Hop Geek #1 | Free Will Brewing Co.

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Free Will Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Knapp85 on 07-23-2012

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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by BilbosNuts:
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3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Travcofarms for hooking me up with this one.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Good looking beer. Pours a hazy sunburst orange color with a big, creamy, off white head. The head sticks around for most of the drink and leaves behind some spotted lacing. Light bubble streams of carbonation give it a lively, inviting appearance.

S: Nice balance of piney and tropical notes with a biscuit, toasted malt backbone. Quite pleasant.

T: The taste doesn't resemble the aroma at all. It's kind of odd. The promise of hops is overwhelmed by the toasted malt and hardly any of the tropical fruit or piney aspects found in the smell are present in the taste. Bit of a let down for me.

M: Medium bodied with a light touch of carbonation. Very little hop bite, if any. It does hide the alcohol well however.

O: I had some big expectations for this after the appearance and aroma. Alas, the taste let me down as it didn't come close to the aromatics.

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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark. Very resonus, piney all the things you look for in a DIPA. Really solid double / imperial IPA. I cant think of anything i dont like about this beer. Currently waiting for them to provide this on-tap at local bars. hope they keep making it and it is available at my local bar.

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4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
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- Consumed in a speigelau ipa glass.

A: Dense ice-tea coloring with a thin, skim walnut toned head that quickly gave way to a whispy surface. Small rise of carbonation within of micro-effervesce rising at a moderate pace.

S: Aroma of scotchy caramel, more alcohol then hops, with a fade of earthy soil and pine.

T: Boozy scotchy caramel for flavor, peat and pine with a fade of boozy bitterness. Again as with the nose, more alcohol dominated, bitterness is more earthy as in line with a english ipa, but with much more boozy content and scotch ale influence. Some warming of pine on the hold.

M: Mouthful was thick and viscose malt, warming piney alcohol, light carbonation with a heavy feel and syrupy content.

O: Overall while the flavor wasn't at all bad, this drank more like a boozy scotch ale with a touch more hoppiness then a ipa. Maybe an english style-scotch ale mixture. Some booziness factors in, creamy malt based, hops were more subtle, soft then forefront. Not one i would drink on a rotating basis or bother to recommend.

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Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- dark caramel look to it that is somewhat hard to see through. Had is less than half finger but the lacing is like a base molding. very succinct and intact.

S- sweet toasted caramel malts. molasses and dark candied fruit.

F- dark candied grapefruit. like grapefruit dipped in molasses. Sweet caramel malts with a toasted flavor of toffee almost.

M- chewy and fairly thick. the alcohol definitely lingers on the palate longer than I would like. Warmth all the way down the gullet.

O- not a bad brew. Different and just above average. would have another but wont buy a six of it.

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Hop Geek #1 from Free Will Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 130 ratings