koshea (13) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured on tap at 21A as part of strong beer month
It was a transparent amber color, With a big off white head and some retention. The aroma was chocked full of big resiny, piny hops, with just a hint of honey from the malt. The first thing I taste is the hops, but what DIPA would it be if that were untrue? But here there is lots of hops in all there resiny goodness, there’s just a hint of honey sweetness from the malt. It’s the right balance complementing the hops and not struggling for control of the flavor. There is a great balance for such a strong hoppy monster. It’s nicely carbonated and goes down my gullet smoothly. Considering ABV this beer is dangerously drinkable and a great DIPA
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at the brewpub. Orange with a medium white head that leaves some lace. Super green, floral, dank, piney hop aroma. Tons of juicy citrus flavor. Grapefruit is in full effect with some peach thrown in for good measure. Very bright, fruity, and oily. Malt is minimal and plays a clean counter to all that hop flavor. Bitterness is there, but very smooth and not at all harsh. Medium-full body but not really heavy, and lighter than you would expect. Stupidly drinkable for this strong and hoppy of a beer, and much more balanced than Double Trouble. Just killer stuff, and very similar to Younger.
yespr (29687) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap at the brewpub. Pours clear and golden orange with a small lacing white head. Aroma is solid peachy hops. Smooth mouthfeel with a nice grapes note. Bitter and mellow tangerine flavoured finish. Very smooth and elegant.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at brewery. Big pine and grapefruit aroma. Sticky slightly bright palate. Very big hop resin, pine, and caramel taste with a bitter citrus finish.
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at 21st Amendment, and now listed as 10.8%. Clear amber golden with a small off-white head, fading to a thick ring and tattered film before long. Typical good DIPA aroma White bigcitrus grapefruit rinds, pine hops behind. Also a little herbal with light caramel. Flavor is a little more astringent, loads of bitterness, and less aroma hops noted. Just kind of a tongue ass-kicker. I also get a tinge of lemon. Bitterness peaked at an 8, dry finish with moderate alcohol burn. Light prickly carbonation with a medium body. The lack of aroma hops in the flavor and ridiculous bitterness with little malt kept this from rocking.
jentucker (6) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 6, 2010 does not count
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really bitter. Imperial tasting. Does not have hoppy aroma, smells like alcohol. The taste is high alcolhol too.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Toronado. Pours with a nice copper color. Great aromas of pine and resins and floral notes. Flavors are very hoppy, mostly flowery with some nice honey like sweetness. Fairly bitter finish, but very smooth.
larsniclas (5368) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewpub
Deep amber. Medium, tan head.
Very sweet and hoppy aroma; some cooki-aroma.
Sweet, malty, hoppy and bitter.
A bit too much alcohol-notes.
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma of Grapefruit, vanilla, light toast and toffee. Light bodied, slightly thick, deep orange color. Orange, light toast, light toffee, biscuit and vanilla. Light bitter finish, somewhat acidic, not too lingering. A nice IIPA with notes of Oak, at 11.2 ABV alcohol well concealed.
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at 21st Amendment in SF. What hop crisis? They sure were able to find a lot of those little lupulin bombs for this beer. Deep golden amber with a nice creamy head. Aroma is fresh piney hops and malt. Flavor is sweet caramel malt and lots of piney, citrusy west coast hops. Syrupy on the palate. Really nice DIPA overall.