shigadeyo (3388) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/25/2009: Church Brew Thunderhop Double IPA... Aroma: Super floral and herb-like, BASIL?!, pine/evergreen hops; more citrusy when warmer and less herbs. Appearance: Transparent reddish-amber color; clean appearance; frothy off-white head. Flavor: Also very floral and herby; light toffee maltiness underneath; lots of PINE hops. Palate: Medium to medium-full body; great mouthfeel. Overall: Very balanced, very drinkable!
Draught at Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA. Rating #77 for this beer.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed at the brewery/restaurant in a pub glass. The beer pours a medium to dark amber color. The aroma brings a noticable level of hops, but not to the extent that one would expect in a double IPA. The malt presence is also relatively weak, giving hints of greatness, but falling far short in the end. Mouthfeel was so-so, at best, and at its worst, was nearly insipid. Overall, one of the better beers offered at CBW, but certainly not better than average.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by TheCaptain and BeerGestapo, thanks guys. I wasn’t too thrilled with this one when I thought it was a regular IPA and now that I know it is supposed to be a DIPA I am even less enthusiastic. Clear amber with a decent head. IPA? Where are the hops? Barely any perceptible hops aroma or flavor. Instead it was mostly bready, sweet malt and just a bit of citrus. Certainly not enough to venture into DIPA territory. Try again guys.
keepersj12 (2985) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this from a cask. Very smooth. Nice hoppiness to it. Dark amber with a long lasting head.
BREWMUSKCLES (2441) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice moderate body with an effervescent carbonation it is strong of alcohol enhanced likely because of the blast of hop and malt in the flavor. tart and tangy a bit chalky as in the rind this brew is a hop heads reward. sweet, piney and darkish with a touch of orange candy. quite nice.
LilBeerDoctor (3567) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2012 Update 9/3/2012. On draught at the brewpub. Pours a clear orange/red with a thick white head. Aroma of bitter garlicky, grassy hops, pot, and caramel malt. Flavor is super hoppy and bitter with more pot, garlic, grass, and a hint of citrus. A great hop bomb and it’s hard to compare this awesome IPA on tap to the bottle form. Tasty stuff.
Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a clear brown. Aroma of sweet citrus and orange peel. Flavor of caramel malt upfront with citrus. Slightly astringent. Very sweet, so overall just meh.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
PPRBSG09. Bottle. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Sweet viney citrus with a big etoh and floral hops. a nectar hoppiness with some pine. Eh.
msante79 (2217) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle thanks to Mrchopin. Pours clear dark orangish amber with small light tan head. Aroma is citrus, pine, floral hops, sweet malt and some spices. Flavor is citrus, pine, hops, caramel and sweet malt and finishes bitter. Lots of sweet malt. Not enough hops for a double in my opinion but it is not a bad beer just not a good DIPA.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle. The pour is very dark amber orange with a dense tan frothy head. The nose is light with some floral piny notes and background malt dust. The flavor is a bit like a solvent or a pine cleaner. Very thin with scrubbing carbonation and a lingering grapefruit bitterness. Tick.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
CPLYFO 09. 12 oz bottle. Pours a slight hazy light amber- orange with a thin lasting head. Aroma is fragrant with floral hops, flowery, lavender, and spice- with a thin crackery malt backbone. Phenols throughout with a harsh plastic note int eh flavor esp as it warms, slightly harsh bitter hop character in the end as well - lemon lime zest and floor cleaner- solvent-like. meh.