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 (6480) - 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 (13389) - 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 (10184) - 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 (877) - 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!
phaleslu (6430) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle shared at the STLHops Pinball Party- thanks to whoever brought this! Pours a cloudy gold color with a lasting eggshell white head. The aroma is like sticking one hop pellet in each nostril. A blast of herbs, grass, pine, pineapple, and some backing caramel malts. Flavor was not as aggressively hoppy, but showed some herbal, citrusy hops on top of caramel malts, pineapple, and other tropical fruits. Medium-bodied, with a chewy, fruity, bitter mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Crazy DIPA. Fun to drink.
SudsMcDuff (5824) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
squeaker! .. Pours a deep caramel .. medium head, great ;lacing .. . pine, with apple, hay, grass, and resin .. . light to medium stickiness, light for an imperial .. . good stuff
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..Specs Billy would LOVE this beer.. "you wanna Knuckle Sandwich"!!! - maybe with some mashed potatoes
GatorGuy92 (28) - Valrico, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Received this in a recent trade with Airfoil, thanks Tom!
This one appears about as dark an orange as I can imagine. Imagine a pumpkin starting to rot, not a nice analogy, but the color is appropriate. Wonderful hop aroma, nice and citrusy with some pine malt and spice.
T-wow, now I know why itís called a knuckle sandwich as it pretty much punches you in the face! Exceptional hop presence. I paired this with an Italian sausage and it really worked well together as the spice of the sausage really worked well with the hops. M is good and I am so glad to have gotten to try this!