Bourbon DIPA - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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District of Columbia
3.81/5 rDev -4.5%
Pours a nice amber color, clear, with no sustaining head (lacked attention, but by time I looked, barely a few bubbles on side). A swirl brings a token amount of bubbles to the top.
The smell is bourbon and wood, almost equal amounts, and a honey-sweetness.
Initial taste is a light raw sugar sweetness right before the bourbon tastes take over. The bourbon lingers, but the bulk of the taste turns woody, including a slow drying sensation. The alcohol dies not burn, the taste of bourbon definitely lacks any feel of it. Despite the lower carbonation, it seems the bourbon provides a bit of bite to add a bit of feel.
I get the bourbon barrel aged part, but missing a bit on the IPA side, perhaps. It's a nice bourbon barrel ale, a bit dry, and maybe I am missing something in the balance (which I try to applaud in most beers, to debateable success), but the beer seems a bit pedestrian. Even writing that seems harsher than intended. I will say that the price relative to other beers seemed unjustified, but if I ignored that, I would grab this again in the right situation.
08-25-2014 22:04:45 | More by cjgiant
2.88/5 rDev -27.8%
Poured from the bottle into a globe glass. 2014 release.
Big copper red and orange body, with a nice peach orange hue to it. Head is fluffy and creamy with a vanilla yellow ice cream looking color. This bubbles in consistency some speckled lacing.
Boozy aging, hints of thick oak and caramel. A bit of brown sugar syrup thickness, and odd mix of butter and fruit. Hops not so much, but smells like a barrel aged IPA.
Palate is of course what I expect in this mish mash. Oaked caramel that is buttery. Strange indistinct hop bitterness with a clashing tannic wood. Very numbing tannic palate, almost novocaine dryness. Faint orange light juice comes out a bit, through an interesting but slightly watery palate.
So aside from the fact it comes off like a clashing mess, where is the Belgian character in this? Neither hop driven, nor even very well complimentary barrel forgiving. This just doesn't work.
08-13-2014 01:56:31 | More by smakawhat
Bourbon DIPA from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.