Ernesto987 (3040) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2012 Wow, best piney ops aroma. Smells like a pine forest in the morning while camping. Pour is murky dark orange. Pine body, light bitterness in the flavor that ramps up into finish for a long stone like finish length. Superb.
Ratman197 (8515) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
16 oz. can courtesy of Forgetfu (Big thanks Bill!) poured a hazy tarnished gold with a small lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, grapefruit, tangerine, pine,light tropical fruit and ligh grassiness. Palate was mediumto full bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, grapefruit, tangerine, pine and tropical fruit with a smoth dry bitter lingering citrus finish. One of the better DIPAs Iíve had in a long time!
johnnnniee (1840) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 17, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
16oz can provided by MrBarleywine, thanks for hooking me up Mike!
Pours a slightly cloudy deep golden color with a stingy white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of pine, resin, and a slight bit of citrus and dankness. If thereís any malt in here I canít find it, but I really donít miss it because I could smell this all night. Taste is mildly sweet bready biscuity malt being assassinated by an onslaught of hops. Resinous dank pine hops barely let any malt come through, but some do find their way in. Medium to thin body and level of carbonation, resinous bitter mouthfeel. This one is all about the hops, no shit right its a DIPA. There is a bitterness here, but its pleasant, aromatic and not harsh. This is a damn fine beer!
ChairMissing (20) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyed at Mugís Ale House after sneaking in a car after receiving in a trade (thanks mltobin).
This is one of the few beers to live up to the almost insane hype around it. The appearance in pretty much exactly what you would exepect from a good DIPA, hazy orange with an off white head. Despite the cans suggestion to drink out of it, I went ahead and poured it into a pint glass to get a good idea of the smell and it is a fantastic piney resin with citrus notes. The first sip just blew me away. As the can says itís not the most bitter, but man it has the most flavor. Sweet malt base, with not overly bitter hops. Perfectly balanced. I can only knock the mouthfeel. It leaves a less than pleasant coating in the mouth.
Overall. Amazing. One of the best DIPAs out there.
callmemickey (1869) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 Bottle consumed a few months back.
A: Golden orange body with a pillowy off-white head that sticks around for a bit before leaving solid lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Beautifully bitter grapefruit, orange, pine, and resinous oil. Thick and layered. Easily could get lost for minutes just exploring the aroma.
T: Ever so slightly a fall off from the nose. The Hops didnít quite "pop" with the same intensity as in the aroma. Still, the was quite complex, delicious, and top notch.
M: Creamy smoothness. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. One of the really nice things was with all of the bitterness, it managed to not be prickly or raw.
O: A very nice dIPA that deserves to be up with the big boys. Iíd imagine super-fresh on tap would take this a notch higher.
Quevillon (2345) - Sainte-ThťrŤse, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drank on tap (12 oz) at the brewpub, on August first, 2011. Honey blonde a little hazy, medium head. Juicy citrus hop aroma and slightly acidic, some herbal notes. Extreme nuclear hop flavor (not a hop by the way), many herbs sweet, good bitterness. This is a f***ing great IIPA!
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2012 Damn, this is hoppy. Thatís about my first impression immediately upon popping the cap off of this. With that, I should say huge, huge thanks to rpstevens and kingcrowing for sending me bottles of this, the latter of which was a complete surprise. One bottle to be consumed tonight, the other to be shared with friends this weekend.
This bottle is shared with Amyliz4 and poured into two of our larger, unbranded tulips. The pour yields a slightly-hazed bright peach body with a two-finger head. Pretty good retention and plenty of spotty lacing as it makes its way down to a bit of rocky foam sitting atop the brew. A fairly-thick collar remains on the brew throughout as more spots settle on the sides of the glass.
As previously stated, the aroma on this is damn near epic and remains amazing throughout. The initial whiff slammed my nostrils with dominant notes of tropical fruit, citrus rind, and a bit of pine. Each swirl kicks up another bit of aroma with some mango skin and passion fruit taking hold at first. Behind that is a flock of citrus and an overload of ripe peaches. Following behind all this when you sniff really hard is a nice finish of some piney resin.
The flavor picks up where the nose left off, though doesnít quite dominate my senses like the nose did. With that said, this is some really, really incredible stuff. Iíll start off with one of my only complaints, which is that the hop flavor isnít quite as pungent as the aroma is. Still, there is some fairly-radical hop flavor to balance the hop bitterness. Did you hear that many makers of East Coast IPAs? Malt sweetness doesnít provide balance to bitterness in a fantastic double IPA, lovely and luscious fruit flavors do.
Mango, passion fruit, and guava make their way into the mix. The strong, strong bitterness levels really elevate the citrus presence and make me think of some good grapefruit rind. The body on this does an absolutely remarkable job accentuating the hops. Thereís not an ounce of sweetness, but thereís enough body to really pull everything together. The bitterness in the finish is uber-high and leaves my mouth quite dry. Thereís certainly a solution for that--have some more.
Iíve been waiting a long, long time to finally try this one. Unlike an unfortunately-large percentage of other beers with so much hype, I have enjoyed this immensely. Huge, huge thanks again to Ryan and Nick for the chance to finally try this. Cheers to both of you.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-09-2010
vtafro (2173) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Blind Tiger. Almost a ruby pour with some white head. Although i feel sorry since this beer was up against Lawsons Double Sunshine... Grassy and earthy aroma. Flavor dominated by grapefruit and pine resins. Nice dipa.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle into my Narke tulip...Medium copper, not bright or sparkly enough for me. Tope head pretty good, looks good, nice retention and lacing...Aroma is really malty, lots of caramel, great to balance out the hops and alcohol. Hop presence is huge though, really good...The taste is also really malty, very different and unique for a dipa, but great to mask the hops and make it drinkable. Hops are more there in the feel.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours a hazy amber body with a thin off white head that quickly diminishes. Big bag of bitter grass tones, weed y with a very resinous notes. Very bitter dry with a huge pot like bitter hoppiness. Pure hop resins and a slick apricot and citrus sweetness.