DruncanVeasey (8226) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2010 650ml bottle, 9.24% ABV apparently, shared with Octo and Louise. Must have had at least an eggcup-ful between them. Orange-peach with a veil of haze under a fine, diminishing collar. Highly inviting, honeyed Turkish Delight aroma oozing biscuit, rose, tangerine and grapefruit. Fine and slippery with a decadent, boozy, not aggressive balance of tropical fruit, flowers, bittering pungency and pillowy malt sweetness. Hugely likeable IPA, earning a thumbs up from both myself and the ladies. Good one. koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Appearance: Much darker than I was expecting, an autumn burnt orange or pumpkin if you would. A nice full finger of white foam that doesn’t retain for long but leaves plenty of lacing.
Smell: A very nice mixture of sweet malt and citrusy simcoe hops jumps out.
Taste: I’m liking this DIPA as it shows no astringency but still manages to satisfy my hop desires. It also reaches an enjoyable melding of sweet malt and hop bitterness. Unlike other DIPA’s that tend to be one dimensional or tend to have 2 strong separate tastes (sweet malt vs bitter hops) this DIPA has one nice blended flavor that gives both sweet malt and bitter hops. The balance really works.
Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied and not as sticky as most DIPA’s.
Drinkability: This fine blend makes for easy drinking. The sweet malt isn’t overly sweet. The hops aren’t overly bitter.
I really enjoyed this DIPA and would love to come back to it again in the future.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-14-2008 vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
Nitrogen Draft. Orange pour with some white head. Although its nitro it could have used a little more "carbon"ationation. Aroma is full of citrus and pine hops. Flavor is dominated by pine resins. Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2010
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from Fireworks.
Right out of the gate I will say this bottle had some age on it so take this rating for what it’s worth. It pours a deep amber color with a frothy, off-white head. The nose is very mild with a touch of soap and florals. The flavor has light chocolate notes, a bit of earth, and a mild floral bitterness. The hops have subsided to reveal a nice malt character. A mild fruitiness emerges as the beer warms. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a medium, slightly fruity finish. The finish is kind of odd. You can tell this brew was something else before this incarnation. I am sure it is better fresh, but even now it is not half bad! obxdude10 (2324) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Unfortunately this isn’t one of the better double IPAs out there. I kind of knew it wasn’t going to be all that great once I took a sniff of the beer. The Conductor featured too malty of a nose. I’ve smelled this same aroma before, and it reminded me of other IPAs in the past that disappointed. And this one followed suit. The flavors aren’t quite hoppy enough and feature a bit too much bready maltiness. I think the sweet/sour notes of the malt overpowered the hoppiness. The finish was a bit too overpoweringly malty as well. The beer looks great, though, with a nice light amber color, generous off-white head that left a beautiful lace around the glass. But the maltiness was way too much for me to enjoy.
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle from Utobeer. Amber with a smallish head. An explosion of hoppiness: citrus, grass, raisins. any malty sweetness is balanced by solid bitterness. Noticeable alcohol. Very good. BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2010
22oz bomber Hazy light copper in color with a short head that settles quickly leaving a light layer of foam. Some citrus, grapefruit, faint floral notes. Simcoe hops stand out. Syrupy palate, medium bodied. Sweet and bitter flavors. Fruity peaches, nectarines and grapefruit yet not any tartness. Low acidity. Overall a very nice ale. Let it warm up first. portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Bomber bottle to a snfter glass. Poured dark orange-redish in color. Smell faint hops and maybe alittle of grandmas house. I felt that the taste was very standard as far as imperial DIPAS, grapefurit woody in taste hop tingles on your tongue. I would buy again, but don’t go out of your way. drjay44 (3707) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2010
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thin tiny bubbled short lived head, with some lacing, over a hazy dark gold (SRM 6-7) body.......nose is heavy with pine, resin, pineapple, light citrus.....taste initially is sweet malts with caramel, later sharp bitterness, with pineapple and resin notes, finishing with licorice and a bitterness that lingers....mouth feel is thick and chewy, tiny bubbled carbonation gives a flavor explosion. Another of the myriad of well done DIPA’s. BJCP 8/2/16/4/7 ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
22 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour is a cloudy, dark amber with a half inch of sudsy white head. Nose is floral, hops, pine, malt, and oranges. Taste hops, caramel, oranges, and malt. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this is not bad at all. This DPIA favors more malt than hops, though both are very obvious, so it is a great introduction to the style for people whom are not hop heads.