Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Christmas í04 bottle thanks to Odeed. Once itís popped, the hops rush out. Thick, citrussy, resinous, sticky, bitter, juicy hops. Itís like wandering through a pine and grapefruit forest right after the grass was cut. The malt smells sweet behind it, but canít begin to keep up with the hops. Pours a coppery orange with a white head that doesnít care to stick around too long, but does give a lot of nice lacing as it goes down. Mouthfeel is full, but not as oily and syrupy as Iíd expected with the alcohol up where it is. Flavor is initially puckeringly bitter with hops -- grapefruit, grass, pine, spice, and dirt from a beautiful American hop profile. The malt behind it is sweet amber malt with some caramel in the background. Wonderfully complex beer. I canít wait to have it back to back with Dreadnaught.
JefVerstraete (1296) - BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Drankenhandel Deconinck, Vichte. Amber colour, white foam. Medium carbonation. Very fruity aroma of tropical fruit (citrus, lemon, passion fruit, mango). Juicy character. Sweet with very bitter hoppy finish. Very well balanced. Very good!
Saeglopur (328) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - SEP 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bierkompass.de. Dark golden to amber, clear body, with a big, creamy, slightly beige head, that leaves a lot of lacing. Lovely aroma of pine, grapefruit, lots of tropical fruits, peach, biscuit, honey, slight alcohol. Taste with about the same aromas, also some nice tea notes and suprisingly smooth. Mouthfeel is medium, slick, with a medium carbonation and it finishes pretty smooth, medium bitter, dry, with lemon zest, pine, fruit notes and also some sweet malts. Overall just amazing how smooth this is for an Imperial IPA! Perfect balance, lovely and complex hop notes and with a delicious, smooth malt backbone. Close to a perfect DIPA and completely worth the high ratings!
cards04 (1758) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
So this is awesome. Pours a sunny orange with sticky lacing. Aromas are citrus and tropical fruit and sweet malts. Flavors are sweet and malty with a nice citrus hop finish. A really good beverage.
venom666 (346) - Alicante, SPAIN - SEP 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber color with rich white foam. Bottle conditioned. Hoppy aroma, very fruity, with grapefruits, orange and pineapple, and sweet malts on the background as well. Taste is very hoppy, full of flavour, with tropical fruits, sweet malts and a bit of pine and resin. Bitter aftertaste, dry finish. Really nice Double IPA.
FestDecBeet (154) - - SEP 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Look: pours a bright orange. White head. Ver clear.
Smell: citrus fruit. Tangerines. Oranges. Very hop forward. Tropical fruits.
Taste: tangerines. Lemons. Orange peel.
Feel: very dry. Nice IIPA. Medium carbonation.
Overall: good beer. Love the aroma. Wish the taste had more tropical fruit not just citrus.
First drank: home 9/1/14
Caytinator (943) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear beer, surprisingly--good lacing, stable head. More bitter than aromatic, lacks malt backbone, thereís plenty of strength though. Good tasty beer, but a little underwhelming given the hype.
jsnicholas (136) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (22 Oz): pours somewhat cloud golden. Nice white head that diapers. Nice lacing. Smells and tastes of grapefruit. Hops. A little bitterness in the end. Bottled nearly 4 months ago so may not be the freshest
punkska101 (890) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared with JC A: grapefruit, orange/tangerine, some caramel App: clear copper thick white head t/p: full body with long bitter finish. velvety texture o: excellent. the sweetness of this beer sits on a bed of delicious hops. interesting from the first to the last sip
JHeath99 (951) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a transparent amber with a thin layer of cream colored head. Aroma of malts and hops. Taste of citrus and bitterness and malts. A nice balance.
Ericular (613) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle just over 3 months old. Would like to find a fresher sample next May/June. Pours a hazy light copper with lasting white head and great lacing. Aroma is fruity, floral, and herbal. Taste is malt-balanced at first, getting more assertively bitter with grapefruit in the end. Sweet and herbal aftertaste, and comes across overall as a spiced IPA. This is solid overall, even if itís not my ideal IPA flavor profile This must be better fresh to be a Top 20 Double IPA. Itís good, but not outstanding.