Fin (8177) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle that Jan passed onto me at Essen, Belgium, 18.12.10 and consumed 24.12.10 Big thanks to Jan & Charlotte This pours amber with some haze not too dissimilar in appearance to the I Beat You had earlier, large white head. Big impressive hoppy nose, soft in the mouth, there is loads of citrus and pine zapping around in the mouth and on the nose. Lovely beer, good bittersweet balance, pithy, tasty really good. A7 A3 T8 P4 Ov15 3.7
irishalky (35) - Littleton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Strong citrus hoppy IPA. Bold orange color forebodes the taste to come. Very smooth as with most imperial IPA with a distinct grapefruit taste. The strong hops leads to a bitter after taste. Nice change of pace beer for a lover of imperial stouts. If you like bitter’s, you’ll love this beer.
Holy (835) - GERMANY - DEC 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Flowers and hops in the nose. Taste is a great balance of hops, citrus, grapefruit. Nice bitter aftertaste.
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 (1351) - 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 didn’t 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 (1067) - 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. It’s 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 world’s most vaunted brewers.
radagast83 (5417) - 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. What’s most pleasing, however, is the relatively dry malt profile, consisting primarily of well-attenuated toasted honey, toffee, and clean biscuit notes. There’s 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. I’m 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 (2895) - 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