Drake (11605) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of mibirder. Thin head. Fair retention and lacing. Aroma is hugely toffee with citrus hops. Taste is citrus hops with a big toffee note. Some raisin notes as well. Full bodied.
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark hazy amber with strong aroma of citrus hops. Hints of caramel, fruit, and alcohol. A bit warm in the mouth and throat, but leaves a very nice hoppy taste in the mouth afterward. Take time to drink this beer.
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2009 Bottle. Pours a very dark amber color, close to a brown. Smells is very deep, and complex hoppy. earthy pine notes of malts and pine hops. Taste is great, deep, complex and a little too sweet. A lot of hoppy vanilla notes, great hop character. Great, high ABV DIPA. alcohol is hidden very well.
HolidayBeerGuy (50) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. bottle, Pours dark amber, orange. No foaming, no head. Strong citrus/floral aroma. Taste is brutal, wonderful, hop bitterness is not for the faint of heart, the alcohol presence is obvious. Strong finish, over the top hops, lovely. Good DIPA
BuckeyeBoy (5824) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours out a hazy amber/orange topped with a small head. Aroma citrus and sweet caramel hops. Tast was of sweetness, hop, and plenty caramel. Plenty hop bitterness a tasty double.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from hannont, big thanks Todd. Murky brown pour. Sweet malty citrusy aroma, very interesting. Not alot of hop character left on this bad boy, more like a barley wine now. Very smooth and malty, with just a little bit of hops in the finish, quite tasty.
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Bottle. This bottle has at least 6-8 months of age on it. A cloudy orange/amber pour with a finger of frothy off white head.Aroma is muted grapefruit,orange,sweet caramel malt, a nice hint of bread and pine. Flavor starts sweet then citrus,then some spice I (not sure what maybe peppercorn),honey and spruce. A nice little warming at the slightly dry bitter finish. Full body ,sticky mouthfeel,soft carbonation. Very Very Good ! A very complex IIPA.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Bottle - Thanks motortoddhead! - Pours dk orange amber with no head, aroma is sweet citrus fruits...flavour incredibly mellow, fruity, honey malt, hop florals, but too much hop bitterness, but slight...touch of pine resin, but incredible @ 13.6 ABV...very enjoyable!
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass. This pours a dark amber with no head, which I thought was a little odd. Anywho, it’s pretty much split, with piney, and grassy notes. It’s a lot smoother than a lot of double IPA’s that I’ve had. Not bad, but not fantastic. Cheers!
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to polomagnifico for the bottle!
Pours almost transparent ruby-amber, small beige head gone quickly. Nose is rather sweet with lots of caramel, real minor grapefruit, and a little alcohol. Very sweet flavor of caramel, but some bitterness remains as is: almost no fruit can escape the sludge of malt and alcohol. Palate is rather poor: sticky and thick but then dying quickly. If IIPAs are meant to portray the beauty of hop-driven beers, this one comes up way short. More like a thick, sludgy barley wine in fact.