TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2011
22 oz bottle from Beerlando. Wow, what a weird concept. Pours a glowing golden orange pour, sunfire and ok haziness with a small offwhite frothy head atop. Dies to a smaller ringed film, laces small. Aromas are something else: smoky malts take the focus, with campfire meats, bready malts, and touches of smoky wood, grill, and biscuits, toast coming into focus. Not to be outdone, a moderate floral and grassy hopping compliment a dominant smoke base, touches of citrus, sweeter, mix with toffee, grass, and florals. As it warms the hops focus and attack a bit more. Man, strange but not bad. Initial is medium bodied with a moderate hoppy bite up front, citrusy lemon, florals, and grass come into play, preaching a sharp bite up front. Touches of grapefruit, soap, more florals. Into the middle, the hops stick but a decent maltiness comes into the fold, preaching smoked meats, toast, and toffee, biscuits and caramel. This is odd, but strangely enough, I’m digging it. A thorough hop blast up front provides a nice bitterness moving into sufficient smoked malts, nothing to thick or cloying. Tasty and complex, I wouldn’t say it’s messy (though some more critical raters may). And the smoke kinda grabs me and keeps me into the beer. What could have been an ok DIPA ends up as one with a smoky twist. Interesting, that’s for damn sure. I’d say overall, a more smoky nose than the actual taste and lingering effect (Not to say it doesn’t linger), but it doesn’t get cloying. Pretty cool. A bit warm. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2011
22 oz. bottle via trade with smith4498 - Pours a clear amber color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is smoke and hops. Weird but kinda nice. Never had a smoked IPA before. Anyways, the smoke is a little more noticeable in the flavor. There is a small amount of floral and citrus hops that show in the flavor. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. Medium body. This is a very interesting beer. I wouldn’t surprised to see more of this style of beer pop up. Good stuff. Thanks Jason. Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Thanks Ryan for procuring the growler! Pours a deep golden body with a lacing beige head. Aromas are fruity with a hint of smoke. Flavor is mango to apricot with smoke. Some spice from hops and alcohol on the finish. The smokes fades and the fruity notes linger. I could drink a lot of this. crossovert (14135) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
This was the best of the Theatre Session, it is not super bitter and hoppy, but it is nice as a smoke double ale or something to that note. GTAEgeek (2502) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2011
22 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with a foamy white head. The aroma is candy orange slices, grass clippings and brown sugar. The flavor is very bitter, but well balanced. The palate is surprisingly smooth. Astoundingly balanced and tasty.
jrob21 (3878) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Hmm, not loving the combination of smoke and bitterness. Maybe it is the smoke that is a little too over the top. It is an ambitious effort to make these two strong flavors work together and either luck, plenty of trial and error, or real skill will get a palatable result. Unfortunately none of those were at play for me here. The aroma is a little citrusy but mostly charred wood. Flavor is chewy meaty smoke dominant and pretty forward on the first impression of the beer. Faint bitter finish with a little bit of pine. BOLTZ7555 (3028) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Bottle @ Ravenous Pig. Thought this was quite unique and delicious!!! Blood orange pour produced a creamy eggshell head. Aroma is an amazing mix of smoke and citrus. Tangerine, pine, and ash find their way to the flavor as well. One would think that they would fight one another but they blend quite well. The alcohol is nicely hidden. Cybercat (6341) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Strong aroma is quite hoppy with an overtone of grapefruit and a hint of yeast. It pours a clear golden amber with a fairly thick off-white head. Flavor is - WHOA!!! Fierce! Very hoppy but minimally bitter, firm malty undertone, grapefruit, yeasty and woody tones and hints of spice and honey. Ragged texture is quite tingly and leaves behind a persistent and lively fizz. This one’s a monster, so be prepared! craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2011
pour from the keg at brewvival on 2/26/11. bright golden pour with a 1 finger white head. big fresh citrus hop nose with a faint level of smoke. medium body with the smoke lingering throughout - does not dominate the beer. mainly a nice IIPA with the usual citrus hop notes - until the finish where the smoked malts come forward more circulating the bitterness and some light fruit notes. NachlamSie (3598) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bomber from Ale Yeah!, poured into a large Terrapin goblet. I love smoked everything and even I was apprehensive about a smoked IIPA. How are these two flavors going to work together? Then I remembered Terrapin has not impressed me with any new beers as of late and I decided that this beer would probably not taste like hops or smoke. Well, thank you Terrapin for making me eat my words. This beer is brewed out of win. The aroma is very bold with rich IIPA notes of grapefruit, menthol, honey and grass with a delicate smoky background. I impressed with the awesomeness of the hop character, most hoppy beers from Terrapin aren’t this straightforward. Taking a sip improves the experience even more. The smoke is much more noticeable in the flavor and surprisingly goes very well with the resinous, bitter hops. The beer is incredibly savory with a finish of utter delight. Normally I’d complain there wasn’t enough smoke, but keeping the campfire flavor to a reasonable level kind of works in this situation. There is enough hoppy goodness to take over my palate and the meaty smoke is just an added bonus. It works similar to the way briny and smoky flavors combine in a good Scotch. I wouldn’t readily pay $11.99 for a lot of bombers, but this one I would again. This one I would.