peteinSD (1175) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Sean - thanks! Pours with a velvety thick, off-white head on clear, copper colored beer. Aroma is huge pine, dank hops, minor citrus, and underlying bready malt. Taste is noticeably less hop heavy than the aroma and presents with some pine, no citrus, and a well-balanced, biscuity malt backbone. Slight sweetness from the heavy malt but no noticeable alcohol. Solid and enjoyable IIPA but doesn’t have enough over-the-top floral hops in the aroma and definitely the taste to take it to the next level for me.
thome50 (768) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - JUL 21, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle via the 7/15 release. (RIP 2011 Knuckle Sandwich) Pours a dark, dark amber with low to medium off white head. Aroma is malt with a last minute attack of dank hops. Taste is malt forward, which I generally loath in an DIPA but this one really works nicely with the onslaught of hops. You get an almost honeydew taste near the 3/4 mark. Overall this is one of my favorite DIPAs for the balanced approach which is lacking in almost all West Coast DIPAs. This isn’t really an indictment of West Coast IPA just that it is nice to be able to try something that is super fresh and most balanced. And no, this tastes nothing like Hopslam.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Clear amber in color. Sweet caramel nose. Pleasant fruity/citrusy hops with a sturdy sweet caramel malt backbone. Well done....
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Poured an amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, sticky, and floral hops. Tastes of floral hops, citrus, with some fruitiness. Alcohol content well hidden.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. pours amber with white head. aroma is loaded with crystal malts, grapefruit, grass. flavors of sweet crystal malts, caramel, grapefruit juice, moldy fruit, way too sweet which kills the good hop flavors.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bootleggers knuckle sandwich. 22oz bottle from chris... Pours a medium
caramel copper reddish brown pour with a thin soapy white head...
Aroma of centralized sweetness with tropical fruit forwardness, fairly
juicy with vanilla and a deeper malt profile... Flavors are much o the
same with a bigger crystal malt profile alongside an amalgam of peaches and other mingling tropical fruits. good body and carbonation but a little too sweet for me. reminded me of imperial head hunter for some reason.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Cloudy golden ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The nose bears fruity hops galore – citrus and tropical… even a touch of banana. Full-bodied and velvety with tickling carbonation. The flavor is ripe with sweet, juicy, citrus and tropical fruits, toffee and honey. Moderate bitterness. Fruity, medium bitter, grassy finish
Dixonian (1517) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to someone at bu11zeye’s.
Very dark golden color with some foamy white head. Lots of resiny and piney hop aroma with some grapefruit as well. Flavors of caramel malt and lots of hops. Bitterness is kept at bay with a nice malt sweetness. I enjoyed this.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle at Kan’s. Thanks! Pours a deeper darker amber hue, near copper with good glow, lighter edges with a good frothy head, lighter offwhite head dies to a ring. Aromas are some good vibrant deeper citrus, oranges and lemons mix with mangos and peaches, biscuits and toffee, pale malts. Initial is medium maybe lighter bodied with vibrant fruity mango, peach, and citrus, florals and grass move into moderate biscuits, pale malts, some caramel. Finish is dry, touches of prickly fruits and citrus. Nice. Aroma and appearance are spot on, the beer itself it a little sweet for my liking. Ok.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a friend. Good beer when fresh. Pours copper with an off white head. Caramel malt blended with a lot of pine and citrus hops. Good flavor, grapefruit dominates. Well done.