gormanb (173) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma- orange pineapple citrus, light caramel malt. pours orange amber, some head. medium carbonation, medium body with slightly creamy texture. taste is citrus sweet orange cream, tropical citrus hop, spicy hop, piney hop, caramel malt, dry hop aftertaste. This beer has a great flavor and palate most of the way through, but the finish is lacking a bit. other than that it’s amazing.
cbfobes (2733) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at The Eccentric Cafe, poured into a snifter, has a clear amber color with a nice white head, overall the aroma is more malty than I was expecting but the hops still push right through. The flavor is very smooth with malt and great touches of hops that has a bitter finish. I highly recommend getting your hands on this!
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
old notes. apricot colored body. slightly hazy with medium white head. floral hops, strawberry, and light citrus come in the nose. highly floral flavor. very clean. finishes slightly bitter and dry. excellent
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at MBGSF & Bottle at RBSG. Pours a glowing orange with a sticky head. Nose is full of citrusy goodness and some creamy floral notes as well. Taste is very much West Coast. Bone Dry with biscuity notes that compliment the marmalade and tropical fruits as well as the huge bitterness. This is a big IIPA and I’d love to get some more of it. Fantastic.
CanIHave4Beers (3621) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep orange with a good head and good lace. The aroma is some grapefruit, some orange rind, and a bit of onion. The flavor is pretty much the same some onion and grapefruit with a decent enough sweetness that is fairly well balanced with the bracing bitterness from the hops. Palate is sharp.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orange, thin head, spotty lacing. Nose is soft sweet malt, grapefruit, ginger spice, lemon rind. Flavours are again quite grapefruit driven with notes of biscuit, lemons, spice. Man, everyone in MI is doing Simcoe-heavy IIPAs these days it seems.
TheAlum (6428) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on tap at the MiBGF (Ypsilanti, MI). Pours a glowing amber hue, a bit fiery, with a big cakey offwhite head that laces well. Aromas are juicy melon and grapefruit, caramel and pale malts, bread and toffee, good florals and citrus. Orange and a touch of tropical fruit. Nice. Initial is juicy fruit, grapefruit and lemon, a touch of melon and a decent dose of mango, nice floral bitterness is fairly big. Crackers, pale, and caramel malts provide a decent balance, but this baby is all hops. Pretty good bitterness, hops, florals with scant pine. A tasty double without as much holding it back, juicy fresh hops
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2010 Pours a hazy, golden-amber color with a touch of lacing. Light grapefruit, citrus hops in the nose. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a long lasting finish. A sipper. Juicy citrus hops in the flavor with a solid malt backbone. A great DIPA. Made me smile.
ketchepillar (1181) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Mich Brewer’s fest. Pretty disappointing. Part of it may have been that I just wasn’t in the mood for it, but I really didn’t like the hop profile. A bit oniony mixed w/ some tropical fruit. Oddly harsh.
callmemickey (3760) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Hazy burnt orange-amber body. Thick creamy off-white head which quickly receded to a nice skim. Sheet like lacing up and down the glass.
S: Dank, pine and grapefruit centered hops. Pungent and inviting. Could smell the hops from arms-length when I popped the bottle cap off. Sweet candi-malts do not hide themselves.
T: Refreshingly bitter. The hops in this brew are incredibly fresh and concentrated. The grapefruit-citrus notes take the forefront as the pine and floral notes pick up towards the back of each sip. The phenomenal element of this beer is the massive malt taste which manages to not detract from the hops one bit, but instead, serves them up on silver platter to be savored. I think this is what every "balanced" east coast double IPA would like to be. Massive, yet refined.
M: Smooth. Medium bodied. Nice carbonation levels out of the bottle. The finish has a nice bite and is very crisp. The bitterness lingers on the tongue as it is quite resinous.
O: Superb. A little thicker than most dIPAs of this caliber and the ABV feels somewhat high. Otherwise it would easily be a 5.