stephenj007 (115) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bottle pour....btw, the label is an awesome piece of artwork! I would love to find a print of it.
Wafting scents of citrus, piney hops before I even start drinking! Copper/straw color with a tiny haze, very nice appearance.
Head is fine and foamy about 3/8", but with lots of fine bubbles.
Great aromas of citrusy pine, some alcohol (10%abv btw!), mild grassy notes and a hint of mash.
Well balanced in the taste department, the hops is prevalent up front with a light bite of bitterness, moves to a sweeter finish. Again, the alcohol is also noticeable that adds a bit of warmth, which I find interesting.
The finish is a tad thick, and the hops sticks around on the tongue till the next drink. Would have preferred a thinner finish, but I am still very impressed with this brew overall.
Yes, I have to say that the earthquake state knows how to brew a very impressive IPA. This one is fully enjoyable, and the abv certainly catches up to you quickly! Damn!
Bulk_Carrier (2774) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - AUG 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a nice looking bronzed amber color with a slight transparency about it. Soft carbonation rises in the center to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipates in a soft gentle manner. Clingy soft foamy white lacing rings around in a messy contour.
The smell starts off with some sweet onion, light grassy to sweet and bitter pine. Light caramel malts display a nice background as it warms.
The taste takes the sweet onion and grassiness to combine and be a nice display of bittersweet hops blending with a sly caramel backbone. A dry bittersweet aftertaste of sweet onion runs into the same sort of finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body. It had a slightly sessionable smooth feel to it. Bitterness is there, but isn’t overly bearing.
Overall, for a DIPA, that mouthfeel/palate just feels different than a lot of other DIPA’s I’ve had, not sure if its the dorado hops, but this was quite enjoyable to drink.
hawanna (2690) - Freising, GERMANY - AUG 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,355 l bottle
hay, cereal, citrus, spruce, golden, clear, frothy, white foam, light sweetness, very bitter, medium body, oily feel, slick feel, average carbonation, long finish,
kevd193213 (937) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Opaque yellow pour with a thin off white head. Aroma of bready malt, candied hops, and cereal. Full body, a beer you can chew with a sweet but faint hoppy finish.
chinchill (3116) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12 oz bottle.
Limited bitterness for style but lots of hops in the nose and plenty in the flavor too, especially in the finish and aftertaste.
Relatively refreshing and easy to drink for style.
Blairgus (3385) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
20 August 2015, tap. Yellow/faint orange and hazy. Nose is smarties or sweet tarts. Ned body and moderately fizzy. Alcohol, slightly sweet at that, some sweet tart taste, though not tart, bitter pine hop finish. Nice. I expect a bit more from a 10% beer but still nice.
puboflyons (2591) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Freshness unknown. Very attractive 5 out of 5 copper-amber pour with a modest of-white head. Aroma is alive with grapefruit, pine, citrus, and all those juicy hop sensations that hopheads should love. Medium but smooth body. Explosive burning hops in the flavor that linger for some time at the finish.
demondeacon09 (53) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. Hazy orange-brown color with a medium off-white head that lingers. Aroma of pineapple and citrus with a hint of bready malt in the background. Taste is a bit sweet for a double IPA, but a nice hoppy bite comes through in the finish. The taste of alcohol is pretty well hidden considering this one clocks in at 10% abv. A very good double IPA that is nonetheless eclipsed by its little brother Sculpin.
minutemat (2554) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle from Brewdog’s world wide website. Pours clear burnt gold. Big fruity aroma. Taste is smooth, hoppy with a good fruit / caramel ratio, and more drinkable than expected for the ABV with a restrained bitterness. My fave from Ballast so far, although like the others I’ve had the hoppiness does seem a bit overkill at times.
radagast83 (5809) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear golden color with a small white head. Aroma was light fruity notes, some light grapefruit, touch of booze. Flavor was grapefruits, light bitter notes. Fruity character. Light heat at the finish.
AirForceHops (4670) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Slowly fading white head on a deep golden orange color. Aroma is pretty nice, lemons, grapefruit and a pine deep down below.
Flavor has a juicy citrus up front with a sturdy malt bill. Malt is obviously huge to give that ABV but it does show a pretty aggressive bold bitterness that come from citrus and pine. Great balance. Nice juiciness from the citrus. Damn nice in a bottle, probably crazy good on draft. Wow.. The alcohol is not even notable. Very nice Imperial.