Travlr (24322) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2014 jazz88 (2678) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ The Bistro’s 2010 10th Annual Double IPA Festival. This was labelled as "Speakeasy IIIPA" at the festival. A golden yellow color with a light aroma but a nice malt and hop flavor.
Tap at Pizzeria Paradiso. Amber color, edge head. Not much aroma. Taste is bitter from start to finish, but not much else. No character or complexity. Ordinary. PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Notes from my backlog: I believe these Speakeasy beers were all sampled at Rattle n Hum. Copper pour with good clarity and a facing off white head. Rich oily hop aroma. Some vegetal and resiny hempy notes. Grapefruit, peach, clean. Slick big body. Lots of vegetal in the oily flavor. Quite resiny and one dimensional. A clean hoppy IIPA with a soapy note. A bit off. ben4321 (6422) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Location: Draft at RnH, 8/8/11
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Aroma: The aroma is fairly hoppy, grassy and floral with some citrus notes too
Appearance: The pour is a clear caramel color with a white head and good lacing
Flavor: The taste is much more malty than the nose, caramel and malty flavors dominate the hops
Palate: The body here medium, it has kind of a harsh, boozy finish to it, and some heat
Overall, I thought this was a pretty decent beer, but it just wasn’t really a DIPA to me. If I had gone in thinking I was getting an American stlye Barleywine, I’d have probably given it a higher score, but as an IIPA, it just feel a little bit short of style in my opinion. It was still an enjoyable beer though.
Bistro DIPA fest 2011. Pours a medium amber with thinning head. Aroma is sligthly stale cheesy hops, grass, mold, dirt, some citrus, grass, and decaying pine needles. Flavor is more cheese, slight crackery caramel malts, some burnt toffee, cheesy hops, grass, light citrus, lemon, and a harsh abrassive finish. Meh.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Nowadays, triple IPA’s can be way too much. But this still retains a lightness to it that makes it really drinkable. Pours an orange/red. Nice citrusy aroma. A little alcohol burn at the back end but the bitterness does not overwhelm. brokensail (16440) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
A: The pour is a clear golden amber color with a decent sized, but short lived, white head.
S: The nose is sweet with lots of tropical fruit notes like pineapple and mango. There’s a decent enough citrus note, but the beer seems pretty sugar and caramel forward.
T: It’s pretty sweet on the palate, too, but there is a decent enough bitterness. Lots of pineapple, mango, honey, and some grapefruit, too. There’s some oily pine notes, and the beer has a certain stickiness to it.
M: The body is a bit on the heavy side for an IPA, but from the level of alcohol and sweetness, that’s not really surprising.
D: Not quite as good as I was hoping, but still not terrible. I might give this one another chance just because I do enjoy a good IPA. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Appearance: Pours a clear amber gold with a quickly subsided head.Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Aroma: Light citrus and sweet candy like malt.
Taste: Big sweet malt, big citrus and hot alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Cloying, moderate carbonation.
Overall: Very big, slightly above average.
On tap at Gingerman. The Don. Pours a rich amber color with a white soapy head. Has a toasty aroma with hints of citrus and pine. Heavy caramel on the nose as well. Starts sweet with a subdued hop hit. Toasty flavor thoughout. A nutty brew. Creamy mouthfeel. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 18, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2010 On tap. Pours with a mostly clear orange-bronze body with a lasting white head. Great lace. Aromas of floral honey, orange and citrus, honeysuckle. Thankfully the flavors are dry, grain, honey, citrus and tropical fruit. Lively bubbles, obviously big. Seems like a slightly boozier version of Maharaja. Good big IIPA!