Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really liked this. Apricot early, particularly on the nose, before a very very well handled kick of hops charges through. Perfectly balanced and not at all rough. Very refreshing actually given the very dry structure. Excellent beer.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy orangeish amber pour with a fluffy white head that doesnít last very long. Nose is big and hoppy with notes of orange, grapefruit, apricot and caramel. Flavour is very similar but with a bit more malt backbone. Oily mouthfeel with fairly low carbonation and a long bitter finish. An exceptionally nice DIPA, very well balanced and easy to drink.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly dirty amber with a creamy offwhite head. Huge hop aroma of mainly resiny pine pine. A little grapefruit and some caramel but it is pretty much just about the pine hops. Flavours are basically the same. Whilst there is a little caamel sweetness the hops dominate. Very bitter finish with huge resiny after taste. Slightly one dimensional but still a good beer all the same.
samo83 (11) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
herbal aroma, hazy amber colour, medium sweetness, body and bitterness, tasty with nice long bitter finish.
jonno (2316) - JAPAN - APR 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2012 Awesome dark unfliterd orange pour with a big pillowy head. Nose is sunny citrus and pine. Medium bodied but a bit one dimensional in the mouth - just bitter resin and citrus. One of those close but no cigar type beers. A bit more depth and breadth in the flavour profile and this would be a contender. A bit more dryness to the body would really kick this in to the stratosphere!
thebeertourist (4814) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Harajuku Taproom. Hazy amber. Intense grapefruity hop aroma. Very dry, yet with enough body and maltiness to provide enough backbone. A very good IPA.
gam (3237) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Honey Orange pour misty medium head carbonation is medium aroma citrus floral malts flavour bitter of citrus peel apricot grapefruit hop taste caramel malt smoothness it needs it finish straight forward IMp ipa a bit boring bitter fruity and then not much to cheer about boring
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice strong orange and toffee, with bready yeast, flowers, brown sugar. Candy. Wee bit of alcohol.
Really intense flavours. Very sweet. Nice hop bitterness. Short sentences. Lots of oranges, lychees, tea, flavours. Very intense - I like this IIPA.
Capa (2029) - Manama, BAHRAIN - JAN 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden with a white head. Aroma is full of fruit, pine, some citrus, and a nice light malt. Flavor is a bit one sided and could use a little more of that malt. Strong bitter pine and citrus that really burns the side of the tongue. Baird being Baird, I was expecting this to be too sweet but it turned out to be a very dry, crisp, clean imperial IPA. No misplaced sugars of sweet malts. I actually want a little more in the way of malt in this one. This is a mighty fine beer, though. Iíll be having more of this one.
KyotoLefty (6449) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2012 Just knocked it up a few points because it is much better balances and more fragrant now than it was in the beginning. A lovely IIPA when fresh can stand up to just about anything.
Draught at Beer Works Osaka IPA Challenge= 3.8 (2009?)
Light copper color. Big, fruity, piney, aroma, with menthol, citrus, big hops. Huge bitterness, with rather light malt. Citrus, menthol, orange in the flavor, not very sweet, not very malty. Paralyzingly bitter finish that lasts a long, long, time. Great, but canít drink much of it.