IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks go to black95tt for sending this my way. Poures a hazy effervescent golden with a large fizzy/frothy white head. Glorious aroma of ruby red grapefruit, tangerine, pine needles. Flavor is pine and light citrus, although Iím having a lot of trouble discerning specific hop flavors. Iím getting mostly a generic bitter/sweet tradeoff, with a bit of toffee leading to a semi-dry finish. Not very biting, and with surprisingly little actual hop flavor. Wow, given the strong hop aroma, Iím kind of shocked. This would be a decent strong ale, and if malted up a bit maybe even a barley wine, but the hop flavor seems to fall a tad short for this to be an awesome double IPA. Itís balanced and enjoyable and just plain good, but with far less definitive character than its west coast competition.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2008 So Iím casually checking out what my local place with 16-20 taps (Isaac Newtonís) has and I realize they have this beauty on tap - one Iíve been trying to get my hands on for awhile. So I rush out with growler in hand. I hope a case of this happens to land in my local store, but in the mean time Iím psyched to try another highly rated beer from one of my top 4 or 5 favorite breweries (albeit, only about an hour after trying a great Pizza port IPA). Sounds like a challenge/treat for my hop loviní palate. Nice looking copper/caramel color with medium sized foamy head. Sweet floral hop aroma with substantial sugary malt goodness in the nose. Sweet and sticky hop flavor is wonderful! Tastes from bitter to sweet roll across the tongue in a fantastic tasting brew! Sweet malts mix with wonderful hop taste. This is probably the smoothest DIIPA Iíve had and I just want more. Bells Rules!
nihar (68) - Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Plenty of hops and excellent aroma... well disguised alcohol and smooth finish
Hotspur2001 (44) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh Sweet Lord! This stuff is GOOD! Similar to Three Floyds Alpha King, but with a bit more alcohol, but well covered up by the powerful hop taste. Had this in a 16oz on draught.
demitriustown (1011) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle: Incredibly floral hopped aroma, with wonderful fruit overtones to the massive hop aroma, Pours a clear orangish amber with a big fluffy off-white head that just sits and lingers. Flavor is quite fruity, not harsh at all, wonderful hop characteristics, quite bitter, but undeniably smooth. Palate is quite pleasing with a fruity overtone that is almost like a fruit roll up. This isnít bruising to the taste buds at all, but itís unlike any Double IPA that Iíve had. That said I think this stuff is fricken great!!!!
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a yellow gold with a nice, foamy head sitting on top. Nose is sweet, hoppy, grapefruit. Flavor is delicious, more grapefruit with some honeydew. Very creamy mouthfeel, makes for any easy drink. Not at all harsh, but an incredibly smooth 2IPA. No doubt would have this one again. Thanks to ogglethorp for the bottle.
TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Yellow orange with a light haze. Small egg shell head. Orange zest and fresh cut grass. Candied ginger and later musk. Juicy and resinous grapefruit and nectarine. A little fizz then a clean and airy, drying finish. Faint cherry counters lingering hops. Tasty.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
#972, On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in Indianapolis IN. Yellow with a big white frothy bubbly head, nose is very very hoppy with a bick kick in the front. Taste is strong with hops and citrus and pine, very agressive and not malty at all. Almost overly hopped and can use some malts but still damn good.
agl108 (689) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 12 oz. bottle at Flat Rock Saloon. Pours gold with thick head that surprisingly quickly disappeared. Pungent citrusy nose with pine. Flavor is a blast of citrus with a sharp grapefruit bite and extremely bitter finish.
roder60 (1269) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had at 3 sons tasting in wexford and liked enough to buy a bottle. I must say that this is a very interesting double ipa. Would have never guessed at the 9.5%. Pours a dark orange color with a nice amount of froathy white head. Aroma is light and citric, grapefruits and lemon especially. Flavor is also pretty light and almost bubbly on tongue going down. Hops are more of an accent than a harsh overpowering "slam" like one would expect. Overall, very enjoyable.