jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just amazing. Look you just gotta try this, great malty backbone, complex hops, easy to drink, strong. What more could you ask for in a IIPA? Look, I don’t really remember all the details but I know this was GOOOOOOOOOOD.
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Golden /orange pour with thick foamy white lasting head. Mango and citrus notes in the nose. Hop bitterness jumps out on initial taste. More citrus, caramel, and some pine resin in taste. Very hoppy, but malt backbone holds up and beer is nicely balanced. Finish starts smooth but develops into a slow alcohol burn with a pleasant bitterness. Very good.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This rating is from when the beer first came out and I tried it. Now some months later when I had it a few more times I would rate it lower if I were to re-rate the beer. It has faded quick in the aroma but still great either way.
Poured a copper color with an off-white head. Huge big fresh hop aroma. Pine and citrus that covers up almost all of the toasted malt underneath. Light alcohol. Big hop flavor. Pine with a mix of sweet caramel malt. Medium bodied and warming. Great beer.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle 9306 as well. Orange with off white head and gooey lace. Nose is sharp hops and sugar/fruit and alcohol. Taste is alcohol and sticky sweet. Some citrus. Strong and good.
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled December 2009; Batch 9306
A solid, but not overly aggressive pour causes my 25cl tulip glass to foam over. I end up with three-fingers of lightly tan / amber colored head. The beer is a rich, copper - amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep copper color when held up to the light. The head is thick with hops and has quite a bit of staying powerr and leaves a nice thick layer of lace on the sides of my glass. Sticky up fron malt notes are framed by a solid, enticing, biscuit-like maltiness. Candied grapefruit zest, tangelo and nice lychee, lemon and even something that is a touch like urea aromatics play a prominent role, but the malt plays a fairly large role here as well (at least it does after a couple months of sitting in the bottle). This has quite an enjoyable nose, and I really like the clean, expressive malt character that is noticeable underneath the hop notes.
As this hits my tongue it is creamy feeling with a hint of diacetyl that is not really distracting in my first sip. A firm, gripping, herbal bitterness becomes more and more noticeable as the beer moves across my tongue. An herbal, essential-hemp oil flavor mixes what I thought was diacetyl, but really seems to be a hop derived flavor. In fact this definitely has a dank quality to it. The herbal hop notes play the lead role, but lots of fragrant citrus / fruit hop notes are found here as well; tangelo oil mixes with grapefruit zest, lychee and piquant tropical fruit notes are all quite noticeable. The malt plays a clearly supporting role here (even more so than in the nose), but still provides a structured biscuit like maltiness, some clean caramelized malt sugars, and a nice whole grain bread like sweetness. This has perhaps just a touch too much body to strike the perfect quaffability I prefer in a DIPA, but it is close enough; light enough to be drinkable, but it does have some sticky palate heft to it. The hop character provides a nice spiciness to this beer that is at times peppery, definitely a touch earthy, but really mostly nicely herbal.
This is quite a nicely "balanced" DIPA at this point. I like the mix of "hemp"-like and fruity hop notes found in this beer. The biting bitterness and bright malt character serve as a perfect anchor for the dominant hop character found in this beer. This is really quite nice at this moment in time. I am curious how this tastes when newly released, but I don’t know if it would actually be better than it is right now.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of grapefruit, peach, tangerine, and grass. Flavor of orange, caramel malt, peach, pine, and grass with a dry, bitter finish.
brokensail (14045) - San Leandro, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The Oracle pours a hazy copper color with a very fluffy white head and amazing lacing.
S: Can you say hops? I had very high hopes for this one and I was not let down. An absolute assault of pine and grapefruit hops followed by a slight malt sweetness.
T: Much as I would have expected from the nose. This is a very bitter beer. Very bitter (I felt the need to emphasize this). After the initial pine subsides, there is a very refreshing grapefruit flavor. The finish is resinous and bitter as well.
M: The carbonation is actually fairly low which gives the beer a very sticky mouthfeel.
D: You have to be an absolute hophead to enjoy this one. It is a very bitter hopbomb, and very different from Two Hearted and Hopslam. I am very pleased with this offering from Bell’s, however. They rarely seem to disappoint.
MeadMe (1513) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to fogdog for sharing this one.
A: Pours a nice golden hue with a tall foamy head. Nice retention and a good smattering of lace.
S: Lots of bright bitter grapefruit rind with notes of caramel, and candy sugar.
T: Nice tasting beer. Wonderful candy like sweetness with notes of candy sugar, biscuit malt, and toffee. The hop profile is nice. Lots of tart grapefruit juice, with lighter resinous pine notes. There is a hint of herbal grass as well. Darn good.
M: On the fuller side of medium rather full for the style. Smooth feel with just enough hop bite to really carry the flavors.
JackT (71) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ryan by way of masonjer, thanks guys. The aroma is fresh citrus
hops. The flavors are grapefruit and pine; very bitter with a touch of sweetness. Overall, a pretty excellent double ipa, though I still prefer Hopslam.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from masonjer. Damn, this stuff is surprisingly still fresh. Really dank, hoppy nose with lots of fresh citrus. Fairly dry, some bread and honey, especially on the finish. Really bright citrus peal hops, some apricot and grapefruit juice. Moderately bitter. Good stuff.