sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I wasn’t crazy about this. It pours a pretty dark amber with a good-sized white head. The nose is perhaps what turns me off most. Kind of musty and earthy, with a bit of pine apparent. Just strange. I like mustiness and barnyard in a good saison, but it’s not appealing in an IPA. The flavor is also piney and perhaps a bit vegetal. I drank this next to the Oskar Blues Gubna IIPA and the Mikkeller-BrewDog I Hardcore You IIPA, and it was definitely the loser of the bunch. Not bad, but not something I’d go out of my way to obtain.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Candy bubble gum with parts of spice show well with this nicely hopped IPA. Pours deep amber and drops a nice citrus and spice nuance on the sweet finish.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pine bubble gum with a woody coating in a wet-dry texture followed by a rather Earthy citrus aroma. Nicely done! The pine does overtake the citrus a bit.
joergen (22202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Mikkeller Bar.
Cloudy orange coloured with a medium sized off-white head.
Fruity aroma of hops and pine needles with notes of citrus.
Fruity flavour of hops, pine needles and grape fruits.
Dry hoppy finish.
yespr (33547) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap at MikkellerBar. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is crisp grapefruity and peachy hops. Smooth mango and peachy hops fruity. Mild peachy and citrusy grapefruity. Bitter and yet slight sweet flavoured. Dry and bitter finish. Lasting fruity impression.
Theis (14013) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at MikkellerBAR. Clear amber/golden - white head. Nice hoppy. Ok hoppy. Citrus. Exotic fruits. Caramel. Medium malty. Light bitterness. Amber malts. Nutty. Ok IPA.
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - MAY 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is mango, broad, freshbitter hops, feel is quite broad, carb is full with small bubbles, taste is sweets, mango, broad sweet malt, delicious hops finish; broad and bitter
AskForJenny (1029) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz - A little too sweet for me, missing some of the malt fullness, and by no means an IPA to me. Outstanding for Florida.
deadheadbill (14) - Crystal River, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy golden color with a nice white head and very good lacing. Very nice aromas of hops, citrus and some malt. Medium bodied with nice bitter citrusy hop flavors balanced by malt, citrus fruit and some sweetness.
The amazing thing about this beer is that it always stays in balance with a lush mouthfeel and the hops always winning out in the flavor battle. CCB has done something few brewers can do, they have crammed all the flavors of an Imperial IPA into their regular bottling. This is without a doubt one of the best IPA’s available.
AWISLguy (1564) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2013 Rerate: Holy cow, what a significantly different rating. On tap at Duffy’s for Bill’s memorial. Billy, Billy, Billy - what can I say ... Sandy & I could not let you handle that tab without us getting involved either. Poured orangey-tan with a nice head. Aroma has pine, resin, citrus and some spice. Taste is of bitter grapefruit, spicy spruce, a lot of resinous body with some underneath malt base - felt, more than tasted. A lovely brew. Also better in the can this year than the bottle version I’d had a few years back without the heavy cigar presence. Bill, you also were lovely in your way and a one-of-a-kind. Original rating: Bottle from Total Wine in Stuart. Pours a orangey-tan with a 1 inch head and a lot of under-head carbonation. Aroma is pine, spices, woodiness and cigars. Taste is pine, black pepper, mango with some woodiness. Quite dry. Finishes somewhat heavy with spiciness, both bitter and sweet. I cannot get past the cigar presence to enjoy as I could. 6-4-7-4-13.