alassio (71) - 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-IPA’s (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.
superspak (2568) - Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 10/29/2014. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with juicy citrus/tropical hop notes with moderate malt sweetness; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of resinous pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and minimal cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA style. All around good complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
tgncc (2781) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Awesome DIPA. Strong caramel malt backbone on aroma and flovor. But also, assertive hoopiness, citrus, grapefruit, flowers. The finish was lingering sweetness, pine, citrus. Medium/thick in body. Nice.
Travlr (11305) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear deep golden amber color, medium white head. Aroma of huge pine and citrus. Taste is juicy, sticky pine. Nice.
jackfrost9p (258) - California, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent, but lacking the overpowering hops and bitterness of a typical double IPA, in my opinion. Drinks more like an IPA. However, thats not a bad thing and the beer is still very good.
milewide (1501) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Muted hop aroma, with some alcohol. Dark, clear, amber color. Too much like many other DIPAs. Routine head.
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle. Not a very strong hop aroma. A bit floral, somewhat muted with candy sugar and some caramel and oxidation. Deep dark amber clear with haze, topped with creamy-foamy off-white lacing head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Starts with caramel and biscuit, light oxidation, and muted floral but strong bitter hop character. Light alcohol sweetness. Finish is muted bitter with light sweet after. Perhaps it didn’t travel well.
bigguns22 (661) - Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a true amber with a nice white head and good glass lacing. Aroma is soft and a little muted with hops and pine most noted. A beer that has great hop flavor and hides the abv well.
blackflag321 (477) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pour to shaker. One of the darkest colored IPA’s in recent memory and nice malty aroma. Initial malt-forward taste but didn’t really do much for me after that appearance and first sips. Interesting and an okay beer, but . . .
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours a glowing amber with a thick white cap of foam.
Aroma: Ultra fresh American hops. Mixture of bright grassy and citrus notes, tropical fruit, a touch of pine and brown sugar sweetness beneath all that.
Taste: A burst of flavorful abrasive bitter and juicy hops. Fruit cocktail, some bread crust, finishes with earthy grapefruit bitterness with decent lingering.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Prickly active carbonation. Perfectly dry, especially for the style.
Overall: Alaskan stepped out of their comfort zone of widely appealing session ales with this hop forward beer. The freshness and layers of hop goodness reminded me of Sierra Nevada Hoptimum.
hawthorne00 (2414) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 12C. Amber with an inch of white head. Aroma of grapefruit marmalade, bread, some pine. A little syrupy. Sweet bread and biscuit with middle register citrus - sour oranges, grapefruit, kumquat - pine creeps up in a solidly bitter finish. Rich but not oversweet malt side works well with the hops. Quite good, but not particularly interesting.