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.
sloth (2582) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ample offwhite head, sticky, lasting. Clear copper orange colored brew. Nose is big, juicey piney resiny hops, earthy and musty. Big bodied, chewy, resiny. Large and flavorful hops, piney citrusy, woodsy, bold. Big bitter finish. A real work horse! Props to Avery for this one! Bomber procured @statelineliquors,, ya gotta love it.
TomDecapolis (4592) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a lightly hazy golden orange amber with a medium bubbly off white head that laced. Aroma of pine, caramel, grapefruit and floral hop notes. Flavor of pine, grapefruit, light caramel, dry with a nice hop bitterness.
pineypower (2636) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out an attractive orange/copper color with a moderate white head. Aroma is of pine and citrus hops, with some slight caramel malt and a little grain notes in there too. Taste is complex, resiny pine and citrus hops go with some sweet caramel malts, flavor profile definitely leans towards the hops, even a few earthy hop notes sneak in there too, I’d like to see what variety of hops this one uses.
JohnnyJ (4733) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at PP Calsbad. Clear orange pour, sticky white head, good lacing. Very nice, fresh tasting IIPA. Grapefruit, citrus, lemon zest, grass, piney hops, and some floral bitterness, light biscuity malt. Dry and hoppy.
Skyview (5282) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a single 22-oz bottle at Zipps Liquors in Minneapolis, MN. Pours a semi-clear orange amber colored brew with an average sized off-white head that some nice retention and lacing. Aroma of both floral and citrusy hops. Grapefruit, apricot, a hint of tangerine and just barely little caramel malt. Taste is medium bodied, some slick oil texture with flavors of mostly citrus hops, a hint of caramel and some biscuit malt. Finish is typical double IPA bitterness but a touch on the dry side.
hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Clear amber ale with a small, creamy, white head. The aroma is all about pine sap with a small spray of peach or apricot. Medium to full-bodied and oily with busy carbonation. The malty flavor is big on toffee sweetness followed by a good amount of fruity, piney bitterness. Finishes bittersweet.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour is a cloudy orange, much like a typical double ipa. Aroma has a very piney scent, much like many other colorado ipas. The taste is quite exceptional with the piney hoppiness and not to mention the resin. Simcoe is quite pronounced, though I believe there are some other hop strains in here as well. Though its very one sided in terms of bitterness, its still better balanced than many other of the extreme ipas we’ve come to expect from colorado. Aftertaste has a lot of green veggies like brussel sprouts especially. Very delicious.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted 11/24/09. Caught a wisp of the hoppy aromas upon opening. First pour is filtered with a reddish amber hue. Finger width of bubbled bone white head. Aromas of total hops! Nice complexity with hints of grapefruit and citrus. Candy and pine. Mildly resinous and estery. Good nose! Rather full bodied with a total accent on the hoppy character. Nice bitterness and dry finish. The malts are toasty and solid. They are just overwhelmed by the hop dominance. The balance sways to the hops, but still has a nice meld and balance of flavor. Modest effervescence. Very nice and much drier than The Maharaja. But not quite as good.