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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Reviews by CHADMC3:
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3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark amber body beneath the tannish head which is slow to dissipate leaving a sticky lacing about the top of the beer and glass.

Aroma is very malty for an Imperial IPA, caramel sweetness, but also earthy and what I assume to be citrus hops. The challenge with deciphering the citrus hop variety is that the malt overshadows it a bit, but it seems like blood orange, or very sweet along those lines.

The flavor is similar, quite a bit of malt, very sweet - caramel, maybe toffee and a touch of biscuit. The hops are spicier on the palate, still earthy, and again some citrusy sweetness in there.

This is a full bodied brew, coating the palate with generous carbonation to add and a thick finish.

Perhaps a touch on the malty side for my liking and the style in my opinion. Not a bad beer, just not the hop bombs American DIPA's are appreciated for.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

- 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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3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.
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