Brain_Parasite (70) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with white head. Aroma of chocolates, hops, and malts. Spicy taste and very hoppy with well balanced notes of pine, chocolates, berries, malts, and citrus. Great IPA
runaway (48) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 pours copper with a thin white head. Aroma is of sawdust, orange juice. Flavor has malty caramel, juniper, hops, grapefruit pith with a spicy herbal tea bag bitter finish. Palate is average carbonation, and slightly oily on the finish.
slowrunner77 (3843) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"Not that high in the hierarchy of double iPas but probably the best I’ve had from this brewer. Aroma and flavor both a little malt heavy for the style, but the sweetness is pretty nice. I’d like a little more in the way of somatic hops, and more of the faint tropical fruit and citrus. Not bad."
birrabona (210) - ITALY - SEP 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful amber copper color. Intensive taste of special hops. Very balanced bitterness. Resine and fruity aromas . I like it very much . Absolutely to try for IPA lovers .
BeerdedDave (352) - - SEP 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
cloudy amber color; big, citrusy hop nose; lots of citrusy,piney hop flavor on a medium bodied, biscuity malt base; dry, bitter finish
nakedwhendrunk (2182) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 16, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a hazy amber to brown color with a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. There was some light stringy lacing glossing along the sides of the glass.
The smell had some light sweet citrus hops backed up by a decent sweet sticky caramel malt.
The taste followed the aroma.
On the palate, this one came through pretty sticky around my tongue. I say this sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but still constrained enough to be a good beer.
Overall, I say this was a decent DIPA I could have again though probably not necessarily one I would seek out again.
maxwelldeux (3681) - Everett, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear darker amber color with a moderate off white head on there. Nose is grassy with quite a bit of hay in there. Taste is quite bitter, yet remains reasonably light. Drinkable, yet a bit too malty for me.
JaKeAFC (550) - ITALY - AUG 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
BIG expectations here, going to be awesome. 65 cl bottle, 9%, 88 IBU, 5.50€, sadly last bottle found on the shelf.
Cracked it open, strong aromatic hops and IPA smell right off the cap.
Appearance: Pours dark copper to orange color, partly hazed, not excessively, big smooth creamy offwhite-yellowish head.
Aroma: Right on the nose, amazing, it has THAT aroma of IPA. IT focuses greatly on the huge, pachidermic amount of american hops, leading to intense fruityness with orange on top, candy orange, pineapple and citrus, lors of resin, some grapefruit and pine. Malt component is smooth, bready, filling in nicely with shades of caramel and sugarcane. Bittering hops glues everything together in the finish. Excellent blend.
Taste: Surprisingly balanced within the massive amounts of ingredients, it finishes up to be 88 IBU, so definitely bitter, but also dampened by sweet malts componends, leading to and intense, aromatic, fairly dry finish. Alcohol is absoltely hidden, it does put gas on fire, but stays behind the scenes.
Palate: mouthfilling, silky texture, umami and tasty not overly thick however. Full bodied, proper soft carbonation. Alcohol does not burn, and it’s pleasing.
Overall: Amazing, truly amazing, turned out to be as expectations, a great reward. This is a perfect IPA base, pushed over its limits, i do believe Black Diamond put a lot of efforts into it, and it’s absolutely worth.
Defreni (2612) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaske: Gul klar øl med et stort skumhoved. Duft af alkohol og citrushumle. Smagen er bitter med en god del citrushumle. Klassisk Californisk old school.
VinegarStroke (280) - Napa, California, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Clear, honey color, thick head and great lace. Fresh, clean, ripe, hoppy lift. No green, rubbery edge. Dry to off dry. Not sour and medium to medium high bitterness. Dense which palate and great length. Nice texture and mouthfeel for a West Coast IPA.
Darkmagus82 (1436) - - JUN 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a golden orange color with a nice billowy white head of one finger height. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave some nice lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer huge with a grapefruit citrus smell along with some aromas of a more sweet citrus nature of some tangerine. Along with the citrus are some other tropical fruit smells of pineapple and mango as well as some other hop aromas of a pine and earthy nature. Overall, the aroma is rather hoppy big but quite inviting.
Taste – The taste begins with a slightly sweet and malty flavor with the sweet being mostly of tropical fruits of tangerine and a bit of papaya but also containing caramel and honey flavors. The malty flavor begins more doughy in nature with it later transitioning to a more bready nature. Right from the start there is also a decent sum of a grapefruit hop flavor which grows slightly stronger as the taste advances to the end. With the grapefruit, other hop flavors of a pine and earthy nature come to the tongue, bringing a dank flavor to the tongue. In the end, with all the transitions in the taste that occur, one is left with a moderately citrus/dankly hopped and sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side for a beer of 9% abv. with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. While a slightly thicker body would have likely better accentuated the nice hoppy flavors of the brew, overall the mouthfeel was good as with the moderate body made it rather easy drinking with the lower carbonation bolstering the hop and sweet flavors nicely; really allowing them to stand out a bit more.
Overall – This is a very tasty Imperial. It blends citrus-sweet/hoppy flavors with some more dank hop flavors very nicely, all while creating a very easy drinking brew.