mt4080 (2) - Watertown, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A truly amazing DIPA that I am lucky to have a decent supply of, thanks to a good friend! Simply one of the best beers I’ve had, and a beautiful representation of the style.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beer is yellow to amber with some haziness to it. Head is soft, white, and thin made up of a very small bubbles and some medium ones that stick to the glass leaving a little lacing. Carbonation is moderate to low, it looks good, looks like a hazy IPA.
The aroma is beautiful, absolutely wonderful. No alcohol or heat, minimal malt sweetness, complex mixture of tropical fruits like pineapple and mango, with citrus layers of lime and orange. It smells wonderful.
Beer is light in body and quite carbonated in the mouth. Interesting, probably due to the carbonation, the first thing I notice in this beer is the hop profile. A floral and fruity explosion of hop flavors, again tropical fruits and some citrus that gives way in the late palate to some moderate bitterness. I think they could have gotten away with more bitterness but overall it is a truly amazing IPA. Hard to top.
Jool (190) - - JAN 29, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can 1 pint. Forte présence d’houblon aux saveurs d’agrumes (pamplemousse, pomelo) et de conifère. Se boit incroyablement bien, c’est une des bières que j’aimerais toujours avoir en réserve.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 500ml can... Pours a hazy golden with a big white head that leaves ridiculous lacing... Huge mango grapefruit light pine aroma lightest sweetness... Lively medium body, kinda lightly sweet, big big stone fruit and light citrus flavor with a touch of pine, could be a little livelier ... Nice flavor , lightest creaminess to the body, quite dry finish bitterness hits the tongue pretty hard... Really really worth the hype...
reggiedunlop (3214) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Can from tilson! Pours a hazy honey color with a huge tan head...outstanding heavy lacing and retention. Aroma is packed with citrusy grapefruit, some mango, and perfect amounts of grassy and spicy hops...wow. flavor has stone fruits...peach and mango...followed by spicy grapefruit and grassiness...just enough malt to provide a hint of a biscuity backing to go with some sticky sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium and oily and the finish is wonderfully hoppy with grapefruit and dry. Damn near perfection...move over pliny!
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can @ Jews brews bbqs. Hazy dark yellow ochre. Heady hop aroma is full of dense chewiness, pine, swamp, and orange peel. Shit this is a total hop bomb, and yet the nutty malt sweetness is solid and characterful enough. So while it’s very bitter it also has depth. Tastes and feels very strong. A good way to get hit over the head with hops.
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1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
in the glass is looks like a heffe with a big rocky ledge on top. I’d like to see the expression on one expecting a wheat beer. How they can pack so much pine and citrus into the nose? There is some sweet amphora like tobacco in the nose as well. Taste is all about the hops, enough malt to hold things up but not get in the way. This is the single best iipa I have ever had. Very dry and lingering hop presence which loves you all night.
CanIHave4Beers (3351) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I tip my hat to Jim at homebrew club for bringing this beer I thought I’d never be able to try.
Pours a very hazy golden color with a lot of floaties, the head is medium sized, well retained, and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.
The aroma is a good balance of fruity and pleasantly oniony hops. The beer is very pungent, very bright, and is loaded with fresh hop character. Somehow a little bit of crackery malt peeks through the big hop burst.
The beer is indeed bitter but not overbearingly so, the beer has a nice multi-layered snappy hoppiness, a little onion, a good dose of juicy grapefruit, a zippy spiciness. The beer is very well balanced even though it’s so hop heavy, and the alcohol is basically unnoticeable.
This seems like the sort of beer I could drink a fair amount of.
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really solid offering that pours a murky honey hue with burnt tangerine at its core. Fluffy, bright-white head that left a small ring and a little lacing. Aroma is juicy citrus, candied orange, and lemon-zest. Flavor shows a little alcohol accompanied by earthy notes, freshly-cut grass, and grapefruit rind. Citrus sprays the palate like gnawing on tangelos. Again, a bit hotter than the 8% would indicate. Not as "bright" as a West Coast IIPA but nicely balanced.
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 ounce bottle
A mysterious can from a unknown brewery with an eyecatching label sat in the fridge for only about a week before I couldn’t take it any more. Cracking it open I had one of the best canned beers in a long time. I can only imagine how much better it is fresh from the source. This one should be high on anybody’s list who is in the Vermont region.
Aroma / Appearance - A bronze body shimmers with light carbonation. Golden rings curl around the edges like the tint of a warm sunset. Lemongrass, lawn clippings, and pine sol provide immediate evidence that this means business. Resiny holds it together like a pot of glue.
Flavor / Palate - Sourdough soaked in resin warms the palate almost immediately after the first sip. Refreshing and gentle it eases towards the throat. A great example of the imperial IPA style this is the type of introduction that I wish happened more often with new breweries. Alchemist is definitely a must stop if I ever make it to Vermont.