Mora2000 (5549) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to mar for trading me this can.
The beer pours a dirty yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the grapefruit, but I also get a little bit of orange citrus and some biscuit malt notes.
The flavor is more intense than the aroma. I get some huge grapefruit and orange citrus notes, as well as a little bit of pine and some pineapple. Mixed in with all of the hop notes is a little bit of biscuit malt. The bitterness is low to medium.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
beernbourbon (1285) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 14, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Can shared by phaleslu, thanks Peter! Pour is an unassuming hazy gold with a nice medium snow-white head. Aroma is out-of-control good. Loads of crazy huge citrus hop with pineapple and orange notes. A very understated, but present, lightly sweet malt also detectable. Flavor is huge citrus hops also with pineapple and grapefruit dominating. Very very well balanced with the lightly sweet malt balancing out the spice of the hops. This beer is huge on aroma and hops but so well balanced as well. Wow, this is exactly how I like IPAís This is an incredible IPA! I could drink this everyday, all day.
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can from Shanell - thanks! Enjoyed via glass and can. Pours a clear, caramel/amber with a thick and healthy froth of white foam. Aroma is clean pine, hop bitterness, floral hops, citrus but itís integrated with the malt backbone more than a stand alone element, perhaps some tropical fruit notes, and a very dry and tight malt backbone. The aroma is a bit more intense from the can than the glass. Taste is balanced hop bitternes, pine, and a slight bit of malt sweetness and alcohol toward the finish. Very clean feel in the mouth. I particularly like that the beer comes in at 8% which allows the hops to shine more, the malt to play a background role, and make the beer all around more drinkable than if it were a higher ABV. Solid, extremely drinkable IIPA that is worth seeking out.
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a dull hazy amber gold. Holding it up to the light you will see particulate matter suspended throughout. Atop sits a thin swirly white film.
Aroma: Grapefruit pine ,tropical fruit Itís pine dominant.
Taste: Bitter bouquet of piny citrusy hop flavor. Slight toffee and spicy malt. A little fruity with a sturdy bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Very carbonated.
Overall: I love this beer. I tried drinking it from the can, as The Alchemist suggests, but itís just not good for business. While very cloudy, with particulate matter floating around, you get to know the beer way better from different temperatures not to mention itís no fun trying to stick your beak inside of an aluminum can. As many a fat girl or ugly guy has said ďitís whatís on the inside that counts.Ē In the case of Heady Topper, the inside is amazing.
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 (6281) - 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 (1010) - 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 (1399) - 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 (2505) - 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 (4812) - 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!