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256 Ratings
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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.83%


Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Hefe on 02-12-2004)
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fourstringer

Maryland

3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Moderately aggressive hand. The stamp on the neck is smudged, but I can make out a -"13" at the end.

A: Classic golden yellow-orange body with a slight haze. 2 fingers of sudsy, off-white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Juicy, fruit-forward hop with elements of grape juice, tropical fruit. Light earth. Light brown sugar, caramel. Trace grapefruit, pine.

T: Moderately aggressive bitterness followed by a subdued maltiness. Transitions slowly back into a lingering bitterness and dry finish. Light alcohol presence for the 9% ABV. Occasional floral whiffs in the nose.

M: Smooth, moderate to light carbonation with a medium body. Drinks pretty well.

O: I had high expectations after enjoying a few preemptive sniffs, but in the end, it didn't quite live up to it's own olfactory hype. That being said, it was a good beer. I enjoyed it.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 04:16:36 | More by fourstringer
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear orange with one finger of fizzy white head, no lacing.
S - Biscuit and caramel malt, very sweet smelling, citrus zest
T - Sweet orange candy biscuit malt, some pine, a little citrus,
M - Bitter and incredibly sticky, a little alcohol burn
O - Just ok, sure its strong, but its just an average double IPA, East Coast style.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 12:35:55 | More by Omnium
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper amber color with an off white head, leaves speckled lacing around my glass. Aroma has nearly burn grapefruit peel, big alcoholic malt layers too. Look it feels like a DIPA double fruit and bitterness, the beer is resinous and all around a let down compared to other DIPAs. The beer is medium to full bodied finishes smooth throughout my glass. Overall I'm a fan only one of the two kind bring about.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 03:45:55 | More by WVbeergeek
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

True dirty amber color with some considerable hop haze. Head cropped low and fell out. Just a medium-sized ring leftover.

Dank, resinous hops. Lots of crude citrus, orange, lemon, and pithy grapefruit. Some pine. Some beefiness to the malts. Light caramel, still dry enough.

Solidly bitter and piney. Some caramel sweetness, but definitely hop dominant. Aspirin-like chalkiness. Maybe some medicinal astringency, too. Lacking complexity.

Heavy body. Has swish due to big bubbles. Alcohol presented.

So-so. DuClaw is not impressing me.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 14:04:29 | More by thecheapies
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

2.43/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A dark copper in need of polishing, hazy, topped by two levels fingers of dense off-white foam.

Aroma is sweet like a pixie stick, alcohol, with citrus fruit close by and with some fresh bread notes in support. Nose reminds of a barleywine or dopplebock.

Taste begins extremely candy sweet. Some fruitiness in the background. Slight bitter nip. Small alcohol belly burn.

Medium to full mouthfeel.

Too much sweetness, too much alcohol, not enough bitterness. Not a recommended DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 23:23:38 | More by RonfromJersey
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tall pint glass, color is gold/copper, head is light tan, big, frothy, laces well.

Smell is mild, neutral pale malts, maybe some caramely sweetness, hops are fruity mostly, some piney/earthy bitterness noticed.

Taste is pretty solid, clean and crisp malt flavors, not overly sweet, hops are the right amount of bitterness for this size ipa, hardly notice its strength.

Mouthfeel is great for such a bit ipa, nicely drying, good tongue presence and mild sweeetness that lingers.

Overall, a very solid dipa style, clean malt flavors, not too sweet and hops are spot on for the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 23:14:17 | More by mvanaskie13
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured alight amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of bitter earthy hops with dry caramel malt notes. Taste is also dominated by bitter hops notes with limited complexity and some lightly sweet malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. I thought there was too much malt and limited hops presence with a lacks of complexity in the hops profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 19:23:09 | More by Phyl21ca
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A real nice creamy head, whipped up off white tan in color but only makes about two fingers and settles quickly to a one finger tall puck. Body is a crystal clear bronze dark amber, nearly hinting at hues of red and some very faint rising carbonation in the middle. Pretty solid looking.

Nose has a mushy sense of tropical hop angle, and fresh cut grass. Faint thick malts seem to be in the back, with a sense of boozy quality. Very large mushy fruit and heat.

