ScarletLady (11) - Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - deep gold/amber color with a not quite white generous head. great lacing all the way down
S - ahh hops. fresh citrus from the dry hopping :) Cascade predominate?
T - woo hoo! explosion of fresh hops on the tongue almost sticky with the resin. Good carbonation keeps it going. Nice bitterness. No balance here... all hops all the time
M - good I think, too distracted by the hoppy goodness
D - again not balanced but a fanastic beer.
A new favorite for me. Unfortunately there was a bit of a buzz at the bar and everyone started ordering it. The pin keg blew in the first hour I was there so I only got to have one. Looking forward to trying it in a bottle
dnstone (2398) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 Bitter/bready strong hop aroma. Deep orange/gold color, thin white head. Smooth with the brunt of the hops up front. Far better in the bottle than off tap
corby112 (2744) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark orange/amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy light yellowish beige head. Pretty good retention only slowly settling into a lasting cap that leaves streaks of lacing behind.
Sweet citrus floral hop aroma with a lot of dank oily hops and a nice caramel malt backbone with hints of graham cracker and biscuit. Slightly piny but is more sweet smelling with hints of mango, grapefruit and orange peel.
Chewy resinous medium body that is very hop forward with a nice balance of dry piny bitterness, sweet citrus notes, malt backbone and alcohol warmth. The pine presence is most prominent up front providing a nice dryness that lasts throughout that is nicely balanced by the sweet citrus notes that follow. Hints of mango, orange peel and grapefruit as well as a pretty strong caramel malt backbone with hints of graham cracker and biscuit. Strong alcohol presence comes through mid-palate adding to the sweetness. Pretty dry and hoppy but the malt backbone is a bit too strong for my liking and there is a bit too much of an alcohol presence hurting the drinkability.
rudolf (2345) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, left at my place by Swoopjones - Mike, I owe you one! Tawny gold body, off-white head w. some nice lacing. Nose is a nice malt backbone, piney hops, woody bitterness, some resin & spicy hop notes. Flavor is piney hops, candied grapefruity, some dankness, really nice malt backbone. Sweet but not as sweet as other offerings from this brewer led me to expect. Mango comes out in the bittersweet finish. Good flavor-wise but could benefit from a bigger aroma.
beveritt (8) - Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2009 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Presentation: Had on tap at Brews Cafe in Granville, OH. Arrived in a standard Shaker pint.
Appearance: Arrives with 1 1/2 finger of light tan head. This settles to a ring around the glass and a few spots of foam here and there. Beer itself is orange amber in color and perfectly clear.
Smell: Strong honey aroma with floral hints.
Taste: Sweet malt, once again reminiscent of honey. Medium hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Very good body.
Drinkability: The strong honey in this one is very nice. A little high in the ABV department to se a session beer, but I would certainly grab one of these if afforded the opportunity.
Drake (11172) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market, Short Pump (Richmond), VA. Pours a clear copper-amver color with a two-finger creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Nice looking beer. Beautiful citrus hop aroma, pineapple, grapefruit and lime, with some resiny nearly herbal and pine notes as well. Taste is sticky, resiny hops with lots of fruit notes including lime, grapefruit, mango, pineapple and others. Big resiny and herbal pine note at the front of the tongue. A bit of a lingering hop burn. A faint caramel malty note. Full bodied. Could use some more malt balance but overall a very good DIPA.
robforbes (2089) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a clear amber-orange with a small off-white head, and good lacing.
smell is of light grapefruit, caramel, citrus, and a touch floral.
taste is crisp, grapefruit, some caramel, a bit of malt, and some pine, end is dry and bitter.
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 (3190) - 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.