popery (1348) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft, The Bistro, DIPA Festival. This was one of my favorite beers at the festival and a real surprise from a brewery that was completely new to me. This beer has an enormous, sweet citric hop aroma. Oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, mangoes and peaches are big and bright. The malt is nice and dry, providing just enough sweetness to let the hops shine. The flavor was wonderfully clean. I tried it toward the end of my day at the festival and it stood out easily despite some steep competition. It was probably my number two beer of the day, only after Pliny the Younger. Excellent beer. I hope to see more from this brewery.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2010 Draught at Bistro’s 10th DIPA festival. Lightly hazy gold with a white head. Resiny, floral, lightly pungent, quite peachy aroma. Showing some apparent malt sweetness but firmly bitter al the way through. Lots of juicy-sweet citrus and resiny bitterness. Big hit of grapefruit. Finishes a touch sweet to take the edge off the bitterness. Medium bodied and easily drinkable. Could be a touch dryer, but I’m splitting hairs at this point; great DIPA.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Bistro DIPA Fest. Pours a bright, deep golden color, lightly effervescent; creamy white head with great retention and intricate lacing that sticks; a beautiful pour. Loads of piney and citrus bitterness in the aroma; resiny, lightly dark, non-astringent; a light honey character and toastiness at the core. Medium-to-full body: resiny, immensely dense and bitter; tongue-numbing with minimal astringency; nicely dry core showing a touch of honey malts and light toastiness; mildly creamy, lots of intense citrus alongside pine and floral notes; hugely hoppy, if just a touch less resiny and dank as I’d like; still gorgeous, flawless. Lasting finish: lots of citrus, nicely dry; tongue-numbing to the end.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 2, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This rating goes out to deftim13, for letting me know Maverick awesomeness was on tap, and to doubleo, so I can gloat about having one more Breakwater rating than him. I don’t know if I’ll ever catch up with his PP ratings. Maverick’s was on tap at Breakwater. I tried a half pint, while listening to Tom Sawyer playing on the jukebox in the background. Huge in your face citrus hop aroma. Tons of hop flavor. Medium hop bitterness. Leans dry. Very easy to drink. Reminds me of Mongo IPA times 1.3. Awesome!
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ Breakwater. Pours a hazy golden orange with a small off white ring that left some spotty lacing. Tons of fresh pine and fresh squeezed tangerine on the nose as well as a good amount of sweet caramel malt. Brew was very hoppy and sticky on the palate. This seriously rivals PTE, Dreadnaught....ect.......great stuff!!
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler - thanks to riversideak for sharing this one; I should have taken a photo of the full growler in my fridge b/c I never seen a beer glow quite as dense and bright orange; pours with a slight haze and the frothy white head spews out an amazingly sweet pineapple bomb of aromas; this just smelled so good and thick with oranges, mangos, pineapple, raw sugar, resiny malts, some huskiness and caramel to round it out; drinks with a surprising (and welcome) lightness and avoiding the sticky, syrupy texture; flavors are unable to quite match the nose, but there is plenty of sweet fruits, creamy sugars, a little caramel malt; probably just about the perfect ABV for a DIPA too as everything is under control and the fruity hops just explode; a killer DIPA and one that reminds me (and surpasses) Surly’s 16 Grit in terms of pure fruityness
riversideAK (5574) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best iipa nose ever. Pineapple, tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine, floral, every amazing hop aroma ever plus soft malty sweetness that just balances. God this smells good. I want to pour this on myself before I start everyday. Regis christ. Pours golden bright orange, great lace and head. Was a 4 til I noticed all the hops sitting in the bottom of the glass. This is killing expectations. Full hoppy flavor - pineapple, grapefruit, pine, weed. Its an amalgamation of hop flavors plus light - super light malty sweetness. Hops are resiny and sticky, but juicy and sweet. Drinkability is unbelievable! Top ten for sure.I could only imagine this fresh off tap because after 2 weeks growlered it is one of best beers I’ve ever had.
bvc (1146) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from riversideak...wooo! Unfiltered golden with hop bits and a huge head. Wow...the nose is god damn amazing! The combo of pineapple, mango, resin, super danky weed, honey and light malt to balance. Body feel is right, chewy but not too heavy and perfect carb. So citrusy up front, but not overly sweet and goes quickly into prickly pine, bitter citrus zest and grass...fuck this is good. If this beer is this good out of a over filled 2+ week old growler, I can’t imagine how good it is fresh. Thanks Alex!
after4ever (6059) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
growler. thanks, riverside! pours a cloudy, chunky dark orange with a loose white head. lots of stringy lace. enormous candied pineapple nose, there’s incredibly bright pine in there and lots of dazzling citrus fruit. creamy medium body with lively carb. orange, tangerine, grapefruit, caramel, and toast on the mid palate...dry and clean, no stickiness, no oil, no lingering gumminess. just entirely drinkable but the aromatics and fruity flavors are overwhelmingly good, intoxicating in their power and allure. delectable, delectable dipa.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at bp. This brew has chunks of hops in it. Awesome. Great lacing. Orange, grapefruit, mild resin and pine. AWESOME IIPA.