vtafro (3697) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Hazy orange with white head. Caramel, sweet fruit, metallic tone, bit of cardboard oxidation, boozy tones, more of a barleywine at this point.
burg326 (3840) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy amber orange color with aromas of overly sweet malts, citrus, hops, and grapefruit. Flvaor is citrus and sweet, with the sweet malts overpowing the piney hops, grapefruit, and citrus. Still a good brew, and to me doesnt taste like a 10% heavy hitter.
BigTomZ (12) - Washington, DC, Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2011
1.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Poured a nice burnt orange/gold color with 1 finger of head of head and nice retention. Aroma is of raisins and brown sugar. Canít really detect much hop character. Overall the smell is not bad, but it is not an IPA aroma. Ok this stuff is just plain bad. I do not detect a hop presence. Malty, sweet, syrupy, raisins, brown sugar, more sweetness. Tastes like a blend of orange soda and prune juice. This was very sticky and sweet and too thick for this level of sweetness. Drinkability was obviously not good. I drank only a few sips before this became a drain pour. Someone brought me a bottle some time later. I gave it a second chance and it seemed even worse than the first time.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from freshbeercaesar Pours a cool looking orange with an almost orange looking head. The hops are dieing. It still has resinous and fruity hop notes but the nose really reminds me if a cellared barleywine with heavy malt sweetness and toasted bread aromas. Flavor is a muddled up sweet mess of hops and malts and sugars. Mouthfeel is as expected. It could have possibly been good when fresh but too sweet for my tastes.
Damico (2647) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma had hops, but lost some, some sweet notes as well. The beer pours golden amber with a nice head on top. The flavor is syrupy at this point. There are still some nice hops, but the malts have set in nicely on a thicker body than was in the past. Overall good, not great.
brokensail (11284) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The beer pours a somewhat murky/yeasty orange color with a slightly off-white head.
S: Some nice citrus hops to start with, and a little bit of tropical fruitiness, but overall this beer is too sweet for me. Moderately bready with quite a bit of caramel. Hints of brown sugar and booze.
T: There are some good points to the flavor, for instance it has a nice citrus and tropical fruit note. Unfortunately, itís absolutely too sweet and sugary. Minimal pine bitterness canít save that.
M: Medium in body with a definite stickiness and medium carbonation.
O: Too sweet and malty (and yes, this was when it was pretty fresh). Not my kind of IPA.
gregthekeg14 (49) - Florida, USA - APR 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
great beer cigar city makes some of the greatest ive had. amazing taste with hops and citrus. good palate and an overall amazing beer.
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewed from notes. Thanks to ktrillionaire for the bottle.
Pours a nice orange color with a white head and some pretty good lacing. The nose is pretty strange with some nice tropical notes followed up with a bit of cardboard and moderate citrus. The taste has some cardboard but is mostly fairly sweet with some mild citrus and tropical notes. A bit cloying in general. Drinkability is low and Iím a bit disappointed with this one after being quite excited to try it out.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-08-2010
HonusWagner (1531) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2011
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Super fresh, this beer had the nose of a good IPA, with lots of peaches and some grapefruit notes. But it was sweet, loaded with caramel malt, and overly viscous. I imagine that it will either age delightfully, into a solid barley wine with lingering sweet citrus fruits, or terribly, into an even harder to drink beer. Not a good look, certainly not for the style.
alexsdad06 (5813) - Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle thanks to cmillward. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a small white head. The aroma has a big dose of tropical fruits, caramel sweetness with a mild woodiness. This is more like a barley wine than an imperial ipa. The flavor is big sweet caramel malts, loads of ripe tropical fruit, citrus, woody with some earthy hops. Fairly smooth and syrupy. Again, I see this more as an English barley wine than an Imperial IPA. The sweetness does take away from the overall enjoyment of this beer.