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Old 02-02-2013, 04:03 AM   #22371
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The aroma's definitely subdued, but notes of citrus, pine, dank, earthy pine forest like aroma and some sweet, mead like qualities. I also get some sweet caramel, white bread and fruit-y esters. There's some grassy, dry hops character there too; fresh, cut grass. Cold, with a head on it, the aroma was so faint. Flavor is BAM: malty sweetness immediately cut by a huge hops bitterness. Then come some faint, grassy citrus and pine hops that are quickly washed away by what I can only call an astringency on the sides of the tongue. The finish is bitter, pine needle-like hoppiness and a bit of alcohol that continues to warm. Overall, I think this is a good beer. Does it live up to the hype, not even close. A solid double IPA but severely lacking in hops flavor and aroma. I see why so many love it, but I prefer a punch of hops in the face type IIPA.

I should add, now that I'm s'posed to be looking at beers for their respective styles, that this beer does nail the style to a f'n T with a capital T. I'd probably score it in the high 30s. It's not my thing for sure, I want to taste the hops too, but it is a classic example of the style.


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Old 02-02-2013, 04:07 AM   #22372
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:09 AM   #22373
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:13 AM   #22374
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The aroma's definitely subdued, but notes of citrus, pine, dank, earthy pine forest like aroma and some sweet, mead like qualities. I also get some sweet caramel, white bread and fruit-y esters. There's some grassy, dry hops character there too; fresh, cut grass. Cold, with a head on it, the aroma was so faint. Flavor is BAM: malty sweetness immediately cut by a huge hops bitterness. Then come some faint, grassy citrus and pine hops that are quickly washed away by what I can only call an astringency on the sides of the tongue. The finish is bitter, pine needle-like hoppiness and a bit of alcohol that continues to warm. Overall, I think this is a good beer. Does it live up to the hype, not even close. A solid double IPA but severely lacking in hops flavor and aroma. I see why so many love it, but I prefer a punch of hops in the face type IIPA.

I should add, now that I'm s'posed to be looking at beers for their respective styles, that this beer does nail the style to a f'n T with a capital T. I'd probably score it in the high 30s. It's not my thing for sure, I want to taste the hops too, but it is a classic example of the style.
The only thing I disagree about is the aroma,it was a face**** for me.Otherwise I agree. I had the 1-10 bottle,what did you have? Reviews were bashing the 1-3? version I think. Every year Ive been anticipated about this beer yet it always underwelms the expectations every time.Its still good just not my thing everytime. The way you described it to me sounds like a two-brothers beer every time.
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:22 AM   #22375
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The only thing I disagree about is the aroma,it was a face**** for me.Otherwise I agree. I had the 1-10 bottle,what did you have? Reviews were bashing the 1-3? version I think. Every year Ive been anticipated about this beer yet it always underwelms the expectations every time.Its still good just not my thing everytime. The way you described it to me sounds like a two-brothers beer every time.
The bottles I grabbed were 1/9. I saw the review about the off flavor in the 1/3 bottles. Didn't get that, and all and all, it's a great beer. Just not my kinda IIPA by any stretch of the term. My wife adores is, so we always stock up each year. I'm gonna stash away some bottles this year, I always seem to enjoy this beer more after a few months. The hops (what's there) go, but the honey and alcohol begin creating some really nice flavors after some time, IMO.

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Old 02-02-2013, 04:28 AM   #22376
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The bottles I grabbed were 1/9. I saw the review about the off flavor in the 1/3 bottles. Didn't get that, and all and all, it's a great beer. Just not my kinda IIPA by any stretch of the term. My wife adores is, so we always stock up each year. I'm gonna stash away some bottles this year, I always seem to enjoy this beer more after a few months. The hops (what's there) go, but the honey and alcohol begin creating some really nice flavors after some time, IMO.

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Agreed. Im a little underwelmed with expectations each time. I just was blew away by aroma this time,but not taste. I noticed more honey the last time that I never noticed the year before. Not one of my favorate ipa's either but is good,not really a double worth that price either.
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The aroma's definitely subdued, but notes of citrus, pine, dank, earthy pine forest like aroma and some sweet, mead like qualities. I also get some sweet caramel, white bread and fruit-y esters. There's some grassy, dry hops character there too; fresh, cut grass. Cold, with a head on it, the aroma was so faint. Flavor is BAM: malty sweetness immediately cut by a huge hops bitterness. Then come some faint, grassy citrus and pine hops that are quickly washed away by what I can only call an astringency on the sides of the tongue. The finish is bitter, pine needle-like hoppiness and a bit of alcohol that continues to warm. Overall, I think this is a good beer. Does it live up to the hype, not even close. A solid double IPA but severely lacking in hops flavor and aroma. I see why so many love it, but I prefer a punch of hops in the face type IIPA.

I should add, now that I'm s'posed to be looking at beers for their respective styles, that this beer does nail the style to a f'n T with a capital T. I'd probably score it in the high 30s. It's not my thing for sure, I want to taste the hops too, but it is a classic example of the style.
Awesome description and I agree 100%. On tap the hop aroma is much stronger, like a fresh cut Christmas tree and it's much better but I like a more aggressive bitterness than this has.
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Trying my first DFH 90 min iPA. Not bad.

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Old 02-02-2013, 04:47 AM   #22379
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My Scottish Ale. Took forever to carbonate but quite nice now.
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:48 AM   #22380
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