SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of JMFG, mah nigga. Copper. Off white head. Big, juicy, fruity hops on the nose- pineapple, mango, mild citrus- hints of malt sweetness and booze are there, also. Flavor adds some resin and plenty of hop bitterness. Nice balance of juicy hop flavor and bitterness. Just a touch of malt sweetness is nothing more than a hop delivery system. Booze and bitterness keep the finish relatively clean, if a bit boozey, and on the drier side. Medium to medium/full body. Medium to medium/light carbonation, which actually works well with all the bitterness. I love the juicy hops and the dry, lingering finish, itís just a bit too syrupy/resiny for me to drink a few of them. Definitely a great 12oz serving, though. Another solid IIPA from Bellís.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another great bottle from hoppymeal, poured into a tulip.
Pours a bright, hazy orange with tons of bubbles streaming up to the top, feeding a huge billowy white head that shows excellent retention and sheets of lacing. Beautiful looking beer.
Man, this beer smells fantastic, just full of juicy citrus fruits with oranges and tangerines coming through especially. But thereís also some grassy hops and pine resin as well with a bit of bready malts hanging around. Mostly hops though and they smell great.
The taste is just as good, maybe better. Thereís a pithy citrus hop sweetness with just the right amount of bitterness from grapefruit, tangerines, pineapples and oranges. There is enough bready malt to balance the hops a little bit, with a huge floral bitterness in the finish. This taste is about the hops - big, juicy, sweet, bitter - all together tasty.
The mouthfeel is basically perfect - good carbonation, medium to full bodied, tons of bitterness.
It took quite a bit of restraint to have this bottle last as long as it did. So drinkable, so bitter, so sweet, so tasty - this is one of the better DIPAs Iíve ever had, right up there with PtY and 16 Grit. World class.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2009 Thanks Coyotehunter for sending this one my way.
Wow, this is definitely one of my new favorite DIPAs. For me, itís right up there with Dreadnaught and PtE. (Actually, this is quite a bit better than my last recent Dreadnaught experience. But that might be a matter of freshness) This is exactly what Iíve been looking for though. A new IPA that blows you away. You can smell the aroma as soon as you pop the cap. It pours a bright golden color with a thick, bright head. A little hazy, but inviting. The aroma is intense. Strong resin and pine. A little floral. Similar to Hopslam. Flavor is excellent and also like Hopslam, but minus the honey. And considering that the honey was the only thing I didnít really enjoy about Hopslam, I definitely prefer the Oracle. Probably a little too bitter for some people, but I love it. Heavy piney and floral hop profile. Pure hop heaven. Contains a mild fruity sweetness as well. If you love Hopslam, you will love this. If you didnít like Hopslam, you still might love this. I need more.
gorditoabd (615) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle with BIG thanks to coyotehunter for the trade. Pours a lovely copper-amber with little to no head (my pour, not the beer). Nose is all sweet pineapple, apricot, and maybe even nectarine. No matter what, itís 100% citrus loviní. There is a touch of piney hops in there as well, so maybe only 98% citrus loviní. Initial taste is all glorious sweetness, like nectarine and pineapple wrapped in a green apple skin. Some bitter hops are initally present, but quickly overtaken by the dry, fruity body of this excellent beer. Indeed, there may even be mango in here. The tropical fruit presence is wild, wonderful, and to be savored. Really great beer. God, I miss Michigan and Bells Brewery!
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle I picked up at Bellís General Store. Appearance is golden brown. Aromas are excellent with sweet pine and pineapple. Flavors attack the palate with a mouth drying bitterness. They develop into an intense pine needle with lots of sweet fruit esters including a pleasing mango. Excellent DIPA.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by StFun Ė thanks Josh! Pours clear amber with an off-white head that left spotty lacing. The nose was sweet malt and citrus hops. The taste is caramel malt, toffee and tart grapefruit. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Good DIPA Ė thanks again for Josh!
pantanap (3335) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle thanks to 3 way delivery between Devon, gerritt, and Andrew for getting me some of this... Pours a slightly hazy apricot brown with a medium soapy white head... Huge sweet tropical fruit aroma with grapefruit and mango. Really nice assertive and fruit forward aroma... Intense tropical fruit flavors that start off much akin to hopslam but ends up on a predominantly bitter note. Not quite sure what I had in mind for this but it totally delivered on all accounts.
Keir (124) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to sneagrams for sharing. Pours orangish-yelow with a light cream head. Aroma is citrusy, with slight notes of pineapple and pine and floral. Tastes like a light Hopslam. Tastes dry, citrusy, crisp. Nice mouth feel.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Josh with a group of other beer lovers. Thanks Josh! Pours orange with off white head. Aroma is citrus grapefruit simcoe hops. I said I thought the aroma reminded me of hopslam without the honey. Opulent mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and has a great citrus hop blast from grapefruit or orange and finishes semi dry with slight alcohol. Someone else suggested it was like their big head. Either way a great IIPA and was a pleasure to try. Thanks!
Pailhead (4362) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: The aroma is a nice combination of oranges, mango, pine, grapefruit, herbal hops, and faint alcohol. It pours a hazy amber with some very fine sediment floating around and a creamy moderate off-white head that has good retention and leaves some nice sheets of lacing behind. The flavor starts with mango and tropical fruits. It gets more citrusy in the finish with orange, grapefruit, light pine, and a hint of alcohhol. Grapefruit lingers for awhile in the aftertaste. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. It makes me think of a slightly bigger version of Hopslam. Iíll be curious to eventually see what the alcohol percentage gets listed as.