Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Rickís in Alexandria. Served in a Bellís tulip. Pours amber with a moderate off-white head and some lacing. Nose has a bit of bready malt and some citrus hop notes. Slight pike. Flavor is fairly bitter and has quite a heavy booze kick.
TheBeerGod (4915) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark amber pour with a tall, frothy tan head. Strong hop resins, fresh cut pine, citrus fruit, caramel and tropical fruit make up the aroma. Taste is big pine, floral hops, citrus oils, tropical fruit, chewy malt and rich caramel. Body is medium-full and very chewy with lots of resinous notes amongst the dense, creamy carbonation. Lingering hop bitterness throughout this one. Finishes with more rich caramel, chewy malt, strong pine, hops resins, tropical fruit notes and citrus oils. Big, bold double IPA right here!
mcberko (4875) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from khoffman43 (thanks a lot, Kyle), pours a dark amber with a small beige head. Nose is both very hoppy and malty, with loads of fruity sweet resinous hops and big sweet caramel malts - maltier than a IIPA typically is, probably due to the 11%. Flavour starts with citrusy and grapefruity hops, transitions to tropical fruits and candied sweet caramel malts, shifting back to the bitter hops, which leave a very pleasant astringency along with some fruitiness on the finish. A bit too sweet and malt-heavy for a IIPA for my tastes - something doesnít mesh right here. Decent stuff, but quite flawed.
JaBier (4352) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle given to me by a friend. Beautiful red pour with a medium beige head. Aroma of malt, citrus, pine and spicy hops with a light touch of alcohol. Flavor starts sweet with malt and honey, then moves to orange peel and grapefruit before a resinous, piney finish. Really enjoyed this one.
badgerben (4334) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of Skyview. Copper color with a small head. Strong orange and citrus aroma with a bit of lemon. Very strong bitterness. Light caramel and citrus flavor, but just a juicy hop character.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4300) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark orange-caramel color with a small foamy orange-tan head that faded and left no lacing. The aroma was orange, grapefruit, peach and yeast. The flavor was bitter pine, orange, a fairly boozy presence and faint notes of caramel and bread. Medium length bitter pine and orange finish. Medium body. Booziness increases the more you drink. Ok.
Pailhead (4245) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy fruit, pineapple, caramel, grapefruit, and pine. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a soapy ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of fruit with faint pineapple. There are some spicy caramel notes in the background. The finish has citrus notes and light-moderate grapefruit. Itís medium bodied with mild/soft carbonation.
Strykzone (4223) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at an esbls. Coppery and clear with no head. Big hops are citrus and onion. Somemore complex fruit. Not a fan.
DrSilverworm (4109) - 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 isnít 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
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Samís, Durham, at a recent takeover. Surprisingly light and elegant when sipped alongside the goliath BA 9000, this brew had a massive, bright fruitiness to it that is often obscured in the face-shredding ASA category. Certainly as a red there were substantial sweet malts in there, but the tropical notes and occasional bitter ones were more assertive, to the beerís benefit. Enjoyed it.