maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009 Bottle courtesy of RealityDeviant on 05/21/2009. Clear amber body with a medium frothy off-white head. Sweet floral, citrus, and resiny hop aroma. Sweet resiny and citrusy hop flavor with some light caramel. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 8/3/8/4/15 - 3.8
On tap at Ballast Point during the RBSG Pub Crawl Tour on 08/01/2008. Clear golden amber body with a large creamy off-white head. Somewhat yeasty aroma. Yeasty and floral hop flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 6/3/7/3/14 - 3.3
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Dunk for this one. 22oz. Poured golden amber with a nice lacy white head. Aromas are very strong of hops, citrus, and pine. Smells like a awesome DIPA. Flavor is intense with sweet malts, piney hops, and nice well balanced mouth feel. An outstanding brew and just a wonderful DIPA.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of WeeHeavySD.
Pours a bright hazy golden orange with a fluffy white one-finger head that lingers for a while and leaves impressive lacing. The aroma is massive and very sweet. It has an array of citrus hop aromas, grapefruits, oranges, tangerines, as well as sweet honey and caramel overtones. There is also some pine hops as well on top of a bready malt aroma in the background. The taste mirrors the aroma with a huge grapefruit sweetness up front with a strong malt backbone. The finish has a good bit of floral pine hop bitterness and lingers between sips. The mouthfeel is sticky with good carbonation and slightly dry in the finish. This is a great West Coast DIPA and I look forward to having more of these in the future. Highly recommended!
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bonus from agentstve. 22 oz. pours a hazey golden amber with a small white head. aroma is citrus, sweet, caramel. mouthful is big hoppy citrus that fades to some caramel malt finish is pleasant hop fade.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG 2008, from the bottle at the brewery. Pours gold, very clear, with a smooth white head. Pine and sawdust in the hop nose, sort of resiny/earthy quality to it. Flavor showed a bit more citrus, hints of grapefruit come through in the finish. Crisp and refreshing double IPA.
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
[1507-20080704] 22floz bottle. Orange pine resin aroma has a touch of sweet citrus. Hazy, medium orange body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Orange citrus flavour has some pine resin but is mostly bittersweet seeds. Medium body is bitter. Generally well-balanced.
(w/ jerc, manuchampions, tupalev)
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had a while ago at Newport Pizza and Ale house, just found some old ratings I’d written. Pours bright golden orange color with a medium sized, dense, off white head. Aroma is wonderful, floral hops, citrus, pine, mango. Flavor is caramel, biscuits, pine, mango, grapefruit. Palate is full bodied, medium carbonation, bitter finish. I really dug this one and was really stoked on it!
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Ballast Point, RBSG ’08. Somewhat of a cloudy copper with a white head. Orange juice-laced Pac NW citrusy hop nose! Pretty sweet, there’s a solid amount of residual sugars in here to balance the bitterness, which is ample. Very citrusy hop flavor - grapefruit/orange. Full, round and creamy on the palate with moderate carbonation. Good stuff.
NosirIwont (2121) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful, hazy, deep orange-amber with a big, creamy off-white/yellowish head. The head soon sinks, but leaves a fine lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is dry hops with a faint hint of liquorice. As it warms, notes of pine escapes the hops and a wooden maltiness appears. In the vicinity of the glass there’re remote whiffs of port. The moment the beer enters the mouth, the flavour is sweet and fruity in just a split second, but lurking behind it there’s a mean hop bitterness waiting to strike – in a sudden instant it’s there, overtaking the flavour, filling the mouth, almost paralyzing the taste buds to anything but itself. When the taste recovers, notes of pine and strong, but well-balanced alcohol is found. The moment it’s sunk, the bitterness turns to liquorice in a slightly astringent finish that also reveals notes of plums and apple well hidden behind the bitterness. Palate is thick, bordering oily, and almost laces the mouth. A great beer. 05-08-08.
skortila (4821) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Dutch Ratebeer Session. Aroma has citrus (grapefruits). Bit hazy, orange coloured with a lasting off-white head. Taste has tangerine and medicin, is astringent. Has bitterness and some fruity sweetness. Quite unbalanced in taste, aroma was much better.