CptGreencoat (95) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours to a super hazy rusty orange with a creamy, everlasting beige head. Nose is mostly malt sweetness, with little to no hop aroma - this isn’t exactly what I expected from a IIPA. After swishing it around a bit I can pull what I think is a little piney hop nose, but still not much. Very full bodied with tons of American hops. Pretty bitter, tastes like a 70/30 pine/citrus hop ratio. Very warming going down. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. Slightly dryer than DFH 90 Minute.
Maybe I’m getting burned out on I/IPAs, but this one didn’t do too much for me. It’s good beer, but is still too sweet for me.
seritomi (298) - HUNGARY - OCT 14, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2012 Agyon üt az illat már a tetszetős palack nyitásnál, kitöltve pedig aki nem érzi meg 10 méteres körben ezt a esszenciát annak nincsenek szaglósejtjei! Gyönyörű bronz szín, szép homogén nem túl tartós hab de kit érdekel. Jó erős IPÁs citrus felhő az arcba, a komlóíz meg engem, mint a fűszer fanatikusát levett a lábamról azonnal. Ez szerelem az első üveg, nem korty után! Azért nem 5 pont mert nekem már kicsit édes.
hollybeery (66) - Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Nice coppery color with off white head. Floral hoppy nose. The hops are very robust and bitter..almost on the verge of tasting metallic but there great floral notes. Delicious.
armando629 (2413) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,355 l bottle, Csakajósör, Budapest.
Deep amber crystal with some small bubbles inside, fantastic foamy and pillowy, cxreamy tan head. Complex aroma with honey and caramel, sum nuts, and a huge ammount of herbal-resiny hops. Alcoholic extract of herbs in the nose with some raisins and caramel, vanila and ginger. Stable base with caramel and malt again with raisins and honey taste, powerful and interesting herbal character of hops. Not so resiny as other DIPAs rather herbal and spicy. Ginger again with a character of some bitters(spirit like Becherovka, Unicum). Fantastic, interesting again from that scottish punk band. Wow.
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Brewdog dinner at beerbistro. My favourite brew of the night next to special edition Tokyo Midnight, hopefully they brew that one again. Beer pours nice dark amber colour with nice hoppy aroma with pine needles, grapefruits, tropical fruits and toffee and bready notes. Bitter flavour full of complex hops with a bit of sweet caramel malt in the background, some fruits, and a very bitter, piney finish with a bit of resinous notes. Great beer
Elwood (3311) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Fireworks.
Aroma: There is lots of pine and grapefruit with a slight floral undertone. Very potent.
Appearance: It pours a light amber color with a nice, rocky, off-white head. Good head retention and lacing.
Taste: This one is has a lot more balance than it’s predecessor. There is a nice mix of pine and citrus notes from the hops and a slight bready malt note that quickly gets washed away by a strong hop bitterness.
Palate: Medium body with ample, average carbonation leading to a long, bitter finish.
Overall: This one is much nicer than the first incarnation. It is smooth and drinkable without being overly bitter and brusque. Recommended.
rosenbergh (7011) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2011 330 ml bottle. Finland.
Hazy brown colour with big light tan head.
Strong floral bitter hoppy aroma with some caramel sweetness.
Flavour is harsh darkish bitter with some dark sweetness. No alcohol. Long-lasting bitter aftertaste. Sticky palate.
Cask at the Gallows Bird, Espoo, Finland. XIV Real Ale Festival.
Dark hazy amber colour.
Strong malt and dark bitter hops in aroma.
Flavour is strong slightly harsh dark bitter hops with caramel malty body. Bitter hoppy overdose in aftertaste.
theSlipperyPen (238) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hazy dark amber pour with a tight, creamy off white head. There are loads of hops on the nose; resinous pine, sharp citrus notes of orange, grapefruit and granadilla. Then there’s peach and a light sulphur funk. In the mouth its very bitter and wonderfully hoppy - gone is the fresh fruit of the Punk IPA and in is the marmalade and pith of an imperial pale ale. Rounded malts serve to balance the hops. It’s thick bodied with a soft carbonation and an ABV that’s completely hidden. It finishes on the pine and marmalade, with the bitterness cleansing the palate. Right at the end one gets a hint of clay-line soil, pine needles and hot sand. A very well balanced, very fine double IPA.
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Csakajosor.hu. Poured copper-ruby and a tan, creamy, lacing white head. Delicious piney aroma with grapefruit, citrus, caramel, some fruitiness of apple, grapes, melon. Sweet like maple syrup that mellows out into a perfect hoppy bitterness. Sweet, caramelish aftertaste, alcohol is well hidden. Very well balanced. This is a really good one!
DSG (6105) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2012 Re-rate 4/18/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks Tomer G. Clear deep amber color. Piney hops in the aroma. Sweet malty flavor with lots of resinous hops bitterness. Medium-bodied. 7/3/7/3/14=3.4
Re rate 4/13/11: Bottle. Slightly hazy (almost clear) deep amber color with a medium off-white head. Aroma of piney and grapefruity hops and some caramel. Flavor starts with some chewy malty sweetness with caramelly notes and some fruitiness, and then an intense bitter hoppiness takes over, a bit resinous, with pine and grapefruit. Medium-bodied. A bit harsh but still pretty good. 7/3/7/3/14=3.4
[9/26/10] Bottle at a friend’s place in Amsterdam. Lovely clear amber color with a beige head. Powerful hoppy aroma with pine needles, grapefruits, tropical fruits and toffee and cookie-ish notes. Bitter flavor full of hops with a bit of sweet malt in the background, some fruits, and a very bitter, piney finish with a bit of resinous notes. Medium to full body. Hoppy goodness. 8/4/7/3/14=3.6