mrhoppy (1196) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Aged in oak? Very sharp flavor. It must have been virgin oak or oak chips. I taste no other liquor. Which makes it a hoppy oak beer. I am going to give this beer a break because of it’s uniqueness. Aroma is in your face bitter no doubt pushed by the oak. Unfortunately the complexity is lacking. To sum it up the beer is pretty harsh. For only hoppy bitter barrel guys. dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2013
Pours golden orange with a small white head. The nose is orange and dusty wooden shelves, with some sweet pastry mixed in. The taste is horrible. It literally reminds me of the vomit aftertaste. It’s so unbalanced on the sweet side it’s sickening. The texture is not where near and ipa, soft as can be. Body is heavy and finish is fortunately, short. The drain can drink the rest of this 22 oz waste. popery (2231) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
Pours a nice shade of amber gold. Transparent, no haze apparent. Big off-white head. Good lacing and retention. Nice looking beer.
Absolutely reeks of diacetyl. Probably the most that I’ve ever smelled in a beer. Every time that I move the glass, it smells like someone squirted some movie theater butter flavoring. I don’t mean to be harsh, but the aroma dominates the beer. There’s some hops, but it’s hard to identify the notes underneath the butter. My guess would be grapefruit, grass and herbal spice. Unfortunately, they’re way in the background. There’s also a little booze, oak and some vanilla. Rough.
The taste is sweet and buttery with a blandly bitter, buttery hop finish. It’s slightly better than the aroma but still quite bad. There’s some biscuity malt and a light tannic note. A little more vanilla and oak. Even when I try to put the aroma completely out of my mind, it’s still too sweet, lacks hop delicacy and tastes like artificial butter. Not much to like.
Feel is fine, but it’s a bit hop harsh and boozy in the finish. It does get a little watery in the middle, and there’s a touch of hop slickness. Also, the diacetyl makes my palate feel funny as I drink. Not sure what that’s about.
Probably the worst DIPA that I’ve ever tried. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 11, 2013
On tap. Clear dark golden with a creamy white head. Sweet grainy citrus aroma and taste with nice caramel, vanilla and oak flavors and a dry moderately bitter finish. Good thick chewy palate. ansalon (4121) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 10, 2013
Pours a very nice deep golden. Nose is pineapple, ripe peach, resin, caramel. Taste is apple, caramel, some herbs, resin and peach. Very nice aftertaste, balanced well between lingering tropical fruit and bitterness.
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jtclockwork (17264) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Bottle. Pours orange amber with tan head. Nose and taste of thick caramel malt, grapefruit rind, dried citrus and oak. Thick malt body. Bitter caramel and grapefruit finish. bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Bottle. Amber beer with a dark cream head. Grapefruit and light vanilla aroma with light oak. Grapefruit and pine flavor with caramel and vanilla. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Pine and sweet malt linger with caramel, grapefruit, and oak. anders37 (26999) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2013
Draft @ 13th Bistro Double IPA Festival, Hayward, CA. Pours a hazy golden color with a white head. Has a fruity malty toffee aroma with woody hoppy citrus hints. Fruity malty hoppy bitter citrus flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish. BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a hazed bronze hued body with a medium sized off-white head with some lace. Aroma... Probably the most diacetyl that I have smelled in a commercially produced beer in the last 9 months. Butterscotch, vanilla pudding, maple, and butter...yeah, just as appealing as it sounds in your 9% IPA. Flavors confirm that this will be a drain pour. Butter and Aunt Jemimah with citrus zest and more fake maple syrup. Sickly levels of diacetyl. Lively carbonation and slightly oily. 20 of the 22oz Poured down the drain. I honestly hope this is a packaging issue and they sort it out ASAP. More than willing to re-rate, but this was foul! Thisis12ptfont (1221) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Aroma of herbs, spices and hops. Pure golden color with a large foam. Basic flavors of biscuit, yeast and hops. Overall, very yeasty with some biscuit and bread undertones. I’d give this a C rating.