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Review by Lum on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 9 15 4 7 0
Pours a clear, copper color. Very little head, and any that was there disappeared very quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma of grapefruit and grapes. More of a malt presence than one would expect. Hints of orange, pine and tangerine in the background. Rather sweet in aroma for a DIPA.

The primary taste is of citrus -- grapefruit and oranges. Alcohol is very noticeable, as I have had stronger barley wines where the alcohol was so noticeable. Is this a bad thing??? Not in my opinion -- that is the beauty of a DIPA, isn't it?. Definitely malty, as I would swear I taste caramel. I think the only thing that detracts from this is I wish it had more of a hop "punch". As it is, this seems to be more of a barley wine, IMO.

Mouthfeel is smooth, I presume from the maltyness of this. Medium in body... carbonation is minimal, nice. I really wish this was more brash -- again, as in more of a monster hop presence. It is dry, especially in the aftertaste, which reminds one that there are definitely hops there...

I originally had this late last spring, and it made more of an impression on me than it did just now -- actually, it blew me away. It still is, very good. I am going to enjoy the rest, and I will try this again, but bottled. Remember, after late winter of '08, it may be some time before this available again...

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/27/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 8 14 4 7 0
Review from 12/02/06

A - Pours a nice rusty looking orange body. Fizzy head has started at about an inch, but is now just spots on the surface and a ring around the glass.

S - Big strong aroma here. Piney hops along with the sense of alcohol here. Obviously not a low abv beer. Sweet malt balances it.

T - Hops seem to be somewhat hidden by the alcohol sweetness here. Butterscotch is very present along with some piney hops. Obvious alcohol.

M - Medium bodied with very sticky hops. Almost smooth going down.

D - This is no session beer here. Drinkable, but one bottle is enough for me. Hops seem to be lost here.

Served In: Pint Glass

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