750 ml caged and corked bottle. Poured in the original De Molen snifter an unfiltered and hazy orange-brown coloured DIPA with a good one finger beige foamy head that had short retention and tones of micro bubbles and some bigger one. Soft carbonation. Poor lacing. The aroma is intense juicy fruits, orange, citrus, raisins, covering the alcohol presence, resinous hops, pine, notes of caramel. The flavour is sweety caramel malts, toffee, juicy fruits, oranges, citrus, a deep fruity hoppy bitterness and herbal notes. The mouthfeel is crispy, fizzy, prickly, sugary and light sticky. The texture is quite oily. This mediul to full bodied DIPA has a lingering fruity hoppy bitterness. A nice DIPA, but with, for me, a too sweety and alcoholic step.
Bottle @ de Paas. Amber red colour with a tanned head on top, leaves litle lacing on the glass. First thing that hits you is a vegetable like aroma with heavy spices on top. Taste is what you would expect in an IPA, bitter and heavy, with the amarillo ingredient not to overwhelming. Nice, heavy and bitter beer. Good in balance.
750 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.2%. On pouring the glass is filled completely with off-white foam, which only very slowly lets a hazy orange coloured beer appear. A huge rocky head remains, making the beer hard to drink. Lovely fruity / citrussy aroma of Amarillo hops. The flavour is a bitter and fruity hoppy explosion from start to finish, also resinous notes, some sweetness. A bit too much of the good stuff, methinks. Overkill. Gets better as the beer warms up a little.
This is very well carbonated as a careful pour produces a tulip filling, five-finger thick head that is a light tan color. The beer is a lightly red stained honey color and shows an almost brilliantly clear, red-orange stained gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells sticky with hop notes of candied citrus zest, tangelo, lychee, ripe-concentrated berries, but also some herbal notes and a touch of grassiness. The hops really make the aroma exuberantly fruity smelling. Towards the finish, when you really dig around, I get a soft subtle note that smells a bit like ripe cheese; soft but more significant is some malt influence aromatics of toasted crackers, and crushed pale malt. As the beer warms up the nose picks up a bit more funkiness that is sort of musty along with the previously mentioned ripe cheese. Definitely an enjoyable nose to smell for a spell.
Lightly sweet up front, the beer has an ample carbonation that froths up out of the slightly viscous stream of beer as it flows across the tongue. The beer is not heavy, but I do prefer my Double IPAs a touch lighter on the palate (this is still pretty quaffable for a beer of this strength though). In the finish is a lingering hop bitterness as well as a menthol and pine like herbal hop character; A touch of alcohol heat seems to bring out this last note a bit more as well, the sharp menthol especially really lingers on the tongue. The hop influenced fruitiness in the flavor leans more towards bright berry flavors as well as notes of candied orange zest and ample lychee. A touch of grassy hop character becomes noticeable after a bit as does some cracker like malt and of course a more prominent sweet malt character that boosts the fruit-leaning hop notes. The subtle funkiness of the aroma (despite getting even more accentuated with my second pour) really isn't much noticed in the flavor, it perhaps contributes a touch of phenolic character that mixes with the sharper herbal hop notes and hot higher alcohols.
Where the aroma was all fruit hop character the flavor has a mix of fruit and herbal hop character. This is definitely a nice beer, it can get a little harsh and alcoholic in the flavor at times, but you can't have everything with a 9.2% abv beer.
Pours out in a hazy amber color with a rich eruptive white foam. Oily orangey hops, sweet Indian spices, herbs, yeast and wet grass. Full-bodied with notes of oily orangey Amarillo hops, wet grass,yeast, cinnamon and minerals. Full smooth mouthfeel with a gentle carbonation. Hoppy finish of orange-peels and wet grass with a smooth yeasty undertone.
Bottled. Slightly hazy amber colour with huge fluffy off-white head. Aroma is big time Amarillo with some yeast and spices along with it. Flavour is quite much the same along with tropical fruits. Very wellbalanced, and also easy to drink brew, considering the ABV, which doesn’t show too much.
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