RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear burnt orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is definitely hoppy, but very nice with grapefruit, orange, and pine, it’s a touch floral and very "bright" in general. Slight note of toast and brown sugar. Tastes of pine and bitterness at first, but then the bright citrus and floral notes become known, as well as a toast, and brown sugar. Bitter grapefruit finish, a touch of earth and "plantiness" as well. Flavorful. Palate leaves a bit to be desired as the carbonation is prickly, and the body is slick and empty, and the heat is too easily noticed (filtration symptoms strike here harder than with Maharaja). Still this is good! But it just doesn’t seem different enough from Maharaja or the regular IPA.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Clearish medium orange body, medium dense buff head. Pine and citrus hops nose. Soapy, herbal body, with cat urine, pineapple, and citrus resins, potent and powerful, backed by modest, simple bready, caramely malts. Straight-forward hops power exhibiting an interesting blend of varieties.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz draft served in clear pint glass at The Brass Rail. Pour was an orange copper with two fingers of murky foam riding on top. Nose was citrus, pine, malt, and a boat load of hops. Taste was a beautiful balance between the sweet malty back bone, and oily hop coating that the mouth endures. The finish is a bit dry, which is quite a distance from the sweet wet coating that just was, but goes nicely because of it. A great brew that I would love to enjoy over and over.
Metalhead (634) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange amber pour with a decent head. Taste is hoppy/pine/citrus that had at first a somewhat too dry finish. Once it aired a bit it became insanely drinkable. My bomber was gone in 20 mins. Beautiful lacing. Kudos!
Maddog (445) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at the Dilly Deli. A very nice dipa. The pour is nondescript like most ipas, clear and amber, and the aroma is fruity and full of aroma hops. Big malt that decidedly turns into a mouthful of resinous, fruity hops. Some stickiness throughout and the finish is a nice dry bitterness. Not overly bitter, there is a nice balance from beginning to end. A lot of power in this beer, but the alcolhol is nicely masked with freshness and flavor.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Brick Store Pub. Copper orange pour. Crazy hoppy awesome aroma. Hop flavor is piney and grapefruity. Malt backbone adds soft malt sweetness with notes of honey. Finish is long and hoppy - dry but with a subtle malt sweetness. Lots of resin and citrus hops - very aromatic and fresh. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Overall, mind-blowing hops. A very fine brew.
Arayaga2 (1900) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy chestnut with an inch of dimpled white head. Aroma is intense citrus nectar with tangerine and grapefruit. Taste is less rich, but still citrusy with a mild pithy bitterness and a biscuity malt component. $7//22oz
blutt59 (6231) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, dark orange golden pour with good lasting off white foam, nice caramel and citrus aroma, flavor has some nutmeg, grapefruit, bready caramels, good finish
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by peregrinari: Pours a transparent bright orange copper with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a fresh grassy dank citrusy hop nose with some mild pale malty sweetness. Starts with pretty good fullness and light sugary pale malty sweetness with a grassy piny resiny hop balance before a crisp drier bittersweet finish. Pretty clean and drinkable with assertive hop character throughout.
smcolw (567) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Initial two finger head with a lasting quarter inch lace throughout the tasting. Ring lace left after each sip. Clear and dark gold color.
Strong grapefruit hop aroma. Light alcohol in the background.
Mild malt that disappears immediately to the strong (almost harsh) hop flavor--it lasts through the swallow and the long, long aftertaste. The alcohol is muted. Not a balanced beer, but it is a DIPA. The body is slightly oily with a lower carbonation. In all, a really nice, hoppy DIPA.