savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Breakwater. Golden amber with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, flowers and wet paper. The flavor is lots of sweet caramel malt with a harsh bitterness and a metallic finish. I’m pretty sure this was very old when I had it, tasted like it had potential but the hops had faded leaving a harshness. Would like to try again fresh.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on tap at Phil’s at one of their Beer and BBQ Dinners. The appearance is a medium deep gold with a slight haze. The aromas are sweet with grapefruit hop aromas. The flavors are a fair amount of grapefruit, a very malty backing with a touch of caramel and a light baking spice hint. Mouth is fairly creamy, a touch chewy and nicely carbed. A solid DIPA but not out of this world.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this beer at the Pizza Port Hoptoberfest in San Clemente, CA 2010.
This beer is a nicely done IIPA showing a good balance of hops & malts.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 26, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. This entry needs to be split. I just spoke with the new brewer. They put this on a couple months ago and it is the first time that this recipe has been on since Kirk McHale left. This new batch is a 100% different recipe (hop and malt bill) according to the new brewer and can be identified by it being only 8%. Pours with a hazy golden body and a thick white head. Aroma is floral, citrus hops, tropical fruit and light caramel. Pretty darn good. Taste is caramel, straw, bitter, dry and fruity. Maybe it has been on for a bit too long, or maybe not enough dry hopping, but the flavor didn’t "pop" as much as I was expecting/hoping it would. Super dry and bitter finish. Lively and dry mouthfeel. Would liked to have tried Mr. McHale’s version.
KimJohansen (10409) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy golden towards amber with a medium off white and creamy head. Aroma was packed with grapefruity hops, pine and light toasted malt. Flavor had loads of hops, pine, grapefruits, pale malts and lemons. Bone dry and rediciously bitter. If only most double IPA’s would be dry like this. Lovely.
IrishBoy (4071) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Bistro DIPA Fest. Nose of pine and citrus hops. Very lightly hazy gold with a small off hwite head. Flavor is bitterness mixed with caramel maltiness. Finishes bitter.
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
This slightly awkward Double IPA manages to develop sand-covered oranges and loads of resinous bitterness, but the brash alcohol and unpolished hop character undermines its overall potential.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim film of foam caps the hazy blond orange.
-This cannot be the same Maverick that got rave reviews early on...
-This was not particularly aromatic for the style.
-As in most of their beers I had that day, there was not much malt flavour to speak of.
-The boozy notes approached that of cleaning fluid at times.
-When you’ve got a Double IPA like Port’s Poorman’s IPA a town down, this one becomes even more disappointing.
On tap at the brewpub.
beerguy101 (5351) - Newark, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted on tap at the 10th Bistro Double IPA Festival on 2/6/2010. This Imperial IPA pours a light orange gold color from the tap. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is floral and grapefruity. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are grapefruity and floral. Nicely balanced. Medium to high bitterness. Good carbonation. A nice over the top with the hops Imperial IPA. Ya know it sort of reminds me a little of Frank. This was the best beer I had at this year’s fest. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewpub 2/21/10: Pours a barely transparent orange bronze with a spotty-lacing white head. Aroma of semi-sweet pale malts and lots of fresh grapefruity resiny hops and piny notes. Starts with nice light caramely sweetness and a good fresh resiny hop flavor and bitterness before a crisp bittersweet grapefruity finish. Very well balanced with an assertive hoppiness throughout. An enjoyable and dangerously drinkable IIPA. Glad to see the old Pizza Port Frank live on!
AmEricanbrew (6608) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear amber color/ white head. Awesome aromas of piney, floral, fruity hops. Smooth medium body. Mango, pineapple, pine sap, tropical fruit flavors with sweet candi sugar, caramel. Have tried this beer on multiple occasions and yeah, it’s almost all that. No growler sales of this, though...damn.