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 (11410) - 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 (2090) - 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 (3191) - 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 (643) - 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 (486) - 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 (1982) - 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