changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from splax23. Batch 9901. Pours an amber color, good one finger head with some decent staying power. Spotty lacing. The aroma shows toffee, resin, caramel, and is rather malty. Citrusy, oily and herbal hop flavors with iced tea and a good dose of resin. The hops are big for sure, but donít seem entirely refined and the doughy and toffee malty body is stronger than expected. Sweet but with plenty of bitterness to keep that in check. Hard to compare it to Hopslam as this is completely different. Hopslam has an assortment of tropical fruit and drinks a bit smoother whereas this is more pine/resin, toffee malt, and gritty at times. The Oracle is good but I prefer Hopslam. And itís not really all that close in my opinion.
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a lightly hazy, otherwise transparent burnt orange with a lacing, creamy, eggshell head. Nice lacing. Nose is candied oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, caramel. Flavor is sweet, orange cremecicle, tangerine, lime, honey, butterscotch. Very sweet, but well balanced at the same time. Full bodied, sweet, butterscotch finish that had some strong bitterness.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Above average appearance (but a little more clear than I prefer) - orangeish color, very nice ring of dense foam left around the glass after the initial head diminishes leaving behind a ton of sticky lacing. . Nice piney hop-filled aroma with a slight hint of citrusy fruit. Flavor is a good blend of bitter hop and malty flavors that try (but fail) to balance things out - the bitterness clearly wins out here, which takes away from the drinkability.
Good beer, but given the limited availability and my preference for other more readily available DIPAs, Iím not too likely to seek this one out all too often.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is big citrusy, resiny hops. Flavor is huge bitter citrusy grapefruit hop, with a nice bitter finish. Very good.
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a burnt orange almost burnt sienna color with a slight white head that forms a nice coasted atop the brew. Malty sweet aroma with graefruit type notes in the nose. The first sip yields a fairly malty brew that is pretty sweet on the upfront and just wehn you think "where are the hops?" BAM the hop bitterness plows into your mouth and on your tongue. Citrus rind type bitterness with some floral tastes. Medium mouthfeel. Not bad but nothing too crazy either and not worth the minimal hype that it comes with. To me I think there are other regular everyday DIPAís that are just as good and better. Worth a try though if you can find.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2011 Retard from the Eccentric Cafe. Burnt orange sporting a mild creamy white head. Nose is fruity, pungent, citrus hops. Flavor is full of Fruit like hops citrus notes and some unique candy like jolly ranchers that really sets off the flvavor. A bit of bready malts. Like Iím chewing on fresh citrusy fruits. warm/sweet alcohol sensation. spectacular IIPA!
bluejacket74 (1848) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle, Batch 9901 (Bottled on 8/23/2010). Served in a snifter, the beer pours an amber/orange color with an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly citrusy (orange/grapefruit/tropical fruit) and pine hops, along with a little bit of bready malt. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, the citrusy hops flavors are the strongest, but the pine hops and bready malt flavors are noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís creamy, oily and slick with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, itís quite smooth and goes down easy. I think this is a good overall brew, Iíd definitely buy this again.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a golden orange with a medium white head. Aroma is all pine and resiny hops, definitely smell west coast here. Taste has a split second of sweet malt and then tons of pine, resin, and earthy bitter hops kick in to dominate the rest including an extremely bitter finish. Doesnít compare to hopslam.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark gold, almost amber pour with a rocky head.
aroma is citrusy and pine hop. Light caramel, earthy malt under that.
flavour is plenty oí hop. Pine predominantly, some citrus. Pretty dry.
toffee, sweetness is well attenuated. Covered in the finish with more resinous floral hop.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:I get some nice sweet malt in the aroma, and a little bit of grapefruity hops.
Appearance:Amber in color, nice white head, great retention.
Taste:On first sip, the hops in this beer hit me in the face hard! After a few more sips, I can start to differentiate some different flavors. I can taste some peach and nectarine in the hops, also a little pine. Some nice hope sweetness provides a good backbone to this one. The fruity flavors linger pleasantly on my tongue well into the aftertaste.
Palate:This beer has a medium body, and some nice alcohol warmth. Itís also kind of creamy.
Overall:Once you get past the initial hop bomb, this is a very enjoyable beer. Itís hard not to compare this to HopSlam though, which I think is a little better.