illidurit (2168) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2009 Poured into a snifter, this beer takes on a nice dark goldenrod color with a one-finger off-white head.
Wonderful scents of piney hops and succulent citrus emanate from the glass.
An interesting orangey hop flavor concomitant with some oily piney hops as well. Doughy malt provides stability and balance. Mouthwatering, delicious beer.
Medium body, appropriate carbonation. Very smooth.
The alcohol is entirely unapparent and a 12 oz bottle leaves me wanting more. Very deserving of its high rating.
Rerate: Oh how young I was when I wrote this! Upon a second tasting, itís obvious that this beer, while good, is too sweet and lacks the bitterness of a top-tier double IPA. Gotta dock points for that.
CelticBrew (845) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours medium dark amber/copper, forms little to no foam head. Aroma strong of pine resins, hops, a bit of grapefruit and flowers. Flavour is full bodied, somewhat sweet with a hop bite that says "I want more!". Honey comes through in sweetness, simply a delightful beer, kick ass DIPA!
Bought at Priscellaís in MHC.
malrubius (1813) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Split 12 ounce bottle in pint glass. Slightly hazy golden orange with lasting flat head and lace. Fresh hop aroma. Sweet and citrusy with hop flavor and drying finish. Medium body and carbo. More like an imperial fresh hop than a double/imperial IPA. And I love fresh hop beers. My favorite of the imperial IPAs so far. Excellent!
ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle. Pours amber with small white head. Aromas of sweet, citrusy grapefruit, and floral notes. Taste is just like the aroma, very citrusy and floral with some fresh cut pine flavors. Not a real bitter hoppy taste more sweet and citrusy which I like. Didnít know this was 10% when I was drinking it, alcohol is hidden very well. Very delicious brew.
danglefruit (8) - Waldo, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2008 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Just picked up this years batch, and oh my is this stuff still good. Copped a six pack last year late in the season that found its way to From the Vine well after season, and I have craving this ever since.
As far as IIPAís go, this one is balanced extremely well. Strong hops, warm sweet malty finish. Yum. Bellís hit a homerun with this surprisingly January release.
pepsican (1448) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2008 fresh. Amber with a decent white head, didnít last long. strong grapefruit and thick hop aroma. Flavor is strong piny hops, grapefruit, coconut, pineapple...more hops. Finishes thick, decent burn from the abv. Very good fresh.
ryanbush2026 (4) - USA - JAN 25, 2008 does not count
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very pleased. Nice citrusy nose. Not as bitter as I expected, but had the sweet finish I was looking for. Pours nicely with a massive head. Doesnít have the grapefruit of the Dreadnaught that I really want in an IPA. I would drink this any day, but wouldnít put it at the very top of my list.
cheap (4171) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2008
1.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale. With a name like Hopslam, what did you expect? I couldnít put it any plainer! Terribly hoppy brew in aroma and taste, did you every chew on raw hops? Green grapefruit rinds soaked in whiskey. Did you say there was carbonation in there? Where? One sided fer sure. Soapy preservative finish. I will never get slammed again.
inultus (16) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is amazing. You have to love IPAs to appreciate it, but if you love hops and high alcohol content you will love this beer.
The nose is cascade, the aftertaste is bitter and this became my favorite IPA when I tasted it, although Shortís Huma-Lupa Licious is right up there with it.
JMFS (6) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2008 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Somewhat like the month of March, with a twist: smells like a lion, tastes like a lamb. Not that lamb is a bad thing; indeed the sweet viscosity and bitter pinch meld together wonderfully.