sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Dan Journal #363. Tasted 6/28/10. 22oz bomber. Hazy with a golden hue. Brainy off-white head. Aromas of honey, hops and toast. Undertones of tart berries. Slight burn in the nose. Full bodied with a sticky palate. Decent alcohol note. A lot of melon and berry flavors in this one. Followed by a lot of grapefruit bitterness. This is a big beer! Definitely an Imperial. Smooth sipper. Very nice!
bhightow (24) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
hazy, orange, minimal head, white foam, citrus, medium bitterness, medium body, bitter,
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: golden orange translucent body with a 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and lacing. Attractive!
Smell: Oh baby can you say citrus hop bomb? Loads of grapefruit and a touch of lemon.
Taste: The only thing holding this brew back from scoring higher is an abundance of grapefruit flavor which means there is also a fair share of bitterness. The bitterness helps mask the abv and decreases as the brew warms. Not much of a malt profile here....this is strictly a grapefruit hop bomb. Dare I say Pliny-esque? One dimensional yes, but great at that dimension!
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a hint of stickyness but with ample carbonation makes this one great!
Drinkability: The high abv is a set back in this department.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-08-2009
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ RnH - pours orange, arouma is citrusy and crispy malts. floral, pine and tangy notes. medium bodied and high (excessive?) carbonation. Tasty though, and the alcohol is well hidden.
Leighton (16268) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Rattle and Hum. Pours glowing orange-gold with a decent, fluffy white head. Big citrus aroma of pineapple, grapefruit and orange, and strong notes of caramel malts. The flavor is potent but extremely well-balanced, making it an easy drink. Lots more citrus and heavy bitterness, but the massive malt backbone evens things out. Very sweet from start to finish, with a lingering citrus, very mild pine, and plenty of sugar. Medium bodied, average carbonation. So great.
TeamTrappist (831) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Poured an unclear amber. Nose is big fruity piny hops that say look out here we come. And come they do. This is very well carbonated so it along with the great taste it’s almost too easy to drink. Very dry and not fruity. It’s bitter in the middle and in the end an leaves you thirsty which is great until your glass is empty.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Rattle n Hum during the Ballast Point event on 4/20/10. Poured into an uber Delirium glass.... hazy orange. Taste is largely citrus... tangerines, grapefruit. ABV is well hidden. A monster brew, full of flavor but not burning with bitterness or alcohol... just delicious. Better than most IIPAs. Near world class.
Damico (3053) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is awesome, sweet hops with fruit and citrus notes. The orange cloudy color has a decent creamy head. The flavors of citrus, hops, and crisp ale blend together smoothly on the palate.
madvike (3149) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours hazy yellow with a small white head. Smells of grassy, herbal hops, but with a nice malt backbone. Well-balanced and fruity sweet--not much hop profile in the taste, surprisingly, but finishes dry with grassy hops and a bit of nuttiness. Smooth and syrupy in the mouth.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to LagunitasFan!
Appearance: Pours a semi clear amber gold with a nice beige head.
Aroma: Grapefruit, perfume, flowers. Probably more citrus notes than anything.
Taste: Big pine bitterness, spicy malt and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, modestly carbonated and sticky.
Overall: Very solid, and distinct from the other IPA and IIPA’s Ballast Point makes.