Weird palate. First initial sip in the mid palate is full and syrupy thick with not much flavor, then swallow brings a quick lingering peppery hot and piney hop blast. Strangely for the thickness the beer doesn't really coat or fill the palate in fact all the flavor and sensation seem to barley get past my lips. Some noticeable heat that's about it.

Overall it is hop forward like a dipa but doesn't have much of a distinguishing hop palate or any body. THere's no fruit quality in taste to match the nose, no malt backbone, or even sweetness. Just a noticeable aftertaste of pine bitter. This is a weird one, it's sort of strangely empty so I'll pass on it.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 23:54:18 | More by smakawhat
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Cadmium orange, light and lazy movement of effervesce. Butff colored head, patchy, dissipates almost immediately with minimal lacing.

S: Straw and dry toasted grain, very faint upport with an even more bare minimal, underpar hop profile of muted, undefinable content.

T: Some malt support, old lemony hops, stale grapefruit with a bit of metallic ting. Washed out toasted maltiness, some dry hop appeal but seems warming, like old lemon citrus hop juice, homogenized. Ok level of bitternes for a entry level ipa, just not for a 2x label.

M: Light end of medium body, oily stale citrus juice ends with a watery toasted malting. Warming, but very managable for its 9.0%abv and hardly gets in the way.

O: Overall old stale citrus, a big dissapointment, no bottling info so hard to verify age, but it tastes old and stale hop and malt wise. Boring flavor profile, with a lost of interest halfway through the consumption. Unimpressive and forced finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 01:07:16 | More by beerthulhu
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer looks great off the pour. Great amber hue with a nice head. Flavor profile is thick with malts and what seems like a minimal amount of hop character. Could definitely use some more punch. Feel is quick smooth and slick. But considering the style, and what all else is out there in this style, this is nothing overly interesting.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 04:17:54 | More by RblWthACoz
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.44/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy dark copper color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade. Retention is pretty good given its alcohol content, and the lacing left behind is nice looking as well.

S: Malty. There's a lot of caramel, biscuit, and brown sugar in the malt backbone, weakly supported by some faint piny hops. Maybe there's a touch of weed here as well. DuClaw's typical yeast profile comes across less peppery and more...dare I say cardboard-like? Not sure about the age of this one, but I'm not impressed regardless.

T: Hops are very faint here, except perhaps a faint bitter bite on the finish. This one is very much a malty DIPA, and a sweet one as well. At first, there are a surprising amount of plum-like qualities, which will eventually give way to a sweet caramel midtaste. It finishes with only faint piny hops, a sensation badly overpowered by heavy-handed brown sugar and orange sweetness. Good gawd, this is sweet, even cloying; and it can NOT get away with it the way Misery did.

M: The body is really creamy, thick, and syrupy. As a barleywine, the texture works well - but this is a DIPA, so it's just overbearingly difficult to sip (for the record, I don't like most malty DIPAs). The hops cleanse the palate only enough to expose some boozy qualities, without really hiding much of the sweetness or giving the body extra drinkability.

O: A poor DIPA; a passable barleywine/strong ale. I'll be fair to it - the flavor profile screams "badly aged DIPA" to me. It's not drainpour bad, but it's going to take a long time to put this one down. It's just WAY too sweet for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 00:26:33 | More by ThisWangsChung
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, no date

copper, clear, orange highlights. thin off-white colored head. aroma is mostly citrus and pine hop flavors. taste has just enough malt to balance it, slightly bready. lingering hops. medium body, coats the tongue, slick. medium carbonation. overall - good balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 03:39:11 | More by jmdrpi
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

P- AOH

A- a fuzzy amber color with a half finger head that leaves a line lace around the inside of the pint.

S- phenols and grapefruit dominate. no malt presence that i can detect.

F- grapefruit but more of an alcohol taste. It over powers any other flavor.

M- dry and alcohol laden. warm in the throat.

