Bourbon DIPA - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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4.55/5 rDev +13.8%
Received in a trade and shared with JLindros at the End of the World party. Reviewed from notes.
A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy dark honey hue with a one finger creamy head that left lots of sticky side lacing. Very, very good looking here. Lots of potential.
S - Almost barleywine like malts jump out from this beer. Delicious vanilla hits the nose thanks to the barrels along with rich, smooth bourbon. Nice hops too. Good pine/citrus. Definitely a bourbon DIPA!
T - Bourbon and vanilla exposed from the pallet awash with barleywine like malt qualities (toffee/caramel). Wet hops, nice bitter finish. So much barrel and bourbon here mixing with the piney hops. This is very, very tasty.
M - Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and delicious. The barrel has done this wonders.
O - Overall this was an excellent beer. Glad to try it, was nervous due to it not being fresh but those hops held up wonderfully. Well done Hardywood!
01-24-2013 19:28:48 | More by rudzud
4.43/5 rDev +10.8%
Big thanks to rudzud for cracking this puppy with me.
Pours a big creamy almost 1 finger head that fades slowly with soapy thick lacing, over hazy reddish caramel colored beer.
Nose is wow! Complex as hell, a blend of a barleywine, big earthy DIPA, and bourbon vanilla barrel all in one. Sweet caramel and toffee malts, candy reddish malts, big earthy pine citrus hops, floral citrus hops as well. The candied malts and hops normally combine to a candied orange peel but not in this one for some reason thankfully. Light fruity esters in there as well. Rounding it off is the sweet candied bourbon flavor, with toasted vanilla oak.
Taste is sweet to start but smooth, malty, creamy like candy molasses, caramel toffee, chewy malts. Very light booze for the abv, and overall lighter sweetness as it mellows. Hops are big but not too bitter, light tropical fruit, citrus, earthy and a little spicy, herbal leafy tasting too. The candy barleywine flavors smooth the bitterness and balance the booze, as it moves into the bourbon barrel. Nice bourbon that's not too heavy, sweet candy like bourbon flavors, vanilla oak, little toasty oak. Light esters, fruit from the yeast, and woody from the barrel. Finish is bitter, more earthy spicy hops, light tropical citrus fruit, leafy grassy, long bourbon oak finish.
Mouth is med to fuller bodied, nice fluffy carb, light booze.
Overall great! Not much else needs to be said except a lot of great flavors combined well that balance each other for a big drinking beer that's tasty and smooth at the same time.
12-31-2012 21:39:34 | More by jlindros
4.4/5 rDev +10%
Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle.
Appearance - Dark ruby tan/brown with a nice 2 inch, foamy, creamy, head, with lots of sticky lacing.
Smell - Bourbon, hops, lemon, a little grassy funk. Some caramel malts, Pine, apricot, spices. Oak, vanilla, maple, some barreled rum.
Taste - Wow, first sip brings a huge whiskey flavor with some hops served as a backbone along with some spices. The bourbon is very rye, vanilla and alcohol driven. Added sugars and the malts add a little sweet flavor to work with the whiskey.
Mouthfeel - Tongue and palate get hit with the bourbon. Some minor hops and spices are present on the tongue. Hops come in near the finish with some alcohol to coat the palate. The aftertaste is whiskey, hops and vanilla.
Overall - A really big, complex and strong beer. Very bourbon forward, with some decent hops. There's no way I could tell without reading the bottle this is a Belgium style ipa. The whiskey aspect is big, bold and dominate. This makes the balance of the beer suffer some. Its really warm too, the alcohol is as present as the whiskey is. Theses few issues is what keeps me from rating the overall higher. None the less, this is super tasty if your into barrel aged beers with loads of flavor.
09-30-2013 20:40:14 | More by wvsabbath
4.3/5 rDev +7.5%
2013 Vintage poured in to tulip.
A - Deep amber colour; almost opaque. Half a finger of cream coloured head.
S - Beautiful bourbon, tropical fruit, toasted oak and vanilla flavours intermingle nicely. Some pine and caramel notes in the background and a noticeable sweetness.
T - The barrel qualities come through initially, with toasted oak, bourbon and vanilla flavours that are accompanied by the slightest astringency from the oak. Tropical fruit, pine and a very fain floral presence come through mid-palate. The finish has a very light spiciness with more toasted oak and vanilla notes lingering.
M - Medium body. Slightly oily. Fairly dry overall. Light carbonation.
09-15-2013 12:23:55 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Bourbon DIPA from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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