joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
orange with large white head. nose of herbal hops with a touch of citrus and some alcohol. firm bitterness before come low crystal and munich malt with the hop flavor being well represented. a low residual sweetness likely indicating a nice ferment, though little yeast character is present. there is some alcohol that isnt overwhelmingly distracting. a solid double ipa, the problem lies in the hop components not melding well together, with centennial, simcoe, and columbus producing a one dimensional flavor that isn’t particularly enjoyable
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is full of hops and a citrus note and there is a dank malt aroma that brings it all together. The appearance is an orange amber color that is darker than your traditional DIPA. Taste is full of hops but is balanced superbly with the malt. This bottle didn’t taste very fresh (batch 225). Overall this is a very good beer and I look forward to trying more from this brewery.
Countbeer (3890) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice vast 2 finger darker beige foamy head on top of a deep darker orange to a red colored beer.
Smell hops, flowers, citrus, fruit, grapefruit, cactus, light toasted malts, hint of alcohol, spices and a hint of cream.
Taste is a well balanced mix of hops, bitter, citrus, fruit, grapefruit, malts, grass, spices, sweets and a hint of yeast.
Very long bitter aftertaste with hints of spices, light dry and grass. Don’t taste the alcohol that easy as it is present in the smell.
Low carbo, medium to full body and a silky and right after light tingly on the tongue.
trevman7 (58) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really enjoyed this beer. Poured a dark orange tan, frothy head that lingered quite a while. Beautiful aroma of dark hops, malt, and pears before they have been sliced open. Flavor was strong in hops malt and barley. Go try one.
TBone (11735) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A bit hazy golden-orange color, big cloudy off-white head. Sticky, berryish, hoppy juicy and resiny aroma. Berrysih, sweet, pineapple fruity, resiny, hoppy-alcoholic flavor. Quite sticky palate (my fingers were sticky too after drinking this). Much too sweet and alcoholic. Somewhat one-dimensional and harsh too.
BeerNeedy (125) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 4, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Over all a very substantial DIPA maybe just a tad heavy on the alcohol but otherwise nice to look at and great on the palate and it will get an occasional place in the rotation.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a bottle which I was stoked to find in Ketchum Idaho. Hazy murky orange gold color. Pleasant citrus on the nose. Medium body without being syrupy. Good balance of sweet maltiness and bitter hops. Nothing exceptional about the hop flavor or unique but tasty nonetheless. Liked it.
onceblind (3575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark orange pour with a little off white-slightly orange head. Aroma of some overripe fruits, mainly orange, a hint of cantelope, and some leafy green hops, with a bit of buttered croissant. Superb aroma. Taste is bittersweet, but mostly bitter. Aggressively hoped with floral hops taking the lead charge down the palate. Burnt toast malt replaces the croissant, but it still kinda works next to the bitterness. Somewhat uncomplex, but is so well made that it doesn’t harm the overall enjoyment much. Just a straight up, or "hardcore" DIPA with a big flavor.
Linnet (1008) - Umeå, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Deep amber colour, medium dirty white head, lacing.
Aroma: Tropical fruits, mango, passionfruit, resin, candy, malts, alcohol, perfume, citric, lemon, pine.
Flavour: big bite, bit fruity, big malt base, alcohol, the finish is a bit unbalanced and keeps this from a top mark
Mouthfeel: sharp bubbles.
Total: Much better than 1st edt!
bigabe (194) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 One of my favorite Imperial IPAs. Not quite the perfectly balanced, wonderfully floral nose of Pliny the Elder... but the depth of flavor, and slightly sweet, grapefruit twist in the finish more than makes up for that. The alcohol is well disguised, and the added sugars do not make for a dull, one note added sweetness. This is an IPA with a rich bouquet of citrusy flavors.