Vells (1514) - Rîga, Latvija, LATVIA - AUG 25, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite huge DIPA, bold in every aspect, but never gets over the line. Juicy fruity cocktail with citrus, tropical fruits, some decent pine kick. Feels oily. Light sweetness with moderate to intense bitterness,
belgis (429) - - AUG 20, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost red bullish aroma. Dense and rich taste. Bitterness slightly overbearing. Well done iipa.
ignorant (84) - madrid, SPAIN - JUL 28, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
coppery pale, cloudy with a thin layer of white, creamy foam and low retention, caramel aroma are notes of resin, citrus notes, pomelo, mango, pine, grass and hints of wood. In the mouth has a sweet and caramelized input, alcohol quickly makes an appearance, appear notes of pine and resin leaving a dry and bitter finish
Slautar (491) - Gdańsk, POLAND - JUL 24, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaszka kupiona na Hevelce od Zaklętych Rewirów. Ocena kilkanaście dni po degustacji (tak wyszło) więc będzie krótko i bardzo ogólnie. W aromacie ciemne trochę ciemnych suszonych owoców w polewie landrynkowo - karmelowej. W smaku bardzo podobnie. Wszystko na słodko ale z umiarem. Goryczka średnia. Bardzo dobre piwo.
tfontana (663) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 26, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster pour at Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America. Aroma is malty base with fruit. Appearance is cloudy light brown-orange with small foamy white head. Taste is dominant malt with some fruit. Palate is medium bodied with thick texture, average carbonation and mix of sweet and bitter finish. Overall, a nice beer with strong malt and hop flavors and mix of sweet and bitter while avoiding being too bitter.
Kita (1869) - Koper, SLOVENIA - JUN 19, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 0.355l. Pours hazy brown color with large soapy tan-like head, nice lacing, yeast sediment and sparkling appearance. Aroma of tropical fruits, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla and herbs. Taste starts with sweet caramel and toasted malt, following is grainy and by dark fruits, mouthfeel is spicy, warming and alcoholic with bitter finish and long aftertaste. Full body, thick texture and average carbonation in palate. Too strong for my DIPA liking...
dambor (371) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 11, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark orange/copper with nice foamy head. Aroma: firstly the malt sweetness clearly dominates, followed by biscuit, pine tree, figs. Taste: again very malty, but also nice hoppy pine and herbs. Palate is nicely long. Alcohol is warming but we’ll hidden.
daniele (7959) - ITALY - JUN 8, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle 12% bekl ambrato un po velata buona schiuma persistenten matatura molto intensa bilanciata da un intendsa luppolatura resinosa un filo riscaldanten discreta secchezza
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reviewed March 29, 2014.
A: Pours a very hazy copper color - I poured the dregs in this immediately (because I like cloudy IPAs), and the haziness in particular was downright hideous. So were the chunks of yeast sediment that fell to the bottom. On the plus side, the one-finger off-white colored head has excellent retention for 12%, and a soft texture that leaves behind plenty of lacing on the glass.
S: Intensely sweet, but also intensely boozy. This one genuinely pricks the nostrils with its aroma. The aforementioned alcohol notes seem to have a nice fruitiness instead of just being like pure rubbing alcohol. Ultimately, the dominant notes are caramel, brown sugar, and piny hops - the malt backbone would do a barleywine proud. I know exactly what kind of DIPA this is going to be. Here’s a hint: it’s not going to be one of those lean 8% ones.
T: Subtly piny hops open this up, before the prodigious malt backbone really goes to town. The middle sees the hops become more grapefruity, even creating a bit of juiciness when combined with the sweet malts. There’s some booziness on the finish to go along with the increase of both caramel and dank hops - I can’t call the alcohol hidden, but I can call it well integrated. At first, I thought this was just another malty-ass DIPA with a bit of hops on the side, but the layering of the hops catch up to me: it goes from piny to citrusy to dank to even minty all in the span of a couple seconds. Given the fact that the flavors seem to switch from caramel to dark fruits to (mild) booze from sip to sip, I’d even call it complex.
M: To the surprise of nobody, this is big, heavy, and sweet on the tongue. I mean, it’s 12% (with the slight tingle to prove it), how easy drinking is this going to be? Medium carbonation tries its damnedest to lighten and dry the finish up; I’d say it’s about 25% successful. It’s not so heavy as to render it undrinkable, and it’s not so sweet as to render it cloying. But, it’s ridiculously chalky-feeling as well - my tongue is practically coated with yeast, and that’s what makes it a pure sipper.
O: This shouldn’t work, but it just does. As a DIPA, it’s fully aware of the fact that it’s shameless and over the top, and doesn’t try to be anything it’s not. I respect that. I’m beginning to realize I have a soft spot for these ridiculous monster DIPAs like this, Devil Dancer, and Hi-Res. One beer is absolutely enough; there’s more going on here than there would be in three mediocre DIPAs.
Gluepot (398) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark amber/mahogany body with a sweet malt nose. Caramel, some tropical fruit hops. Woody and sweet as well. Massively underwhelming for the ABVs. Maybe it was an old bottle?