DrnkMcDermott (2977) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle, $7 @ Family Liquors. Do I need to keep Impy IPAs around til they go stale? No! Iím popping this thing. Pours orange/amber and pretty clear for a dry-hopped beer. Big foamy IPA head. Citrus hop nose, but a little more distinctive than others,maybe because it seems a little "drier?" Or the mellowing influence of some European hops. Thereís even a bit of grain in the nose. AnyhooÖ the taste is a big bomb burst of hop, pine and citrus (orange) up front. Very easy drinking, with little alcohol heatÖ but then the complex hop character wants to be my "pal,"" and ends up sleeping on my couch for a week. Dry finish; slightly astringent,but pleasantly so,and some savory notes to make my tongue curl downward.
Niko100 (2554) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber/orange color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of floral hops, caramel malt, & citrus; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, pine hops, some fruit, and citrus (notably orange & grapefruit); Finish is bitter; Nicely balanced; Overall, surprisingly mellow and subdued - good though.
nickd717 (4038) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle from Beer Revolution. Consumed on the Caltrain, a great ticking location. The aroma is a bit on the maltier side with just a bit of hoppiness, on the earthier side. The flavor is also a bit lacking in hoppiness. Big caramel malt with some earthy and mildly citrusy hoppiness. Medium-full bodied with average carbonation level. Medium-bodied with mild syrupiness and average carbonation. Overall not so good, at least compared to what I expected.
popery (1863) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a definite step down from I Beat yoU for me. Itís not bad, but thereís too much crystal malt flavor and the hopping just doesnít seem quite right. The beer is nearly burnt umber in color with a thin but lasting ecru head. The aroma is caramel with sticky hops. It has that hop candy smell that is both good and bad. Surprisingly, the taste is rather mild, and I was left wondering what happened to the early hop additions. Some pine needle bitterness pokes its head out in the finish, but itís too little, too late for me. Mouthfeel should be fuller for a big malty DIPA like this. Iím not exactly disappointed, as I went into it with a not altogether positive feeling for normal Hardcore and I donít find the beer distasteful or anything. Itís just a ho-hum, crystal malt-forward DIPA. I imagine if it came from a random East Coast brewery, no one would pay it any mind (and it probably wouldnít sell with the same price tag).
Grima (2230) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - JUL 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the glass deep gold, orange, with little foam. Strong floral and hoppy, fruity aroma, with lots of citrus. Starts very hoppy-bitter, much aroma hops and fruity citrus slightly caramelly, coupled with a massive malt body. The aftertaste is caramelly, fruity, with pleasant aroma hops in the background.
Ragnampiza (751) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - JUL 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 ml bottle from Passione Birra. Watching Cile-Mexico =) Served in a snifter, pours a beautiful slightly hazy copper colour with golden orange highlights, with a small white head, unfortunately without lacing. One of the best looking beer ever. Wow, at the nose this is probably my first hop bomb! Huge hops aroma, floreal notes, caramel, bubblegum and malts. Lots of malts in the taste as well, with a small boozyness too but for a 9,5% abv Iíd say itís pretty normal. Medium body, low to medium carbonation. Quite a rich beer, very nice. Awesome label design.
DonnieZ (1) - Joliet, USA - JUL 2, 2011 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A buddy of mine got me this and a handful of other IPAs for my birthday. This one came highly rated by the guy at Binnyís.
Iíve been enjoying IPAs/DIPAs/IIPAs of late that are much more malt forward, similar to DFH90 minute or Southern Tier Unearthly. I kind of had that in mind for this bottle, so my rating may be a few points lower than it normally would be.
This is a pretty good DIPA - Poured from the 11.2 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. The nose is malty, but the flavor is hop forward and I taste both citrus and pine notes, with more pine notes coming out. The malt backbone is there and very well balanced with the hops. Poured a generous 1.5 finger khaki head with superb lacing and retention.
Iím relatively new to the craft beer scene and I havenít had brews from either of these two brewhouses that collaberated on this brew. For me, this is another entry in the "Very drinkable, good, but forgettable" IPAs. For malty IPAs, Iíll be searching out for the afforementioned two. For hoppy IPAs, Iíll be searching for a 3 Floyds Dreadnaught.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle orders hazy dark orange with medium lighte tan head laces well. Aroma is grapefruit lots of citrus hops rind and light booze. Flavor is well balanced carmel malt and strong bitter citrus hops and a floral honey sweetness ending with a little booze.
drpimento (2883) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent beer! I let it warm to a good temp out a the fridge first. Then, poured with a grand, foamy, frothy, fluffy, sudsy, cream colored head with peaks and lots of lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is hugely hops with malt, caramel and a little floral. Flavor is like nose, but with some additional spice, pine, and old leather. Body is soft and so is carbonation, but not too. Finish is like flavor and alcohol is present not overly so. Fun to try one of and maybe come back to in a while or Iíd be interested to see how it would lay by, but couldnít call it a session in any sense.
zdk9 (183) - Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(330ml bottle best by 7-29-11 thanks to bu11zeye) Pours super cloudy with a light walnut color. Smell is HOPS! hops amd more hops- sweet orange, light grapefruit, sweet pinesap, some butter. Taste is hoppy, but less than the smell- more caramel and nuttiness. Hops come out as pine needles, dark grapefruit pith. Good, a beer that youíd like to just smell and not have to drink.