XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ale to a new chief, outstanding hop scent on this beer, almost like smelling a fresh hop. Taste is a super ran blend of citrus and hop notes, probably one of my favorite pale alea.
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DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep coppery-red color; pours a medium head with slight retention; good lacing Very sweet smelling; strong notes of malt and toffee with some figs lingering around; the smell can almost be described as "thick"
Very sweet, malty flavor; almost no hint of alcohol at all, very smooth; flavors of toffee, malt, and sticky sweet sugar. Medium-bodied; extremely smooth, a little sticky; lightly carbonated. This brew was delicious! Very sweet and filling, it felt like something I could sip not just as a dessert beer, but for dessert itself. If this wasn’t retired I’d definitely go buy another bottle. Also, this doesn’t taste ANYTHING like an imperial IPA. It’s heavy on the malt and sweetness, but only has a very slight bitterness; it feels and tastes more like a barleywine than a pale. If you’re looking for a seriously hoppy brew then you’re in the wrong place!
Steve_0 (3304) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Inaugural Boulder IPA Fest. Clear, deep, copper appearance with an off-white head and great lacing. Really sweet aroma with grapefruit, citrus, light pine, and bread. Taste is really smooth with flavors of orange peel, caramel, grass, and floral hops ending very dry-to-medium bitter. Sticky mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Nice!
PhillyCraft (3875) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, poured a clear amber with medium white head and ample lacing. Aromas of pine, caramel, and lemon citrus. Taste is the same with smaller notes of sugary toffee and earthy flowers. I would say this is medium bodied with a bitter finish from the cascades. Enjoyable.
nsquishee (630) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of caramel cookies and tad bit of hops. Very hazy amber appearance with an active and lacy head. Flavors of caramel, bread, hops, gingersnaps, and lemon. Starts out very smooth and sweet and then finishes very dry-boozy with a pronounced bitterness from the dry-hopping. Very unique beer. It really does tend to change in taste and flavor throughout a full sip.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Originally reviewed: 6/3/09. Big thanks to Kiefdog for this ’extra’ brew in a recent trade. Knocked one off my wants list...
First off, this is a very pretty beer. Pours a deep gold honey color with a huge off-white head bursting forth. Excellent retention, and it leaves some very pretty sticky lacing on the glass. Smells very sweet like caramel and buttered bread. Some faint floral in there, but nothing overpoweringly hoppy. I’m a little surprised at this as it’s a DIPA.
Mouthfeel is a little slick and watery. Could stand a little more carbonation. Flavor is very sweet, mirroring the scent. Big malty caramel flavor all over this. Finishes bitter, but faintly. This is an interesting DIPA. This is more like an Imperial Pale Ale, rather than a Double IPA. A little too sweet for the style, but a good beer nonetheless.
BVery (7891) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2012 Bottle. Hazy orange pour with a nice soapy head. Aroma of light esters and sweetness. Medium palate. Taste is caramel, grass, and a touch of booze.
scarletfire65 (1091) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy amber orange. Nice thick head and plenty of lacing left behind. The aroma is floral, sweet, caramel, oranges, woody. Medium to full bodied. Very bitter with a cloying toffee like maltiness to balance it out nearly perfectly. Nice and fruity, lots of juicy citrus, burnt sugar, resin, slight oxidation, lots of earthy, woodiness, almost oaky, some alcohol. Long, strong finish. Very good, drink it now if you have it, probably peaked about 6-8 months ago, should be downhill from here.
RobertDale (4199) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle found in my storage. Pours a cloudy copper amber with a nice off-white head. Aroma of pine, citrus and malt. Taste is floral hops, caramel, malt, and citrus. Nice bitter finish. Excellent.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle back in 08. Pours a clear amber with a medium off-white head. Grapefruit and pine hop aromas with a hint of caramel. Very hoppy flavor with notes of citrus, pine and grass. Great bitter finish. Loved this one.