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!
phaleslu (6281) - 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 (5792) - .....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!
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to PretzelCity for this.
4.5 A: Almost opaque plum color. Two fingers of super creamy off-white head with good retention and plenty of lacing.
4.5 S: Iím really liking the nose on this. Great balance between the hops and malts. Hops are floral foremost (and powerful!) with grapefruit and pineapple next, then pine. Malts are a half step less powerful than the hops. Lots of crystal malts with plum fruitiness and a light toastiness.
4.5 T: Like the nose, big hops and big malts. Again lots of grapefruit and pine. Undernearth, this is a bit more citrusy than the nose, but just barely so. Pineapple and orange are featured here. A slight touch of herbalness as well. For the malts, there is plenty of caramel again, apple and plum fruitiness, and a touch of toastiness. Mild yeastiness to round this out.
4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A tad bit chewy with only a moderate creaminess. Still good here.
4.5 D: I had heard this tasted like Hopslam, but I donít think thatís really a fair comparison. The hop profile definitely reminds me of Hopslam, but thatís about as far as the similarities go. What we have here instead is a quite tasty, East Coast style DIPA. The hops work really well with the solid malty backbone. Very enjoyable experience.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-13-2011 18:59:36
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold pour with a fluffy white head. Aroma is citrus and pine resin. Nice tropical fruit flavor, hop resin and grapefruit. Very nice and fresh
drfabulous (3848) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce thanks to thome50. Big piney aroma. Tons of grapefruit. Carmel. Orange body. Very tasty. West coast hop bomb.
doppelthat (47) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer smeels of crisp citrus fruits with a bit of a resiny stinch as well. It pours a dark orange body with a sticky off white head. The beer is bitter upfront with a lingering sweetness at the end. The alcohol is hidden well but you can sense that after one bottle you probably will be able to feel a little buzz going. It is moderatly carbonated with a sticky texture to the beer. Overall this is a beer I would drink again and one I would love to always have around and thanks to thome50 I still have one more!
TheEpeeist (3283) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Foggy orange brown with a spongy bone head. Enticing nose of orange, pineapple and toffee then strong pine with a touch of cat. Syrupy and resiny with a nice buzz. Heavy at first but melts away like a liquid center. Taste is orange marmalade and gin; like a screwdriver i guess. Pine, pine needles and watermelon finishing crisp and dry like a martini with a twist. Fresh and hoppy.