CaptainCougar (7128) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a transparent copper amber with a well-lacing froth of off-white head. Aroma of fresh resiny piny and grapefruit citrus hops over a sweet caramel malty backdrop. Body starts with good fullness and lots of juicy flavor hops and resiny bitterness well balance with sweet caramel and toffee before a full, bittersweet finish. A well-made and enjoyable double IPA.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice amberish/copper color with a medium off white head. Wonderful huge citrus/grapefruit aromas dominate the nose. Flavor is of great citrusy hops that fade into a nice light malt backing,then the nice final bitter finish.The body seems very mild for a DIPA,but makes this a very easy drinking brew. The only problem is the price is pretty steep to make this a regular in my fridge. Thanks BBL!!!!
Ughsmash (7007) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured crystal-clear reddish-orange with a moderate, well-retained cap of beige head. The aroma picked up juicy grapefruit, pine, and pineapple over a bed of sweet caramel.. some redder fruits and perfumey notes as well.. very sweet on the back of the nose with some alcohol warmth. The flavor found sweet caramel and redder fruits at the core with a lot of resiny bitterness around (grapefruit and pine primarily, backed by perfume).. warm on the back, but there were enough residual sugars to mask the full hit of alcohol. Medium-plus bodied and a tad grainy on the palate.. too aggressive in the form of bitters and booze at times.. for the most part a solid drinker.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Its Jacksin,not jackson Bright grapefruit arom,one of superior quality, hops overshadowing any malt quality,sweet and tangy amlt comes through in flaovr with all kinds of citrusy ornaments,reminding you of the hops you thought would dominate,a very pleasant bitter finish(not really punishing as the label predicts)All the wonderful qualities of a great DIPA. A slightly gentler body makes this an extremely drinkable big hop brew,you canít say that about most,but the price diminishes the chance that you can in fact have more then 1 or 2
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009 Draft at brewery. 8,3,8,4,16 - 3.9. Bronze to copper in color. Moderate off-white head. Big juicy grapefruit nose. Orange blossoms, and lightly toasted malt and caramel scents in the background. Flavors match closely with the aromas. A bit of grass and touch of acidity. A bit of resin and additional acidity in the finish and linger. Full feel. A touch fruity at times. Bottle Copper to umber in color with a taller, stable vanilla tinted head. Pine, brown sugar, caramel, grass grafefrui peel in the scent. Earthy malt in the front. Pine and grapefruit pith in the middle. Caramel in the finish. I seem to be catching hints of vodka, of the grainy ilk.
madvike (2588) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from the brewpub - Man, DIPAs usually look beautiful in the glass, and this one is no exception. Itís a deep amber pour with a rosy hue and a big off-white head. Nose is big citrusy hops with some nice malt balance. Taste is fruity and malty, with some grassiness to go along with the citrus hops. Feels good in the mouth--resiny and citrusy. Not my favorite DIPA, but Iíd have this at AA if they didnít have Mercy on tap.
shigadeyo (2964) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
9/05/2009: Satisfaction Jackson... Aroma: Floral, red grapefruit, really nice bouquet. Appearance: Nice amber color; frothy light beige-colored head. Flavor: The red grapefruit hoppiness jumps out, also accompanied by some nice pine and floral notes; mild to moderate level of bitterness; just enough caramel maltiness to hold everything together and stay nicely tucked away in the background. Palate: Good, but average mouthfeel. Overall: Nicely done, but I could have done with a little more of everything!
Draught at Ale Asylum in Madison, Wisconsin. Rating #7 for this beer.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a slightly hazey amber colour with a huge frothy head. Aroma is an instantaneous blast of pine and fresh floral hops. Firm, powerful and astringent hop character barreling through with grapefruit and zesty notes. Sturdy, stinky yet well balanced. Waayyy better then the Ballistic in my opinion.
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Ale Asylum
Thanks go out to noncaloric for zipping a growler my way. I managed to miss this at the Great Taste somehow and regret it. In fact were I any closer I would making a trip to get more soon. Maybe some day soon this will be bottled so more people can give it a try.
Aroma / Appearance - The ruby red body was carbonated with a nice stark white head. Sharp and crisp it blends grapefruit with resin and caramel to form a hoppy bite.
Flavor / Palate - Hoppy at the beginning it does not mellow much but does balance out as the malt begins to settle on the palate. Resin and caramel are key aspects along with a mellow aftertaste. Not quite a hop bomb like many West Coast IIPAs it still has a whallop that challenges the palate.
Skyview (5108) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at both GTMW 09 and the brewpub in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-clear coper amber colored brew with a thin off-white head that has some nice retention and sticky lacing. Aroma of just plain hops! Grapefruit, tangerine, a hint of caramel and some apple cider. Taste is medium to full bodied, some carbonation with flavors of grapefruit, tangerine and some caramel. Finish is slightly dry, tart with a lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Overall, itís a solid double IPA.