch is 11.8% per their website. Pours clear deep orange/light copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, bread, light pepper, and floral/grassy/oaky earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Some increasing barrel booziness in the aromas as it warms. Flavors of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, bread, light pepper, and floral/grassy/oaky earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, bread, light pepper, and floral/grassy/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a smooth, moderately creamy/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a small warmth and a bit of barrel booziness lingering after the finish; but not overwhelming. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Less vibrant/aggressive on the hops/bitterness than the base beer, but has nice balanced barrel complexity; and is not overwhelming on the bourbon, though is a bit boozy. A very enjoyable offering.
George999 (426) - Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - the pour is cloudy and burnt orange in color with a thin head that lingers. The aroma is very bright and hoppy. The taste is bitter from the hops, a little sweetness from the malts to balance the bitter bite of the hops. Additionally there are notes of tea in the flavor as well. The finish is malty and bitter hops. Overall it is very hopped beer,
FROTHINGSLOSH (7059) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2016
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy vibrant copper color with a large foamy orange-white head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was bitter, piney, fruity, rough and earthy. The flavor was bitter, floral , herbal, earthy and rough. Long finish. Medium body. Disappointing.
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
10/26/2010 2:31:19 AM Bottle at Beer Temple. Amber body with thin head. Nose is floral and sweet. Taste of lots of hops and citrus. Bitter in the finish. Very enjoyable.
KamGoPro (220) - Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich citrus and leafy nose. Has some oak as well. Strong alcohol from the bourbon barrel on the start. Middle is leafy hops and finishes bitter dry
mallons72 (206) - livonia, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This finished number two in my list of Michigan ipa. Same pine, oak, citrus flavor. Two hearted puts it all together better...just barely.
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle fresh into a pint glass straw with a whitish head.
Aroma is grassy hops some ever so slight bourbon?
Flavor is oaky grassy as heck hops with some sweetness. Bitter finish like a good IPA should
Second time to consume this brew and continue to enjoy. The oakiness is upfront like the kick in your pants hops. If there was more sweet bourbon I would probably keel over in happiness. Alas still a decent brew from the state up north.
lightbias (452) - USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In a tulip, golden pour with no head to speak of. On tap at Guinness, Thee Irish Pub in the Detroit airport.
This IPA has a definite place in my heart from here on. The waitress told me there were 156 IBUs and although I had a better idea, I decided to jump in with both feet. Nice and smooth like a fine bourbon, bitter without biting too hard. Aftertaste is boozy but lasts true to the taste of the beer throughout. An excellent addition to my meal and something I would buy again if given an opportunity.
alliance100 (1114) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Rockwell/Republic - pours a dark gold . Big bourbon oak aromas . Taste is citrus meets oak , still pretty bitter . Overall good .
patrick767 (4032) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From very old notes - Well, apparently I didn’t write much about this one, but there’s a rating and I thought it was very good. Full bodied. Big, bitter hop flavor with citrus. Long, bitter finish.