Davetopay (53) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had it on draft at Fireworks in Leesburg, VA. I am going to be hunted down and shot for this......I prefer this over Hopslam. Better balance, more depth, more overall complexity, and a brighter finish. So very easy to drink, and in possession of a special property which makes you drink it. There is this sweet/soft/woody note as it hits the front of your mouth that explodes for a split second and dissipates just as quickly. Then you are hit with all the different layers of hops. Some spicy and earthy, others tingly and piney. Then there is a malt bomb which goes off in the middle of your mouth which gives way to a cleansing bitterness on the finish. As soon as you swallow, it is all over with out a resiny sticky, clinging bitterness like some DIPAs, but you feel refreshed....and want another sip. The nearly 10%abv is so well hidden you can easily get yourself in trouble. No heat or phenolic boozyness. Just AMAZING beer. I have to wonder if it will ever show up in cans........
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Brewforia. Nice golden pour with creamy lacing. Nose gives off sweet citrusy hops with a solid malt bill. This is mirrored in the flavor with good balance, and a honey-like sweetness. Plenty of citrusy and herbaceous hops with the astringent bite. The biggest surpriseis how well the alcohol is hidden; drinkability is off the charts, dangerously. Medium bodied with a soft, frothy mouthfeel and a low to moderate level of carbonation. Rare to find such a balanced and drinkable dipa. I am a huge fan of this.
brokensail (9149) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is an orange-amber color with a dense, soapy white head with great lacing.
S: Perhaps not surprisingly, this is pretty sweet on the nose. Lots of sweet fruity hops giving a grapefruit and citrus aroma to the beer. There is a lot of caramel and sugary sweetness, though, which isnít really what I like in an IPA.
T: Very sweet, way too much for me. Brown sugar, caramel, and toffee provide a sugary base to the beer. There is hop character to it, but itís sweet as well. Tropical fruits, sweet oranges, grapefruit, and perhaps a negligible amount of pine.
M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: This is definitely leaning toward the barleywine side of things. Not sure why this one gets talked up so much...I was not a fan.
MegaMaltMan (10) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very enjoyable IPA. Strong ABV, but not boozy. Reasonable bitterness, fairly balanced, although I would prefer slightly less malt flavor. Still wouldnít turn one down.
savnac (2363) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Humpyís. Clear golden amber with a small dense off white head. Big Pacific NW hop aroma, lots of citrus, flowers, pine and a light caramel. The flavor is very bitter with just the slightest malt sweetness, very light alcohol bit in the end. Medium body with average carbonation and a long, bitter finish. Didnít get any oak at all, lots of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma though, pretty damn good.
skoisirius (1347) - Earth, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2011 Mild tender sweet hoppy aroma that smells of malty citrus. An ever so slight hint of oak is there somewhere. Flavor is...kind of the same. Really sweet and sugary malty up front. Tender body, low carbonation. Finish is hopped up nicely with a slight touch of oak flavors. Lots of vanilla running all over the finish, which ends up being quite bitter and achieves great lingering status. 11% is hidden dangerously well. Yum!
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured amber orange, citrus and piney hops, caramel and bready malts, little vegetal, tongue coating finish.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at 21st Amendment. Pours amber and bright. Great hop aroma. Flavor is sweet and full-bodied with balancing hop flavor. Assertive yet slightly soft (compared to big malty backbone) hop bitterness.
joeneugs (2576) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Hopyard. This beer pours a rich golden orange and very clear with a small off white head. The aroma is wonderful and a kick in the teeth at the same time. Lots of fresh citrus blast and and a resiny piney/spicyness that lends some complexity. The flavor is really good too. Very slick on the palate with huge citrus, spice, pine and some sweet caramel and peach in there for nice balance. I was really impressed with this brew. I didnít pick up any oak thankfully. This is one I will try again. Probably every time I see it on tap.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed on tap in a pub glass. The beer pours a medium amber color, with a smallish white head. The nose shows citrus hop character. The palate shows west coast hop varietal flavor up front, before trasitioning to a medium to medium-high crystal malt residual sweetness, and a crisp bitterness on the back end. The finish leaves a lingering note of hop flavor. Overall, perhaps a touch too sweet, but easy to see why the beer won gold at GABF.