bigda83 (787) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2016
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Can given to me by a friend. Pours a murky pale yellow, small sudsy white head. Aroma of citrus, tropical, sweet malts. Flavor had grapefruit, orange, pineapple, hints of mango, and sweet malts. Full bodied, sticky and creamy texture, soft carbonation, slight bitter finish. This is really easy drinking and smooth for being a bigger beer. Focal is still my favorite of the big three, but this is right up there with it. Wow.
Lubiere (12688) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A hazed golden ale with a thin white head. In aroma, resinous and piney floral hops with light biscuit malt, light pine needles, juniper, very nice and complex. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with loads of resinous floral hops, pink grapefruit, orange pulp, light tropical fruits, very nice and interesting. Can at the Big Deck tasting 2016.
ClarkVV (5559) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at the new brewery, 7/8/16.
Pale, golden-lemon rind colored body shows a good deal of haze, but not soupiness. White head atop is rocky and mostly well-retained.
Big citrus and tropical fruit notes are juxtaposed in the nose. Not sure if the more austere citrus or the juicy notes win out, but it doesn’t really matter. Stronger malt bill seems pretty predictable, to support the bigger hop character. Gains a strong fruitiness, with a touch of caramel and lots of honey though the hop acids keep it from coming off as juicy-sweet as Focal. Alcohol well-concealed, which is impressive, with no flaw and the hops very, very fresh.
White grapefruit, strong tangerine and big pineapple notes mix with a juicier mango character while a highly dextrinous body easily balances the big bitterness. Keeps its head and finishes pretty brightly and with a good levity despite its massive nature. I liked the juicier, softer, lighter Focal but this was nothing to scoff at, for sure.
jredmond (7305) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a bright, murky yellow body with thick white lacing. Nose is strong citrus fruits, pineapple and dank mango. Bright fruity hop-forward aroma that doesn’t quite reveal the fact that the abv is approaching nearly 10%. Mouthfeel is juicy hop - a mix of fresh citrus, tropical fruits, and dank pine. Refreshing and a touch sweet, with gentle sugars on the palate towards the finish. Another great hoppy offering from John.
Stoned99 (1103) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
473ml can drank from the can and poured a small glass to analyze the look. Aroma: herbacy, citrusy. Loads of fresh pineapples. App: murky orange, small white head, lacing like orange pulps on my glass. Taste and palate: medium body, crushed fruits in mouth, moderate crisp bitter finish. Overall: wow! This is really good. For having tested both from the can and poured in a glass, from the can wins hands down. Feels more fresh in can, more well blended. This beer deserves this name. It’s really like drinking a mix of crushed tropical fruits with citrus. The mouthfeel is just perfect (from the can). I guess I’ll need to go back to The Alchemist before my vacation to stock up some and use my hide-a-beer fake Monster can to drink it on the beach. A really big coup de foudre for me. Finished the can in the pool. Nothing can beat this feeling.
knickskicks (1132) - - JUL 16, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy orange pour. Nose is grapefruit, other citrus, piney hops, onion. Taste is fruity juicy hops and sweet grainy malt, icy creamsicle, some pickle. Really impressed that there’s an evident malt component to this and the hops still shine.
yourilevesque (1228) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Merci à Marc-André pour cette magnifique IIPA! Le liquide que je verse à l’instant dans mon verre est d’une densité absolument réjouissante! Mon verre ballon ressemble littéralement à une magnifique orange à jus coiffée d’une mousse blanche formée à la fois de fines et de grosses bulles. La mousse colle plutôt mal sur mon verre, mais peu importe. Une BOMBE de houblons; de l’ananas au fruit de la passion en passant par la goyave. Ça sent le très gros jus de houblons fruités. En bouche, une véritable explosion de zestes de fruits tropicaux dirigés par une amertume présente dès l’attaque et quasi interminable. Une marmelade d’ananas, de tangerines et de tous ces magnifiques fruits juteux et exotiques. Amertume dont on pourrait facilement se blaser j’en conviens, cette bière n’en demeure pas moins une référence absolue dans le style.
rejtable (2258) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2016
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A worthy brother to heady topper. Can from brewery first day of opening. Pours very hazy light orange with some head and some lacing. Nose is juicy, citrus fruit like 5 alive. Flavours of citrus, orange, grapefruit, mango, very fresh juicy. Taste med bitter light/med sweet. Full orange juice type body lively carbonation and lasting bitterness. So drjnkable!
Abio (1845) - Waasland, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Licht coloured orange brew. A good sized head. Lovely hoppy taste and smell. Good one for sure.
Barrelbelly (747) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden with small head. Mango, peach, mandarin in aroma and taste. Bitter grassy hop taste. An IPA as it should be