mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a fairly clear copper amber color, with a small off white head. Smells of big piney hops, some grapefruit citrus, and hints of caramel malt. Big hop bitterness up front, but thew malts really show up in the finish leaving a sweeter aftertaste. Nothing unusual, but a very solid doubl IPA.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
ring of head atop an orange dark color body. Draft at collins pub. Aroma is very bitter taste is very hoppy. Some medicina aromas.l
Pailhead (5066) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: The aroma is very hoppy and fruity with lots pineapple and citrus notes. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head. The flavor starts lightly fruity with a hint of pineapple. The finish is moderately happy with lots of citrus and piney hops and moderate grapefruit aftertaste. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
thornecb (4534) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear amber into a snifter. Bright white head quickly recedes to hug rim. Sharp pine and resin aromas. Sweet full caramel upfront, turning quickly to weed and on, to a dry lasting sugary pine resin finish.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, resin, caramel malts, and light grapefruit. Poured amber/orange in color with a creamy, rocky, beige/off-white, medium-sized head that diminished but lasted throughout. Slightly hazy. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is heavily bitter and light to medium sweet. Tastes of hops, pine, resin, caramel malt, slight alcohol, slight tropical fruit, light pineapple, and light hop oil. Medium body. Oily, then slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Hops, pine, and resin finish is bitter and slightly dry. Finally, a beer that seems to live up to its 99IBU claim! 8.5%ABV is noticeable in the flavor but not harsh.
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap McMenamin’s - pours a deep gold color with a slightly orange hue. Aroma is resiny and piney - the classic "C" hops profile (not sure what they use so that could be wrong - UPDATED - checked their website and it is the "Big Cs" of hops - Chinook, Centennial and Columbus). Flavor at first is sweet - but not overly sweet like some dIPAs - but quickly transforms into a hop explosion. Great balance of high bittering hops and great flavor hops. One of the top Avery beers that I’ve tried recently.
Beaver (1341) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a huge creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet melon and peppery hops with some caramel malts and resin in the background.
The flavor is some sweet fruit that is quickly dominated by a huge resiny almost tarry hop bitterness that lasts in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with good carbonation - slightly spritzy.
Overall, a monster one-dimensional hop bomb. I prefer a little more balance in the hop flavors (more fruits or pine), and don’t care for the tarry dominating bitterness as much. The bitterness just sits on the tongue - I feel like the Keystone commercial guy.
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color with a large head. Very piney aroma and some wet hop or vinous character. Some caramel malt poking through. Strong grainy and biscuty taste. Highly acidic hop burn. Moderate piney hop flavor. A touch of caramel malt.
LewBrew (3) - USA - NOV 20, 2009 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium to medium body with golden honey to pale amber appearance. Off white head. Medium-heavy piney hops predominating and slight grapefruit hop aroma.
The flavor is remarkably well balanced between piney hops and malt backbone. Faint notes of grass, malt sweetness, with a peppery finish.
A classic IIPA that is not over-the-top hopped.
brenn79 (1580) - Idaho, USA - NOV 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle- Pours golden almost amber with a 1 inch thick head, aroma is hops, citrus, and pine. The flavor is unmistakably a Double IPA, with more hops added for good measure. The bitterness even blew me away, someone who is a huge hop head.