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 (3191) - 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.
popery (1399) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft, Beer Revolution. Despite its silver medal at the last GABF, I expected to be a bit disappointed by this beer, after hearing it was an oak-aged DIPA with a pretty big malt backbone. However, I was happily surprised. This beer had a wonderful hop aroma, mostly floral with some grassy and pine/ctirus in a supporting role. Taste was very balanced, which is normally a descriptor that I associate with too much malt flavor for DIPAs, but it works here. I can see why this beer would go over well with judges. Itís balanced but still has some good bitterness and lots of hop aroma. Thereís a touch of oak in the taste, but I think it mostly serves to make the malt flavor gentler and rounder. The malt has a honeyed flavor - very nice. Mouthfeel is thick and full. Very good DIPA.
OTRihtnsgbt (28) - Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2011 64 oz growler from Whole Foods. Deep amber color, head has nice white lacing. Big citrus hope aroma. For 110 IBU this brew has some incredible balance. Great hops all the way through the finish, some interesting oak notes as well. A very impressive IPA.
italianjohn (2315) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale golden pour foamy soapy white head ... aroma of citrusy and light piney hop and sugary sweet malts .... taste is of lots of bitter hop citrusy and rindy ... lots of sticky lacing and has a malty backbone that flows into a bitter dry hopped finish .... didnít detect really any of the oak but it was a solid dbl ipa
Tmoney99 (10582) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium to heavy citrus and earthy hop aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bitter finish of moderate to long duration.This is a solid beer.
CaptainCougar (7130) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD: Pours a transparent golden bronze with a thin ring of white bubbles. Has a fresh resiny grapefruity hop nose with a touch of light malty sweetness underneath. Starts with pretty good fullness and a lightly sugary sweetness which quickly gives way to a more bitter, slightly astringent resiny finish. Has a pretty good hop profile, but seems to be lacking the right amount of malt balance. Itís a little too sweet at first and then not sweet enough. Nonetheless, a pretty good effort.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours an amber toned body with a mostly white head and decent lacing. Sweet fruity hop aromatics, nice pine and grapefruit tones, light citurs. A bit sweet almost like bright cane sugar, citrus, and a modest warming. Grassy and chewy, really nice. Downed 3 pints.