dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2013
12oz bottle courtesy of AzBennett! Pours a hazy straw color with a white head. Aroma is dank hops, bready malts and some florals. Taste is sweet with some balanced bitterness. Full bodied and while not cloying, it is pretty sweet. Finish is bitter, but balanced. Good beer. PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Notes from old backlog: I think from Barcade: Hazy golden pour with an off white film of head. Sweet aroma. Clover honey and faded hops. A touch of vegetal and a hint of oak. Nice rich warming palate. Big bodied with a ton of honeyish maltose with a faded hop (mint/spearmint) character. The hops are very faded; just has a vegetal bitterness. Leighton (21232) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2010
Tap at Mugs in Brooklyn. Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a medium white head. Sweet aroma with plenty of maltiness and citrus hops. Flavor starts very sweet and morphs into a seeminingly sweet hop character. The malts are prominent, and the hops have settled into a state of citrus deliciousness. Medium bodied with average carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. Finishes sweet with some lingering grapefruit bitterness. This beer has that Smutty sweetness, which I like. The hop intensity has also tamed a bit making the beer highly drinkable. Really good stuff. Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Tap at Smuttfest, Novares Res,
POur is Orange with a small of white head. Sweet vanilla, woody barrel aromas ooze out of this one. Surprisingly, the hops are not as muted as I had expected, Citrus sings through vibrantly. The Flavor is a marriage of sweet resinous hops and vanilla oak, smoothly flowing down my gullet way to fast. Delicious. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
Tap at Barcade. Pours a slight hazed dull orange with a very nice white head lasting and good lace. Aroma is grassy old somewhat stale hops, thcik syrupy sweet malts- caramel with and earthy burnt toffee, with some ok citrus in there and a sharp strong fresh American oak kick. Flavor is earthy, grassy, pine mint, medium aged hops, some fresh oak and vanilla, mostly sweet malts still in there- still big body, somewhat smooth- still harsh bittering from the grassy hops. Ok.
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Tap at Barcade. A perfect example of why IPA should never be oak aged. Minimal touches of oak added little to what is now an old, oxidized, stale IPA. Retains some bitterness while losing all fresh hop aromatics. A little bit of crystal sweetness ends up coming through. Bleh. TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Tap at Barcade.Pours an almost clear orange hue with a wafer thin head. Nose is big floral hops. Huge hops meet a ton of malt in a wonderful marriage ( did i just write that?). The hops are fruity floral and sticky. Malt balances this nicely and the barrel adds an extra kick. Finish carries the hops and is nicely bittered. Solid. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2010
on tap at Taco Mac, Metropolis on 3/7/10... deep orange pour with a 1/4" white head... nice creamy head which lasts throughout... oak, vanilla, aged hops, deep malts on the nose... medium body with more of the nose... deep hop character... lots of deep fruit notes throughout as well... big oak / malt finish with some lingering bitterness. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2010 ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Name: Big A IPA, Oaked
Date: December 29, 2009
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: hazy orange, big dense cream head, layers of lace
Aroma: sweet tangerine aroma, light oak
Flavor: sweet fruity malt flavor, lots of citrus, nice tangerine, vanilla adds to the crystal sweetness, nice oak followed by a balancing bitterness, long bitter finish
Name: Big A IPA, Oaked
Date: January 15, 2010
Source: the porter
Score: 3.7 to 3.9
Aroma: bigger oak in the aroma along with a touch of sweet vanilla, fruity tangerine follows the vanilla
Flavor: flavor starts off sweet and fruity with the tangerine, big oak kicks in with big citrus and earthy hops
Overall: this beer is better from the top of the keg than the bottom of the keg, or since kegs pour from the bottom then maybe it’s the bottom layer that’s best
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
Appearance: Handed over a clear, orange-amber body with a full finger of white foam which soon settles into an inner-glass encircling ring.
Smell: Vanilla and spicy, zesty oakiness on the nose jumps out first followed by a hoppy mixture of oily citrus fruits, resinous pine, and fresh florals. The malts, with a touch of caramel candy and even lighter touch of toastiness bring up the rear.
Taste: Quick, accelerated burst of sugar-coated, caramel-glazed grins with just the faintest touch of toastiness to it. Then, hoppy tastes of citrus pith, pine blossoms, and a few drops of both tangerine and grapefruit essential oils enter the picture with a staunch, keen bitterness. For the most part, it blocks the oaky, vanilla accents, but not entirely. Faintest hint of simple, common table sugar prior to the dry, bitter, but still just a tad oaky finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Adequately smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: I’m not entirely sure if this is destined for bottling or simply a one-off release, but I’d be curious to see how this progresses in the next 6-8 months, as a slight mellowing of the hops would allow the oak character to shine through just a bit more. It’s still quite good, though!