craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2009
sample from the pitcher at GABF on 9/26/09... very clean golden pour with a white head... HUGE piney hop nose... absolutely perfect nose... smooth medium body... the bitterness really balances well throughout the mouth... big hops on nose, but well balanced throughout... this leads to an extremely drinkable IIPA... this is like butter... so smooth and delicious. I want a bottle of this... arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Pours deep orange with thin white head. Aroma is as advertised, hops, hops, glorious hops! Huge Simcoe quality with lots of citrus, pine, a bit of a sweet malt backbone and bitters well. Extremely good DIPA, like chewing on hops. omhper (25753) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2006
Bottled. Clear brownish amber. Fresh juicy lychheelike hop aroma. Medium dry with soft rounded mouthfeel. Beautiful, solid malt character underneath a wellpointe lacquer of hops. Extremely hop aromatic, but the 150 IBU doesn’t hurt that much at all, instead the bitterness is just pleasant. Extremely drinkable for it’s size. JoeMcPhee (9554) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2006
Another huge thanks to Oakes for a bottle of this tasty brew. Deep brown beer with a very fine laced yellow head. Cloudy brew with suspended yeasty chunks despersed throughout. Massive chewy, resiny hop aroma. Sweet grapefruit, mango, papaya, tropical juiciness over some equally complex toasty caramelly malts. A hint of milk chocolate in the nose as well. Flavour matches the aroma quite well. Initial strong hoppy flavour, soft carbonation and very creamy mouthfeel. Tropical, amarillo/cascade hop flavour, light resinousness in the middle before the sweet caramelly and chocolatey malts settle into a soft, bready yeasty finish. Very unique brew, smells like a big hoppy IIPA with loads of hoppy aroma and flavour, but the flavour has only moderate bitterness. Lots of malty complexity without any roastiness. Hop flavour is incredibly fresh with light grassiness, sweet juiciness and even a kiss of spice underneath. Lightly warming but the alcohol is very well hidden. Soft and chocolatey. oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2006
Bottled (thanks omhper). Dark copper coloured, small off white head. Aroma of beautifully balanced hops. Flavour of a lot of hops and fruits. Mago and nectarine all the way through. A bit harsh grassiness starts to show, so Per was most likely right about that this may be on it’s way going bad... Except for the harsh grassyness underneath, very lovely!
IrishBoy (4233) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2008 Draft at the Bistro’s Double IPA Fest; Nose of floral and citrus hops; hazy copper with a small offwhite head; Flavor of citrus hop bitterness balanced by caramel malt, the bitterness being the finish. Very Good!! 8/4/8/4/16 4.0
Rerate from the 8th Bistro DIPA Fest
Seems much more hoppy this year with more pineyness than last years batch. spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Thanks bgburdman9 and Bruno for sharing this one at the Columbus tasting #6. Piney hops and caramel malts stand out in the aroma.Pours a medium gold with a light white head.Very nice balance of piney hops and caramel mallts in the flavor.Medium to full mouthfeel with a big hop finish. pineypower (3346) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Thanks to KrausenJockey for this brew. In a 12oz bottle. Pours out dark copper, almost a light brown with a thin white head that fades. Aroma is intense, pine hops with some grapefruit and floral aromas. Awesome mouthfeel with pine, citrus hops, floral hops and a slight sweet backbone. Bitterness carries throughout with slight alcohol on a dry finish. Very solid beer. nolankowal (939) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2007
Hand bottle shared by bgburdman at C-Bus 6, thanks! Dark orange pour with an off white head. Nice aroma dripping with citrus-floral hops...some grassiness as well.Light sweet malts support resiny citrus hops...this stuff is hop juice all the way through. Medium body...starts with hops and ends with hops. Awesome stuff! ClarkVV (6879) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2007
Bottle from KrausenJockey drunk on 4/16/07
Holy mother of God! This aroma certainly caught me by surprise. I was expecting a lot, but this just blew my expectations out of the water. I sat there and sniffed it for a good 10 minutes, not wanting to take a sip for fear it wouldnt live up. Just a magnificent bouquet of fruits including mango, papaya, red grapefruit, passion fruit, melon, orange, lime, cherry, strawberry and whatever else you can discern in this. It dries out a fair amount, towards the end, with zesty orange and nectarine-like notes that further add uinqueness. Bold, huge, juicy, and lasting, it gets in your face and sticks around. Very lacking in bitterness, it’s almost all dry hop and finishing hop aromatics. Malt stays out of the way, as it should, only adding light pale malt sugars to give the hops a bit more sweetness/juiciness and a solid backbone to rest upon. I didn’t find any overt acidity, alcohol, cattiness, or b-vitamin yeastiness. Wow. The best bottled DIPA aroma I have found. Even surpasses the original batches of Goose Island DIPA in its complexity, I think. Goose Island IIPA was more watermelon/red grapefruit focused and didnt have the tropical fruits, floral and more dry, assertive citrus complexity of this. I don’t think Goose Island had the sheer intensity of this either. Let’s add one more "Wow" for good measure before moving on.
With a nose like this, you know the flavor can’t be bad, and that’s definitely true here. Though I thought the body was just a bit too dextrinous, I’d rather it be a bit on the fuller side to help soak up the acids, than on the thinner side and leave them exposed to attack the palate. Lots of citrus, dry orange peel, white grapefruit and a definite pineapple flavor on the finish build up, with a fair share of the tropical fruits and cherries mixing in. Creamy, engaging carbonation is very impressive if this isnt bottle conditioned. Bitterness definitely notable, and builds up a touch, while there is some light warming from the alcohol on the finish. But I never got any of the fusel, or harsh, blatant alcohol flavors mentioned by others, and I certainly let the stuff warm and breath.
It’s a tall order brewing these beers and it’s an extreme juggling act to balance the hop bitterness and high gravity of the beer without it being either too bitter/acidic or too syrupy/sweet. This one comes about as close as any I’ve seen, especially taking in to consideration that this is a bottled brew, and DIPAs characteristically take best to a fresh draught line.
Fantastic, maybe in subsequent batches they can thin/dry the body out just a touch more. If you don’t love the nose on this, you should pretty much give up on the style.