tobydarling (31) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle, 2010 version. Pours a deep amber, with moderate off white head (that reduces). Huge resin and citrus. Great carbonation just tickles the tongue without distracting. Big marmelade flavour (almost a texture), with some more citrussy/grapefruit at the edges, and toast and caramel/toffe in the middle. Really nice balance. Long drying finish. Great stuff
GJF (1323) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice. My previous rating was a double IPA that had tons of hops but didnít come together--this one, however, has just as much hop character but is also wonderfully balanced and layered. Plenty of pine and grapefruit here and the finish is very dry, very bitter, with just a touch of alcohol burn.
ComradeK (1060) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
330ml bottle. Pours a wonderfully hazy mid-amber, with a fluffy white head, good retention and lacing. The aroma is full-on imperial IPA, with pine and citrus, and maybe a hint of caramel. The merest hint of sweetness is followed immediately by a huge whack of oily citrus and resin hops, flowing into a sweet caramel malt finish. It is much more balanced than Hardcore IPA, yet lacks the absolute hop power of that brew. Itís a different kind of beer to the one of progenitors that I have thus far tried, more restrained and more balanced. A top effort from two of the worldís most vaunted brewers.
radagast83 (5391) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz bottle. Poured a clear orange color, nice medium sized fluffy head. Aroma was hops, citrus, nice balance of malts, touch of spice. Flavor was fantastic! Fruit notes, citrus hops, pine, bitter hops, woah. Crisp, nice hop oil finish.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle, pretty fresh by U.S. import standards. Pouring a dense and hazy honey to dusky, burnt orange-amber hue, the body supports a tall, wild head of khaki froth. Slowly subsiding to a dense, clumpy, fat-bubbled patch of foam, the head leaves impossibly intricate and rock-hard sticky cobwebs of lacing all over the glass. Gorgeous brew. The nose is, as promised, aggressively hopped, booming with notes of grapefruit, orange, and pine resin. There might even be a hint of mango in there, and certainly some apricot. Whatís most pleasing, however, is the relatively dry malt profile, consisting primarily of well-attenuated toasted honey, toffee, and clean biscuit notes. Thereís a rather dry, almost crackery/bready yeast profile that spans the divide between malt and hop nicely, drawing them together into quite the harmonious package. Flavors are no less impressive, drawing upon amply bitter grapefruit and orange rind, along with green grass and sticky pine notes, to bite into tongue with hoppy grandeur. As the bitterness subsides, notes of honey-kissed toast, English biscuit, and toffee all emerge (though they never fully balance the intensity of the hops, which I actually appreciate). Despite a relatively tacky, sticky mouthfeel, the moderately carbonated palate never lets on with a sense of overbearing sweetness or sugar content. It finishes with a dry stickiness, in other words. Very impressive brew. Iím typically not one for Euro-style IPAs, and I was not impressed by either of the base beers, but the blending and extra dry-hopping have done this stuff wonders. Improvement through collaboration is in its truest form here.
RZahler (47) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This IIPA was amazing, I hardcore it!!! Full hop flavor with very little bitterness and great hop finish. My palate was happy to drink this.
drjay44 (2869) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle. Pours a tiny bubbled, lasting pale beige head, over a cloudy dark amber (SRM 10) body....nose is pine, pineapple, grapefruit peel, toffee/caramel....taste pine, grapefruit, caramel/toffee, honey, pineapple, licorice, finishing with a lingering hop bitterness, with a touch of citrus peel....mouth feel is medium and slightly sticky, alcohol well hidden, carbonation makes it creamy. This is a well balanced delicious IIPA. The hops add tremendous complexity, without being overwhelmingly bitter. The malts add a nice balance. BJCP 8/3/15/4/8
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Samís, Durham. Expecting a particularly aggressive DIPA of the face-wrecking hop assault (which I dig, donít get me wrong), I was pleasantly surprised by how distinctive, elegant, and balanced this beer was. A deep lustrous orange pour with a thick, sizable, creamy head, the appearance pleased from the git-go. Nose was extremely pungent, with loads of citrus rind and dry hops. Nice mouthfeel, not too sticky or boozy. The taste was impressive too, adding to the notes in the nose a very clean, spritzy champers element that complemented the dry fruity qualities really nicely. Price makes it unlikely Iíll have this one too frequently, but itís damn good.
teorn88 (3551) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2010 33cl bottle. Pours hazy orange with a big off white creamy head. Long lasting foam. Aroma is stunning: hoppy floral and spicy notes are sorrounded by a mango sweetness. Lots of yeasty and malty notes. Taste is great: lots of complexity with a spicy bitterness softened by a sweet caramel sensation. Lots of grassy-spicy flavors. Alcohol is almost unperceivable. Body is full with medium carbonation. Overall, a great IIPA.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep shade of amber with a white head. Aroma is primarily of grapefruits and pine needles. Flavor is not as pungent on the tongue as the the smell is in the nose.