LilBeerDoctor (3506) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dirty orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, caramel malt, acetone, tropical fruits. Flavor of rich caramel malts, fruits (apple), some citrus, apple skins, sweet malts. Strong, heavy palate. Seemed ok to drink at first, but became more and more overbearing as I continued to drink. Just too strong and unbalanced.
swoopjones (6106) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo. deep amber pour, resiny sticky hop forward aroma. big bitter flavor, lots of rich maltiness, big mouthfeel. very nice agressively hopped, yet balanced beer
gam (3312) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Misty apricot coloured pour fluffy off white head plenty of carbonation bubbles rising from the base of the glass aromas citrus floral pine malt smoothness grassy note flavour floral smoothness citrus peel bitter above medium ibu grapefruit taste pine a resinous touch apricot sweet barley malt fizzy tangy tasting ipa strong tasting what I want sweetness good ibu a rewarding aftertase cracing ipa
JRock72 (605) - - JAN 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Tulip glass. Beautiful colour. Small head. Definitely a good beer just not what I expected. Very heavy.
Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ölbutikken, Copenhagen, Denmark. Aroma is sweet and rich with flowers and citrus, very hoppy aroma! Pours a nice brown colour, kind of dark for a pale ale with a thick foam that leaves a lot of lacing. Taste is very thick and sweet, lots of malts but sadly, not that much hops, perhaps because this bottle has been around for a while. Will re-rate this beer if I come across a newer bottling, but I’d recommend anyone who enjoy Mikkeller and/or Brewdog to give this a try.
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at blue monk. flavour was quite malty and medium hoppy. i was expecting more hops. the body was very heavy. i am glad i tried it but not sure if id buy it again.
BeerandBlues2 (9984) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy amber with a large, creamy beige head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is average to heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, biscuit), heavy hops (floral, spicy, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of spicy alcohol, sugared fruits, and wet grass. Flavor is average malt (bread, biscuit, caramel), heavy hops (floral, citrus, grassy, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of peaches and spicy alcohol. Full body, moderate warmth and carbonation, light creaminess with a dry and biting finish. This is a well-balanced beer, and very easy to drink, despite its alcohol content. The alcohol adds a pleasant warmth to this beer and the hops play very nicely with both the high alcohol and the firm malt backbone.
IluvatarMilan (275) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful dark red and earthy brown opaque body with a rich, thick head.
Looks very inviting. Massive in-yer-face aroma of pear, pine, strong hops- very potent.
Aroma is very bitter, big-bodied. Earthy malts. Hint of caramel and honey.
Truly a big beer.
Ontbeertaster (2339) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice aroma, nice bitterness, good flavour, very hoppy, I recommend a taste of this beer.
VsXsV (2404) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2011 33 cl bottle from private import through Systembolaget. Amber colour with small, off-white head. Smells of grapefruit, passionfruit, citrus, hops and sweet malts. Sweet, malty base with bitter ending. Really, really nice, Medium bodied with some carbonation. Truly wonderful IIPA.
Re-rating 20111201. Bottled, 33 cl. Almost clear, deep amber/red liquid with big off-white head with big bubbles. Still a 4, beautiful beer. Aroma of grass, fresh hops, tropical fruit, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, pine and caramel malt. What an aroma! Hops, hops and more hops. Still scores a 9 out of 10. Taste is light sweet with high bitterness. Has a nice, caramel malt base but the taste is still very hoppy. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Still an excellent IIPA. Even though I’ve had some extraordinary IIPAs during the year since the last rating this still ranks as one of my favourite ones.