DocLock (10659) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Thanks to Brock_Landers for this one. Pours dark coppery with 1-finger sticky head. Aroma of piney hops, caramel malt, some spicy black pepper and fruit notes. Tastes extremely hoppy, with notes of mango, tangerine, caramel malt, and feety earthy notes. Tastes a lot like a mixture of weyerbacher Double Simcoe and 11th Anniversary. Gets a bit hot as it warms, and the malts fall out a bit, causing a slight unbalanced heat, and this one is a true hop bomb. I’ll be doing a side by side with this and Weyerbacher DS and 11th later. Is this a top 50 beer? I’d have to say no. It is a great IIPA, but I’ve had many that are as good or better. Still, if I could find this, I’d buy a case or two in a heartbeat. I’m sure this one will age extremely well. adnielsen (10605) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle shared @ Crooked Stave ROY-G-BIV Day via trade with pineypower. Pours a hazy orange appearance with no head. Very malty, caramel, oxidized, cardboard, herbal aroma. Flavor is again quite malty- the hops are completely gone at this point- and has some notes of citrus and toffee. This one is long gone but it was still interesting to try. jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2007
Bottle shared by HogTownHarry - many thanks! Orangey amber body witha moderate thick fluffy beige head. Aroma of moderat resiny hops, muted orange citrus notes. Similar flavour, hops with a strange but pleasant earthy notes, not overly bitter and very different from what I expected. Average palate is quite smooth (3+). Alcohol is barely noticable - I did not realise it was so high! This is very good, but I only like it, not love it. alexsdad06 (10284) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3 L bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a medium sized dense cream colored head. The aroma is big on citrus and other fruits along with moderately sweet caramel malts. The flavor is very malty with some signs of the hops that were much more present when fresh. I did get ripe orange citrus and bitter grapefruit to go with caramel/toffee malts. The bitterness is still there in the finish. This has morphed into more of a barleywine; at least it’s a good barleywine. I had the beer fresh and loved it, and this beer is still holding up quite well considering its age and the style. Probably better to drink this soon if you have them around. marcus (10149) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 10, 2006
This golden/copper ale poured with a foamy off-white head, eliciting a strong citrus and hop aroma. The complex flavor includes characteristics of pine, grapefruit and roasted malt. These flavors are very pleasant but are, unfortunately, overwhelmed by hop bitterness and alcohol. Hopheads will probably enjoy this beer, but it was just too bitter for my taste.
sebletitje (10067) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2017 Rerate Bottle share at RBBWG 2017, thanks for sharing.
Orange léger, col blanc-cassé.
Arôme est malté avec un renforcement de houblons C laissant une impression de tropical, herbacés et houblons fermentés, malt apporte une certaine consistance niveau des grains.
Palais est herbacé, houblonné renfermé, gazon frais, pointe de citrique et agrumes avec léger résineux e pin en fin de bouche. Petite note de sucre résiduel poussant le tout à 10%, ce qui a pour effet de donner un côté réchauffant en bouche.
11/26/2008 On tap @ OTH, FL Stone kick off party.
Pours orange, with white/beige head.
Aroma is malty and fruity.
Taste, sugary, fruity, lightly hoppy with some caramel malts.
After taste remains quite hoppy. A good IPA but I saw nothing that would set it apart from all the other CA IPA’s. 7-3-7-4-15 JorisPPattyn (9929) - Ursel, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2017
Fine transparant head over clear amber-golden beer. Citrussy New World hops, rosewater, malt and caramel too. Oxydized, rosewater, bit catty, caramelmalt, amandine. Very hopoilslick, not very carbonated feel. Right! the IPA’s of yesteryear: reconnaissance! MartinT (9852) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2007
My Bottom Line:77ships (9650) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2017
Caramel-covered biscuits and citrusy, piney hoppiness starkly seize the palate, as alcohol heats up the back end alongside the rigid hop bitterness. This is an intense and wealthy strong ale, no doubt.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the clear honeyed amber.
-Fruity honey adds to the caramel malt sweetness.
-Mouthfeel is chewy and well fed, and the soft carbonation makes it obvious.
-Lots of flavors speeding about, but I’m not sure they’re cohesive yet.
Thank you Sebletitje! 650 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG VI (2017). Bottled 25 August 2016. It has some age on it. Nearly clear orange, small white head. Nose is mellow cat piss oil hops, mango, some lemon peel, fruity hops, far more mellow than expected (maybe the age). Taste is far more bitter than you would expect from the smell, bitter orange peel, lemon peel, cat piss, pine, lively body, nicely bitter. Pretty solid old school cat piss hops IPA. arminjewell (9585) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Pours deep amber from a bottle today. Still a nice lasting off white head, aroma is definitely subdued hops but has a nice caramel, bread, and toffee malt. Much more like a barleywine now, really smooth slightly piny hops in the beginning leads into a sweet caramel and toffee taste that is still a bit bitter. Not bad in its current state, but with this malt profile it must have been an awesome DIPA in its day. Glad I got to try it!