Capa (2316) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden with a high white head. Powerful tropical fruits, citrus, and some sweet, chewy malts. Lingering heavy bitterness. Medium bodied. Burns a little on the finish. Real nice DIPA. (draught at the brewpub)
strongpieman (1601) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Powerful floral hop aroma. Golden to amber color, clear, white head. Nice bitter taste, solid strong IPA. Recommend.
obxdude10 (2118) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was an amazing beer! I tried this one on draft at Ortino’s, and it delivered some awesomely delicious flavor and aroma. The beer poured a dark golden color with a thick and lacing off-white head. I got aromas of dry and spicy hops, earth, bread and lots of pine. The body was super-smooth. I could have sat there all night drinking just this one beer. The alcohol content was pretty well hidden, too. The flavors were amazingly delectible, with notes of pine, sweet but dry and spicy hops, earth, bread and a ton of citrus. The finish was a bit sweet, but also dry, spicy, hoppy and woody. This beer certainly has a dangerous side to it, but it’s amazingly good!
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: Draft at Fireworks. Lots of tropical and citrus notes in the nose. The flavor is well balanced with a ton of hops (the earlier mentioned citrus and tropical fruit) and a good bit of sweetness. Lighter in body than I was expecting which makes it go down a little too easily at 9.7% (the ABV listed at the bar). I actually wouldn’t mind a hair less sweetness, but overall I found this brew to be outstanding.
alobar (3128) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden orange color with a white soapy head. Floral aroma with lots of citrus. Subtle hop bitterness with lots of floral, pine and citrus flavor. Really good beer!
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours with a hazed golden body and a large white head that leaves great lace. Aromas are extremely floral and fruity with vanilla, oak, and a green quality to it. Taste is earthy, vanilla, tannins, fruity, strawberry, mango and papaya. Noticeable alcohol. Good.
AmEricanbrew (6377) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden color/ white head. Floral, tropical fruit, pale malt aromas. medium bodied. Nice floral, tooty fruity hop flavors with a solid pale malt sweetness--good.
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Pours a transparent orange, off white head. Aroma of sticky sweet, almost cloying malt, bit of booze, wood and earthy hops. Flavors of hot booze, earth bitterness, overtly sweet malt, light oaky character. Big body, gratingly sweet, a bit hot, with a somewhat woody/sweet/earthy finish. Hop crisis is right, as I really didn’t get the idea of an IIPA, way too sweet and really just prettily sloppy/hot all around.
IndianaRed (2957) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap at Brewforia Beer Market, Meridian, ID Hazy golden orange witha dense creamy long lasting head, leaving hevy sheets of lacing on the glass. Huge fresh citrusy hop aroma and a TON of fresh up front hop flavor. Tangerines, orange zest, some grapefruit..just awsome. Moderate bitterness, which is the opposite of many IPAs and even Doubles.
This is what I hope for on IPAs. Delicious.
At 10%+ it is hard to have more than a couple and remember how good they were though.
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........