O- a very alcohol laden ipa in the nose and flavor. it takes away from other notes in the beer. Could be better but a little better than average.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 20:30:31 | More by Dodo2step
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

clean amber pour with a finger of foamy white head. the smell is mostly malty sweet with some notes of phenol, grapefruit essence is there as well. this is an interesting ipa. i can barely taste any hops so i'm assuming it was sitting on shelves for a while.. risk you take ordering beer online. the malty sweetness is definitely there, but a very unique grain is giving off an awesome caramel like flavor.. nutty notes as well. i'd really like to see what this is like fresh. sweet like a wildflower honey. medium-full body with ow carbonation and a nice warmth from the alcohol.
this is a decent dipa as is, but i would honestly love to try it fresh to get a true feel for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 01:56:26 | More by facundoCNB
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malts, some hops, a touch of citrus. Taste is very unusual, and not so godd, bitter, a medicinal property to it, kind of like nyquil, the malts and hops not mixing very well. Feels light in the mouth and overall I was not very impressed with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 15:04:23 | More by tone77
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teromous

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Hints of gold and orange in the color, with a thin white head. Slight haze, but not much. What little head there is leaves some spots of bubbles on the glass, but no real lacing.

S: Lots of malty caramel sweet scents hit my nose immediately. I don't pick up any hops scents which is a bit different for an IIPA. It has that "big malty beer" smell with some of the rich candy-like alcohol esters. I'm not impressed by the scent at all.

T: I get some pine hop character, but it comes across more as bitterness than flavor. Biscuit and caramel malt character. Some earthy hop character at the end. A little minty. It's a pretty good beer but it's definitely not what I look for in an IIPA. It could use a lot more hop character. The malt flavors are nice, and the pine and earthiness are pleasant, but it just seems very underwhelming. I only rated it an average score because the bitterness and malt qualities are nice, but it's barely a 3.0 for me.

M: I thought the mouthfeel was very good. It has just enough bitterness and carbonation for the beer. It's medium bodied, not slick or smooth but a bit wet. Easy to drink.

O: Overall I wasn't impressed by the beer. I wouldn't buy it again. It just left me wanting more hop flavor and less sweetness. I think I was the most unimpressed with the smell of the beer, because if I did a blind tasting of the beer, I would have no way of telling it was even a pale ale based on the smell alone.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 18:33:33 | More by teromous
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks a lot to tenderbranson69 for sharing this 12oz with me -enjoyed from a tumbler chilled.

The color is deep amber with mild haziness as is apropos for the style with lots of creamy ecru head and copious lace indicating an oily hoppy ale which has good retention. The smell is just average, not bad, but showing more alcohol than necessary and has more of a malt sweetness in the smell than bursting with hop aromatics, it does have some citrus but it seems sort of muted in the background. The mild tropical accent is easy to confuse with alcohol in the aroma. The feel and flavor are both decent with moderately high bitterness and slight spice with some acidity that is balanced by the malt backing with some alcohol drying in the finish.

Overall this is a nice Imperial IPA with nice hop flavor which seems fresh but it follows the lead of many east coast versions with more balanced approach and less emphasis on hop pizzazz than I prefer. It is recommended if you enjoy 90 minute and similar Imperial IPA's since it has a nice sweetness augmenting the hop flavor, but it does not push the envelope when it comes to bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 15:05:14 | More by Slatetank
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JDizzle

Indiana

3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks dark for a DIPA and filthy. Not really the look I was hoping for.
Smells pretty hoppy, but has a huge malt presence in the nose. Has some good pine, resiny, and grassy notes.
Taste is a huge letdown. The smell is way more hoppy than the taste. Tons of malt on this one and not much else. BOOO!!!! Not sure of the date, but this kinda blows...
Mouthfeel is good with a good amount of carbs.
Overall, it's not a DIPA that I would recomend at all. Glad I bought a single of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 03:46:38 | More by JDizzle
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper orange in color with just the slightest haze. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Sweet caramel malt aroma with light resinous pine and citrus beneath. Medium bodied with smooth oily feel and light, subtle carbonation. Sweet caramel malt up front followed by citrus and then pine bop bitterness that longers a bit at the finish. This was a more malt forward DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 03:46:46 | More by IronLover
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. No bottling info that I can find. Risky.

A - Pours a glowing amber color with a half finger of porous white head. Some amoeba lacing left behind.

S - Sweet and malt forward aroma for an IPA. Some honey, brown sugar, buttered bread, and tropical fruits all contribute to this effect. Mellow hops, floral mostly. Generic aroma, if you ask me.

T - Has a clover honey vibe throughout. Some hops kick in midpalate and offer a bit of relief from the sweet and bready malts. Some pine and booze on the finish and beyond.

M - Medium-thick body and good carbonation.

