KyotoLefty (5788) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2012 Can on the RBSG bus. Great nose: tropical fruit, peaches and mango. Golden pastel color. Estery, bready flavor with honey malts. Prockly carbonation is a bit much. Peppery hop finish and noticeable alcohol. Well bitter. Nose is great, flavor much less exceptional than expected, though good.
Second time was from the can at Manhattan Pizza in Burlington. Nose was less available, but the resinous, citrus hops were lovely.
HighWine (932) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint sized can from which I will drink(as instructed). Iíve never sniffed the inside of a can before. This one smells like fresh pine needles and lemon zest. Taste is full of flavor and pretty balanced for the style. Tart citrus hops hit you first followed by juniper. Slubtly sweet pale malt presents itself mid palate and bitter pine oils linger in the back of the mouth after the sip is gone. A little alcohol heat warms the throat and chest. Quite drinkable given the ABV. This one lives up to the hype for sure and Iím glad Iíve got 7 more to enjoy. Iíll update the rating if thereís a measurable difference after a pour one of these into a glass and taste then.
Terminus (3084) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can-HUGE thanks to Daknole for letting me basically have a whole can of this stuff to myself. fantastic! Pours lightly hazy orange with a small soapy rocky white head. nose is out of this world! Big citrus, lemon, huge floral notes, a bit of green onion, however, i didnt mind that. some white grapes in there as well. Very dank smelling-like fresh nugs. flavors are all hops, no malt, just how i like however, the flavors are just so damn dank. bitterness isnt all that big here, doesnt seem to be the 120 ibus however, the can i had was almsot 2 months old. It would have been more bitter fresh. I have to get some more of this stuff!!!! one of the best IIPAís out there!
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pour reveals a cloudy, golden-orange body with sediment topped by a large rocky white head. The 2 finger head displays good retention and dissipates to a thin cap, leaving some nice lacing as it slowly recedes.
The smell is amazing! Big dank resinous hop oil upfront. Bright grapefruit, orange and lemon peel followed by tropical fruit; mostly pineapple and mango. Also has a little bit of sweetness in the nose, similar to honey. Just a touch of bready malt, but not much. It is all about the hops here.
Instant zing of citrus and grapefruit with a hop wallop, but without the crazy bitterness. The hop flavor creeps up on you after swallowing. However, it doesnít have that drink-with-caution bitterness that can overwhelm the palate. It takes all of the tastiness one would love about hops while leaving some of the bite behind. The freshness of the hops is really unparalleled, it is by far the "juiciest" DIPA Iíve been able to track down. The hops are complimented by a sweet bread malt backbone and it is extremely well balanced. Very little booziness in the taste however, just loads of super fresh and pure hoppy goodness.Chewy and full bodied with somewhat low carbonation, but itís spot on. A little oily and sticky on the lips, as expected. This is dangerously drinkable. I could drink this stuff all day itís so damn good and it goes down so easy.One of the few beers that actually exceeds the hype. Are there more insane DIPAs out there? Of course. But this has to be one of the freshest and "purest" tasting DIPAs I have ever had. Itís near flawless and quite remarkable. The is one of those rare DIPA that will satisfy the hopheads as well as the fans of something more balanced. This is easily one of the best beers Iíve ever consumed. Thatís why it gets my first perfect score.
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the best smelling IPA I can recall. Pure rubbing whole leaf American hops in your hand and taking in the pugent nose. Secondly, this beer is incredibly clean and easy to drink. Not overly bitter by any means. Really fruity, citrus, pineapple, peach flavors dance around with a piney resin hoppiness. It is like hoppy fruit juice. Pretty much a flawless IPA. I was not as blown away as I was drinking a Pliny, but its up there as one of my favorite IPAs.
alex4r (68) - - JUL 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drank it straight from the can. The aroma is excellent; hoppy, citrus and nice pine. Canít comment on the color as it remained in the can. Solid carbonation, medium body. Taste was superb , nice hop profile, just enough maltiness, not an over powering sweetness. Damn fine ipa.
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma- wet hay, oranges, papaya, fruit juice, metallics
Appearance- yellow-orange, nice white head and lacing
Taste- massive assault of hops upfront with a super clean, sweet middle with a twinge hops on the backend
Palate- full-bodied, mouth coating at its finest
Overall- A very hoppy, oddly complex beer that is awfully damn drinkable. World class stuff here.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUL 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
6/14/12 notes: can, thanks Eric! Lychee, tangerine, lemon zest. Body is light and nimble. As the can says, this beer is about the depth and deliciousness of layers of hops. Which it succeeds admirably. A joy to drink straight out of the tallboy can.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A vigorous pour from the can produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves some lacing on the sides of my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is a hazy, dirty amber color that shows a chunky, hazy, orange-gold tinged, pale amber hue when held up to the light. Up front is a punchy hop character with notes of lychee, ripe tangelo zest, a dank herbal note, and pine needles all playing a prominent role. The malt here, while certainly playing a subordinate role, still contributes a definite crystal malt character that is biscuit like and notes of toasted whole grain crackers that is fairly noticeable.
Sharply bitter and herbaceaous from the get go, but the finish sees the hops picking up more of the lychee and ripe fruit character. There is a definite peppery note from the hops and this mixes in well with the biting bitterness as well as with the danker herbal notes. There is even some woody hop notes here that accentuate the flavors of pine. The malt character is fairly light, as it should be, but does contribute a chewy bread / cracker note, as well as some touches of toasted pale grain character. The body here has a certain chewiness to it, there is a definite viscosity here, I wouldnít quite say this was quaffable, though it is certainly drinkable. Some noticeable alcohol in the finish adds some spiciness and a touch of heat. There is a light sweetness to this brew that is accentuated by the fruity hop notes; the latter contribute notes of lychee, tangelo zest, kumquat, and Curacao Orange zest.
Definitely a hop lovers beer. This is quite enjoyable, but somehow isnít quite what I prefer in a Double IPA; there is a certain muddiness to the flavor, which likely corresponds to the murkiness that this has visually and somehow the hop character isnít quite as bright as I would prefer.
carmona06 (13) - SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Stockholm, Sweden. American Imp Ipa at its best. Along with
Pliny the elder( havent tried the younger yet) and Dreadnaught. Top of the line.
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