shrubber85 (10528) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Orange malt and light citrus peel aroma. Amber with small head. Very sweet orange and strongly bitter orange peel flavor. Sweet and hoppy.
adnielsen (10475) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home via trade with DrSilverworm. Thanks! Pours a bit hazy, dark red orange appearance with a cream colored head. Rich toasty caramel malty, a bit herbal/woody, mild citrus fruity, a bit boozy, dull herbal hoppy aroma. Somewhat spicy, herbal/green hoppy, a bit chewy, slight ethanol, toasty caramel malty, chewy yeasty flavor with a bit more booze on the finish. I imagine this would have been a little better fresh since the hops have faded here and while this is a bit too strong and boozy for my taste, it’s not bad.
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear deep caramel gold with a grayish tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of resin with a backing sweet grain note. Flavor starts with syrupy resinous pine with a growing sweet grain and caramel note.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2012 355mL packaged 9/13/2012. Pours a clear, deep reddish amber with a medium, creamy, yellow head. Spotty, weak lacing. Nose is orange syrup, maple, mild cheese, strawberry cake, some freezer vegetables, sticky Grand Marnier. Taste is quite aggressive pine sap and pine needles slapping you in the face with a hefty dose of malt body. Ends up feeling rich, very bitter, dense, but with almost no tropical NZ hop character. Certainly malt forward with 100 IBU smackdown. Palate is thick, bitter, maple, sticky, small boozy heat. Not bad- but almost the exact opposite of every beer I’ve been enjoying lately. Not sure if Larry Bell reads ratebeer forums, but this is exactly what people are getting tired of: boozy, sticky, mega pine bitter, red Double IPA. Ughhhhh. 10/5/2012 6/3/6/3/12=3.0
355mL. Pours with a larger yellow head, excellent retention. Nose is more maple and barleywine character, orange syrup, some whiskey, orange liqueur. Taste is creamy, sweet, some barleywine toffee, warming alcohol. Works nicely as a barleywine. I’d dump the DIPA moniker. 10/9/2012 7/4/7/4/14=3.6
slowrunner77 (9940) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"This imperial red was 3 mo old but tasted and smelled older. Too bad, cause the malts used were really nice, with a Carmely fruity nutty sweetness. There were some citrus hops and bitterness left but they were obviously faded. Fresh, I think this may be in Oskar blues territory, but has a short shelf life I guess..."
DocLock (9866) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Capone’s. Pours turbid deep coppery with ruby edges and 2-finger off-white lacy head. Nose is big resiny hops, caramel malt, mild vinous fruit. Tastes of caramel, resiny peppery hops, some vinous heat, and a resiny finish.
djd07 (9730) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy off white head that lasts. The aroma is strong floral and citrus. Medium mouthfeel wth nice resin and pine with light bitterness. Very nice.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, packaged 9/13/12. Mildly hazy amber red color. Little off-white head, leaves good lace. Spicy fresh hop flavor. Little caramel malts. Nice bitter taste, alcohol is noticable but it works well with whatever this brew is going for. Amplifies the hop, somehow, but isn’t as hot as say, Devil Dancer. Light, crisp carbonation, more dry texture, bigger body, not syrupy or sticky. Interesting yeast, pine, resin aromas, sort of juicy in a way. Some tropical fruit. Tasty sipper
BVery (9503) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rich reddish amber pour with a small white head. Aggressive pine resin, dusty caramel malts, citrus hops, and a nice slick full palate.
phaleslu (9307) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle shared at a tasting. Pours a mostly clear, rich gold color with just a bit of red-orange hue and a small eggshell white head. Aroma of big citrus and floral notes, sweet malts, bread, and toasted sugar. Flavor of floral notes, citrus peel, pine resin, caramel, and pineapple. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a resinous, bitter mouthfeel that finishes crisp. Drinks like an imperial IPA. Nice beer.