rgfellow (100) - - JUN 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2013 Bomber at Mattís. Pours a deep orange with big head and substantial lacing. Aroma is huge grapefruit and tropical fruits. Taste is bitter pine deftly balanced with fruity sweetness - so juicy. Finish is mostly dry with a touch of lingering bitter. After having quite a bit of this on different occasions, I am blown away by the relatively low scores - to me this is about the best beer Iíve had.
ChainGangGuy (4559) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Pours a crystal-clear, yellow-gold body with a solid inch of off-white foam up top.
Smell: Twenty is hoppy on the nose, smelling of guava, papaya and varied citrus fruits with underlying earthy herbaceousness. Sugar-coated pale malts underneath. Small shake of liquor gives a sense of implied warmth.
Taste: Honey and sugar-toned pale maltiness, a little sweetness of whipped syrup. In comes the tropical, charmingly citrusy hops while also being floral and a tad earthy. Moderate bitterness imparted. Lightly warming. Dry, bittersweet, fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel has a bit of stickiness to it.
Overall: Some sweetness, certainly some bitterness, a bit of heftiness and some warming alcohol. Falls a bit short of Maharaja.
Bobblehead (65) - Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz, poured into ipa glass, orange, amber, hazy, white foam, medium sourness, medium bitterness, lively, bitter, medium body, resin, grass, floral, citrus, hay, great beer.
slowrunner77 (7207) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"When they say "what else?" I have to scratch my head. We actually wondered why a place that already makes one of the best IIPAs on the planet would make a beer for a 20th AV that is almost certainly going to be the lesser of the two. Sometimes it sucks to be right. Maharaja pees better beer than this. I donít know how itís a 99 on RB. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it, but itís inferiority to Maharaja (and even Dugana, and hell...I think their standard 6-pack IPA) is obvious. Why do that for a 20th AV celebration? Anyway, golden pour, nice hop aroma and flavor, decent bitterness, grapefruit peel and light spice. Bittersweet finish. Nice on itís own, just not up to par. At 9% and not getting any younger, definitely a one timer."
GenDV138 (3534) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From notes, consumed 8/1/2013. 22 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Amber/orange with a finger of off-white head. Great lacing. Aromas of pine, resin, toasty notes, light booze, caramel. Tastes of malt, caramel, pine, resin, grapefruit citrus. Medium body with a dry and warm finish.
Busick (390) - Lake Wylie, South Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
What a delicious hop-head beer! Glad I was able to taste what is now a retired hoppy beer!
TXBadger (1966) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice clear golden color with white head. Pine, floral notes, and citrus on the nose; follow onto the palate. Had a good mouthfeel, full-bodied. Finishes pretty clean.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of citrus and spicy pine hops. Good caramel malt backbone. Medium hazy orange hue with a white head that mostly diminished and left good lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily with a soft carbonation. Overall a very good IIPA. Enjoyed it.
ICEatALAMO (1143) - Troy, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The pour is a vibrant orange. Drinking this a little late, so not sure how it will taste. The aroma is sweet inviting hops. The taste is smooth, still good hop presence. No bitterness that lingers. Very good iipa.
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craftbeerdesign (2250) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
rating from notes - bomber when it came out last summer - poured orange with a white head. big floral, citrus and earthy hop aromas with some light caramel malt. medium body. nice citrus hop flavors with some sweetness from the supporting honey malt. bitter dry finish. very nice.
blipp (7084) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pale and sweet honey malts, with floral hops, and light citrus. Too much of a sweet malty presence, and the hops come across old and subdued. Blech.