TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Unfiltered rufous. Creamy white head exhibits good retention. Humdrum nose of jasmine, pine, toasted malt, and peach. Mild diacetyl and floral hops. Deeply resinous upfront, coupled with honey-doused toasted malt and a salvaging hop punch boasting clean notes of juicy citrus. Vivid pine-charged bitterness rests snugly at the rear of the tongue while the noticeably oily hops numb and tingle the tip. Alcohol overexerts itself throughout. Delicate acidity uplifts and cuts the resinous character, though diacetyl somewhat abbreviates and dulls much of the bright hoppiness. Closes borderline balanced with tones of toasted caramel atop a firm pinewood- and oily-hop base. Decent, overall, but as with many IIPAs this greatly lacks hop flavor and boasts way too much caramel and resin which gives the floral softness no chance to flourish. Also, very grainy and alcoholic, with a rather unclean/yeasty nose. Uninspiring, ultimately.
douglas88 (5473) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber thanks to BVC. Pours a clear dark amber color with a large grey head. A nice aroma of grains, citrus, pine, earth. The flavor is very nice; rich caramel sweetness pushing this toward a super hoppy barley wine, bitterness, pine, the floral hops are massive. Almost perfumy. Very nice, aggressive. Easy to drink.
highibus (696) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On cask at the brewpub. Amazing aroma of grapefruit. Nice copper color with fluffy white head. Perfect cask temp really let’s the hoppiness come out. Intense but not overwhelming bitterness. Hides the alcohol well too. This is a superb beer.
ericsondr (48) - Camano Island, Alabama, USA - JAN 22, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this beer from the cask at boundary bay. Best beer I’ve had by a long shot. The aroma is a perfect tempered grapefruit citrus. The beer itsel is smooth and was served at the perfect temperature. The beer had a perfect, light-tan head and a rich caramel color. Yum!
mcberko (5228) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Boundary Bay Brewpub, pours hazy golden orange. Very fruity on the nose, with peach and mango, and of course a barrage of hops. Flavour of intense, slightly bitter hops, and strong peach, mango and grapefruit. Really well-balanced - extremely delicious.
anders37 (15300) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Collins Pub, Seattle, WA. Pours a hazy orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity hoppy grapefruit aroma. Fruity malty hoppy piney grapefruit flavor. Has a long malty bitter hoppy harsh grapefruit finish.
desurfer (1189) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the brewpub in Bellingham. I’ll be honest up front and admit that cask IPAs are my holy grail, but this is really that good. Fine carbonation, strong alcohol but mediated by the warm serving temp, and fresh, rich hops. It’s a beer lover’s dream come true.
beerguy101 (5251) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at GABF on 9/17/2010. This Imperial India Pale Ale pours a slightly hazy yellow gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is floral and fruity, slightly sweet. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are citrusy and floral. Decent balance. Good carbonation. A medium bitter IPA. Very drinkable. Hints of orange and orange rind at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
manuchampions (1225) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewpub in Bellingham. Clear bronze colour with light head and light lacing. Nose of bright hops, on par with a PNW DIPA but not quite a CA DIPA. Like many beers of the style it treads awfully close to hop overload but somehow the sweetness of the hops and the malt back keep it sane. It’s big, no doubt, and perhaps a little brutish but still very well crafted and ultimately satisfying.
MaltOMeal (1088) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Cafe in Seattle. Pours a cloudy amber with an off-white head. Nose is big-time grapefruit. Taste is of grapefruit and caramel malt. Seemed pretty balanced. Mouthfeel was resinous and bitter. This was good.