Big Island - Island Brewing Company
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3.25/5 rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
On-tap at the brewery - this was listed as a cross between a Double-IPA and a Barleywine by the way. Served in a 12oz tulip.
Hazy sienna body with amber highlights. Whispy beige foam thins out quickly though a thin fully coating layer of lace paints the sides of the glass and a swirl creates a decent slowly receding collar.
Caramel and malt are very forward when you bring the glass to your nose. Barley aromatics are a bit rough and raw. Grassy, faintly spicy hops, with a hint of pine and roses - otherwise subdued.
Very sweet caramel malt, along with cocoa, and stale coffee grounds on the palate. There is a beer-batter element that almost brings to mind fish - very odd. Bitterness comes last which is grapefruit and thyme cooked down in sugar. The finish is slightly grainy with a whisper of diacetyl. 101 IBUs? Hard to believe as the grain-like sweetness overwhelms the hops.
Well carbonated, smooth, and crisp yet slowly warming.
I'm not sure quite how to classify or evaluate this beer - it is more of an Imperial Amber in some ways than an Imperial IPA or an American Barleywine. All in all, a muddled unexceptional version of any style...
Serving type: on-tap
03-02-2010 03:32:55 | More by augustgarage
Big Island from Island Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.