GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler courtesy of RyanC84 shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store.
Pours a deep golden amber with a decent off-white head that lasts quite a while and leaves decent lacing.
The aroma is not nearly as overpoweringly hoppy as I was expecting. There are citrus hops up front in the nose but there are also lots of bready malts in the background as well.
The taste follows the aroma with a massive citrus hop kick up front supported by the big sweet malts backbone. The finish was interesting for me as there was a bit of hop bitterness but there was also a slight peppery spiciness on the palate as well. Not sure if thatís a function of the type of hops or what, but I definitely got a little bit of spiciness.
The mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy for the style and the soft carbonation just accentuated the smooth mouthfeel.
This is great DIPA, though not world class for me. The interesting spiciness of the hops and smooth mouthfeel really do differentiate it in my book and make it a very unique take on the style.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 24, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2009 Third beer served at Najaís IPA Fest. Just unbelievably good. Nose has sharp hops veiled behind orange peels and cream. A great fresh hop patina surrounds both aroma and flavor. Tastes like it smells, but brimming with bright hops with no afterburn. The rare dubs that has a hoppy sweetness (like a perfect cask IPA) but is also quite up front about hops. Creamy floral goodness that I could drink often.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber pour with a fluffy off white head. Piney aroma. Citrus and grapefruit dominate the flavor for me.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Tylerís in Durham. A bit boozy in the aroma but itís not bad. Lots of pine and citrus in this one and a sweet malty finish. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Must try.
emacgee (4277) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Flying Saucer with JCB and Immy. Pours a translucent copper orange with a one finger yellowish head. The nose is fruity, citrusy, pungent hop aroma, mild sweetness. Flavor is very resinous and hoppy, fruity, citrus peel. I enjoyed this more the first half of the pint than the second. After a while it started to get a mild astringency to it that I didnít care for. Overall I really enjoyed the brew.
TURDFERGUSON (4008) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Tylers with JCB. This basically tastes like Racer 5 on steroids. Kind of basic--pine and citrus dominate, and the alcohol stands out a little more than it needs to. Felt a little heavy for me.
roborb (66) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Flying Saucer, Raleigh, this beer poured a nice copper color. There was a 1 1/2 finger white head that lasted for a long time. The aroma was dominated by pine and citrus. I was expecting this beer to be very bitter but it was not. There was a substainial malt backbone that helped blanace the beer very well. The carbonation was just right to make this beer go down easy. This is a fantastic IIPA and should be had when you can find it.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Tylerís, Carrboro, in the company of the powerful Turdferguson. Okay, NC is officially spoiled with shit like this on tap all over the place. Not only that, but the Big Black song dedicated to this enigmatic cartoon character is a good one to get stuck in your head. So itís got the same pleasantly floral aroma as the Racer 5, but a somewhat more vibrant body and a stickier taste. Sweet in the way that Hop Stoopid is, but the full mouthfeel prevents anything from becoming cloying. Lively hops, abundant flavors, killer DIPA.
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crazy hops, of course, and a wonderful copper color. A little sweet for my taste, more east coast than west coast. Still quite delicious, although not as good for the style as Racer 5 is.
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a medium amber color. Thin white head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma is grapefruit and floral hops. Flavor is similar--a little sweeter than you would expect from many IPAs, but it works in this case. Lots of grapefruit and piney hops. Nice clean finish. Very well balanced and a nice beer.