carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to friend’s Mother-in-Law who lives in San Diego, this ended up in my fridge. Pours hazy orange with thick foamy head, with lots of lacing. Aroma is all about hops, pine, citrus, and something sweet, like berries. Picture perfect. Packs a crisp initial bite with lots of spruce, forest-like flavors, and a bitter finish, but not crazily so. Oily mouthfeel, but also a bit watery. Still, one of the best I’ve ever had. Alcohol is well-hidden too.
jrob21 (3163) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally knocking this one off my list thanks to Fordest. Piney, citrusy, C-hop aromas when you first pour the beer. Crisp red fruit flavors like some cherry and strawberry. As it warms the aroma turns to a little more caramel and malt. Flavor gets much sweeter and maltier. Very interesting experience. No complaints at all from this hop head.
IPALover (63) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 13, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
I live in San Diego and this is one of the top 3 double IPA in town. It has a very impressive mix of well asserted hops likely with late Cascade additions. The thing that makes this an incredible beer is that it retains a smooth taste despite huge amount of hops being used. Is smooth like Pliny.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. What a nose! Crisp, refreshing and lively as hell. Spruce, wet springtime grass and a massive, zesty citrus component. Lime and lemon zest, tree bark, pine sap and just a hint of toffee malt. Pours a dark, thick copper with a huge, pillowy white head that refuses to die and leaves excellent sticky lacing. Flavor is intensely hoppy. Wonderful. Lime, spruce, wet wood. Almost like chewing flowers and perfume (?). There’s a decent cracker like dry malt component to balance out the massive onslaught of hops as well. Medium to full bodied with excellent carbonation and a resinous, bitter finish that lasts forever. Top notch and, next to Two Hearted, class of the domestic IPA field. Thanks a ton John!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a puffy one-finger head which dissipates slowly with solid retention and excellent lacing. As soon as I popped the cap, the hops jumped out of the bottle. Huge citrus aromas with grapefruit, orange and lemon zest. I did pick up some pine in the nose along with some faint bready malt sweetness. Very nice aroma. Not surprisingly, the taste is big on citrus hops as well. I got even more pine in the taste especially with the finish, which was nice and pleasantly bitter yet smooth. Creamy mouthfeel heavy on the hop oils and prickly on the tongue with the strong carbonation. This is one of the better DIPA’s I’ve tasted recently and I would drink this all night long if I could get it.
sunevdj (3568) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at toncatcher’s. Pours a clear golden with a small head. Light sweetness with a moderate bitterness. Quite hoppy with aromas of grapefruit and hints of pine. Sticky mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Long bitter finish.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA--Poured a pale golden-copper body with a creamy white nose. Spicy, creamy, sharp bitter flavor. Stinging hops presence. Pretty damn tasty.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dont judge a book by its cover. WOW what an outstanding balanced ipa. Flavor is sweet honey citrus floral and pine. Awesome stand out IPA!
Lothore (612) - California, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A- Pours a golden yellow hue with a 1.5 finger eggshell head which sits on top of this brew for quite a while.
S- Smell consists of extreme piney hoppiness with almost a grassy flare and a definite sweet, caramel malt backbone.
T- The hoppiness pretty much overides all else here but I guess thats what you should expect! Starts off with a blast of pine and moves into a wheaty breadiness with alcohol and bitterness intertwining at the end.
M- More viscous than your average DIPA with quite a bit of carbonation.
D- This is a huge hop bomb and I think it would be quite the stretch to say it is overly drinkable. I love hops and DIPAs but this one didn’t quite do it for me.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a clear, light amber with a thin white head. This had a wonderful, sweet pine and citrus nose. Could sit and whiff this all day. Taste was pine hop with some malt. Delicious. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice bitter aftertaste.