Rodney A. Tillinghast's picture


November, 2015


Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
6 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

A key to an impressive Double IPA is providing the requisite hop-centric experience to the drinker, all while maintaining a desirable level of drinkability. The sample in front of me definitely pushed beyond the boundaries of drinkability, which unfortunately makes me view this beer as more of an American Barleywine rather than a Double IPA.  Upon cracking it loose, this potent ale pours a remarkably clear, rustic dark gold with restrained carbonation. The rich, lathery head set up persistent lacing on the glass, and also pointed towards a healthy measure of alcohol content.

Aromas detected included some lovely piney grassiness, mixed with a faint smoky, floral note. I also noted alcohol in the aroma along with some doughy maltiness. A sip of the brew sets off a malt explosion on my taste buds, supported by an aggressive minty bitterness, lingering throughout the glass.  

As each sip finished, you’re left with the immense malt character of this ale, which sets off a heaviness to it which is not typical for the style. While there is no doubt that this beer is well crafted, all of these factors leave me with more of a barleywine impression than a Double IPA. I regarded this as a terrific sipping beer, and I would certainly stash one away for a cold winter night’s enjoyment. However, for those expecting a beer for slow quaffing, which is norm for the style, they should look elsewhere – this is not a beer to be taken lightly.