Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Huge thanks to mikesgroove and wespatrick for sending me out a growlers of this; great to be able to share such a fine beer with different groups of beer geeks.
Shared at a recent tasting with bmanning, Amyliz4, and hhanson.
A: Pours a very nice orange-copper with a huge off-white head and plenty of creamy lacing as it makes its way down.
S: Strong, strong earthy citrus with a bit of an herbal aroma creeping in as well. There’s definitely a fairly-strong malt presence, but the hops are leading the show.
T: Similar strong hops with a pretty powerful bitterness, although there is plenty of malt backing it up; at the same time, the malt doesn’t really taste sweet at all in terms of balance, I can just tell that it’s there.
M: A bit thicker than something like either Pliny given the malt characteristics of this one, but overall spot on in terms of bitterness and overall mouthfeel.
D: Fantastic. This one went down quickly once I started sipping (which was a while from cracking it, as I really couldn’t get over the nose!)
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 04-13-2010
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler thanks to exiled. poured a hazy orangish amber with a white head. aroma was fantastic with pine, mango, orange, and some caramel malt. flavor was big time pine followed by citrus and some good malt backing. body was medium-heavy with low carbonation. a 9.5 percenter is my type of summer seasonal in texas!!
Ibrew2or3 (6436) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler pour courtesy of kiefdog. It pours slightly hazy copper with off white head. It has a pleasing nose of pine and citrus backed up by sweet malts as well as some spicy hops. Overall it emits a modest amount of bitter hop aroma. The taste is smooth yet feels thin for the style ushering in notes of grapefruit, pineapple, pine and spicy hops. It seems to begin with semi sweet hop flavor sweetened up by a thin layer of malt sweetness and then building to moderate levels of hop bitterness as the finishes nears. It ends with fading hop notes that dwindle down pretty quickly.
sebletitje (6230) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
growler shared at CCB.
Holy yeast floaters in this growler but the beer remained delicious.
pours cloudy golden/orange, white head, loads of sediments
aroma is loaded with hops, citrus grapefruit, lots of fresh hops, light malt and caramel.
Flavors, holy tastyness, haven’t been that impressed by DIPA since Alpine’s Exponential Hoppiness. Bitterness is subdued and not overpowering, yet finely crafted into this beer leaving a perfect balance with the caramel and malts.
Tons of tropical fruits; from grapefruit to pineapple, peach, palate similar to NZ hops?
Only downside is the whole sediments in the growler adding a mild overly yeasty mouthfeel.
Treacherous, doesn’t drink like 9.5%, but damn this is outstanding.
thirdeye11 (5378) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Growler thanks to Exiled) clearish orange with a lasting off-white bubbly head. Nose of pineapple, mango, juicy citrus and honey. This smells amazing! Taste of honey, excellent malty backbone, mango, oranges, mild pineapple. So delicious. Oily body, very well carbonated, tons of citrus lasting on the palate. Near perfect balance for my tastes. One of the BEST DIPA’s I’ve had.
regspeir (196) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks to a great BA friend for sharing his growler...
Poured a dark cloudy gold or amber with a two-finger off-white head with good retention for an DIPA. Lacing was lasting but thin. Nose was grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine but clearly some sweetness. Taste follows. This is very well balanced and not a DIPA which hits you with bitterness or big beer ABV. Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange are there but so is a very nice, sweet malt. Not cloying at all and not even overly sticky. Aftertaste is unusual and hard to describe but definitely some interplay between dry and sweet. I love interesting beers and this is one. Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated which gives it a nice edge. WHile I didn’t have the opportunity, I could have had a LOYT more of this. This is a beer and brewery that needs to grow FAST! Just a great beer.
craftbeerdesign (2138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tasting on 7/30/10. deep orange pour with 1 finger white head. floral and citrus hops across the nose. medium body with a solid citrus bitterness throughout. balanced finish with caramel malt coming forward to cut down the bitterness on the back. really nice IIPA that has an excellent bitter aroma, but easy to drink with its balanced finish.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Taste thanks to Chris!
Drank next to Masala Mama. Light orange-amber, transparent and with a thin white ring for a head. Dirty, herbal nose, then with warmth ample grapefruit and pine. Definitely IIPA when compared to the MM. Flavor is unfortunately confused: burnt toast, caramel, and imbalanced, stinging grapefruit. The flavor is more off-putting than the nose, but neither works that well.
mataichi (63) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from CBX. Pours a cloudy copper with thick fluffy white head. Lots of grapefruit and floral aroma. Just the type of smells I’m looking for in an IPA. VERY smooth and refreshing. Where is the alcohol!? It is well hidden. Not as much of the grapefruit in the taste. Much more floral and grassy. Did I mention it is very smooth. The bitter bite on the back end is long and drawn out. Wow is all I got to say.
cpetrone84 (1160) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A-pours a hazy lighter copperish orange with a dense off white head.
S-light malt base of caramel and brown sugar. the grapefruit and citrus are present accompanied by some spicy herbal hops and toasted grain with a slightly messy hop aroma.
T-the hop flavors are a little messy, the malt is less present and the hops have a good hold here, the grapefruit is there in the back, toasted grain and little dry herbs with notes of pine come in at the back.
M-grainy on the palate, medium syrupy body with a good carbonation and somewhat dry finish.
D-this is tasty, lots of huge hype and doesn’t quite live up to the equal pliny claims. Solid hop flavors but seems a little rough around the edges. the feel is little grainy.