andyhwcinc (1804) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I picked this up at Armanettiís in Chicago, IL, enjoyed on a early November warm night watching TV. A beer named "I Hardcore You" was something I just couldnít pass up, and Iím glad I didnít. Appearance is like a sludgy golden amber with a large white frothy head. Aroma rich in caramel malt and extensive hops. Taste is excellent and unique for a DIPA. In a way, the melding of caramel and citrus hops results in a unique strawberry-like flavor that I havenít had before. The alcohol does kick you a bit, but itís very smooth as well and somewhat creamy. Everything blends together very well though, excellent.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brutal and bitter! Awesome transeuro IPA! Pours a golden/amber clear with lots of head. Nose is juniper, pine and grass. Flavor is juniper, pine and grass. Excellent collab!
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - NOV 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At a tasting, thanks DSG: in the aroma huge hops, citrus, guava, mango, lychee, peach, rose water, very aromatic, in the flavor there is a strong malt backbone with less hoppy flavor, bisquity bready malt with some caramel, very bitter aftertaste, great beer.
ben4321 (5484) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 11/5/10
Aroma: The nose has fresh, ripe grapefruit, peach, apricot, a little orange, and some pine
Appearance: A murky orangish-brown colored beer with a small, frothy white head with decent lace
Flavor: The taste is rather hoppy, like the nose, sweet citrus fruits and lots of bitter hoppiness
Palate: The body is medium-full, with soft carbonation, and it is smooth, sticky and chewy on the mouth
I thought this one sounded like a pretty good collaboration idea right here. Two of the most experimental European breweries working together on a big DIPA? Yes, please! Well, this one was pretty solid, but not quite as great as I wanted it to be. I thought it has a very nice nose, but could have been a little bigger, despite that small criticism, this is still a very good beer for sure.
edwardbass (775) - Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic brew and very well balanced. Pours golden yellow, Aroma is a bit lost on me, but thatís a running theme with me. Has the mouthfeel of a very hefty, malty ale, but has a taste thatís not so malty-overwhelming as the mouthfeel makes me expect. Very citrusy, floral hops with a solid malt backbone thatís not overly sweet. One of the most well balanced beers Iíve ever tried. Unfortunately four of us shared this 12 oz. bottle, so it was gone way too fast.
Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nice clear amber colour with a beautiful creamy foam with nice retention. Aroma is a symphony of exotic fruits, hops and well-balanced malts. Lots of pine, simcoe, mango and caramel. Also some sugar and maybe a slight bit of honey. Taste is equally equilibristic and awesome. The sweetness and bitterness is perfectly balanced, and, coupled with the many exotic fruits, this blend becomes a better beer than either of its contributors. Carbonation is mild and pleasant and it reveals little of the high alcohol content.
Hair6a11 (1462) - Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Local Option ; Pours a solid dark, cloudy golden hue with whitish head I guess (low level lighting) - I had this one right after the Green Gold; Anyway - Poured into a trappist glass, I guess. Which I find questionable - Whatever. Nice lacing here in comparison to the Green Gold - Aromas are fairly similar - a floral bouquet on the nose with an earthy quality as well. Flavors are much bigger though, sticky to be sure. What this brew retains is that creamy element which I do quite enjoy as its a bit different than what Iíve come to expect from an IPA of any kind thus far - Nice earthy malt tones try to overcome the very big bitter piney floral hops - Again I donít get much citrus here, however, which is my only disappointment. Excellent brew
tomer (2788) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - NOV 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At a tasting, many thanks DSG, smallish head, hazy deep rusty orange colour, aroma of herbs, sweet grapefruit and lemon, flavour of citrus, tea, herbs and some floral notes, strong and mellow bitterness melding with precise fruity sweetness to create a wonderfully balanced finish. Very good and satisfying.
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle.Pours a cloudy amber with a full poofy head.Nose is pine and citrus hops with candied malts.Taste is sweet candy malts,bitter,pine and citrus malts with a creamy malt backbone.Big time IPA.Wow!!!!
JorisPPattyn (9242) - Ursel, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good, fine yellow head over veiled amber-orange beer. Grapey aroma, cake, some nutmeg and fresh baconfat. Very present rich-estery hoppy nose. Bitter, resiny, grapey flavour with again meaty/fruity esters behind; X-mas pudding; mandarines retronasal. Rich body, viscous, warming. Long petering out of the main taste. Quite good IIPA, certainly not the strongest, nor the bitterest, but rewarding.