bhensonb (9828) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 11, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber gifted by Marcus! Thanks!! Pours hazy dark gold with a slight white head. Aroma is heavily resin with some citrus/floral. Full bodied. Flavor is extremely hoppy. Fruit is strongly present, but resin/citrus/floral are contributing to a hop burn in the mouth. Interesting that the malt backbone is present, but hardly obtrusive. This ale is quite different in taste from the NW ones, but it’s right in there with hop. Finishes unharshly bitter as heck.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A golden IPA with the hopping cranked up to 12 (because “cranked up to 11” doesn’t do it justice). A superior bitterness extravaganza.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed fresh soon after the beer release, bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt.
The look: Clear golden-orange body topped by a persistent small white head leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: The in your face hoppy nose is freshly cut pine-tree, grapefruits, green pine needles, mangos. In mouth the body full but soft, velvety sensation with lots of tiny bubbles. There is a firm toasted biscuity malt backbone that I think I could appreciate by itself but this beer is a definitely a hop-bomb and after a few sips you can barely taste anything than the assertive hopping. Sharp and commanding take-no-prisoner bitterness of high intensity, very piney, dried fruit skin, pine needles, resinous undertones. There is as much aromatic hops in this bomb as there is bittering hops. Something sandy about the hops that leaves the mouth dry without saliva. Is it the abusive bitterness playing tricks on me or did I feel an alcohol bite in this 7% IPA?? A bit too aggressive to be a session beer but this is a great palate destroyer tailor made for hopheads bitterness lovers like me. One of best example of the more-is-better punch in the mouth American IPA. Those Americans sure are lucky to have so many great IPAs, but whenever I start feeling jealous of people living in the United States I simply remind myself of two simple words: "Country Music".
marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at City Beer 7th Anniversary party. Pours dark golden with a modest off-white head and a toffee and citrus aroma. There is a full-bodied mixed malt flavor with a hefty dose of hop bitterness. The seven malts provide a unique base that balances well with the robust hop profile. A very tasty brew that goes down easy.
mcberko (4810) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, sent from Neillago (thanks a lot man), pours a hazy golden orange with a small off-white head. Nose brings out loads of tropical fruits (mangos, peaches, pineapples), piney and resinous hops, and some grapefruit - extremely aromatic and inviting. Flavour is extremely potent, with loads of grapefruit, peaches and pineapple, truckloads of piney and resinous hops, and just enough caramel biscuity malt to back. Extremely pungent with the hops and tropical fruits, leaving a bitter grapefruity finish. With the seven hops and seven malts, you might think this would be a little muddled, but they manage to make it work. Very hop-forward, with a strong malt backbone and very grapefruit-heavy bitter finish. Not in the league of Pure Hoppiness or Exponential Hoppiness, but an excellent IIPA nonetheless.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at City Beer. Brilliant clear golden-orange in color with a one-finger white head. Excellent aroma with pineapple and resin leading the way along with other citrus and pine. Great fresh hop flavor, a bit more malt-forward than most Alpine beers, which is not saying much. Killer hoppy finish. Medium-bodied with hop oils on the mouthfeel and a good carbonation level. Excellent tick.
czar (3257) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle share at hill farmstead’s pre-3rd anniversary. pours hazy golden orange with a nice white head, some retention and lacing. juicy and dank hops, mango, passionfruit, hint of caramel and honeyed malts - bit too sweet but not cloying. average carbonation, medium body - sticky and juicy, short to medium long citrusy finish. very nice offering!
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle. Thanks for sharing, Sean! Huge mosaic nose. Super papaya seed. Nicely tropical fresh flavor aroma. Clean, flinty forward flavor and then a little seedy. Fresh and dry. For a double IPA, it’s got a light clean body and a minerally finish. This is very good Double IPA. It’s not quite as bready and thick in the middle, but the hop flavor is intensely fruity and tropical.
Ernesto987 (3021) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer very juicy and Danky, delicious stuff, fantastic stuff, I really great
jkwood04 (2930) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours cloudy golden with a lacy, white head. Aroma of citrusy and floral hops, plus light fruit, and some pale, caramel, and cereal malts. Flavor the same with a nice hop profile. Average texture. A good double IPA.
ReggieDunlap (2777) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an orange/honey color with a medium white head. aroma has notes of citrus, grapefruity...resinous. flavor is resinous...piney with citrus/grapefruit accents...earthy. mouthfeel is light/medium and oily with a resinous/piney dry finish.