PGA324 (86) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful beer in appearance, average frothy head, excellent lacing, amber and lightly cloudy....Aromas of pine and citrus hit hard, great on the palate, medium body with creamy ending. Flavors of pine, orange pulp, a hoppy finish. One of the more hoppier beers I have enjoyed.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a slightly hazed copper color with not much head and a slight lace ring. The aroma is of pinched orange rind, grapefruit, some spring pine all fresh and sunny like. The flavor is very balanced. It is so balanced in fact that it is extreme balance, if there ever was such a term. The honey malt is the first wave, to be followed by peach notes. In the end, you get a very nice hop show, but one that is not anywhere near over the top. It does not linger and finishes clean. The alcohol is nowhere to be found. The palate is rich yet cleansing. This one lives up to the hype! There is no more deceptively quaffable beer Iíve tried.
Acknud (1078) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 24, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow. That is about the hoppiest best tasting IPA out there. Heavy citrus and pine nose. Lacing that you have to chip off with a chisel! Very heavy creamy mouth feel and a long lasting bite.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
1-20-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to jsquire!
Dense amber orange with a nice fluffy white head. Hints of floral hops up front - subtle at first. Flavor is nice and hoppy - only a slight hint of a metallic finish but it is highly drinkable overall. The texture is quite interesting. It is highly carbonated but thick and creamy to boot. Nice smoothness and it is very refreshing! The texture really complements the citris flavor and floral smell.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Yikes thatís one citrusy nose. It smell like itís just packed full of oranges and grapefruits. Not a lot of a head, but it lasts a pretty long time and hangs above the clear, copper brew. This beer tastes fantastic...citrus, pine, and lots of perfectly balanced bitterness. Surprisingly clean for a 10%. Great stuff.
dpjuart (1049) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours copper orange with a thick and creamy white head. Good lacing. Nose is huge on fruit. Peach, apricot, pine grass, citrus notes of orange and grapefruit. Taste interesting. Not over the top "slammy" in the hop bitterness. Thereís a good dose of bitterness balanced well with a malt backbone that adds a subtle sweetness of light toffee and honey. Thereís a huge hop flavor, fruity notes of raisin and citrus, then some grass and pine. This is an absolutely, ridiculously delicious beer. One of my favorites.
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Code indicates that it was bottled on January 9th so this should be ridiculously fresh.
Pours out like glowing honey. Nice and thick and orange with a slow forming 1 inch head.
The aroma hits you immediately with a pungent grapefruit, peach, pine, orange combo that assaults your sense of smell. My mouth is watering just smelling this beer. The full frontal hop attack that this brew puts on you is countered nicely by a smooth malty backbone. It isnít balanced but thatís ok. Sharp biting grapefruit, peach, and orange tastes that overpower you and I immediately know that this is the IIPA that I have been looking for. Now, Iíve had Dreadnaught and it is special, but this easily holds its own all the way. I have a bomber of Dread that I may have to side by side with this. One other thing. Donít go thinking you can session this because that 10% will put that ass in a sling. You donít notice it until its too late. Awesome beer, awesome brewer. Got a case of this so I should be in hop heaven for a while....
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks foureyedgeek for splitting the case. Shhh.. donít tell my friends. I liked this Double IPA. I wouldnít want them to know, because theyíd never let me live it down. Here he is - the Anti-IPA, the hop hater - loving this perfectly crafted beer. Ripe peaches and grapefruits abound the nose, with a rich honey background and subtle caramel malts. The taste is again, predominately peaches and grapefruits, with oranges and lemons abounding. Quite fruity, and very sweet, with honey notes underlying. A strong bitter aftertaste mixed with a gentle, warming sensation in the chest makes this a fantastic sipping brew. What I like about this one - balance. Itís key. Sure this is hoppy as all get out, but itís got the balls in the background to support it. A hoppy beer without a firm malt background is like a squealing ass guitar solo with out any rhythm instruments - not pleasant, not enjoyable, and most of all.. not necessary. This one, on the other hands, stands out above the crowd for me. The addition of honey was perfect. Best IPA Iíve had in a long time.
Guerde (1162) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 (bottle) Pours orange with a white head. Aroma is a little more subdued than I expected with some pineapple, canned mandarin orange, and light piney notes, along with sweet malt. The taste is very sweet upfront with a thick mouthfeel, and flavors of pineapple, orange, and a lot of tangelo come through. The finish is pretty bitter, and the high alcohol is never present. Pretty good.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2011 One damn delicious beer. The aroma hits you right off; very very citrusy and hoppy, burnt oranges, touch of honey, and caramel malt. Color is orange orange orange and smooth as can be, with a thin and frothy head. Taste is almost all hops, hops, and nothing but hops. Some bitterness and orange flavor come through. Thicker than youí expect, it rolls into your mouth more like a thinner stout than an IPA. Very sweet and creamy, with a lot of flavor. Hides the alcohol well...Iíd have never guessed this was 10%.