Head: Good. Slightly small, bubbly, and somewhat poor retention, but still not bad for a 9.1% ABV.
Aroma: Very good. Lovely piney hops with a bit of resiny malts.
Taste: Very good. refreshing bitter hops finishes with grapefruit and tangerine. The malts are there, but they do little tame this hop beast. There isn't much too the hop flavor though. It's just bitter.
Mouthfeel: Good. Crisp, dry, and slightly chewy.
Overall this is a good beer that still has plenty of room for improvement.
Cost: $8.99 for 4 12oz bottles, making it $0.19 per oz.
Head: excellent. Medium-big, very good retention, heavy lacing.
Aroma: very good. Some citric hops but mostly comprised of nice rye spice
Taste: very good. Bitter and clean up front that slowly fades to robust malts. Grapefruit with rye and spice throughout... and actually a little too much rye and spice for my liking. I could use more balance. The flavor is big, but... a bit too ruthless, I guess.
Mouthfeel: very good. Plenty of small-bubbled carbonation with a pretty full body, but overall dry.
I loved this as first, and then the bitterness got old. Still, it's a big, bold beer and I love big beers! Seems a bit odd that BA counts this as an IPA and not a rye.
Thanks to Jeremy for the bottle!
Cost: $7.99 for 6 12oz bottles, making it $0.11 per oz.
Aroma: very good. Hop forward with a strong showing from malted barley in the background. Hints of cocoa? Huh?
Taste: very good. Robust, spicy hops that blend well with roasted caramel malt that shows up midway and into the finish. Somewhat sweet for an IPA.
Mouthfeel: very good. Full and slightly chewy and medium carbonation, and somewhat dry. Well done!
Not bad! The spicy hops on this could give an old favorite, Three Floyd's Alpha King, a run for the money. I went on BA as usual to see what people are saying about it, and to my surprise this beer has some hype around it. I got it from a choose-your-sixer sampler!
Cost: $9.99 for 6 12oz bottles, making it $0.14 per oz.
Head: excellent. Huge. I don't have my normal pint glass, and this is a narrow tumbler I'm pouring into, but I'm quite sure this gets a huge, very bubbly head. On this glass it got a freakin' mountain of head.
Aroma: very good. Citric hops dominate with piney hops in the background. Notes of pear, perhaps? Could be more pungent, though. That's the only fault I can give it.
Taste: excellent. Yummy hops! Juicy like fruit juice, hell even orange juice, faint bubblegum on the finish that lingers for quite a while. For such a hop wallop, it's actually quite sweet. I wonder what this is balanced with, because I don't really taste malt.
Mouthfeel: excellent. Full bodied and syrupy, the carbonation is medium.
I'm very impressed! This joins the top echelon among DIPAs, my second favorite style. It has an excellent flavor profile for the style, as DIPAs, hell, pale ales tend to be a pretty straightforward kick in the mouth. Man, I love Deschutes. I wish they shipped to Illinois.
Cost: $6.50 for a 22oz bottle, making it $0.30 per oz.
Aroma: good. Hoppy citric dominant with a hint of... peppermint? I noticed the peppermint only once.
Taste: very good. Medium hop dominant with what I think are Cascade hops up front which quickly gives way to a bitter hop taste and finishes with an astringent bitter aftertaste. Not very drinkable, but good.
Mouthfeel: good. Medium with a generous amount of small-bubbled carbonation.
I want to see more of this Massachusetts brewery, if only for the name!
Cost: $6.49 for a 22oz bomber, making it $0.30 per oz.