DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter despite the canís instructions. I love the "Donít be a D-bag, recycle this can!" on the back.
3.5 A: Lightly hazed dark orange color. Small particulates throughout. Two and a half fingers of white frothy/creamy hybrid head. Retention is good and some lacing is left.
4.5 S: Nice nose on this. Incredibly floral with orange and mango citrus. Canít really pick up in terms of malts other than a light neutral sweetness and a touch of breadiness.
4.0 T: Surprisingly sweet and bitter at the same time. Pithy grapefruit with orange, papaya, and mango citrus. Malts and yeast give a hearty dose of breadiness and graham cracker.
4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy with a light bitter aftertaste.
4.0 D: Solid brew, though Iím not huge on bready DIPAs. Still, Iíd have no problem putting down a few of these.
Serving type: can
Reviewed on: 10-20-2011 23:01:01
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Two 16-ounce cans were sent last week by lushawn to be opened at the STL RB Gathering he couldnít attend, and we did just that, one for the guests who had to leave early, and one for the night owls. Some of us hit it twice. Thanks, Shawn! Pours a semi-cloudy yellow gold color with a small white head. The aroma absolutely explodes out of the can upon the first snap. Massive fresh herbal, citrusy hops, tropical fruits, earth, pepper, sweet and caramel malts, and floral notes. Holy moly. The flavor is outstanding, too, but nothing could follow that nose. Oily, citrusy, floral hops, sweet and caramel malt backbone throughout, tropical fruits, and pine resin. Medium-bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel that is juicy, oily, and malty all at once in incredible balance. I finished my rating in my notepad with "wow, wow, wow" and Iím sticking with that. I didnít buy the hype leading up to this one but now Iím right at the forefront of it. This beer is amazing. Wow, wow, wow.
phredrik (998) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh can provided by jedwards - best bonus ever. Enjoyed in my Hill Farmstead stem glass. The pour yields a very hop hazy amber with half a finger of white head, dissipating rather fast. The aroma is intensely piney, and very simcoe forward. Also oranges, passion fruit, rather resinous. Notes of green apples a very fresh and zesty citrus component. A very crisp malt profile with crispy bread crust and a hint of caramel and honey. Lovely! The taste also plays on the piney and resinous side of the hop spectrum, but also has a very fresh passion fruit and unripe pineapple fruitiness up front. The bitterness is insisting and almost stinging, but is backed up by some sweetness on the malty side - bread crust and caramel. The malts seem to provide just the right balance to allow the hops to still play the big part. As you drink it, the hops just open up with new fruity impression by every sip - first you get all kinds of citrus fruits - the other sip itís pineapple, passion fruit and oranges - the next sip itís intensely piney and resinous. Outstanding! The palate ends with a lovely and very unique citrus tart-ish bitterness that I havenít picked up in any DIPA before. The hop profile is very impressive and actually very complex, but the malt profile as well, is right where it should be, all together it adds up to one of the finiest DIPAís Iíve had thus far. Jumpiní on the hype train on this one.
seymour (1307) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from a can (thatís right) at the Saint Louis Ratebeer Gathering in a tulip glass. Appearance and grainbill were typical of Imperial IPAs, but itís the crazy cool aromas and flavors that set this beer apart. Massive herbal, spicy, grassy, perfumey, earthy, woodsy, citrusy (and not just grapefruit, mind you) hops that reveal themselves layer after endless layer. What did Vermont residents do to deserve this and Magic Hat and Hill Farmstead? Not fair!
jandd1983 (2050) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the St. Louis RB gathering. It poured a hazy amber color with a big white head. The aroma was of citrus and grapefruit hops. The taste was citrus hops with a nice malt balance and a nice bitter hop finish. A very good IPA.
Strykzone (4403) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the st. Louis ratebeer gathering. This is hazy golden. Little head. A sweet hop nose but the flavor is big and bitter. Lots of citrus. Some bread and caramel. The bitterness smoothed out and nuances came through. Good!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2011 Super fresh 16 oz. can. Poured into my glass, it yields a cloudy, stratified, dusky burnt amber to light sienna body with a beautifully thick, spongy head of lasting cream colored froth. Hard, dense, patchy swaths of lacing coat the glass from top to bottom. Good looking brew here. The nose is dank, dank, DANK. Simcoe was clearly used generously. I get notes of cannabis, wet grass, and hay, with a secondary wave of pithy, peppery white grapefruit and maybe some distant pine resin. Though it is clearly a hop bomb, there is a really nice underlying honeyed, bready malt character that lends a chewy balance to the aroma. It somehow manages to avoid the savory, meaty notes and cat pee essence that some Simcoe-based IPAs inherently contain (*cough*cough* GUBNA *cough*cough). The taste is very hop-centric, showing more resin than before, cannabis kind of fading away. I get more bitter citrus pith and grass, followed by notes of oily, fruity citrus peel and sticky pine resin. The malt character is pretty much the perfect counterpoint, formidable enough to slightly damper the onslaught of hop bitterness, yet not so overbearing as to take over or lend excessive sweetness. In fact, the malts are downright tasty in their own right, touching on baking bread and honey-kissed toast. Yummy, yummy brew. The palate is medium-full in stature, super-smooth up front, with what seems like the perfect amount of soft yet persistent carbonation. Alcoholic warmth is almost nil, which is a feat for an 8% brew, yet it does finish excessively sugary and sticky. Hell, my lips were nearly glued together after drinking this can! On the whole, you can color me impressed. I generally hate Simcoe hops, and the hype train really had my guard up, but this brew is different. They somehow captured that sweet spot between malt and hop that so few IIPAs do, and it shows off the very best characteristics of Simcoe without any of the typical off scents or flavors. Damn fine beer. This is what GUBNA wishes it was.
Tmoney99 (9984) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavyrthy hoppy aroma. Moderate to heavy bitter flavor with a moderate to heavy bitter finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate alcohol bite at the finish. Very good brew.
SudsMcDuff (5646) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally get to try this, even got the first pour .. . Pours a deep yellow gold .. great foam, medium sticky lacing .. . lots of pine, sap, flowers, and hop syrup .. . great pure hop mouth, not to sweet- just perfect .. . A hell of an IIPA, very happy i got to try it and see now why people talk about it. .. . no dogs allowed!
Hair6a11 (1260) - Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Can. Hell Yeah (thanks jeff) - "Drink From the Can", Fine! I poured a bit into a taster to get the color and appearance, though. Which is , frankly, a fairly clear honey gold with an average off white head, I suppose. Back to the can. The nose is tangerine, caramel, honey, and grassy hops, really. The citrus notes though are pretty fantastic. I suppose out of the gate; Iím surprised at the bitterness level in this beer - 120 IBUís - well. When I say surprised, I mean Iím not necessarily pulling an extreme bitterness from this beer. The sweetness from the caramel/honey notes mesh wonderfully with the tangerine/apricot citrus notes, fused with the grassy/piney hop profile. But this feels odd, drinking from the can. The mouthfeel is thick and chunky, relative to the swigs Iím taking. And to be honest, there is a hint of metallics present here. But who am I to argue with the alchemist?