juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. This one pours a hazy, dark orange color and topped by a thick head of off white foam that shows great retention. The foam slowly settles to a thin film and leaves small lines of lace around the glass. The aroma shows notes of orange and bitter grapefruit hops to go with a massive malt base of toasted caramel. The flavor follows suit with the orange and grapefruit bitterness up front, but is quickly pushed aside by the huge toasted caramel and toffee malt bill. The alcohol is quite pungent also, and adds a bit of heat on the back end. Nearly full bodied with ample carbonation that leads to a lengthy bitter sweet finish. If the alcohol was a little more hidden and with a drier finish we would have something here. Even with those minor flaws it is still a nice example of the style. Good beer.
Nik925 (786) - USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2014 Strong bitterness, but not enough hop going on for what it is advertised for. The bit of hop flavor that comes through is tasty but a bit muddy...the most dominate hop flavor is a really high citrus. Crisp, but the malt is too much. Expect more hop flavor and alcohol for all this malt. Nice color but a bit flat...wish they would have waited a bit on some of those hops so there would have been more hop flavor and aroma. +0.2 on retaste on aroma. Smells great
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2011 Tap @ CBC. Clear gold pour with a short white head leaving heavy lace. Grassy, pine nose with some ganja present. Medium-heavy body with an underlying sweetness, but this one is dominated by resinous and grassy hops. Citrus and pine finish. Very tasty, I enjoyed this one a great deal and was surprised by it. Reminds me of Leafer Madness. Deserves, like all IIPAs and IPAs, to be sampled as young as possible.
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Knightly. This pours a golden-amber color with a tight white head on top. A thin head sticks around and yields some blotchy lacing. Sticky pine in the aroma followed by grapefruit, orange rind, herbal notes, and light malt. The flavors are bitter and oily; full of hops, pungent grapefruit, a dash of lemon, along with an assortment of tropical fruit. Nice and bitter, followed by a dry finish. There’s some sweetness from the malt and tropical fruit but the bitternes prevails and they really work well together. This is really well put together and quite a bit better than their Islander IPA. I understand I’m comparing an IIPA to an IPA but they sure packed a lot of flavor in the extra 1.5%.
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from my Valentine, drowland. It’s always nice to get a gift that tells you exactly what the gift-giver thinks of you - Idiot IPA. Aroma is all sorts of resinous, hoppy, pine, and a little citrus. Taste is lots of pine, a little fruit, caramel, and plenty choppy.
Cavie (4310) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy Fratto. Pours a slightly hazy like orange color with a bubbly white head. Wow I smell the hops! There are 8 types of hops in this and I can smell all 8. Aroma of spice, citrus, pine sap and flowers. Flavor is very sappy with lots of hops and pine needles. Finishes dry and bitter.
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A sweet, orange-vanilla aroma with pineapple and hop resin. Misty, apricot colored beer with an oatmeal head. Good label on a standard US longneck. Woody, briny, good hop kick, a creamy presence in the top of the palate, a little sulphur. Alcohol sting in the finish, substantial mouthfeel. Complex, intense, but not over the top. Creamy mouthfeel. New Leaf Market.
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours copper with small off-white head. Cool sweet hoppy aroma with lots of pineapple and citrus...one of the most inviting aromas I have ever experienced. Taste is less sweet than anticipated from aroma, still quite hoppy but more of an earthy hop. Nice full mouthfeel. Slight lingering bitter finish.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Proof, poured as a sample, a great grapefruit hopped up pine aroma, I’m getting a bit of a metallic flavor out of it, almost gritty and overdone, nice, but not my cup of tea.
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2/13/11. 12oz bottle. Slightly hazed burnt orange pour with a small khaki head that cuts in half but sticks and laces a little. Huge grapefruit and tropical fruit aroma with a solid bite of bitterness. Sweet grapefruit and tropical flavor with a big bitter kick in the finish. Really quite tasty... reminds me of Hopslam in many ways.