DoublEE (783) - 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 doesn’t 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 I’ve 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 it’s spot on. A little oily and sticky on the lips, as expected. This is dangerously drinkable. I could drink this stuff all day it’s 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. It’s 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 I’ve ever consumed. That’s 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 (82) - - 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. Can’t 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 (1533) - 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 (3881) - 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 wouldn’t 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 isn’t 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 isn’t 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Benzai (10606) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cl can @ home shared with Dutchdrebus. [thnx Eric for pickin’ this up for me and holdin’ on to it for a couple of weeks] Hazy yellow to orange color, lots of floaties in it, medium sized white head. Smell malts, a lot of hops, pine, resin and citrus. Taste hops, grapefruit, citrus, lightly pine and resin, superbly bitter finish. Medium body, medium carbonation.
DutchDrebus (4815) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can @ and thx to benzai. Hazy orange with lots of chunks, small white head. Smells lovely hoppy, grapefruit, fresh, bitter. Great hoppy taste, grapefruit, apricot, sweet, fresh, amazing. Perfect balance. Not a perfect beer, but quite close to it. Soft carbo, medium body. Slightly sticky.
GRM (3335) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can, 1 pint, trade with pushkinwow (thank you!), savoured on July 11 2012; eye: orangey with a caramel hue, lightly hazy, no effervescence, khaki head that turns into a minuscule ring, no lacing; nose: resinous hops, orange, light malt, light "dirty socks"; mouth: resinous hops, orange, light malt, dry but rather long finale in resinous hops, medium-full body, good carbonation, rather bitter and astringent, lightly harsh texture; overall: really good
Canette, 1 pinte, échange avec pushkinwow (thank you!), savourée le 11 juillet 2012; œil : orangée avec une teinte caramel, légèrement voilée, pas d’effervescence, mousse kaki qui se transforme en un minuscule anneau, pas de dentelle; nez : houblon résineux, orange, léger malt, léger chaussons; bouche : houblon résineux, orange, léger malt, finale sèche et plutôt longue en houblon résineux, corps moyen-corsé, bonne carbonatation, plutôt amère et astringente, texture légèrement rugueuse; en résumé : pas mal bonne