Tmoney99 (10102) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured a clear copper color with large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate heavy complex hop aroma with a citra tone. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a solid beer and very good double IPA.
jtw (1078) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
intense copper liquid with a good amount of carbonation and beige head. spicy and peppery hops aroma with some alcohol heat, and a bit of lingering sweetness behind the hops smells. full-bodied with lots of hops complexity: spice (black and chili pepper, coriander, cardamom) and citrus, resiny and piney as well. very nice beer, and while i can’t rate it to 11, it easily gets to 9. I’ll have to keep a few bottles around for a few years...
WisconsinBeer (700) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Muddy Pig. Pours a clear deep orange with a medium head. Flavor is initially heavy on cherries and ripe fruits, back end is a hop wallop that smacks you in the face. Medium bodied and boozy. Definitely "goes to 11".
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, thanks to GT2: pours a clear bright golden with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a big fresh resinous hoppy nose with some sweet toasty caramel undertones. Starts with good fullness and lightly chewy sweet malts well balanced with lots of fresh piny hops and bitterness before a drier slightly warming finish. Deceptively drinkable.
mixmasterob (880) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sold on a single bottle allocation at Green’s. Poured a clear amber with a nice white head. Fresh resiny hop aroma, lots of caramel, toasted malt, light citrus and some heat. Flavors were slightly bitter with notes of toasted caramel, resiny hops, citrus and cake. Mouthfeel was medium to full. Actually well balanced for being so big, warming, bitter finish. Long lasting. Not too shabby, like a big hoppy barley wine. I dug it.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. thanks to chris for handing these out like i was trickortreatin... pours darker than what i would have expected with a deeper amber slightly coppery feel, mostly transparent, and topped with a quickly retreating soapy white head... aroma isn’t all that assertive, bready rye like malts to go along with a semi-assertive but almost generic like tropical fruit hop. somewhat sweet. doesn’t pop like some of the hoppy brews of late... flavors are more of the same with a fairly substantial darker bready malt profile with a bigger hop profile, albeit not too bright or distinguished. a little tropical fruit, a bit phenolic, a bit bitter in the finish. sweeter through the middle. it just doesn’t come together all that well or all that cleanly. bigger bodied and somewhat strengthy overall. one and done for me on this one.
thome50 (892) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Mark. Pours an amber to dark golden color with mid-range tan head. Aroma is lacking to say put it nicely, overly malty, grain, faded DIPA to say it harshly. Taste is at first a way over the hill DIPA, then fades into an overly bitter hop profile with some resin hop built up. Malt again comes back and finally you are left with a ton of heat. Not sure what the hell style this is but it is all over the place and certainly not a traditional DIPA.
Steasy66 (807) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber color, big off white head. Huge floral and tropical aroma. Flavor is sweet with big tropical hop flavor, really nice. Body is a bit thick, good carbonation. Bells hit the jackpot with this one, really nice beer.
pepsican (1421) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I can see why people love this, I can see why people hate this. Similar to a 1.5 month old hopslam in the hop profile. Malty, mildly sweet, good carbonation. Juicy hops. Lots of caramel. A bit faded hop character. Basically a good American barley wine, a terrible IPA, and a fantastic double red ale. Hmmmm.
jmikolich (1404) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
FH IPA Fest 2012, had to give this some plus and minuses, the smell is wonderful and the taste is very smooth but the thickness of this coupled with a dominant syrupy hop feel detracts from what could be awesome.