rauchbier (3559) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hand bottled sample, at ’t Brugs Beertje, Brugge, March 2006 courtesy of a fellow babbler. Gold, moderate white head and low condition. Huge citrusy hop resin with solid sweet maltiness in the nose, big mouthfull of resinous hops and underlying citrusy sweetness, restrained hop bitterness and sweet sticky malt in the finish.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
GABF 2006. 2nd best IIPA @ the fest IMHO. Tons of grapefruit and citrus here. An excellent beer.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft @ the brewpub. Nose is just a torrent of pungent, resiny, dank stickiness. Cotton candy, papaya, mango, weed, light background of a wet cellar - sure smells like Amarillo, though not sure. Honestly - the nose can not be improved on. Taste is a slightly subdued version of the nose to start, sticky and fruity, with a mid-range of a tannic, almost vinous bitterness that’s more evident as it warms. Finish is crisp and clean, carbonation is perfect. Enough body for substance, no lingering sweetness or stickiness. Just enough caramel/biscuit malt to balance. Awesome beer. Damn close to a worldbeater when it’s fresh like this.
ChazMania (642) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at the brewery. This was by far the best beer I had on my recent trip to the Bay area. 5 brewery’s in 3 days, not bad!
This has that wonderful citrus aroma and flavor that reminds me of hopsickle. Great texture and an all around killer DIPA.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF '03 Copper color.Huge aroma of west coast hops,citrus,pine all the way.Nice bitterness,finishes with a long hop pause.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very classic example of a West Coast IPA very dry with a beautiful balance of malt and equisite hop bitterness that hopheads crave extremely well done very appetizing beer great with spicy ffod the perfect pairing for their famous Jerk Chicken.
Juancho (239) - Clearwater Beach, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft@ 21st. Amazingly good looking beer, nice copper/orange color with just the right amount of white/copper-laced head. The aroma is out of this world, well balanced hops, a beautiful sweet fragrance and citrus overtones. Hops are the star and it’s absolutely fabulous. Too bad it’s limited availability. Awesome brew. Dont miss it if you visit San Fran.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at GABF 2007. Pours a dark golden yellow with a big beige head that concretes to the crappy plastic taster cup. Superb pineapple and grapefruit aromas. Pine, spruce, apricot and intense bitterness to the flavor. Very nice beer.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at the brewpub. I really like 21A’s regular IPAs and was excited to finally see Double Trouble on the board during my recent visit. Orange with a sticky off-white head. The aroma is just a blast of sticky, fruity hops emphasizing floral, grapefruit, and peach qualities. At first sip, DT shows you no mercy. I enjoy plenty of DIPAs out here in California, but this was one of the strongest hop kicks that I have ever had. Despite this, the flavor manages to be relatively balanced with a subtle, but firm malt character. Sweet and almost syrupy, but with so much hop oil and acid that the beer only leaves a brutal bitterness in the aftertaste. The hop flavor retains the juicy citrus of the aroma and carries it all the way through the finish. More along the bigger, burlier IIPAs with a lot of body and malt, but also one of the hoppiest beers that I have ever experienced. A true work of hop-art in liquid form.
bb (6697) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Amber beer with big white head. HUGE hop aroma - apricot, mango, citrus, pine... Rich malt body with good fruity hops and pine resin. Nice full mouthfeel. Crisp, clean, and very fresh tasting.