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 (1280) - Minneapolis, 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%.
lb4lb (2583) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2009 Bottle courtesy of jsquire. Thanks for the awesome bonus!!
Pours a gorgeous cloudy glowing thick orange with an offwhite head that stuck around for a bit. Bottle is a year old at least, so not sure how much hops have faded, but the smell is more caramelly and of orange with lighter hop backing in the nose, but still nice. Sweet hopped flavor, and the bitterness is somewhat restrained. The flavor is fruity, orange, caramel and a touch of alcohol, and the body is rich and thick, but with prickly carbonation, making for an outstanding mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable DIPA, and one I look forward to trying fresh. Great beer!
Rerate of fresh bottle. Much more vibrant hop character, obviously, along with big fruity bittersweet apricot and floral flavors. Still very drinkable, and brimming with flavor, but alcohol is a bit noticeable.
thebeergut666 (4) - USA - JAN 21, 2008 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Now on tap at Grumpyís in Nordeast Minneapolis!! Pungent and pleasant citrus aroma. Intense hop flavor up front with a bitter sweet finish. The high alcohol does not overpower the complex flavors that are going on.
tomaroth (31) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the perfect double IPA - floral, great nose, full bodies, lingering palate - hoppy and bitter. Still missed the honey par, but how can a chowder head like beer virgin slam the beer if he doesnít like hops...stick with Miller Lite - BONEHEAD!!!!
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2009 Just awesome. Super fresh bottle. Great hoppy smell that filled the room with lots of grapefruit. Thick on the mouth. Alcohol is very well hidden under all the hops. Like getting slapped with a fresh hops plant. Wonderful.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 Had on draft at the Brew Kettle. Truly had no desire to try this. Not a fan of Hops, and as the name suggests, I assumed there would be lots of them in here. Then a little birdie told me I should try it. That it would be a great beer to make a hop lover out of me. I was powerless to deny this. So I ordered. The smell was overwhelmingly hoppish. And nothing else. So I was NOT expecting to like this and was fully prepared to toss the damn thing. Much to my amusement and delight, this was actually a very good beer! Very smooth, and contrary to the smell, the hops were blended so well, that they actually complemented the whole drink. Taste was sweet oranges and hops. And overall, my little birdie was right.I will have more of this to see if I too can become a hop head.
joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours golden orange with a 1 cm off white head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is brutally strong, piney and a little citrus. Initial flavor is balanced between the sweet malts and hugely bitter hops. Flavor of grapefruit is what i get the most of. Aftertaste is very dry from all the hops. Light to medium mouthfeel, almost no lacing, almost no carbonation, and the alcohol is well hidden. Very drinkable if you are a hophead, but for the rest of us its still worth a try.