I had Frank's IPA and Double Brown Hazelnut Ale last weekend and meant to post right away so didn't take notes, but I remember both.
The IPA was a nice orange color, fairly clear for an IPA, with a medium size white head which dissipated slowly and had nice lacing. It had excellent hops aroma, heavy on the citrus. The flavor was also dominated by citrus hop flavor, grapefruit and oranges more than lemon to my palate. The malt profile was nice, not two sweet but not flabby either, it supported the hops starring role nicely. The finish was a firm but not overbearing bitterness with lingering citrus. Nice and dry at the end. I can see why this is Frank's house IPA and it definitely tasted like a finished recipe, I would gladly pay for a six pack of this to await me in the fridge after working outside on a Saturday afternoon.
The Hazelnut Brown was a beautiful reddish brown, pretty dark, almost mahogany as I remember with a head of fine bubbles that subsided quickly. The aroma was sweet malt and Hazelnut. No hops aroma that I could pick up.The taste again was led by a sweet, rich malt flavor which was quickly joined by the Hazelnut and I didn't get much if any bitterness. The Hazelnut was nice, I assume it was extract and a heavy hand could have easily made this beer go south but it was just right for the body and sweetness of this beer. Speaking of body this beer did have a very smooth, full mouthfeel. I could picture this beer reading a book in front of the fireplace accompanied by a little neat rye or scotch as my only libation on a relaxing winter evening. The one piece of feedback I have is that this beer is a bit sweeter than I would shoot for given my tastes and maybe I would shoot for a little bitter in the finish.
Thanks Frank, I'm enjoying your beer and have one left, probably for tonight.