Marc (486) - Yokosuka, - JAN 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big citrus, grapefruit, caramel, and herbal hops wit ha bit of alcohol and gari. Coppery orange body. Firm balanced malty sweetness and herbal citric bitterness. Gooey and thick mouthfeel really drives the bitterness froward and keeps the malt sweetness in line. Finishes long and herbal. A great Japanese DIPA that manages to keep its Japanese character.
maekchu (3351) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Qbrick (from tasting notes). Aromatic, floral, with some sour citrus, and Cascade quite noticeable. Clear orange color. Lively malt and hop balance with some good carbonation. Verywell balanced. Nice long finish. Good all around
KyotoLefty (9021) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Q-Brick.
Rather faint caramel and hop aroma. Big caramel and hop flavor. Great balance. Big fruit (dark cherries, etc) and caramel coming out. Very nice, though it has been variable.
jonno (2445) - JAPAN - JAN 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2009 Where to start? um where are the hops? for a DIPA I expect something to kick my ass, not sit quietly with me. Quite a servicable beer on it’s own, but not what I wanted or expected. 2009 edition. Maybe that has something to do with it?
theisti (3806) - Kansas, USA - MAR 24, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #800. 22 oz. bottle brought back from Japan and INCREDIBLY generously shared by hogfodder with myself and after4ever on 3/20/08. Not sure what year this is, but based on the hop freshness, I would assume 2008. Pour is initially hazy orange gold with a small white head, clears fairly quickly. There is some nice lacing on the edge of the glass. Aroma of floral, fruit and pine hops, very engaging, with balance provided by a solid malt backbone. The nose was very unique, almost tropical fruit in the nose - I’m not certain I have experienced this in a hop previously. The taste is really soft, floral, fruit and some complementary grainiess. The finish is beautiful - very soft and floral - yet a bunch of pine. Not easy flavors to soften, but Baird achieved it. Palate is medium-full, and never even approached hot or cloying. Thank you so much for this one Rick, this was really great.
after4ever (7475) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Thanks, Hogfodder! Crystal clear medium gold with a big sudsy tan head. Big mango-y, tropical, pithy nose. Medium body and perfect carb. Woody, pithy, mango, and tangerine mid-palate. Long piney finish. Soft and cleverly balanced for such a huge variety of hops.
TimE (4884) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ok, realize the reciept changes year to year. I may have missed a year, but IMO, 2008 is by far the best of the DIPA. Excellent backbone, but unlike past year the hops really shine through on this puppy. Pine and citrus. Pure west coast. Finishing in your face bitter. Only sampled from bottle, but it was damn good. Rating is only for 2008. Other years would be lower.
Capa (2597) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Craft Beer Bar. Copper/orange in color with a light tan head. Aroma is nice and hoppy. Citrus, grapefruit, orange with a good caramel malt background. Body is right on for a DIPA. Intense hop flavor, possibly the hoppiest Japanese brew I’ve had. Citric, some pine, grapefruit, light sweet malts and a bit of earth. Finish is very bitter and lasting. The malty background balances out the hop blast very well. One of the better DIPAs I’ve had, and quite possibly the best Japanese DIPA. Would love to see this in bottles.