wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to phillybeer7779 for this! Nose is loaded with wonderful citrus centennials, floral fresh hops, tropical fruits, some mild grassy notes and loads of fruity simcoes blended in nicely. Also some sweet bready malts in the nose. Flavor is very hop forward but has a substantial amount of malt sweetness to support the hop load. There is some slightly sharp bitterness and hop astringency in the finish but very good. Medium body. not cloying. Alcohol is well hidden and warms slightly in the finish. Good IIPA.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
can thanks to Tytoanderso, pours gold with a thin white head. Aroma is big citrus and tropical fruit notes of pineapple, mango and grapefruit. Flavor is toasted malts that only linger for a bit before being cut by a huge hop profile that again mimics the aroma with tropical fruits and citrus rind. Ends with a lingering orange note. Alcohol is very well masked, this is dangerous stuff.
radagast83 (5601) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can. Poured an amber color with a large 3-finger white head. Aroma was heavy on grapefruit, but not really overly citrus. Notes of oak, hops. Flavor was hoppy, oaky, notes of vanilla. Pretty darn solid.
Alphadelic (1905) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Extra clear and amber as they come. The head is thick, creamy and sticky. There is definitely wood on the nose, in a muted, musty way. The hops lend a wet pine aroma too with maybe the tiniest hint of pulpy mango or guava. In the mouth it is a very smooth beer with an oily texture the dryness, for 94 IBUs is surprisingly inoffensive giving a little tightness over the surface of the tongue as it passes by. Flavour wise the hops seem a little jumbled to me. Itís a bit of a wall of resin and muddled fruitiness. The oak lends a definite drinkability with a tickle of sweetness and some almost tannic topnotes. Itís mild in flavour, and yet too strong in ABV. Iíd pick up a 6 pack of Great Divide Rumble over this any day I feel like getting my Oaked IPA rocks off.
beernovice39 (3248) - Montana, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
9.7% Can pours clear gold with a lacing white head. Piney, fruity, hoppy scent. Taste is citrus, caramel and pine. Bet this is great on draft.
Nephilium (1485) - Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice clean hop aroma. Pours a clear amber, with a huge white head. Much sweeter start then I generally prefer. Iím able to pick up the oak, and I will say this is probably the best interplay of oak and hops Iíve had in a beer. The hop punch is a bit missing from this beer in my opinion. Nice slick mouthfeel, and overall, Iíd say itís a solid beer.
blipp (6851) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours orange with an off white head. Fruity and floral hoppy aroma with a light sweetness. The flavor is well balanced, with floral and fruity hops and sweet and pale malts. Pretty good.
eaglefan538 (2935) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from SL. Pour is golden in color, nice white colored head that thins to a small covering. The aroma is strong citrus hops, some pine. The flavor follows, strong bitter citrus hops first with some pine in the background, malty in the background for sure but not thick. This thing is quite bitter, finishing a tad acidic. Mouthfeel light to moderate, drinks like an IPA though, nothing sticky at all about this. WOW, 10% ABV? Never ever woulda guessed it. Itís no wonder I was dragging last Saturday AM while biking after pounding a couple of these amidst a beer run Friday night!!??? WOW.
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. can from Caponeís. Pours clear fark straw with 3-finger uniform well retained off-white head. Nose is great; tropical fruit, resiny hops, malt, mild oak. Tastes very hoppy, resiny, with a big pineapple, tangerine, pine, and a well integrated oak flavor. Rich, complex, and delicious. Some late heat, and gets drier and more resiny and boozy late.
unclemattie (4356) - Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz can, 4 pk. Clear light amber, golden color. White head. Aroma of HOPS. Citrus, pine, flowers, and resin. Yum. Flavor of bitter hops, sweet caramel malts, with a slight touch of vanilla. Loads of hops, very bitter. This was an attempt of a pool beer this summer because it was in cans. A bit too strong for that, it is just too hot outside. So it was a sipper while in the A/C of the house. Heavy bodied.