HonkeyBra (3528) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Black pour with a HUGE tan head. Aroma of pine, citrus, chocolate, roast, and light rye. Flavor is fairly bitter, hop forward, the roasty, strong chocolate and coffee notes are secondary to the big pine, citrus, and tropical fruit hops. Full bodied, long bitter finish.
Leighton (11874) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2014 Bottle at RBWG 2013 Grand Tasting. Thanks, Eugene. Pours clear, deep brown with a light, creamy tan head. Dark pine in the nose, sweet grapefruit. Medium sweet flavor, some burnt pine, earth, grapefruit. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Lightly resinous to finish, toasty pine, ripe grapefruit. Decent stuff. Balance is fair. (2/23/2014, Score: 3.7)
Bottle at the Great British Beer Festival 2014, Day 1 - London. Pours brown with a creamy tan head. Light tangy dark malt, citrus fruits, burnt pine, bitter cocoa. Medium bodied with average carbonation. OK balance on the finish, some earthy bitterness, more cocoa. Not bad. (GBBF 2014, Score: 3.4)
after4ever (6263) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, corked and baled. Pours a murky dark brown with a gigantic surging foamy light tan head. Gorgeous bright piney nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toasty dark rye, darkened caramel, and bright sweet pine on the mid palate. Long dark toasty finish.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) black with tan head. Aroma of pine hops and rye. Flavor is toasty grains and pine/grassy hops.
3fourths (8236) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle-conditioned 750ml. deep brown body with a rocky and foamy light tan head with heavy lacing. for neuvo-American black IPA they seem to have produced quite a nice nose of aromatic American hops (citrus / fresh cut grass / dank bud / light resin, just barely bleeding over into shallot and cheese rind territory), the experience made richer by the play between malt and yeast (bakers chocolate, lightly sweet / spicy licorice black malt, spiced bread / seeds / black pepper). medium-full body with frothy, full and soft carbonation. the medium-low sweetness, matched well with hop acids and soft malt and carbonation is what brings this to another level. Boulevard once again gets bottle-conditioning right, something that the majority of American brewers either don’t try or can’t do well.
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with a beatiful, incredibly persistent light tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is roast and bubblegum (something I love in IPAs but not used to in BIPAs, but it’s welcome). Taste is lightly roasty but very much a traditional IPA with a nice rye spiciness. Very pleasant, but definitely a bit more toward the DIPA side than i was expecting.
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber---->tulip. Pours a deep deep brown with a huge fluffy beige head and great lace. Great tropical fruit aroma mixed with some roasted malt. First thing that hits the tongue is spicy rye followed by a hop bitterness. Nicely carbonated smooth palate. Heard this one was meh, but I disagree.
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OldGrowth (2757) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10oz pour at Tylers Apex. Good aroma, sweet. Chocolate, caramel, minor coconut, Malibu rum.scent. orangy Brown color, small head and lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter finish. Pretty tasty.
CWoodsKilla (36) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hops galore! Pours extremely dark, almost opaque brown with a big dark cream-colored head that sticks around for a long time. The smell of great grapefruity hops is very strong with a bit of a metallic hint to it. The flavor is more of that grapefruit-like hop overload. I'm usually a stout beer kind of guy, and I'd definitely say that IPAs are among my least favorite beers, however, this was actually pretty good. It goes down nice and smooth, and you just get left with even more hops on the palate to linger for a pretty moderate amount of time. Not too short, not too long, just enough of a finish to last until you want to take another sip. Overall, pretty satisfying IPA with a very strong grapefruit-like hop aroma, flavor, and finish.
Ratman197 (10208) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, charcoal, rye, pine and grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, earthiness, rye, pine and grapewfruit with a crisp dry moderatly bitter lingering roasty grapefruit finish.