drowland (4988) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
8/14/10. 12oz bottle courtesy cbfobes! Pours a dark cloudy orange, almost red, with a small fluffy off-white head that fades to a ring. The aroma is citrus and floral with a caramel backing, like oranges and lemons rolling around in a flower shop and drizzled in candy. The flavor is immediately sweet with big floral and citrus hop backed again by sweet malts - a surprising lack of bitterness.
Wheatyweiss (29) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a perfect.
Pours a light auburn into copper with a smallish cloud. Decent sized tightly formed head recedes slowly and laces well. A good thing given the head killing ABV.
Aroma is citrus hops on the front with a sweet malt backing. Middle brings bready, sweet malt. Malt aroma is of sweet bread, lemon poppy seed muffins. Finishes with tropical fruit hops and a light alcohol whiff.
Flavor opens with citrus hops. Hops are bitter, but with an earthy pineapple and sour citrus rider. Hops bring bitterness in the middle. Middle yields very slightly to malt, bready and sweet with a dark fruit bread flavor, figs and dates mixed into sweet bread.Malt also gives a unique earthiness the like of Iíve only tasted in Scotch Ales. Finishes citric and bitter from the hops. Hop bitterness cleanses the palate and dries out the sweet malt. Slight amount of alcohol on the exhale.
Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonation is very well done. Slightly thick from the malt bill, finishes sticky on the lips, but not cloyingly so.
Very much a sipper, but easy to drink too fast. The hop bomb that was Ballistic was a completely different beer and I feel that the brewers did very well given the grain bill on this one.
arkurzynski (1189) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great coloring - amber-red with heavy tan head. Amazing, heavy lacing. Aroma is fairly light, mostly citrus hops. Some fruitiness and background caramel malt. Not very bitter at all. Pleasant combo of citrus/earthy hops and malt. Almost blend too well. Would like it more tilted towards the hops. Slight bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slick, but not really heavy on the palate. Ok - for a Wisconsin offering, but in no way would stand up to the West Coastís best.
17thfloor (2402) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a darker glowing amber rust with a smaller frothy off-white head. Aroma is biscuity, sweet caramel, faded resin, tea, light citrus, soft pine. Flavor follows, dull wax, soft pine, buttery resin, some citrus towards the backend but overall too soft, tea bitterness, reminds me of something Iíve brewed before. Medium/light bodied, soft waxy, soft fizzy carbonation, dull.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Dan Journal #393. Tasted 8/9/10. 12oz bottle. Filtered with a deep amber hue. Spiraling off-white hue. Aromas of bright citrus, orange peel and resinous hops. Medium to full bodied with bright, yet sticky body. Moderately sticky finish. Sweet citrus candy and caramel frosting. Good long lingering finish. Solid!
cpetrone84 (959) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesome extra sent from BarrytheBear!
A-pours a dark mahogony red, hazed but tranparent, tons of creamy off white to light tan head with tons of lacing from big hop presence.
S-big time burnt caramel, notes of cooked brown sugar, pine takes over, juicy citrus hops lighter in the back.
T-the taste has a solid balance, big time malt presence, toasted, slightly burnt brown sugar, sweet caramel, tons of pine comes in, juicy citric hop, resignous and minerally, moderate lingering bitterness.
M-medium to full body, quite syrupy and creamy texture, moderate carbonation to balance, wet and juicy throughout.
D-tasty imperial IPA, good balance, works very well together and nice level of bitterness to keep enjoyable but still show the strong hop presence.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle courtesy of Frankenbrew.
Pours very dark for a DIPA. Itís a translucent amber with a small thick beige head that recedes to a bubbly collar and leaves excellent lacing.
The aroma is excellent with a big juicy citrus hop presence up front - oranges and grapefruits. There is some sweet caramel malts and a hint of pine resin.
The taste is just as good and very well balanced. There is plenty of sweet juicy citrus with oranges taking the lead but the malts are hefty and lead to a slightly bitter, resinous finish.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with hop juice. Low, soft carbonation and sweeter on the palate than most DIPAs.
This is one of the better DIPAs Iíve had lately, largely because I am a huge fan of hoppy but well-balanced DIPAs. This is no hop bomb, but it is a fantastic and drinkable beer. Highly recommended.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a beautiful reddish amber pour with medium white head. aroma of grapefruit pulp, sugar, and resinous hops. flavor of bitter, and slightly old ruby red notes. finishes sweet and slightly bitter.
drpimento (1936) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big beer. But itís more like just adding a load a hops and not tuning the mix to work together. I agree with the first part of the description but not the last. Pours with a medium sized off white head and good lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is very hoppy and a little malt. Flavor is like aroma. Finish is like flavor. Just a big hoppy beer with some malt. And a little booze. I like a lot of their others much more.
Sammy (7034) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed at Pizza Plant Transit, improving bottle selection here with whatís a little off the beaten track. This one is all malts and bitterness, fortunately both are tasty and balance themselves, so decent beer for the style. Passable appearance, aroma, mouthfeel.