auerbrau (3077) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can, purchased at Craft Beer Cellar - Belmont, MA. Fresh pine and floral citrus aroma. Hoppy beer signatures are really starting to run together for me, unless theyíre single-hopped, something super-distinct, or completely odd. The flavors here are tight, but the balance is a little sweet, and there is a light bland, aged quality to the hop flavors. I think I get some oak dryness, but itís not making a lot of difference. I still donít get why anyone would wood-age a Double IPA.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can from total wine in norfolk. pours a bright, crystal clear gold with a massive, rocky, soapy white head with great retention and sticky lacing. aroma is great with big tropical fruit notes of guava, star fruit, apricot, and tangerine backed by vanilla nougat, toasted oak, and light orange peel with subtle hints of soap and pine esters. flavor is excellent as well with bitter, piney hops, sweet tropical notes of apricot, passion fruit, and mango backed by sweet vanilla, crackery malts, toffee, and a bit of grass. palate is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with a touch of stickiness and a smooth, warming, bitter finish. overall, a damn nice rendition of an oak aged dipa.
jw0406 (598) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz can pours a golden amber color. Aromas of candied grapefruit, floral, and more citrus. Medium bodied, with a sticky mouthfeel, a great canned beer
alexsdad06 (3803) - Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can. Pours a vibrant darker golden color with a medium sized off white head. The nose is bursting with tropical fruits and pine. Just a touch of cattiness comes through as well. The malts are on the sweet side, but take a back seat to the hops. Hints of oak and perhaps a touch of honey. The flavor has more bittering hops and pine than the nose would indicate. The fruity qualities of the nose are not as prevalent. The malts are not as sweet as I would have thought, but show touches of caramel and toasted bread. The bitterness lingers for a while. I am a big fan of bigger beers in a can and this one has me interested.
crazyvin (1797) - New York, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a clear golden color with a thin white head that faded away rather quickly. Caramel malts and pine hops on the aroma. A good balance between hops and caramel malts. Not overly hops but assertive enoigh. A nice smooth finish.
TheBeerGod (4901) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Amber pour with a tall, fluffy white head. Strong pine, citrus fruit, tropical fruit, caramel and spicy hops in the aroma. Taste is big tropical fruit, pine, sweet malt, caramel, citrus oils, and fruit candy (Starburst, perhaps). Body is medium-full and very resinous. Lingering bitterness is there but not extreme. Finishes with more big tropical fruit notes, pine, citrus oils, caramel and more candyish notes.
NachlamSie (2535) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Canned double IPA?? Hell. Yes. This is win. Picked up a champion four pack from Five Points Bottle Shop. Iím apprehensive about oak aged IPAís. The question is, how much hop quality can remain intact? Hop Crisis!ís answer is, "plenty". PNW hops are in the nose and in the flavor in full effect. Ample pine, grapefruit and a bit of herbs. The oak is there, but just kind of melds with the malts. It provides a vanilla-type smoothness while the hops still add plenty of bitterness.Good stuff.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pale golden orange color with golden yellow hues and a two finger white head. Good retention slowly fading into a lasting ring. Glass left coated with soapy lacing.
Floral hop aroma with subtle earthy pine and lots of sweet tropical/citrus notes. Hints of mango, grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. Subtle alcohol sweetness. Really nice citrus presence.
Medium bodied with a blast of bitter earthy hops that provide a nice dryness thatís countered by a ton of sweet citrus/tropical fruit notes. Lots of mango, grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. Slight sweet booziness toward the end of the palate but the abv is well masked for 9.7%. Slightly dry finish with pine bitterness.
Goodgrief (1733) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can. Sweet and sticky. Lots of hop flavors, but I think it might have been an oak or vanilla like flavor that imparted a "gunky" character. Not clean or refreshing. A real mess.
BeerDisciples (13) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent Nose, Floral and Citrus Hops, Taste is refreshing and fairly well balanced. Malt body seemed small, I love this brewer but was hoping for something bigger for an Imperial. This was too drinkable for an Imperial but a good summer beer. B+ ratings and 92/100 for me.