JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - DEC 24, 2004
Very hazy, apricot/orange body. Looks like a jar of marmalade. Lots of yeast floaters. Head is huge, long-lasting, frothed and eggnog colored. Smell is luscious, of pinecones, pineapple, fresh grass, papaya and apricot. Medium-bodied, but the haziness and foam give this a rather creamy quality. Taste is bright and bold with a nice hop and malt balance. Predominately sweet hops with sharp, bright apricot and pineapple. Malt is sweet, syrupy but not overpowering. Alcohol sizzle is evident. Aftertaste is enjoyable, lots of wheat. Overall, a great smelling beer with interesting looks, an enjoyable taste and palate, and alcohol that will warm you by a few degrees. Dorwart (2583) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Nice off-white head. Good density, lasts for a while and leaves some impressive lacing. Light carbonation. Juicy hops aroma that even my slight stuffed up nose can discern. Grapefruit, pine and malt. Color is a slightly cloudy dark orange with lots of very fine suspended particles. Smooth and silky in the mouth. Goes down very clean and very easy. Big malt thickness on the palate with a generous helping of hops to give it life. I concur with a couple of the other raters that this almost seems to have a tropical fruit hint to it (mango, papaya, ???). Slight tingle from over 10% alcohol. Hides it very well. Finish is smooth and leaves a light bitterness in the mouth. Not overpowering though. A top notch double IPA! haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Bought this 12 oz bottle from Norm’s Beer and Wine in Vienna. Extremely foggy, amber pour with a thick, creamy, tan head. Floral hops aroma. Earthy and citrusy as well. But wow what a punch. Perfect hop/malt balance, even if it is on the strong side. You can easily sense the alcohol presence, but it’s not too overpowering. A taste of tropical fruit. Quite honestly, a damn good Double IPA. mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Stoudt’s Double IPA reeks of malt, yeast, and hops, hitting the glass like a Belgian tripel. The fruity, estery yeastiness presents itself first, followed by massive pale malt, orange-like hops, then finishing with lingering malt sweetness and dry hop astringency. The malt and yeast dominate the hop flavors, and the alcohol content is well hidden. This resembles a good tripel much more than an IPA. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2004
One of the uglier ales I have seen. It started to pour fine then a huge dark chunk came out and fouled the experience. I ended up with a still amber ale that contained suspended yeast chunks. Excellent aroma of fresh hops and malt. Crazy body and amazingly smooth finish. Intense flavor of tropical fruit with a backbone of serious hops. A beer lovers beer.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 Cloudy dark golden copper with a thin off-white head. Aroma is bold, fresh, and hoppy with a touch of sweet caramel. Juicy, resiny hop flavored body has a nice sweet balance to it. Finishes dry, piney and sticky without much alcohol present. A very nice double IPA. Thanks to goldtwins for sharing and skaughty for the bottle! goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Poured a cloudy apricot color. Aroma is fruity (apricots and grapefruit) and hoppy (piney and citrusy). Long hoppy citrus flavor and mild bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied and silky. Warming but well balanced between malt, hops, and alcohol. TheBeerGod (6209) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Bottle. Pours copper with a medium frothy dusty white head. Nose is big hops and fruit (berries). Moderate caramel sweetness, some syrupy notes, and light spice. Taste is huge hops and more fruit notes. Light spice and earthiness, some plant notes, pine, light alcohol, and honey round the flavor out. Body is medium-full with slight alcohol warming and a bit of stickiness. Finishes with more spice notes and fruit (orange peel) along with hops and pine. Was really surprised at how big this turned out. Almost like a barleywine. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Hazed amber, big creamy off white head. Nose was loaded with sticky sweet pine, grapefruit, orange zest, some pineapple and melon, light apricot, caramel, with additional light white pepper notes. Noted some breadiness too. Flavor was very well balanced, but a bit on the sweeter side. Full bodied, prickly carbonation, smooth, semi-bitter, drying finish. Very nice...... FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Pours a bright, though lightly hazy, copper color and is topped by a pale thinnish tan head. The aroma is at first full of grapefruit, but then picks up lesser notes of hay and grass. A soft citrus character definitely dominates the aroma though.
The taste is quite smooth up front, then it starts to pick up some tingling bitterness as the hops kick in. The beer is malty sweet, which works in conjunction with, and magnifies the citrus hop character. There is a hint of hot alcohol in the finish as well as a smooth bitterness, which surprisingly disappears pretty quickly. The bitterness that is in the middle of this beer is in full force, but it does not linger through to the finish as much as some.
This beer is quite tasty, yet it is quite simple a combination of the malt sweetness and the grapefruit-like citrus character of the hops. For a Double IPA though, I am not sure if it is quite over the top enough.