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 (1020) - 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 (1289) - 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.
ekoerper (589) - Iowa, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to drowland. Aroma is ripe tropical fruits, resiny hops, pine, sweet caramel malts. Pours amber with a slight haze, nice off-white head with good retention and clumpy lacing. Pine and resiny hops start off the taste, some grapefruit and orange, fairly forward bitterness which is well balanced by the bready and caramel malt character. Bitterness does linger for a bit, but it’s a nice pleasant hop flavor and is under control. Medium body, medium-high carbonation, prickly and effervescent.
Itzjerm (1275) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2013 This is what an IPA should be a bit bitter but minimal... sweet counteracts the bitter to creat euphoria. Its on my top list when I head to Florida. I now have had a second time in bottle ... it stillis euphoria... great job guys!
Back in Bama... 2 years since i’ve had one... now in a can... still euphoria! Good job!
maneliquor (3101) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle purchased from Bierkraft in Brooklyn. Fresh pine and grapefruit on the nose. Seems to be a litttle more tropical than some of this style. I get mandarin come through, as well as some a solid balanced between hops and malt
Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from PA. Pours a hazy orange color with a nice white head. Sweet hoppy citrus notes in the nose. Medium body with a slight resin oil left on your tongue. Grassy/Citrus hop notes up front that give way to a slight bitterness that is a bit drawn out and leaves a slight hop resin on your tongue. Great well balanced IPA that can please both hop-heads and those who enjoy the aroma and flavor of hops without being too bitter and overpowering. Overall: (A)
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottled. Huge citrus and fresh cut pine nose. A shit ton of hops, sweet malt, and wood leave an amazing palate. So drinkable. Oily & resinous on lips/tongue. Spot on.
MacBoost (1273) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - APR 25, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 Had this beer fresh in tampa. Excellent, excellent, excellent. This beer is amazing. Would buy everyday if it were available in NY. Totally blown away by this beer when fresh. WAY BETTER than two hearted.
RE-RATE: even better from the new cans. Still amazing. Do not scroll past this beer.