sebletitje (5991) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2009 courtesy of tpd975.
pours golden, white head.
Aroma and taste, hoppy, citrus with notes of pineapple, some floral hops.
Not my fav IPA style, too much hops bitterness up front, still highly drinkable.
re-rate, lots of hops, grapefruits, with nice malt balance but still with hops giving the beer a nice warmingpalate.
markwise (4093) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2010 Thanks IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours clear yellow with a white head. Nose is grapefruit, orange, some pine, and a bit of a caramel backbone. Flavor is similar with lots of caramel and grapefruit, all manner of citrus and a plethora of other citrus goodness: apricot, peach, and kumquat. Flavor finishes off with lingering citrus hop bite. Unique, yet balanced and goes great with a sharp cheddar. As Admiral Akbar says, [your taste buds] "cannot repel firepower of this magnitude."
Beardface (1516) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber acquired via trade. Poured out a nice orange tinted amber with a finger and a half off white head. Solid aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, orange and light pine. Flavor much the same with a little bit of caramel malt to balance it out. This one was a few months old and still damn tasty, I need to get my hands on a bottle when it’s fresh!
gsteph (320) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange-amber pour with a two-fingered, frothy white head. Very sticky lace. Awesome hops blast up front with fresh squeezed grapefruit and pine juice. Flavors of lemon pith, ruby red grapefruit, pineapple and pine resin. A good portion of caramel malt for a complimentary backbone. Good body, nice balance with a strong, lingering, bitter finish. This brews most significant feature is its freshness. Not bad at all.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2009 Thanks to JCB for giving me a bottle from North Carolina. Clear amber with a medium head. Aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, papaya and oranges. I know a lot of IPA’s are fruity, but this kicks it up two notches. It’s a veritable fruit salad in a glass! My wife agrees (that it smells of fruit), and usually she doesn’t like hoppy beers. Lite tasting malt and dry. Dry, fruity finish. OMG. I’ve gotta try this on tap!
Ungstrup (27681) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of hops and medium notes of elderberries and grapefruits. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of caramel, as well as medium notes of malt, grapefruit, and elderberries, leading to a dry and bitter finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks Snojerk321! - Poues dk yellow with a medium white head...aroma is massive citrus, little malt...flavour is similar, I was looking for more malt, but had to remind myself this was not an IIPA, great bitterness that lingers just the right length, good alcohol...very nice!
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This stuff is chocked full of grapefruit; grapefruit until the cows come home. Surprisingly light on the palate for all of it’s flavor, but it doesn’t suffer any for it. On the contrary: it keeps it from getting syrupy. Superb.
NachlamSie (2536) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2010 On tap at the Thirsty Monk. Pours slightly hazy gold with a great foamy white head. This is certainly hoppy. It is a predictable but welcome delivery of citrusy hops. This one brought Avery’s IPA to mind, just a little more balanced and a bit lighter on the palate. This is refreshing for the style with plenty of grapefruit and juicier citrus flavor. Malts are just sweet enough and not too thick. I’d drink this on a regular basis if I could.
[September 2, 2010]
On tap at Smoky Oak. Y’know, when I originally had this beer I enjoyed it very, very much but was surprised to see it in the top 10 IPA’s. I didn’t think it was quite on that level. I have changed my opinion after enjoying a delicious pint of it again. The nose is powerfully hoppy with cutting hints at grapefruit and herbs. Hops are everywhere in the flavor too with a vast, bitter and herbal attack. It combines what I like about Two Hearted with Sweetwater IPA.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slight hazy gold pour. Thick off white head a thick drippy lace. Piney aroma. Light citrus notes, grapefruit and pine. Big malty backbone which is perfectly balanced