O - Overall, a forgettable beer, but nowhere near a drainpour. Some hops, but overloaded with a plethora of malts that come off sweet and bready for my taste. There is nothing to advance this one beyond the herd of average DIPA's out there. Perhaps this wasn't fresh (no bottle dating, so I give no benefits of the doubt), but I probably won't be getting it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 02:51:21 | More by NoLeafClover44
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Somewhat transparent amber body with a light tan head that leaves a lot of lacing around the rim of the glass.

S- Some piney hops come through, but the overwhelming aroma is sweet bready malt.

T- Balanced IIPA that has a good hop presence balanced out by bready malts. Certainly not hop-forward, but the hop flavor is there.

M- Full-bodied with medium-high carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O- A decent IIPA with good flavor, worth a try for those who want a balanced IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 23:31:22 | More by stephenjmoore
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CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #232
Served On: 11/02/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 9.0%
Date/ Code: -

This was a 12oz. bottle from a case I bought at Self Serve Beverage in York, PA. Was $39.99.

Look: The brew had a super clear dark honey color. Head was a 1-finger beige layer of frothy foam that eventually became a patchy film of random sized bubbles. Carbonation bubbles were at a respectable level. with lacing definitely forming on the glass.

Smell: Strong pine aroma mixed with some grassy notes and a sweet malt in the background.

Taste: First up was an astringent pine that quickly gave way to some mango and a syrupy malt sweetness in the middle. The finish had some bitterness but was rather clean for such a big beer. Some residual mango seemed to hang on. The sweet malts returned into the aftertaste. A very balanced beer given the ABV.

This brew certainly ranked up there with me. The high level of balance that was achieved is what sold me. To offer such an extreme beer while keeping it drinkable is exactly what I look for in a DIPA. I would almost compare this one to Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works, but with slightly more balance and less alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 16:21:27 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty standard looking IPA. Dark amber body with tons of carbonation bubbles reaching a head of at least 1/4 inch. Mildly sticky lacing.

S - Smells more malt forward mild citrus hops and boozy malt but both mixed together to give it a neutral like smell.

T - First impression is that's it's pretty good. The boozy factor is pretty subdued behind a wall of sweet fruit like hops and the malts seem to be crisp and provide balance. Not bad at all.

M - Medium bodied a sure fire sipper though.

Overall these guys seem to make a pretty unique DIPA that walks the line of really boozy DIPA "Captain Lawrence" vs too hoppy "Short's The Liberator".

Quite drinkable but forgettable. Worth the nostalgia hype of trying an IPA call Serum.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 01:12:04 | More by DrDemento456
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FosterJM

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1506th Review on BA
Bottle to Piraat Tulip
12oz

Thanks to TroyG2352 for this

App- Into the glass this fell as a deeper copper mixed in with some lighter ambers and a tinge of yellow/gold on the edges. A pretty nice 2 finger head was there and then left rather quickly. Only a touch of subtle cling. Fell to a small pond layer on the top of the beer.

Smell- When I 1st took a sip on this one, the first thing I got was the overall booziness of iI mean I get it, its 9% but damn. The booze was followed up by sweet syrup, thicker malts and some hoppy aroma. A little bit creamy and smells like a cordial like a thick cherry sherry.

Taste- Well most of the nose doesn't cross over. This is a high malty and thick DIPA. It was a bit of a carry over with regards to the creamy hops. I picked up on some very cantaloupe like flavors with a fairly sweet and boozy bite. I liked this more than the smell.

Mouth- A very large medium body with a good paired medium carbonation. The flavors retained are the thick malts with a large booze note and a bit of caramel sweetness.

Drink- It was pretty tasty and at the same time kinda unique in the grand scheme of things. I racked my brain and nothing really compares. Maybe Devil Dancer or Double Crooked but those are a bit thicker and boozier as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 19:16:43 | More by FosterJM
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Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness dating info

Pour is darker amber, near clear, tan head that stays a while then leaves a minor tiny bubble film and minor fine lace.

Resin hop nose of moderate interest

Resinous hops notes dominate here. In a world of seemingly hundreds of DIPA, this one does not really stand out as anything awesome. But its enjoyable, hoppy and well crafted with enough of a malt undercoating to make it quite drinkable.

Went well with some 2 year aged cheddar.

Worth a try if you find this available in your local area

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 03:17:05 | More by Billolick
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