arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep orange with nice fresh lasting white head. Aroma has notes of citrus with orange, lemon, grapefruit, big notes of mango and papaya. Taste is sweet mango, papaya, guava, touch of orange and grapefruit, slight malt middle with a bitter finish.
rocbyter (1944) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrus hop aroma. Clear orange color with a large white head. Light bitter flavor throughout.
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - APR 1, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great imperial. Super fresh. Bitter green hops. Mouth buzzer. Doesn’t have the sweetness I like. Slight soapy aftertaste.
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Burnt orange colored in appearance with a half-inch of white head. The aroma is predominantly hops resin and caramel with a little bit of candied oranges in the background. The taste begins with strong earthy, herbal hops bitterness and grapefruit citrus flavors followed by toasted malt, tangerine and caramel. The finish is bitter and citrusy while the alcohol is fairly subtle. This is one seriously bitter and hoppy brew that more than delivers in the hops department. Another solid San Diego style DIPA.
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another brew from wavers1 in the free beer contest. The aroma is slightly metallic like hard water or briny like the ocean. Nice hoppy flavor. Nicely balanced tasty west coast IPA.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is sweet candy malts, similar to a barley wine. Some dirt, earth, and piney hops are there as well. The flavor is the same. Very sweet malt in the forefront followed by a slight astringency and some piney hops.
tkrjukoff (4169) - SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour dark amber with great beige head leaving nice lace. Aroma is piny, hoppy, malty, caramel, very nice. Sweet hopoy mouthfeel. Flavor is hoppy, crispy peppery, sweet, raisins, madeira touch, excellent. Medium palate. Finishes tart, peppery very nice.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
29-Dec-09 (22-oz bottle: Sample bottle from my sales rep)
With so many outstanding Double IPAs in the local market, Idiot IPA seems to be rather underappreciated, but it’s excellent example of the style San Diego brewers created: very hoppy and bitter, yet still wonderfully balanced by an assertive, yet dry malt backbone. This is the way Double IPAs should be. The hops are assertive and strongly bitter, throwing resiny pine, orange, grapefruit and earth at you. Malts are sweet, but the profile is not so much caramely as it is rich, intense pale malt with a grainy and cereal quality and a pleasant toastiness. This particular bottle has seen maybe six months of aging, so a pleasant earthiness has started to develop that gives the beer additional complexity. As expected, the hoppy aromas have subsided to some degree, so the nose is earthy and sweet, with caramely, grainy and cereal malts in the foreground and orange citrus notes just behind. Medium-full in body and moderately carbonated, with a creamy mouthfeel and a medium-dry finish. Golden-amber in color with some haziness. The rocky, off-white head has a creamy top and shows excellent retention, the inch-plus head settling very slowly to a quarter-inch. Ringed and patchy lacing adorns the glass. Other local brewery’s IPAs may have the spotlight, but Idiot IPA deserves it’s place on stage. This is a great beer that simply should not be overlooked.
13-Sep-09 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 17-Aug-07 for $4.99 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA)
When fresh, this is a typically brash and assertive San Diego double IPA, but with two years of aging on it, the harsh, resiny bitterness of the piney and citrus hops have mellowed considerably and the malts have picked up a smoked quality to them. Wonderfully creamy off-white head pours to nearly two inches before settling to and holding a thin layer. Fine lacing decorates much of the glass.
Sledutah (6013) - Utah, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2013 On tap at Thunder Canyon in Tucson
Appearance: Slightly hazy golden with a small.white head a good amount of sticky lacing
Aroma: Grapefruit and sweet caramel
Taste: Grapefruit, floral and bitter citrus
OK, but very bitter like hop extract.
I liked this. Lots of grapefruit and pine. Not sure why my original rating was so low. This was not bitter and lots of fresh hops. My old rating must have been with an old beer or they tweaked the recipe.
Sammy (9450) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A tasty and very drinkable DIPA. It hits the style because of the up front hops, and has a good fruitiness that complements the hops. Not so much a palate shredder. Not harsh at all. Pours cloudy golden, with a small amount of soapy white head.Picked up at Half Time around Labour Day, this bottle held up excellent.