Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, bomber: Pours an orange/ruby color with a tan retaining head, spiraling lace . Big aromas, piney and citrus hops on top of sweet malt background. At first all I could taste were massive bting hops, spicy/dry with light fruit, a few more sips revealed a far more balance flavor, with caramel malt, but not overly sweet at all. Finishes hoppy all the way, syrupy grapefruit.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - SEP 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from SecretSanta. Opened this one to celebrate the real opening of the football season. Great looking, orange with a beautiful fluffy head that never went away. The aroma is enough to scare away the weak at heart, a ton of hops, but they mingle nicely with vanilla, caramel, oak and little bit o honey. Of course the dry hoppiness dominates the palate but a slight tingle from the vanilla and the oak makes for an interesting and full mouthfeel. After a bit, the orange peel comes out a bit more. Despite the dryness, it goes down remarkably smooth. Thanks again Secret Santa!
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aquired in a trade from thome50. He threw it in as an extra. Thanks. Wanted to give this a couple more points but the amount of alcohol left present and stinging quality of carbonation left my taste buds wanting...more of this and a wanting to be left alone so I could taste the awesome nuances. This finished hot, dry and stingy. Stingy in the sense of a ton of sharp carbonation that attacks your tongue occuping itís time.this bad boy left a huge head...again and again. It really never faded. Deep gold and not clear. Sweet pineapple on the nose. When I drank it I was trying to figure out what I was tasting. It was the malts....sweet, almost tropical. That dry hoppy ifinish rushes in to take all the glory from the malts. Itís nicely balanced. I like it. This is my first AleSmith brew...and not my last. Love it.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
great quenching dipa...great grapefruit hop flavor and light mouth feel for the style....wish it was year around brewed
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured a hazy orange with a thick white head. very sweet (caramel and warthers orginals) and hoppy aroma, citrus, grapefruit. tasted VERY sweet, need a little more hop flavor and bitterness to balance it out. still delicious with a great smooth mouthfeel and a slightly sweet finish. pretty good but could use a little better balance.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
beer decants a very pretty orange/amber, with a whipped-cream thick white head that retains well and leaves tons of lace. nose is a bit rough - lots of hops, yes, but also a good amount of higher alcohols, as well as perhaps a bit of phenol? really smells more like a barley-wine than a DIPA - lots of thick sweetness. flavor is almost wholely dominated by hops - yes, there is a slightly muddy malt sweetness up front, but it wilts pretty fast in a wave of grassy, rindy, herbal hop flavor, and is followed by a pretty heavy wave of rough bitterness. bit of a paint-thinner/nail-polish quality to the finish, which gives it an unpleasant burner. yeast seems perhaps a bit stressed out.
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at OíBrienís. This was one of the many being passed around the table the night I hit town. I remember placing it into category 4. Nice creamy, somewhat complex, medium roasted, rich maltiness balanced very well with the potent spicy hops. Into the full bodied category. This is one I am eager to taste again and rate properly. Thanks dasilky for the heads up on this one.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Though this beer had great things about it, I was still hoping for more. The aroma was lovely with hops and lemon. The appearance was perfect of clear golden copper with white head that retains the whole way. Flavor was predominantly hops with hints of malt, yeast and lemon. Palate was great, nice warm mouthfeel, balanced carbonation and slightly bitter aftertaste. Once again, great attributes but was hoping maybe for more complexity.
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pineapple and paprika smell. Creamy and bitter. Still donít like IPAs. But I guess as far as this style goes, itís good.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 bottle tasted with a friend. peaches and grass and herbs in the aroma. medium body, spicy and plenty dry. the hops lend a decidedly bitter character to this: piney, citrusy, but somehow blended together to make an excellently balanced double IPA. This is up there with the best of the best.