VTHopHead (1493) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle/22oz - Pours a clear orange-amber in color with a small off-white head that faded to a thin covering over the beer and produced some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is strong of pine resin hops and very little else... definitely a "hop bomb". Flavor is also quite hoppy, but there is also some whacky "vegtable" flavor that serves as an undercurrent. Finish is bitter. Not a great DIPA, but definitely almost drinkable... Being a Texan (by birth) myself, I can appreciate the "intent"... :)
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured orange with a creamy off-white head that settled to a ring and good lace. Caramel and hop aroma. The flavor found caramel with a floral backing. Medium body and a mild bitterness.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle: Pours a bright copper orange with a spotty-lacing white head. Has a fresh resiny grapefruity hop nose with some soft sweet caramel malty balance. Starts with good body and sweet light maltiness well-balanced with fresh juicy resiny hop flavor. Finishes crisp and bittersweet, hiding the alcohol well. An enjoyable double IPA.
MaltOMeal (1088) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Pours a cloudy, light amber with a huge, off-white head. Nose is of perfume and floral. Taste is earthy and floral. Mouthfeel is medium and bitter. OK.
Cybercat (2915) - Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is SERIOUSLY hoppy with evergreen and yeasty undertones. It pours an appealing, if typical, clear amber with a fairly thick off-white head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor is strongly hoppy and quite bitter, with just a hint of grapefruit. Texture is smooth, tingly, just a teensy slimy, about average for a double IPA. This is not the best double IPA I have ever consumed, but it is worthy of at least a try. Look for it.
greenhorn1 (772) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 23, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bottle. Where do I begin, this beer is wrong on so many levels. Admittedly I am very bias towards PNW IIPA’s and this doesn’t come close. The aroma is funky and the only way I can explain it is stale fruit. Flavor is better, but there is still a unidentifiable taste, but there is some herb/earthy notes. I expect my IIPA’s to be supercharged with hops that leave a huge bitterness on the palate, and this one fails. Nice try Texas, this is a flop.
Taverner (1070) - San Ramon, California, USA - DEC 23, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not good. But hey, what do you expect from Texas? They like their beer pale, stale and cold. Pours a copper with clouds, with rusty head. Nose is vegetables, and flavor is not to sweet (which is good) and not too dry, but has that old celery flavor that reminds you of wilted vegetables that had been sitting in your fridge for a week.
marcus (5890) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BevMo Arden. Pours dark golden with a generous beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a decent nutty caramel malt flavor with a dry bitter finish. Not bad.
AmEricanbrew (5516) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber color/ of white head. Grassy, caramel aromas. medium bodied. Malty sweet honey biscuit, caramel flavors with grapefruit, grass, nicely bitter finish.
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours golden with some light orange and tall, thick off-white head that slowly fades leaving craters in the pillowing foam and sticky lace. Nose of hay, pine, malt, earth and spice. Malty taste similar to nose. Full bodied with little signs of 9.2%, but missing the citrus I was hoping for. Still, not bad.