BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice soapy white head rests above a golden peach body. A decent amount of lacing sticks defiantly to the inside of the glass. Aroma is resinous hops and bright citrus...not a ton of malt in the nose. Aroma does possess more honey than the aroma would indicate. This one clings nicely to the palate, leaving a syrupy click of hops behind. Not bad.
jefcon (1612) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pine, honey and some sourdough notes on the nose. This is a dense-looking deep amber beer with a soapy, lacy head. Hop-heads will like the intensely-bitter, herbal, lemon and briny hops. Tangy cereal finish is bittering and long. There aren’t too many beers I find too bitter, but this is one. It’s an exercise in extremity and not in balance, but the imbalance is saved somewhat by the buttery, slick palate. As always, a great label from Avery.
TheBeerGod (5939) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Copper pour with a dense, frothy, rocky tan head. Pretty lacing all over the glass. Aroma is citrusy hops, grapefruit juice, earthy hops, pine needles, light melon, hint of pear, caramel, sweet malt, and herbal notes. Taste is rich a luscious hops. Lots of grapefruit and pine with herbal notes, earthy notes, orange peel, chewy caramel, sweet malt and fruit. Body is thick and resinous. Very slick with a dense, creamy carbonation. Slight warmth as well. Ends with more pine and grapefruit, caramel, melon, herbal flavors, and earthy notes. Very tasty! If the ABV were toned down a bit, this would make a great session beer.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh bomber. Pours a clear, medium-dark golden amber color. A spongy head of ivory tinted foam displays good retention, leaving behind sticky splotches of lacing as the froth slowly recedes. The nose explodes with monster, perfumy, resinous pine hops, followed by secondary notes of bitter orange and bready toffee malts. There’s a hint of marmalade sweetness in there as well. Flavors mirror the aroma, strikingly bitter from the sticky pine resin and oily citrus rind, yet showing some nice toasted toffee sweetness for balance. Medium-full in body, with balanced carbonation and a lingering, resinous hop bite on the tongue, the palate is what it should be for the style. Very solid IIPA. This bitter bomb is truly one for the hop heads.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks brentfeesh! - Pours clear orange with a medium white head...aroma is massively citric and resinous, hops on steroids, grass and sweet malt...flavour mirrors the hops in the nose, sharp pine and grapefruit, malt comes across thin and sugary...whole finish is kinda thin, biting hop water and sugar...hops linger slightly but not for long, overall very tasty, but a bit weak on the end...
Cavie (4233) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of mar. Clear copper orange pour. Sweet hops on the nose. Light fruit and tree sap. Taste is smooth hops that spice out the finish. Sweetness is dropped in the center of the tongue. Finish has the tight flavoring of citrus hops.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Orland Park Binny’s. Pours clear golden copper with 3-finger off-white head. Aroma is loaded with grapefruit, bright citrus, pine and pungent hops. Flavor is grapefruit, pine, bitter hops and a good amount of sweet malt. Finishes bitter with a touch of cloying sweetness from all the malt. This is a pretty solid DIPA but prefer The Maharaja and even Ale to the Chief over this.
tennisjoel (1334) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper body beneath an attractive large creamy white head. Lovely aromas of grapefruit and sweetness. Palate is resiny and flavors of grapefruit, pine. Very nice sipper and well put together. Some similarities to Majaraja. Good stuff.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong pine and grapefruit aroma. Orange and very clear. Bright pine taste. Grapefruit is really prominent. No malt to speak of. Very bright taste. Excellent.
ben4321 (5550) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: On tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, 11/24/09
Aroma: A nose of pine and citrus with some toffee as well
Appearance: Slightly cloudy orange-amber, fluffy head
Flavor: Taste is a nice hop flavor with some malt backing
Palate: Medium body and somewhat long duration
Overall, I thought this made for a more then solid DIPA, not one of the best one’s I’ve ever had, but one I would certainly like to drink again in the future. A nice offering from Avery.