Howlader (437) - - FEB 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at Churchkey in Washington, DC. 4 ounce taster. Quite hoppy, good double IPA version of Racer 5.
tom10101 (2243) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (22 oz). It’s written "2013 vintage" on the neck, but I don’t know when exactly this as been bottled. Purchased the day before consuming at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. Clear amber with a small white head and little lacing. Aroma is of resinous hops, malt, caramel and light floral presence. Taste is moderately sweet with resinous hops, malt/caramel, light citrus and a warming alcohol presence. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Moderately dry finish. Good DIPA. Maybe a tad old, but drinkable and not a bad balance. I will revisit.
WillRunForBeer (426) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Ale House. Pours orange gold with a big clingy off white head. Aroma is floral, citrus. Fairly sweet malt backbone with floral, pineapple and citrus hops. Finishes an oily pine resin bitter. Solid.
badwhale (339) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber to a glass mug. Pours a nice clear amber with an off white, yellowish head. Has great floral hop aroma on the nose. Great mouthfeel, creamy and full body. Good hop flavors, with a strong malt backbone giving it that mouthfeel. Really nice.
VTHopHead (1505) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Never disappointed by the Racer series of beer... very hoppy (yum) with a bitterness that is not too over the top. Quality beer... really enjoyed this one...
ACHops (599) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 vintage, consumed in January 2014. 22 oz bottle, served in a tulip glass. Pours deep orange amber with thin lacy cream colored head. Aroma is dry oaky caramel malt with big floral and citrus hop notes. Taste is rich caramel malt, and sharply bitter notes of grapefruit and pine. Some nice hop flavors, particularly considering the age of this, but ultimately malt driven. Nice substantial body and mouthfeel, though 8.3% seems low for all the hefty body here. On the maltier side, but a really nice DIPA nonetheless.
BMMillsy (1151) - Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 2013 poured on 1/17/14, so not optimally fresh (bottle date 10-21-13). Pours a dark orange color, clear, with a small off white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Big floral aroma of citrus grapefruit and pineapple, light pine, and sweet caramel malts. Flavor is very malt forward as expected for the age on this one, but still a nice beer. Floral tones alongside bright grapefruit and lemon rinds, a touch of mango, and sweet mealtimes in the backbone. Mouthfeel is slick and resinous, near syrupy, but still with a lightly dry finish. Carbonation on the low side. Overall a nice beer that I want to grab fresh as this is trending toward barleywine. Nevertheless this is still rather yummy.
Tonkun (610) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at a dark bar. Looks like an hazy orange pour with a finger if white head. I can smell this beer ad it was being poured and brought to me. Pine, citrus, floral, tropical fruits (papaya, banana and others), and juice. Smooth, well balanced medium body with a slightly bitter but almost silky finish. Surprisingly good
Danyel (460) - Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pours orange with off-white head. Strong citrus aroma. Has a really rich, creamy body. Lots of citrus, good malt backbone. Really solid. Very good.
metalhead0043 (142) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Triangle Wine Co. Pours clear amber with a white head. Aroma is huge piney and citrus hops. Taste is similar. There might be a little maltiness here but it’s almost totally hoppy bitterness. Full body, thick and slightly creamy texture. This is an excellent Imperial IPA that is easy to drink as well. It isn’t earth-shattering but very well done.