carl4beer (520) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL cork & cage. pours a hazy copper with huge off white head. aroma is big pine and a little citrus hops. mouthful is more big hops of citrus and some modest carmel hops to hold it all together. i would put this in the IIPA bin...
steview (1011) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
quite a creamy version of the style--and it looks almost like a quad, with such a nice and rocky tan head; pine, tropical fruits and peels, smooth malt backing with sharp hops gives an interesting paradox for an interesting beer that is both calm and sweet, and intense and bitter--good balance, and ironically, wish it had less IBUs.
mjg74 (2363) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled from Bev4Less. Dark hazy amber color upon pouring. Sweet aroma with some citric hoppiness. Somewhat fruity. Fairly spicy hoppiness. Balanced with some sweetness and malts. A little richer and more roasty than your standard SoCal IPA.
Odeed (1752) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(BATCH NUMBER D8121 BY WAY OF PEPSICAN)rusty red in color with a lumpy foamy white head.aroma is pine and citrus hops,caramel malts,and fairly heavy oxidation.flavor is ice tea,caramel malts,and pine/citrus hops.the oxidation is not as upfront in the flavor.pretty good but if ya got one drink it sooner than later.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from HyVee in Coralville. Meaty hops aroma with floral and citrus. Slight caramel aromas. rich thick head with dark orange semi-transparent body. Flavor is strong hops, some woody smokiness and a little salt. Malt is lightly evident. Nicely balanced between sweet and dry with an almost chocolaty flavor on the finish. I really like the flavors overall as they appeal to my particuliar tastes, with a good lingering finish. Palate is solid without being too heavy. Very good.
Pawola22 (3180) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from Lukas Liquor Superstore.
Pours a very hazy reddish auburn with a big, creamy, foamy off-white head. It sticks around forever and leaves a nice lacing. Lots of aroma. Sweet caramel malts with lots of citrus hop smells. Some orange along with a peachyness. Just a hint of alcohol smell. Flavor is very sweet and citrusy. The alcohol hint resembles a liqorice flavor. Medium bodied. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness that is not overpowering whatsoever. Very nice. Warming on the way down. Overall, not the hoppiest double IPA, but a very nice change of pace from the bigger IPAs I’m used to. It reminds me more of a Belgian style IPA in that its complexity lies in more than just the hops.
alexanderj (3082) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; really nice aroma; pine and citrus predominantly; some fruit and caramel. Really good aroma for the style. Color was a hazy bit of orange; creamy, off white head. Flavor was really good; somewhere between an IPA and DIPA. Good caramel backbone, that provided some balance. Fruity hops with pine and citrus. Alcohol well hidden. Not too overly bitter in the bite at the end. After taste was far from great. Overall it was a good to very good example of the style.
Headbanger (2488) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle(batch D7292)-Poured a cloudy orangish amber body with a nice two finger tight white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, and more hops. Taste is of hops, malt, caramel, and some citrus. This medium to full bodied brew is fairly well balanced and quite drinkable.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Poured a hazy dark orange color. The head was thick, fluffy, and off white with good retention and lacing. Pleasant aroma of pine sap, apricot, orange zest, and subdued caramel. Fairly effervescent and medium bodied. Dry with moderate bitterness. The flavor is pretty much as advertised in the commercial description. Lots of citrus fruit, less malty caramel. There was also some apricot and alcohol. Solid, but not quite a top tier IIPA in my mind.
MaltOMeal (1087) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2009 750ml bottle shared at Houston BA Tasting. Pours a cloudy orange-amber with an off-white head. Nose is of grapefruit, pine and grass, but not pleasant enough. Taste is similar to the smell. Mouthfeel is medium and bitter.