Cannile (15) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I cracked the bottle and was immediately greeted with an explosion of deep forest pine and dank hop skunkiness. Pours thick and moderately syrupy. Dark copper in color. Head dissipates fairly quickly, though leaves generous lacing at every inch it touches. Aroma of sharp pine, rosemary, weed, and grass. As the liquid warms, that signature butterscotch aroma of diacetyl quickly makes an appearance. And although this descriptor may be used often, there is an element in its aroma that smells as if you really are sticking your nose into a package of fresh high-alpha hops. Moderately full bodied and fairly sweet with generous two-dimensional caramel and scotch malt characteristics. Immediately displays a perfect dose of that first-wort bitter characteristic along with that butterscotch diacetyl we talked about upon sipping, following by a complimentary dose of spice and pine hop characteristics. Hardly oxidized. There are little to no fruity, citric hop attributes in this one. I find that the entire hop profile of this beer is balanced in absolute perfect harmony, in that it is not weighted as too bitter, too flavorful, or too aromatic. Also, at ten percent alcohol by volume, there is not a single hint of booze. The first thing that comes to mind as I enjoy this Knuckle Sandwich is a coiled rattlesnake, ready to strike at its unsuspecting prey, in the sense that every aspect of this beer is pulled back and tight-knit; bitterness, maltiness, flavorful, moderately full-bodied ... and yet I am only halfway through the twenty-two ounce bottle and am already feeling its venomous effects. Pretty good stuff.
radagast83 (3752) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Split a 22oz bottle with a friend. Poured a light caramel color with a small slightly fluffy white head. Aroma was sweet tropical fruits, touch of pine. No heavy malt character - unless my palate deceives me (it could just be that this one didnít have the typical malt-bomb characteristics Iíve come to find in this particular, sometimes poorly labeled style). Alcohol is well hidden for 10% ABV.
bhensonb (9828) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Fred gets a lot of good beers! Pours a dark ruddy/brown copper with a slight foamy beige head. Strong grapefruit rind aroma - but itís smooth. Full bodied. Flavor is grapefruit rind, arguably resin, and some fairly roasted malt. But itís all about the hops here. This stuff is stuffed with hops. Enough to put on a burn. Gotta be in the top 10 of DIPAs. The hop bitter/burn just goes on and on.
kylefleeger (102) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is insanely good. Thanks amtran87 for this amazing smelling and tasting d.i.p.a
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear brownish pour. Cream colored head. Aroma of dope and grapefruit peel. Flavor is resin, citrus peel. Amazing. Simply amazing.
Fatalstrike (129) - Cerritos, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2011 22 oz. bomber from BevMo Long Beach. Pours a solid orange with amber hues. Nice white foam head that retreats to the rim. Aromas are big on lush citrus and tropical fruits with an everpresent pine in the background. Taste follows the aroma. The tropical citrus combo is simply fantastic. A solid malt backbone keeps this one together. Pleasantly hoppy, does not beat you into abosulute submission, but delivers a solid punch. The body on this beer sets it apart from many of the other 10+ DIPAs. There is a refreshing carbonation that keeps this hefty beer far from syrupy. Simply an awesome DIPA that is dangerously drinkable. Great job Bootleggers!
ADfan (503) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured on tap at Whole Foods at H.B. store. Nice amber color in the glass with a medium head it has a whopping aroma of hops and citrus. Taste is pine and more citrus. There is a creaminess that you donít find in most I.P.A.ís. Great beer, canít wait to open the bomber that I have.
nuplastikk (3824) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled with the Madison crew. Tropical mango, island fruit aroma. Mellow mouthfeel, lots of tropical flavor. Simcoe goodness, lots of flavor, but not so bitter. Soapy, lacy head. Quite enjoyable. Tastes a little faded. but still exceptional. Remarkably balanced and smooth.
Anker (723) - HillerÝd, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Theis tasting.
Pours a hazy amber colour with a tan head.
Aroma is bitter hops, earl grey, caramel, pine and peach.
Flavour is similar with a medium bitter flowery finish.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours a dark and very slightly hazy reddish-copper color. A moderate head of pale sand tinted foam lasts a good long while, leaving dense, drippy spots and splotches of lace on the glass. The nose booms with bright citrus hops, loaded with fresh grapefruit and orange, and showing secondary notes of pine resin and citrus blossoms. Along with the hops comes an avalanche of sweet caramel and toffee malts, providing a prominent backdrop that matches the biting pine and citrus nicely. Flavors follow suit, bitter and citrusy, loaded with oily and pithy grapefruit, sharp pine tree resin, and soft citrus floral notes. Toasted toffee and caramel sugars lend plenty of sweetness (too much really). Malts are darker than your typical IIPA. There are definitely some barleywine-like characteristics going on here. The palate is a big letdown, though that is expected. It is nearly full with sugars, sweet, and sticky. While it is carbonated well, it just drinks way too heavy for my liking. Biting hops go long on the tongue. I can really only manage a few ounces here. Overall, while amply flavored, itís just not my style.