drjoeng (458) - - NOV 16, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
7%ABV. Double IPA
Poured out a deep amber. †18ļSRM.
Nose is full of citrus brightness with an ester sweetness, bringing to mind†orange peel and citrus blossoms. †Maybe a hint of lavender in the nose. †Very pleasant.
The palate is bitter and overall aggressively hop-balanced. †There is a good strong base of†full bodied, malty and nutty and flavors. There middle of the palate is round, sour and umami. †The fer
The finish is hyssop bitter.
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Scottishchris (552) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can from bottledog Edinburgh. Rich clear Amber, small off white head. Caramel and sticky pine. Medium body, sharp fizz. Big forward bitterness, hops, citrus peel and grapefruit. Oily mouthfeel, long bitter finish.
CanIHave4Beers (3790) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours like an orange-ish color with a thick off white head and lots of lacing on the glass.
The aroma is mostly hop dominated with plenty of melon and grapefruit. Itís got a light piney character and a touch of caramel maltiness.
The flavor is a touch on the aggressive end bitterness-wise, but itís got enough juicy melon like hop flavor to more than compensate. Itís got grapefruit, a little bit of resin and some citrus zest. Itís towards the drier side but itís also reasonably malty with some toastiness and some toffee lingering in the background.
This is one of those IPAs that actually employs specialty malts fairly liberally and with great success. At least for my palate itís a risky game to play bringing a higher bitterness with a bigger malt character. Prior to this draught sample Iíd never had a bottle of this beer that wasnít just terrible, which is testament to how IPA, particularly one built in this manner needs to be very fresh. As is, this beer is wonderful. In six months everything that makes it great will be gone or out of balance.
Anyway, thatís a good wall of text that I needed to type to justify me loving on an IPA thatís outside of my normal "guidelines"
tekstr1der (289) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 30, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark straw pour with clingy white foam leaving a ton of lace. Aroma is deceiving, as I get a lot of malt and some tropical fruit belying the full blast of hops to follow. Flavor is big pine resin up front with a lingering, but balanced bitter finish. Interestingly different from Sculpin, and almost as good.
sawbuck (549) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice aroma of grapefruit, some pine, and orange. Nice deep gold color. Huge off white head that sticks. Sweet malt up front, Rich caramel. Nice malt backbone to hold up to the bitterness that creeps in. Bitterness is smooth, notes of pine and earth, intensifies nicely. Rich mouth feel from malt, bitterness coats nicely on the finish. Solid.
ANZUShophunter (206) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle (best by May 2016) in Belgian ale glass. A nice mix of hop aromas from citrus to pine leading to a broad bitter palate. Hoping to visit the brewery in the not-to-distant future.
Tstamba (623) - Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taster at brewery. Copper gold with lovely white head. Fragrant pine and citrus hop aroma and flavors. Dry bitter finish... Solid IPA!!!
flying_pig (1304) - SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml Can from Brewdog online shop (£3.00):
This one is another excellent IPA from Ballast Point, it falls slightly short of the can of Sculpin but that is more down to the fact that Sculpin was a truly world class beer. Big Eye is a very hop-centred beer with lots of pine & grapefruit coming through whilst not being as bitter or dry as Sculpin IPA, great stuff & one Iíd definitely like to try again.
hohops (635) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours burnt amber, fairly clear, a big 2-3 finger creamy beige head. Aroma- caramel, chocolatey malt, grapefruit, pineapple juice, hop resins, pine needles, smells very nice. Taste- bitter hops, hop resin, orange peel, pineapple, grapefruit, with creamy caramel malt undertones. Mouthfeel is clingy and the finish is long.
Leini (1551) - SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle. Amber body with a medium white head. Caramel, citrus, tropical fruit and pine.