padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On cask at O’Briens. I got the bottom of the barrel on this one. Hazzy, hoppy, good brew. Lots of yeast at the bottom of my glass.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pour a very slightly hazy umber color with a pillowy, two-finger head leaving some clumpy and linear lacing; sweet melon and pink grapefruit nose, a touch spicy; oily palate supporting a sweet front end of toasty caramel, finishes round and bitter with lots of tangy C hops, a little metallic and lightly phoenelic. Damn nice brew.
Tmoney99 (10408) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Downtown Johnny Browns. Poured hazy dark amber color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy sour citrus hop aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium smooth balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.This is a standout beer.
IrishBoy (3803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at The Bistro’s DIPA Fest; Nose of citrus hops with some piney notes; hazy copper body with a small white head; flavor was citrusy hops and alcohol (but who can complain after twenty something 4 oz samples of DIPAs) Pretty good beer!
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A silky white head rests atop a slightly hazy orange to gold hued body. The aroma immediately smacks of hops, pungent more so than bright, with elements of spruce, orange, lime and an interesting cucumber note. Malt presence begins with refined sugar and cereals trailing into honeyed bread with soft caramel traces. The yeast is mostly clean, only having soft touches of dough. There is some bright acidity, white grape skins and pineapple, but the dank hops mostly serve to cover this. The flavor attacks up front with toasted grain cereal and citrus, shifts through a grinding acidity and finishes with a dark, almost savory, hop finale. The aftertaste is a neat summation of the parts, with decent throat-tingling bitterness. A thin trace of alcohol can be detected in the mouth, but it’s nothing more than an indicator of the beer’s strength—no distraction. This finishes well on the drier side for such a big beer, though perhaps middle of the road for an IIPA. Very slick in texture, broken somewhat by bustling carbonation—carbonation that also serves to liven a beer dominated by pungent hops. Quite enjoyable and drinkable, definitely well executed, but I would perhaps enjoy a bit more brightness overall. 22 oz bottle served in a Burgundy glass.
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber that cleared over time. Whitish head left when it felt necessary, careful not to overstay its welcome. The aroma was exhilarating with hops, lots of hops, grapefruit, lemons, orange, and malt. The flavor was highly similar. Very hoppy with a very nice grapefruit tartness. There was a fruit sweetness that hinted its presence. Alcohol was well blended with the flavors. The finish had citrus, hop bitterness, and some grassy hues. Dorado is a very nice and very unique IIPA.
LinusStick (2814) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Dirty_Martini via trade. Pour was a beautiful burnt orange with a thin white head that made little lines all the way down the glass. If only they were red it would look like the American flag. Aroma was STRONG! Grassy hops with little else. The taste started with some malt but ended with a hoppy rush. The hops did ot come through as strong as other IIPAs but was still worthy. The grassiness of this beer made me think I drank liquified yard work. A nice take on the IIPA style
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2007 Hazy orange/amber pour. Slowly, moderately diminishing off white head. Thick three dimensional sporadic lacing. Eventually a thin foam of tiny bubbles remains. Textbook. The aroma has less astringency than other familiar west coast IPA’s. Fruity hops include orange notes, tangelo, mild grapefruit and some mint as well. Mild malts. Soft and pleasant nose with sweet sugary esters. Flavor is very sweet and signifigantly more astringent. Boatloads of bittering hops shuffle across my tongue. The aroma was certainly softer and more pleasant than the flavor. The flavor seems a little too bracing and the bitterness is at times a touch unpleasant. Dried pineapple, yeast, orange juice(fresh, uncut, sour) all have a stake in the flavor. A strange addition of raw hop character is at times a little vegetal. The finish is extremely dry and mildly woody. Palate is medium-light to medium with good length. I was indeed expecting more from this beer, but still indubitably want to sample the other works from this brewery.
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle) Lightly hazy amber body with medium beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, orange/floral, some grapefruit, bread. Taste is moderately sweet, orange/floral, some caramel, light grapefruit. Quite hoppy, but not overwhelmingly bitter. Medium-full body, some resin, alcohol very well hidden.
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful clear amber body, white head; Lots and lots of hop aromas: Earl grey the, lots of lemon, harsh orange peel; Huge carbonation, a little to thin textured, only slightly bitter; Quite long finish where the bitterness shows character, lemon and earl grey aromas.