Indra (2626) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16oz. can, purchased from the new brewery/cannery. WARNING: Pour with caution! I did not, the first go-around, and my word, what a chunky beer experience it was. Downright unnerving, it was. I havenít seen that much sediment and suspended stuff since my last bottle of Abbaye des Rocs. My advice is to pour slowly and plan on leaving the last half-ounce or so in the can.
Aroma is fruity, lightly sweet, then HOPS HOPS HOPS, with massive amounts of citrus, resin, florals, pine, a lighter green vegetative note (scallion?), and some lightly toasted caramel malts in the background. The nose just has more hops than almost anything Iíve encountered before. Hazy light-medium amber color, head is off-white, foamy and lasting. Flavor profile is skewed towards the hoppy side to an insane degree, this is just rife with sweet citrus, tropical fruit, pine, spice and huge bitterness, fresh and not overly drying or astringent in any way; the sweet, toasty malty backbone is blended in rather nicely and smoothly, particularly about midpoint, since the finish is all about the hops once again, just lip-smackingly resinous. Palate is active, oily and gently effervescent, body is medium-full. Shockingly easy to drink and hugely flavorful, this is a hopheadís dream.
Side note, something I find amusing: The label attempts to convince you in various ways to drink from the can, but then on the label art, the guy is drinking from a glass. I did decant this, by the way, I just donít drink good beer out of a can. Not my style.
TheBeerGod (5287) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can courtesy of GandGKevin. Murky amber with a pretty, layered white head. Aroma is big grapefruit and big pine atop chewy malt and a nice caramel backbone. Taste is a hop bomb. Big pine resins, floral hops, citrus oils and grapefruit pulp. More chewy malts and caramel in this as well. Body is medium-full with a creamy carbonation. Finishes with more big hop resins, grapefruit, pine, citrus oils, caramel and chewy malt.
vyvvy (4025) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at a recent RB St. Louis gathering - Pours lightly hazy amber / orange with an off-white head. The aroma is a thing of beauty. Tons of hoppiness with notes of orange, funk and green onion standing out. There is also some caramel malt there for a nice balance. Medium crisp body with semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts out with funky, piny and grapefruit hop notes and smooth semi-sweet caramel malt for a spot on balance for the assertive hops. The finish dries out a lot and the hops get more harsh showing earthiness, pine, grapefruit and it is all quite resiny. Really well made IIPA.
SpringsLicker (3156) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Ernesto987 who sent this for SS.
Pours hazy dark yellow with lots of floaties under a sticky, 3-dimesnsional head of off-white.
Grapefruit hop aroma.
The flavor is pure citrus hops. Hop-Juice, but very well done hop juice. Enough subtle underlying malt sweetness to carry the hop flavors.
I like this one.
Mora2000 (5781) - 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 (1315) - 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 (1377) - 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 (1784) - 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 (6609) - 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.