jd10 (66) - Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
half from can, half from snifter. pour is cloudy golden straw with lots of sediment. aroma is strong tropical hops (fresh pineapple and mango?). taste starts with lightly sweet hops (citrus and tropical flavors) and trends toward piney hop bitterness in the finish. alcohol is barely noticeable. very enjoyable.
jrob21 (2167) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried it both ways out of the can and into a glass. I might say the cam is a touch better. The can is right. The pour is a dark orange almost honey color. The lacing is full and stretches all the way up the glass. Aromas of hops fill the room. They are huge and citrusy and pine. Lots of c hops here. Flavor is much the same with the enamel piercing hop profile of a classic west coast profile. There is a little more depth and complexity to the flavor though that takes this to the next level. Honey and light caramel on the flavor. Orange candy sugar sweetness. Bubblegum and a resiny pine finish. Damn each sip is like a different hop. Tasty.
bnielsen13 (174) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can at home courtesy of NHHOPHEAD. Pours orange with a white head. Aroma is very citrusy, piney, hoppy. Flavor is a lot of citrus and pine and hops. Very well done.
adam42381 (369) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Spiegelau tulip - no, I didn’t follow the rules and drink it out of the can. No freshness date printed on the can.
Appearance: Pours a hazy dark honey blond with orange highlights and a 3 finger fluffy eggshell white head which dissipates very slowly leaving a 1/2 finger puddle of foam gently resting on top. Decent lacing.
Smell: The nose is huge. I got a blast of hops as I poured it from the can into the glass. Huge citrus aroma with resinous pine, floral sweetness, pineapple, a touch of honey and just a bit of bready malt in the background .
Taste: Sweet citrus, pine and grapefruit dominate throughout. The flavors aren’t overly complex, but it’s incredibly well-balanced. The aftertaste is bitter, but not overly so. There are hints of sweet orange in the aftertaste as well. This beer just does what it intends to do: give waves and waves of hoppy goodness on your palate.
Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Insanely high drinkability. I wish they still counted that toward the score here on BA. Goes down so smooth, I can’t believe it’s 8% ABV.
Overall: Amazing beer overall. There is a reason this is considered amongst the world’s best beers. It’s phenomenal. Honestly, I don’t think there’s one thing I would change about this beer. This is a beer to seek out. If you ever get the chance, you must try it. It’s world class.
Nehpets (6) - - DEC 3, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Overall a very nice DIPA. I’m. It sure what all the fuss is about. I have had other DIPAs that I prefer. It doesn’t look that great in the glass. I drank half from can first.
Lupulucid (167) - - DEC 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Heady pushes the envelope of hop insanity straight to the breaking point then adds 50% more hops. Hop flavor and aroma are overwhelming but bitterness doesn’t even begin to keep pace. As DIPA goes, this is very accessible in terms of bitterness. Expression is of citrus and piney resin.
ralphcal (1) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy, golden color, fantastic citrus aroma. Pleasant bitterness but overall smooth and drinkable. I could put back a bunch of these. Well-balanced flavor - a little piney sweetness - with a nice bitter kick at the end. Great beer.
haukur (1124) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - NOV 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
big thanks to gunnarolis for this. 2 week old can. Beautiful yellow color with a nice firm head. Big lacing. Resiny aroma, some fruits, faint citrus and grapefruits. Rich on the tongue, medium bodied. Fantastic drinkabiliy. Extremely fun to try but hype is maybe doing to much for this beer. Incredibly good session beer.
pcurley51 (2) - Greenwich, Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was a great tasting beer. I feel it has a very piney taste/smell. It is to bad it is not shipped farther.
Tomy63 (136) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - NOV 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
la canette fait un peu peur mais il ne faut pas s’y fier, superbe fruité, les 120IBU ne se sentent pas, longueur énorme, pas trop sèche ni résineuse. Une des meilleurs IPA.
jcr (2084) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Cloudy golden body with a frothy, off-white head, rapidly diminishing. Aroma of orange, citrus, grapefruit, pine, toasted grain. Hint of caramel. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. Strong bitter finish washes away the orange juice/grapefruit tastes, but not immediately. Some alcohol pepperiness and some light resin and pine. Very nice.