Ibrew2or3 (6530) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet bonus courtesy of drewbeerme. 12oz bottle pours dirty copper brown with light tan head. The mild aroma lofts up soft notes of sweet malts and echoes of pine hops. The taste begins with an even mix of maltiness, crystal like malts and pine hops. The pine hops become richer and more bitter to midway and seem to gather up a brief note of citrus too. Into the finish the tasty pine hops persist with a background of malts and a touch of crystal malts and roasted malts. The more I drink the more it grows on me. Nearing the end I think Iím getting a bit of floral hops, grassiness and a touch of spicy hops that pop up about midway.
tmoreau (2134) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub, and served to a shaker!! with a coppery amber hue, modest, off white head foam, but thick ribbons and spots of lasting lacing. The aroma was sweet, perfumey citrus, smooth malt, and a little resiny pine toward the back. The flavor added full hop bitterness and good balancing malt, with light caramel and sweetness. Clean and very flavorful!
drowland (5961) - Valdosta, Georgia, 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 (1406) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2013 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.
Re-rate (2013): Fresh as can be. Fresh citrus-pine candy nose. Solid pine bitterness with nice malt presence. Much better than remember. Ale Asylum is so under-rated. +3
17thfloor (2428) - 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 (1202) - 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 (2317) - 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.