Gorgeously creamy hazed golden peach color, nearly opaque as its glow is quite murky. A small capping of dirty white capping is created upon the pour that lasts pretty decent and there's a whole ton of lacing in majorly freckled sheeting.
Aroma is all but a whole lot of caramel malty sweetness, fairly deep and ever present with touches to some old grapefruit, even older pineapple, and a whisp of piney woodness.
Taste is more of the same with a super solid core of caramel goodness slightly mixing in with a mild undertone of some tropical fruit thats perhaps been sitting too long on the shelf. Pineapple, grapefruit, apple, mango, and peach all make an appearance of older, mushy stuff with just the right kind of touch of bitterness in some of its tropical setting with ghostly pine sided woodyness and even some floral notes within its hoppy finish.
Creamy mouthfeel, bold, nearly full, low carbonated with a quick kind of tropical bite to it and totally packed with caramel malt goodness. Candy bar-esk minus the chocolate with a wholesome goodness of freshly picked hops that get all tropically flowing and balanced in with a mild underside within its rich caramel setting. Whispy bittering floats into the finish as bits of floral fruity tropics and pine creep in very sublte and all ninja-like.
Yum! My kind of Dbl. IPA. with lots of caramel malt with that certain twist of tropical hopped influence that's really enjoyable. It's not a total hop bomb like some out there, nor does its 9% ever seem to appear. Nor is it a complete brute.
Therefore its super damn drinkable and quite the nice brew. Left Hand sure knows how to make a few brews and this is one of them in my book to keep around! Umm...did I already say yum!
Originally reviewed 07/19/06
Poured from 750ml bottle into pint.
A - Clear amber color. Tiny bubbles running up the glass. Big white soapy head.
S - Hops are at the forefront. Citrus and slightly floral with a nice bitterness. Slight malty scent mixed in.
T - Piney hops up front. Mixing in after that is a nice citrus bite. Very bitter. Maybe a hint of vanilla.
M - Really oily, resiny feel to it, almost sticky. Thick and pleasing.
D - This isn't a slamming beer, it's a sipper. Great taste and easy to drink besides the massive hop bitterness.
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