portableparty (2000) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to my New Belgium glass. Pours a hazy honey colored amber with a foamy kahki head that lasts and shows lacing. Aroma is sweet sugary caramel with a mix of citrus and pine. Taste is soft bitterness with a really nice caramel mix that includes some nuts, toffee, lemon and pine. Palate is medium to full with a creamy chalky body that leaves a dry finish. For this being a few years old I felt it held up well!
diabel (1619) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber, off-white head. Aroma of american hops, caramalts, flowers, ...: very well balanced with a nice complexity. Harshly bitter, heavily sweet flavour: nicely balanced with an ok complexity. Very nice.
phaleslu (7185) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle via trade with michael-pollack- thanks, Pollack! Pours a cloudy amber-tinted gold that gets hazier at the bottom. Small white head that quickly settles into a ring. Aroma suggests this is past its prime, with some cardboard-like oxidation notes- they don’t ruin it, though. Sweet malts, toffee, toasted brown sugar, resin, and earth follow. The flavor follows suit but comes together more smoothly. Sweet and malty, with a bit of an underlying woodiness. Mellow carbonation, and light-medium bodied. Still drinking pretty nicely but won’t get better probably.
JStax (3420) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Appearance is a hazy amber to copper color with a thick, beige head of foam that leaves thick, splotchy lacing. Aroma is resiny and floral with a thick bready, caramel/toffee presence. Taste is lightly bitter on the front of the tongue, giving way to a woody, roasty note and a long, dry finish. Aftertaste is made up of alcohol and toffee.
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber shared at the July Santa Cruz tasting. Pours hazy bronze with a light tan head. Aroma is chiefly caramel malts and aged hops, a bit dusty but still with some life to it. Flavor displays some big pineapple notes, just as strong and hoppy as a lot of fresh double IPAs. There is however plenty of aged character with muddled crystal and caramel malts and mild isovaleric notes. Respectable bitterness, heavy syrupy body. Not bad for an ancient DIPA.
Fratto (2803) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Cavie. Hazy orange pour with a cream colored head. Aroma is dirt, earth, almost butter, and grapefruit. Taste is thick, buttery, caramel, and kinda fruity. Earthy, almost burned finish. Glad we didn’t wait until Obama left office.
Cavie (3971) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2011
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle courtesy Dixonian. Thanks bud! Pours a murky ruddy orange color with some light bubbles. Aroma smells aged, earthy soil, molded sticks and some sweet tropical notes. Flavor is dry malt, very bitter, some grapefruit, and leaves a poor aftertaste. I realize this is a 2 year old IIPA, and I’m sure it was fantastic fresh, but now........no. Has a weird buttery flavor.
Koelschtrinker (11871) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 2, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hefig-herber, insgesamt aber milder Antrunk sowie Mittelteil. Angenehme aber zu milde Hopfennoten kommen hinzu. Das Bier wirkt bereits etwas zu alt, der Hopfen wird holzig. /8/8/7//8
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy orange with a large white head at first. Nice lacing. Aromas of strong grapefruit and some floral notes. Grass and some pine as well. Taste is similar. Lots of grapefruit bitterness and plenty of malt balance. Very good.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hoppy yet lovingly sweet, is a killer DIPA, or American Strong Ale, or whatever you want to call it. Pours beautifully, orange-gold and hazy, with a huge white cumulus head. Smells like an orange-glazed honeybun. Ooh boy, this is gonna be good. Buttery caramel mixes with honey on a biscuit, only to be swept up by a citric hop sting operation, one that cleans up your palate with SWATlike precision. Still, the hops justify their actions, keeping the malts from running roughshod like free-range chickens amidst a locust swarm. (1/21/09)