ACHops (1088) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Bottleworks. Pours dark orange with thin head. Aroma is citrus and grapefruit hops. Taste is thick caramel malt, sticky boozy sweetness, with piney hops that linger through the finish to leave a sweet bitter aftertaste. A big beer, no doubt. Though it’s been a whole, this is similar to Racer X. Only shortcoming I could identify is maybe a little more hops up front? The malt profile on this is spot on.
UncleKorm (1163) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap poured a clear deep golden hue w/ small white diminishing head. Huge hop aromas. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a bold bitter finish. Tastes are straw and citrus rind. Full bodied, soft carbonation and lasting pine finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
douglas88 (7797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Belmont. Pours a clear copper color with a large white head. A big fruity nose with super sweet candied fruit especially. The flavor is resin, really a triple IPA in many ways, sugary, huge late additions, low bitterness, candied oranges. Very good, smooth.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours with a clear golden hued body with a medium sized white head. Aromas are of tangerine, dank, and resiny hops. Sticky alcohol, tamarind, medium caramel, citrus pith and grapefruit. Flavors are big and sticky with too much caramel for my taste in hoppy beers. Tangerine, alcohol, big and boozy. Low bubbles, big and sticky!
AmEricanbrew (6571) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap@Brouwers 25July2012. Hazy amber color with ivory sheen. Nice floral, tropical fruit, caramel aromas. medium body with average co2. Sweet caramel, pale malt flavors with bitter grapefruit, alcohol to balance--too heavy and boozy really---decent
mcberko (11200) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Café, pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma of resinous hops and sweet caramel malts, seems on the sugary side. Flavour is highly resinous hop-heavy, loads of sweet caramel malt that become a bit too overpowering, leaving a medium astringency, with a cloying sweetness. Surprisingly inferior to the regular Apex.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.
Pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a two finger white foam head that slowly settles into a lastig ring. Glass is coated with streaks and splotches of soapy lacing.
Juicy hop aroma that’s bursting wih tropical fruit notes, citrus and dank, resinous pine. Lots of mango, pineapple, papaya and grapefruit along with orange zest and lemon countered by dank grassy pine needle. Some pale biscuity malt and strong booze slightly taking away from the hops.
Medium bodied wih a blast of dank, resinous hops that provide a strong dry, earthy bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes, pale malt and strong booze into a dry finish. Sticky, grassy pine needle dominates giving off more bitterness than the aroma suggests. Hue sweet tropical and citrus fruit notes from the nose are muted and overpowered by dry bitterness and boozy heat. Pale malt backbone with grainy graham cracker and biscuit. Lots of heat toward the finish which hurts drinkability.
fiulijn (17487) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Brouwer’s Café, Seattle
Amber color, small creamy head. Wonderful aroma of caramel and toffee, sweet, with moderate fruity presence, light cheesy yeast. Also the flavor is impressive, very strong caramel and malt and toffee, with a good body structure, and avoiding the chewy and heavy character of crystal malt; powerful hopping of course, carrying loads of soft resins and fruity character; needless to say, the final is infinite, still balanced.
One of the best, most powerful, fresh Imperial IPAs in a long time.
badlizard (5534) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Toronado. Clear golden with almost no head. Citrus hops cereal grain and caramel aroma and taste with a sweet fruity finish.
raphael (1088) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A case of good pieces but parts not harmonizing. Rich resin hops with citrus aroma, a spicy almost pepper note. tan head on peach brown body. light in the mouth & little thin. almost apricot sweetness, malt syrup, alcohol, woody hops. get these slashes of bitter but mostly sweet with moments of quite sweet. even in the finish is a little schizo, sometimes bitter sometimes sweet.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Taps. Pours hazy deep tawny/gold. Thin to medium cream-coloured head, solid lacing. Nose is big caramel, spice, juniper, Belgian yeast? spruce, marmalade. Flavours of spicy ginger cake, big sticky malt presence, plus grapefruit, spice, fruitcake. More an American Strong than an IIPA in my opinion... Meh...