Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2007CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Ok, absolutely amazing double ipa. It will totally tear your head off if you don’t plan on drinking an extremely hoppy beer though. The Palisades, Glaciers, and especially Mt Hood blend for a brilliant cocktail. A homerun.
On tap 4/11/09: Pours a cloudy amber orange with a thin, clingy-lacing white head. Aroma of fresh resiny grapefruity and orangey hops with some earthy notes and a touch of pale malty sweetness. Starts with good fullness and sweet light caramel flavor with an assertive bitterness and mild soapy character before a drier bitter finish. An interesting combo of hops, but I’d prefer a more traditional west coast blend. Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2009
Draft. Pours a cloudy brownish orange with a fluffy, light tan head. Heavy citrus nose with a bit of perfume. Medium carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Big hop prescience on the palate. Pine, a hint of grass, and citrus. I am sure there is some malt in there, but the bittering hops are so powerful, they overshadow everything else. Long, bitter finish. As the beer warms a bit and my tongue gets used to the hop lashing, a honey note emerges from the malt side. This is a powerfully bitter brew! kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Draft, Vintage 50. Pours a hazy, orange-yellow color; white head with great, fine-bubbled lacing. Resiny, orange and passion fruit hops in the aroma; some grassy and dustiness coming through. Very pleasant, zesty grass and resiny orange hop presence throughout; warming alcohol coming through as simple warmth, nothing astringent; seems almost like a toned-down version of Pizza Port Hop Suey: less intense and less layered hop character, but still very grassy and tongue-numbing and quite good. Lengthy, passion fruit and grassiness in the finish. 3fourths (9331) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Pint at the brewpub. Unfiltered red and orange hue. Flavor is fresh, salty, bitter and sharp, with a distinct snappy hop bite and a big imperial red chewy cherry flavored malt body. Scents and flavors of cedar, orange juice and highly acidic citrus. Some more mild notes of pine sap and honey, but only mild because they’re drowned out by the big fresh juicy orange notes of what I assume are Cascade/Amarillo hops. Someone said the new version has Simcoe, and I don’t exactly get those in this beer, but there is a lot going on. Pretty good stuff overall, something I would drink again, although I think it’s a little too bitter and salty. webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2007
This was Bill’s stealth beer during my visit. I really liked this. Everything about it was spot on. Great hop and malt balance, light and not as bitter given it being a double IPA. I’d definitely like to see this after another round of tweaking the recipe. Bravo Bill!
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Growler - New version made with loads of Chinook, Cascade, and Simcoe (and way more West Coast-like). Poured deep hazy orange, creamy off white head. Nose was full on pine, melon, and evergreen tones that warm into grassy citric notes. Just a faint hint of sweet caramel malt at room temp, but this here is all about the hops. Flavor is more of the same with a big pine and spruce hop punch that gains some earthy citric sweet malt in the end. Warming at over 9%, but never intruding. Guess drinking 5 snifters by yourself can do that to you though. Full bodied, medium carbonation, bitter finish. Think the locals need to get out and re-rate this one. Bill M has it goin on again... jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Lost and then re-found notes from Jan/Feb of 2007. Deep dark red amber with a very nice white dense head. Aroma is hops, hops, and more hops. A good dollop of caramel sweetness counter acts the hops bringing this a bit out of align with the IIPA style and more to the American B-wine (as mentioned by some other raters). To me it is a bit to coarse. I am hoping to go try a new batch of it this evening and hope that things will be a bit different. KUEric (975) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2007
For as HOP heavy as everything in the description and waiter desribed this beer, it really didn’t seem that way to me. I agree with Jasop that it had some serious barleywine characteristics to it. Malty! I also agree that it is unlike ’those west coast’ IPAs. A strong malt body for a IIPA, to say the least. An interesting twist. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2007
On tap at Vintage 50. Pours dark, clear amber with an off-white head. Fruity nose of US hops, pine, mango and peach. Flavor is pretty complex; notes of tropical fruits, wood, heavy caramel/toffee, brown sugar, pepper, pine and grapefruit. Full, round mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This one’s a sipper. Overall, I saw this as a mango-y, hoppy IIPA/Barleywine hybrid; quite good.