AWISLguy (1566) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BrookFalls Discount. Pours an orangey copper with a white head leaving spots of lace. Aroma has plenty of nice citrus and spicy pine, plus some solid caramelly malt backbone. Taste is of sweet caramel, grapefruit and oranges, sharp tangy pine with some other fruitiness. Some resin. Medium bodied with a touch of alcohol; slightly rough around the edges. Finishes long and to the bitter side of bittersweet. Nicely tasty brew with a good amount of bitterness but also a solid malt presence.
Guerde (1200) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Pours a semi-clear copper color with a medium white head. Aroma holds a bunch of breakfast cereal (think Muesli mix), dried strawberries, oranges, and some tropical fruit (pineapple and mango). Maybe floral darjeeling. This one takes a little bit to open up, but itís not too bad aroma-wise, as thereís quite a bit of stuff going on. Flavor also holds that dried strawberry, some kiwi, pineapple, and orange as well. Thereís a slight black pepper note here towards the back-end that signals a veer into unsavory territory, as the floral 1st flush darjeeling resurfaces in the flavor and serves to yield a very astringent note. This isnít the pleasant, well-steeped darjeeling character thatís nice in some beer; instead itís the overly steeped and biting astringency that really takes away from a somewhat decent beer. Thereís also a fair bit of cereal grain character that shows up on the back end and upon exhalations that reminds me of their Alaskan Amber. Maybe the same malt is used or something. Overall, this beer is very promising in some aspects, and very poor in others.
BrewHaMeister (222) - - FEB 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours a clear amberwith a fairly thick head. Nice hop aroma and flavor. Clean finish.
Aubrey (3481) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drenched with a green hoppiness, kind of like a double fresh hop ale. Malts are a bit sappy as well (dough, wet grains, sugar water). Fruity alcohol (apples) plus some fruity hop notes (tangerine, apricot, pear). Lesser hop notes of herbs and flowers. Slight rubbing alcohol off flavor with a nip of staleness really dampened things for me.
thespot (7) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2014 does not count
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 7/20
I really like this style beer. The floral notes and grassy flavors go well with the fairly high ABV this dbl IPA packs. Plays well with the rosemary & Himalayan pink salt bread Iím easting with it.
alassio (76) - USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In comparison to other citrus/pine mega-IPAís (e.g., Hopslam, Hoptimum) this one clocks in real nice with huge rich hoppiness, syrupy richness, but also dryness. It has no cloying sweet to muck it up. In fact, it is almost tart, and the different aspects wind up with all sorts of definition: fresh & zesty; spring woodland hoppy; bitingly alive. This is a stunning beer, but it is big, big, big, and bracing too.
notalush (5169) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - medium orange color - soapy lace - nose of earthy, almost peaty maltiness, orange marmalade, strong bitter grapefruit and pine - high carbonation, but it is fairly soft - there is an initial strong but clean sweetness, but the malts are mostly crackery, dry, and earthy after that - some mineral notes make way for strong woody, peppery, and citric hops - the malt profile is British in character, but the hop profile is more american - not really for fans of your typical, sticky American IIPA, but I think itís pretty good.
arkurzynski (1653) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber. Nose of sweet cereal grains, caramel/toasted malt, and grassy pine. Flavor is heavy herbal pine, quite resinous, with very little malt backbone to speak of. Pretty dry with active carbonation, which leads to a fairly thin mouthfeel, despite the ABV. Lingering tongue puckering dry bitterness.
furthur (312) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber beer, cream colored head. Aroma of spruce, orange, lemon, caramel, peaches? Taste bitter, malt, spice, bitter, having trouble finding the fruit the aroma promised. There is a hint of peach, under the bitter. Medium body. A bit heavy carbonation. Finish is bitter hops.
coreyvan (15) - Fridley, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong grapefruit after taste. Very dry finish. Another one and done. Too rich for drinking all night.