kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of MrPickles. Thanks, Andy! Pours a bright, medium-amber color; lightly effervescent with high clarity; creamy, fine-bubbled, off-white head with good retention and lacing; nice pour on this. Pungent hop aroma without the negatives of overt alcohol or painful sweetness; lots of juicy, earthy hop oiliness and vibrant citrus notes, with just a touch of vinous character from the ethanol and a mild, candied maltiness; well-handled nose. Medium-high body; medium-plus carbonation; significant vinous character from the alcohol, but not especially warming or harsh; not getting much astringency here, although there is a persistent tea-like note that carries some tannic character with it; definitely some heft here and some weightiness, and while I don’t feel comfortable saying "this is a midwest double IPA" I kind of want to...; there’s definitely an English-ness and earthiness to this beer, in both the hops and the malt core: the hop character is attractively bitter, with a resiny earthiness and a citrus component with a light amount of grapefruit-like rind note to it, but nothing approaching the vibrant citrus and dry core of a prototypical west coast rendition (plus... nothing close to pale about this beer); the malt core, in a similar fashion, is strongly honeyed, with some crystalline sugars and a tea-like element mentioned earlier; attenuation could be better, definitely, but overall this is pretty drinkable and solid; just not exceptional. Medium-length finish of toastiness, lingering earthy bitterness, and hints of honey; the far end is reasonably balanced, with a lasting bitter dryness. There’s a hint of a vegetal character here, but this really never plays out.
egajdzis (6067) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lightly hazy amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, over ripe citrus fruits, caramel, and grass. Taste of citrus, grass, toffee, caramel, and light grapefruit.
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle shared thanks to Josh. Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized head. Aromas of floral hops and some earthiness. Tastes of floral hops, pine and lighter caramel.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Thanks to Andrew for giving me this to try.... Pours a mostly transparent amber brown with a thin to medium soapy white head... Aroma has some faded hops to begin with, somewhat soapy,
alongside sweeter caramelized notes... Semi-sweet citrusy hops in the forefront that quickly caramelize with the counteracting malts. A bit soapy through the middle and the finish. Sliver of bitterness in the finish. Thinner mouthfeel. Should have tried this earlier.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours red with nice white head, aroma is some citrus, with notes of tangerine and orange, some caramel as well. Taste is citrus, touch of metallic hops, caramel, with a fairly bitter finish. Not bad, but a bit weak and disappointing. Alcohol is hidden well.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar on 03/05/2010. Clear dark amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Big floral and resiny hop aroma. Big floral and earthy flavor with a caramel background. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12oz bottle and had this on tap at Ale Asylum, pours a reddish orange color with a fluffy whtie head, aroma is of grapefruit with hops and sweet malt, the first sip is way more malty than hoppy and there is not a lot of bitterness in this brew, decent DIPA just not what I was expecting from Ale Asylum.
CanIHave4Beers (3999) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an orange color with a good head and good lace. The aroma is pine and resin with some sweet florals. The flavor has a bit of onion and pine with some fruit and plenty of bitterness. There is a mild sweetness there in the finish with is pleasant at first, but I could do with out it.
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky reddish bronze color with a frothy beige head. Yummy floral hop aroma. Great balance of malts and hops, very good.
thegreenrooster (3967) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is a very nice floral hop with big dose of sweet malt. Flavor is more hops with a fruit like mango hagning around in the backround. Finish is very dry with a decent hop left on the tounge after the swallow. This is a good beer to have around.