ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2010 honestly, still one of the best IIPAís out there. re-rate: 12oz bottle, batch #9470, from grape and gourmet poured into a snifter. the pour is a clear, bright amber with a small, bubbly, white head and lovely lacing. aroma is huge and comes bursting out of the glass with grapefruit, orange peel, a touch of mango and passion fruit, dried apricot, and mild floral notes with a touch of pine resin and a lovely, sugary sweetness. flavor is simply beautiful with the bold, bitter, slightly spicy citrus hop notes of orange and grapefruit layered with a new touch of tropical fruit that was missing in last years batches and backed by unsweetened honey, toasted caramel malt, and soft pine. palate is full bodied and bordering on sticky with excellent carbonation and a lingering, bitter, citrus hop finish. overall, still one of the best DIPAs out there and glad to see itís returned to the quality it was when i first rated it.
Unique69crazy (120) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Iím a hophead and I was very pleased with this brew. I couldnít quite taste the sweetness due to the overabounce of hops in this. Very glad to have had a chance to try this before theyíre no longer seasonal. Also glad to have tried this brew before major brewing companies begin to reduce the number of highly-hopped beer due to the shortage. If you havenít tried this, do so NOW!! Even if youíre like to stick to more malty drinks, this beer can definitely be appreciated by all aspects.
CSchenning (8) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2008 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz. bottle, poured into a snifter. This beer is incredible. I was extremely surprised how mellow the taste was in light of the alcohol and hop content. Just wish I had snagged more than two 6-packs...Whole Foods appears to be cleaned out!
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
awesome orange pour with a frothy head. big hop aroma. chewy hop flavor with a nice sweetness. hops are obviously the feature but still greatly balanced. alcohol is well hidden. needs to be a year round offer.
icculus801 (39) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright orange color with a white head. Incredible aroma of hops and citrus. Flavor is surprisingly sweet with hints of caramel, but the hops finish the taste off. Good body, lingering all the way down the tongue. Surprsignly drinkable given the 10% ABV.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2008 Everybodyís talking about grapefruit, but I get mango, mango, mango on this one, which is what really makes it stand out for me. Grapefruit and pine and all that, too. Definitely more sweet than bitter to me. Way too easy to drink for the 10% itís packing. Great beer.
hiddenvariable (207) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. pours a clear honey color with a relatively thin eggshell head that kind of quickly fades to a film. huge hoppy nose, dominated by a smell i would say is what bubblegum would smell like if it grew from a plant, followed by a pretty big citrus note, with grapefruit and orange and maybe some pineapple, then some pine, maybe a bit of grass, and even a bit of spicy hop. quite a deep hop profile. the hops and malt suddenly seem to magically balance out in the taste, though, with all that same hop profile, but with an assertive bready malt taste that wonít be denied. some nutty malt notes as well. pretty big bitter finish, but well balanced. the bitterness lingers, but thereís also a strong spicy note. medium to full bodied, with a chewy oily resinous mouthfeel. like iím drinking liquid hops. lots of carbonation that complements the bitterness perfectly. i rather take this as a souped up two hearted. the thing that makes it stand out from other 2ipas is the nutty malt and the spicy hop notes. the complexity of the hops in this one, though, is quite a bit deeper. really tasty stuff.
radagast83 (5598) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Oh jeez. This beer was like chewing hops. The aroma is hops, the taste was hops, and the finish was hops. There is a slight sweetness to it in the finish thanks to the honey. However, as much as I enjoyed this beer, Iím not sure why this sold out so rapidly (I only got a 6 pack because I happened to be at the store when they got the shipment in). Itís good but the hype is far out of proportion. Itís a good beer to try, but itíll take a long time to go through the 6 pack.
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. Batch code #8386 on back label. Poured out a bright orange color, with a sticky off white head. Aromas are grapefruit, pine, clover honey. Flavors are all hops, with a little honey for sweetness. Malts are very subdued, barely noticeable. Medium mouthfeel, slick and oily. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavors, but it sneaks up on you.
Decent beer overall, but not worth all the hype surrounding it.
hoposaurus (3) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2008 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer sold out within 2 days in St. Louis, which was disappointing considering my 100 mile drive from Carbondale, so I drove an hour the opposite direction to Paducah, KY. 300 miles, two growlers and a sixpack later, I canít say I regret the drive. This beer has a wonderful aroma, nice hop-malt balance, and the honey is a nice touch. Itís nice to see that a big IPA can be balanced and not so in your face. Thereís not much not to like about this one.