Fatalstrike (130) - 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 (538) - 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 (4090) - 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.
Plovmand (6129) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thanks Hopscotch! Pours bit hazy deep golden with a medium off white head. The aroma is heavy fruity hops. Peaches, passion fruit, pine, citrus, loads of sweet caramel. A true fruit bowl. Very nice! The flavour is very fruity and caramelish with notes of peach, citrus, pine, mango and sweet berries. Long fruity finish. Fantastic!
Theis (12531) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home - Tasting. Clear red/brown - white head. Red berries, nice hoppy, grassy, citrus, medium malty, fruity, nice bitterness, light cheese, rather fresh. Lovely.
madsberg (9530) - SÝborg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Aroma of herbs, flowers, pine, caramel, light spice. flavour of herbs, flowers, sweetness, syrup, pine. Medium to full bodied. dry herbal bitterness in the end.
richiesd (31) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2011 Fresh bottle from Dec 2011:
Rating does not change. Itís still one of the best DIPAs available. Superb.
Notes from Apr 2011:
This beer is pretty damn good. the hops fade pretty quickly, so if itís more than a couple weeks old, itís definitely a different experience than having it fresh.
Iíve had it from tap and bottle, but bottle most recently, and the grassy notes have subsided slightly (the bottle being 2 weeks old).
otherwise, this is a great DIPA. it hides the abv EXTRemELy well. It has a nice balanced malt backbone, which you only find from some really good DIPAs (think expo hoppiness or pliny the younger).
it loses slightly to my other all time favorite dipas (expo and pty), b/c the hops are not as strong as those, but itís definitely some good company to be in.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle courtesy of thome as an extra! this really is a terrific iipa in my opinion. its fruity, floral, bitter, soapy, tart, oily, just all around good, no complaints at all with this one, drinks really well, the bomber must have only been half full when i got it cause damn did i drink it quick! lol!