brokensail (15214) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
A: The pour is surprisingly standard for an IPA. Golden copper/amber color with a fair amount of white head.
S: At first, I quite liked the nose. A lot of hops, primarily resinous and piney in nature. However, if you breathe in a good bit and get the full bouquet, youíll be able to pick out the three main components of this beer: alcohol (cheap vodka), hop extract, and sugar.
T: Though I did enjoy the nose for a moment, the flavor just completely put me off. Even with just a small sip, the alcohol just attacks your tongue. Hot, cheap vodka followed by incredible bitter, hop extract type of flavor and then some table sugar mixed in to try to mellow things out.
M: The body is quite heavy and almost syrupy. Itís also hot as hell.
D: Just a few sips was more than enough of this one. I was not a fan of the Penguin, but I thought this was even worse.
Hansen (8206) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
CBF 2010: Orange, golden colour. Has an off-white head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is harsh hopped, herbs, grass, resin. Moderate maltyness too. Flavor is harsh: Harsh sweet and harsh bitter and thats in a good way. Alcohol. Syrupy texture.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was actually quite surprised that I liked this as much as I did. Big piney hop aroma reminds me very much of Dogfish Head 120 Min. Flavor has massive hops and is a bit hot but, when compared to spirits, itís fairly smooth sipping. Put yourself in the "slow sipping spirit" frame of mind when trying this, and it is quite nice.
jtclockwork (13101) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with jcwattsrugger and decaturstevo. Pours amber. Deceptively nice nose at first inhalation. Hops and grain alcohol. Then the true beast reveals itself. Rubbing alcohol, paint thinner and iodine permeates the nose in follow up whiffs. Hops become more muted. The first sip is also deceptive. Slight burn with hop malt character throughout. Subsequent sips tell a different story. The beer quickly becomes a Jack Daniels cough medicine of sorts, lots of rubbing alcohol and burn with little hops in background.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange amber with no head.
Aroma: Grapefruit, rubbing alcohol, vinegar, and spoiled peach.
Taste: Caramel like booze, spoiled peach, grapefruit, wood, astringent hops, and alcohol for days.
Mouthfeel: Hot and syrupy.
Overall: Insanity in a bottle.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JUL 3, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at DōE Beerfestival 2010, TAP1. Pours a clear and amber beer with no head. The aroma is hops. The flavor is some malt and a heavy alcoholburn. The palate is alcohol. Overall a good aroma but too much alcoholburn.
JorisPPattyn (9084) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazed red-brownish beer with (surprise!) no head. HOPS!! God, this is a hopbomb. And then- the pure nose of a rum-bonbon; straw. Cocos, hops, sweet and fiery alcoholic, alcohol-preserved fruits as apricots. More alcoholburn than a maltwhisky at equal strength, but way more flavourful. The hops really make the difference, I assess this even better than the TNPenguin - and not because of the ABV!
Borresteijn (6049) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at BrewDog Tasting at BeerTemple, bottle. Huge thanks to James BrewDog who brought this along as an extra. Clear amber colour, no head. Looks like whiskey. Aroma of full on strong sharp piny and spicy hops, resin, alcohol, pepper. Flavour is strong woody, sharp, alcohol, malts, fruity, strong bitter hoppy and burning alcohol finish. Fullbodied. Wow.. I canít say this is really good, but definitely very interesting.
thirdeye11 (5952) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy) nice burning amber/red color with absolutely excellent laser-etched alcohol legs. Nose of huge juicy grapefruit, light bread, very little alcohol, candied oranges, tons of citrus. Smells delicious! Unfortunately it doesnít taste like it smells. The taste is heavy on the alcohol (expected), bitter bitter hops, no sweetness to match, hot and spicy, some candied fruit, and bread. Hot finish, pine bitterness, smooth palate finish but it is still hot. I liked TNP better, but this was still very interesting/enjoyable.
Beer5000 (5648) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
4cl sample. Itís A Beer Itís A Bird! Itís A Plain! NO! Itís.. Supermanís favorite drink! I have sampled this one three times now at Patricks bar and cannot still decide exactly how to rate this. There might be some arguments about if this is a beer or not, but it might be more interesting to find out what to compare with. There isnít exactly to many ďquadruple IPAĒ to compare with out there. So today I have come to the conclusion to not give a shit about what this is and try to compare it with anything else that I now about. I have enjoyed this drink a lot every time had it and I wan to have it again, so letís just celebrate that there is innovative brewers all over the world who still are able to come up with new crazy ideas and push the limits. I wonder how people would had react to e.g. Three Floyds Dreadnaught if it just had appeared in the marked in 1975? But on the other hand, Iím not sure if we need a bunch of similar products in the above 20% ABV league.
Anyway, the body has a nice, clear amber color with obvious no head. There is a strong aroma of alcohol and hops mixed with caramel and syrup. A bit overwhelming in the start maybe, but just relax and take youíre time, this is actually really nice to just sit back and smell while youíre getting prepared to take the first sip. And what a sip! When this nectar hits my lips and attacks my palate this is just like an explosion of flavors. A chaotic mix of burning alcohol, aromahops, bitterhops, really sweet caramel syrup and fruits. The amazing thing is that there is a balance to this madness, again just relax and let the palate moderate the whole situation (or maybe we are talking about local anesthesia here!) This is very extraordinary stuff, it might not be everybodyís cup of tea (hop liquor), but I just love it and was really exited the first time I tasted it so I have to praise it.