tranum (34) - delafield, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2007 What is with this beer getting such great reviews. It smelled okay but tasted way too sweet and it was not bitter enough. They call it hopslam for a reason! Donít get me wrong I love IPAís but this one was not that good.
kenoshakid (6) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this on tap at Bellís on Eccentric Day 2006 and immediately fell in love with it. Pours sort of golden brown with a frothy head. Tastes like biting into a fresh grapefruit and chewing on the rind. Goes down smooth enough to hide the alcohol. My favorite Bellís beer...
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 I had this beer on tap at the 1850 Landmark Inn in Milwaukee.
The beer poured an amber color with a good tightly-formed head which had nice staying pour.
The aroma was very hoppy without being citrusy or piney, and had a faint sulfur odor to it (thatís not good).
Taste was hoppy and citrusy like many DIPAs, yet also had slightly out-of-place notes of grass or turpentine to it. Iíve had a good number of very hoppy beers, and Iíve number experienced these particular flavor notes to this level of intensity. A bit odd.
Mouthfeel was very sticky, which is somewhat consistent with the style.
I felt this beer was not really drinkable. Iíd recommend trying it, but only once for curiousityís sake...hardly my strongest endorsement.
noahb (6) - USA - DEC 20, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From bottle, this beer was great. Taste was Strong grapefruit hoppiness with mild-medium bitterness overall. Body was medium and particulates were visible in the glass. Finish was extremely crisp with light citrus aftertaste. Not a beer for every occasion, but excellent super IPA without the massive bitterness usually associated with them.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Hazy gold with a small off white head. Big grapefruit nose, bitter rind notes. Snappy orange citrus flavors, plus a mellow caramel. Very good!
troyc (2776) - Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a copper color with a nice white head. Hoppy aroma, with citrus notes dominating. Decent IPA, but not as bitter as I expected. There were some off flavors in this beer, a metallic and grassy mix that lasted well into the finish. Not sure if it was an old bottle or what. I will try it again, and re-rate it accordingly when I get the chance.
rsmalek (2) - USA - DEC 18, 2006 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My friends think I am nuts but I canít stop drinking this beer!! (Well I have to at times but...) I have been a "Hophead" for years and in my opinion this is the best Double IPA I have ever had. The only one that may have come close was Dreadnaught from Three Floyds. The hops definitely dominate the aroma and flavor and the alcohol level although not published must be +9.0% at least. If you get a chance this is a must-taste beer.
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Sprinkle at Crwon Liqours for this beer. Pours nice murky orange with a great head. Smells of grapefruit, lemon and pine. Taste is all hops. NIce afterbite. This beer is extremely smooth. The alcohol is noticible, but not much. I really enjoyed the floaties in this beer.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - 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!