LilBeerDoctor (3702) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a murky deep burnt orange with a thick, foamy off-white head. Aroma of citrus fruits, lots of caramel malts and toffee. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, a touch sticky, with prickly citrus in the finish. As others have said, this definitely has a barleywine feel with all the maltiness and residual sugars. Overall, it was hard to drink and I just couldn’t get into it.
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2010 Bottle from Cigar City. Pours a rustic amber color with a head that very slowly develops but eventually does to a clumpy layer. The aroma shows resin, grapefruit, cookies, and caramel. Easy drinking at first for such a big brew until the huge sweet malt profile becomes a bit unbearable. This has a thick caramel malty body with lots of tropical fruity flavors. I pick up some mango, guava and citrus. Resin hop flavor too. Again, it’s a bit sweet which is accentuated by the lack of hardly any bitterness. Dull bitter hops in the finish but that’s about it. Maybe this will age alright like some sort of barleywine but it’s not hot or alcoholic either. Just thick and sweet. Even now it seems a little like a barleywine . I suspect the ratings will be all over the place on this one. Some will like it and others will not. I’m pretty disappointed so I guess count me in the not liking it group.
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Pours a burnt orange with a fat white head. Nose is tons of grapefruit and a ton of caramel. Flavor is an assault of fruit and citrus flavors up front and a massive sweet caramel body. Very thick as a DIPA should be. However the bitterness that kicks in at the end collapses under the weight of the malt. This is my kind of DIPA but I suspect many will hate this, its a very sweet DIPA and coincedentally one that I kinda dig. In some ways its more American Style Barley Wine than DIPA.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2010 750 @ redlight redlight. Sweet citrus with hints of pine, very floral. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a white head that dissipates. Hoppy with loads of sweet malts, resinous flavors with brown sugar and sweet malts. Good hop flavor very floral, not a lot of bitterness with sweet malts.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle from somebody called alex... Pours a mostly transparent cinnamon brown with a thin soapy head... Aroma of sweet sacharine and caramel that standout with very minimal hops. Perhaps some sweet liquered tropical and orangey sweet hoppiness... Flavors hugely caramel and malt forward beer with sweet dried fruit notes with some dried apricot and peachy essence. Light carbonation. Just a little too overly sweet and malty overall. This is def ore of a sipper and would be difficult to enjoy a bottle to one’s self.
markwise (5145) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2012 Sampled at tasting. Pours deep yellow orange with a white head. Nose is all manner of citrus, almost hoppy pineapple: malt presence, caramel, apricots, some peach, grapefruit, and orange. Flavor is the same with apricot flesh, peach, and lots of hop and citrus presence. Simply astounding how hoppy this beer is without being too over-the-top. It has a medium-to-full body and lingering hops into the finish. Excellent.
MeadMe (1601) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Pours a nice deep shade of orange with a nice off white head. Above average retention with a nice smattering of lace.
S: Holy sweetness. Tons of rock candy, Florida orange juice, honey, flower nectar, and pineapple.
T: Bold sweetness in the taste as well. About as tropical as a beer can be. Loads of pineapple and apricot. Mild peach with flashes of fresh orange juice. Honey sweetness with sweet floral notes. A mild grassiness beneath.
M: Rather full in body, bold, sweet, and smooth. This is a different sort of West Coast DIPA.
D: Not the most drinkable. It is one to sit down with and enjoy though. I had a bottle by the pool and enjoyed it quite a bit.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2010 On Cask @ CCB. Pours a hazy brilliant yellow/orange with little carbonation (cask). Nose is loads of sweet citrus, pineapple, lemon zest, orange juice, honey, honey dew and sweet flowers. Flavor is big sweet pineapple, mellon, sweet honey, fruit juice, orange concentrate, sweet caramel. A little sweet for my liking. Really looking forward to a fully carbonated version served a bit colder than cask temperature. All around a sweet hop bomb. Pretty rough.
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask… Murky deep-caramel ale with a small, creamy white head. Good retention. Musky, earthy, grapefruit and tropical fruit hop aroma with additional notes of caramel and toffee. Full-bodied and velvety with nearly no carbonation (it’s on cask… surprise). The flavor is packed full of malty, caramel/toffee sweetness, but that’s at about 70°F. Even this warm, the hops are assertive and flavorful, although the bitterness is muted more than I would like. Bittersweet, earthy finish... the bitterness hangs out a while. I really like this beer. I look forward to trying this at a more appropriate temperature and with forced carbonation... a format that should allow the lupulin to really shine.
dchmela (3005) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the brewery. Pours a deep hazy orange with a wispy soapy head. Aggressive citrus hops, honey, malt sweetness in the nose. Huge bitter hops, citrus and grassy with lots of malt sweetness and touches of honey. The sweetness is a little much, but overall a great aggressive hoppy brew.