PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Party Pak. This one is a keeper. Crisp and satisfying. Balanced. Hops are insane on the nose. Flowers, brown sugar on grapfruit, fresh butterflies and sunny breeze. No bees luckily. It begs for Independence Day grilling and family reunions. Slides down into my happy, now hoppy belly. My tongue owes me one here. Sweet candy (no apples, no something better) malt is perfect compliment to surreal hoppy flowers. Nice bite in the end makes it like drinking relaxation. Alcohol is faint and cleans the palate. I dare say maybe a bit big, but the most drinkable 10% I have had. Can I say I love this beer, yes. Top-rate. Thanks Bells!
Beerman6686 (6119) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2009 Pours a bright orange cloudy color, aroma of strong piney hops, tastes of tons of piney/citrusy hops with a nice malt background. Palate is a bit thin, but in this case thats a good thing, because this beers hides the alcohol better than any beer ive ever had without a doubt.
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of oranges, strong citrusy scent, but mainly oranges. Taste is hoppy and citrusy all the way through. Like everyone else said, the alcohol is hidden very well and doesnít feel heavy at all. Great job, probably in my top 3 DIPAís. On a side note, there is a local microbrew shop that has a ton of this on the shelves. If anyone canít find it and wants to trade, pm me.
ahalloin (54) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Pours a bright orangish-amber color with a medium head that dissapates fairly quickly. The aroma is rich with citrus, hops, and even a touch of honey (as the bottle says). The mouthfeel and palate are rather large without being overpowering for the flavor. The bittering hops are so prevalent in the taste, this beer lives up to its "tongue bruising" hype! There are also elements of citrus (lemon) and a touch of sweetness at the nose. The flavor is also incredibly balanced for such a huge specimen. Wow!!
nuplastikk (5682) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2008 12oz bottle. Intense lemony hop aroma (amarillo?), very well done. This one is really unique, it really manages to do something special with the strong hoppy beer. Straightforward filtered orange-tan color, very deceptive. Intense citrus flavors, and the honey helps to smooth out any semblance of syrup domination. A true classic. Worth the hype.
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.