Rangi (560) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big hop flavors, citrus, tropical fruit on top of a velvety sweet malt base that keep everything well balanced. Little dangerous at 8.5% and being so smooth and easy to drink.
Sevenlee (1271) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think my bottle may have not been sealed properly as it seemed to lack a little carbonation. Pours a dark cloudy brown with basically no head. Aroma is malt, fruit; passionfruit, caramel and hops. Taste is medium sweet of fruit, caramel and bread leading to a hoppy bitter finish. Good stuff, just hope it wasn’t too damaged by the seal.
ShaneJ (493) - AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Plonk. Murky deep amber/brown, aroma of tropical fruit, passionfruit, toffee/butterscotch, flavour is big on hops and malt, well balanced, very drinkable. Really enjoying this one!
Stew41 (1729) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light for an imperial at under 9% but the palate does carry decent weight with truckloads of sweet malt and hops. The former does win the battle. Very low fizz and perhaps to a fault as I found the beer a bit plodding in the mouth. Actually I quite like the low ABV and this is clearly well made but it does feel dull.
Brenhophead (543) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330mL bottle. Pours deep amber with a small off white head and a wonderful sweet tropical fruit/punch bowl aroma. As it hits the tongue I detect the massive bitterness that is tempered by an equally scaled sweetness. Tropical fruit dominates the flavour with a slight hint on toffee malt.
Gramoit (353) - AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
After a few sips, this beer reminded me a lot of the impressive, Dogfish Head’s 90 minute ipa, albeit less flavoursome and without much of a head. Still a good DIPA that is pretty well balanced.
hawthorne00 (2377) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear darkish amber, tiny light beige head hangs in there. Aroma of toffee, flowers, pine, grapefruit, nectarines. Slight window cleaner. Rather low carbonation. Toffee, stone fruit, kumquats, pine, pepper. Moderate but lingering bitterness and kumquats. Dangerously drinkable. Lovely balance.
lliams (196) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2013 Carbonation a little low on my example as it’s only been in the bottle a week or so.... I thought it was a perfectly balanced IPA. Great malt body with excellent hop flavours. Nothing overdone, just right.
stoutnick (456) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks like the original Bling IPA - dirty brown red - but aroma is fruit and hops in unison. Taste is sticky hops bitterness. The big malt body brings a real chewy mouthfeel. Palate is sticky. Overall, not my sort of DIPA, but can see goodness here nonetheless.