Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a hazy amber with 2 finger cream head and perfect lacing. Nose is sweet citrus, pine, floral hops and caramel. Taste is pine upfront that fades to some citrus and caramel malt before finishing with a lingering resin aftertaste. Pretty balanced for an IIPA and not as hoppy as the aroma indicates. Mouth feel is medium and creamy with some stickiness on the lips. Solid brew.
Marsiblursi (3008) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a light oily amber colour with an off-white head. The aroma is of tropical fruits up front with tones of sourish grapefruit and lime, overripe mango, lychee, ripe apricot/peach, mild banana and pineapple. Medium to heavily hoppy and medium malty. Undertones of floral perfume, gooseberries, black currant, cat box, snow, herbs -lots of lemon balm but also some basil, toast, some caramel/fudge alongside some alcohol warmth. The flavour is of floral/resiny/citric hops, tropical fruits and toasted/light caramelly malt. Undertones of lemon balm, nettles, lychee and pepper. Some minty alcohol warmth. The mouthfeel is soft and light oily yet a bit crisp from the carbonation. Peppery, resiny and dry finish with citrus lingering. Light to medium sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Medium to full bodied.
mjs (4622) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 (Bottle at Pikkulintu on 2008-06-15) Golde and hazy. Medium sized white head. Hops and alcohol in nose. Full and bit stingy palate. Fruity taste with some alcohol and lots of hops.
piscator34 (1968) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled sample via (and shared with) oakbluff. Orange in colour with a bit of haze and medium carbonation. Aromas of vaguely citrusy c-hops, lots of pale malts, and a hint of caramel. The hop elements are both citrusy and earthy (probably due to age of the bottle for the earhtiness). Lots of malt and spice as well. Medium bodied, with more than enough bitterness to balance things out. A very good sample. I can only imagine how good this stuff is fresh, or on tap. Huge thanks to oakbluff for grabbing this one!
railcat1 (687) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a cloudy pour with a big hoppy aroma and a nice kick to it,it was a very enjoyable IIPA and had hints of citrus and was a bit chewy and resiny and piney a real strong effort.CHEERS!
fiulijn (14740) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2010 2010-04-13, 8-5-8-5-17=43
Gorgeous copper to amber color, solar; creamy head. The bottle not being fresh, some of the hop qualities left, instead the aroma becomes more complex, creamy, with toffee, vanilla, mellow resins. Strong body structure, with powerful toffee flavor, enough sweetness to satisfy my sweet tooth, incisive resins immediately evident. Strong bitterness. Even not fresh, a very solid beer.
Hazy deep blond color with a thick head. Wonderful hoppy aroma, fruity first, then resiny, and with some vanilla in the end. Strong body structure, very strong caramel and toffee flavor, sweet as I need it, and extreme hopping. Most enjoyable final. I had to confirm the first impression.
2008-04-04, bottle at Řlbaren, Copenhagen, 9-5-8-5-18=45
Hazy golden color. Poweerful hoppy aroma, a lot of resins, citrusy resins; some fruitness too, and hop pellets; wonderful. Almost chewy toffee flavor, with some appreciated sweetness and an extreme and very resiny hopping. Extremely extreme, and one of the most enjoyable Double IPA I had in some time.
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled, 0.66l, 9.1% ABV) Hazy amber with a small, but firm head. Strong and fresh pine-lemony-hoppy aroma. Pine-hoppy, aromatic flavor with lots of grainy, pale malt - and warming, but not intrusive alcohol. Somewhat similar to NBE, but sharper and not quite as malty. Long, bitter aftertaste. Medium to full body with somewhat high carbonation. A quality double IPA for the of sharper hop fans.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of .Ughsmash. Aromas of floral and pine are great thoughout beer. Cooper body off white head and plenty of lacing. Flavor is citrus but at times is over bitter and dry. Leaves a dry aftertaste on the palate making you want water than another beer.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle - thanks to weeheavySD for the trade; pours cloudy, pale orange with slight white head; aromas are sugary sweet with hop and malt mix; pretty much perfection to this point; but going down, it seemed the nose and flavors were out of whack; very bitter and incredibly dry; the body is missing the malt balance as it drinks almost like apple syrup; overall, a little too bitter for my liking
fonefan (35088) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 66cl. Clear medium orange color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, grass, pine, resin, orange. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Very nice. (180408)