TomDecapolis (4386) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a translucent golden amber with a foamy off white lacing head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, some alcohol, earthiness and vegetable. Also getting some caramel malt and tropical fruits. Flavor of the same pine and grapefruit that I was getting in the aroma. Hop bitterness nicely balanced by the malt backbone as expected for the style. Some alchol detected in the flavor also.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle pours golden/amber with a short white head. Aromas of lots of pine and slight grapefruit with some mango. Flavor is hoppy upfront with lots of pine and a little citrus. Behind that is some biscuit, sweet caramel, and then the bitter hops finish it crisp and pretty clean. Not bad overall but the balance just seemed a little to the hops on this one to me..
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft At Mellow Mushroom WestChase.
The aroma is a subtle interlude of sweet caramel followed by a massive blast of Alpha Hops! The balance is wonderful for a Double IPA, with a mega citrus like hop character that is obviously most dominant, bringing a pine resin puckery finish… but the beer drinks like a silky dream. As one of the bartenders at Mellow said to me yesterday, “This Beers Got Balls!”
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Clear, golden color with a large, long-lasting head. Fair lacing. Aroma is intense; with pine, bitter grapefruit and tropical fruits. Taste brings surprising balance; with caramel sweetness more that standing up to the bitter citrus tang. But there’s a definite metallic taste that distracts me. Medium body. Not a trace of the high alcohol. Maintains a good, rocky head throughout. Heavy metallic aftertaste.
Cliff (399) - Avon Lake, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle, pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thick white head. Big hop aroma, apricot, pine, citrus and floral. Flavor along the same lines, very bitter, slighly metallic with a VERY metallic aftertaste. Semi-sweet malty backbone, pretty one dimensional. OK DIPA, but there are much better examples out there.
PhillyBeer2112 (2488) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not bad, but it shows some of the inherent flaws of the style. Pours with abig piney/resiny hop nose, with afternotes of sweat, and just a hint of grapefruit. The flavor starts off smooth and soft with a light juicy malt, hop flavors lightly spicy and musky but subdued, but then a strong finishing bitterness. The malts seemed light at first and became noticeably watery as the beer warmed, equalling a hop juice. Needs heft. Golden color with a big white head and long lacing.