Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a stemmed La Fin Du Monde glass.
The color is a dark amber/maroon with a finger and a half foamy off-white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.
The smell is hoppy with some interesting malt background. There is some interesting fruity aromas that come out in big beers like this. An orange and grapefruit aroma that is sweet and sour at the same time.
The taste is so sweet with a malty flavor I have to stop in my tracks and pry the different flavors apart. There is a grapefruit flavor that is sweet ad sugary and is so sweet it takes on a sugary mass of flavor with some slight orange and other citrus flavors as it makes up the tent-pole of this beer. There is a sugary flavor that is holding in the hoppy bitterness and keeps it from taking over. This beers flavor is turned up to eleven.
The feel of this beer is big, there is a whole lot of beer here and it is nothing to toy with. Some truly great back-end flavors and a nice slap on the back from the ABV is there to say hello. A beer with a smooth feel and a big kick.
Petkus331 (321) - Redford, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of a sweet late harvest reisling with some oregeno-ish hops. Appears hazy orange-gold with white foam and lace. Tastes of bitter grape skin, sweet reisling, an some sappy pine resin on the end. Palate is fizzy and thick. Overall, very reisling, the the alchohol is very hidden, nice!
firstsip (570) - Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap. Beautiful opaque orange gold. Gorgeous Belgian lace. Mildly sweet nose. Beautiful full body of flowers, honey, just the right bitterness.
bubblehouse (630) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color with a really delightful aroma. Really bold flavor. Really good.
mrohia (180) - - APR 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Archer's, Dayton, OH, draft. Cooper. Hoppy, bitter, grapefruit. Lacing doesn't stick. Fizzy head.
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conway (1887) - - APR 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Light brown. Caramel, earth, floral, tropical fruit and toffee. Alcohol is present but well-chosen. Pretty good.
miyauchi38 (545) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
smroush (98) - Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas are all hops, with a variety of hop aromas - flowers, perfume, pine and spruce. Malt presence is pretty subdued - just a mild bread/cereal aroma.
Color is a medium amber, with some cloudiness; the head is small and pretty white.
The body is medium to full; there is a very apparent high alcohol presence; carbonation is average and the finish is long, floral and bitter. There is a moderate to heavy sweetness; I presume due to the alcohol level. The bitterness level is quite high.
Overall this is a quite good beer. It is a very classic Imperial IPA. Lots of hop flavors and bitterness. I like the variety of hop aromas. It’s powerful with a sweet alcohol wallop. As with many Imperial IPAs this one is fairly one dimensional - a real hop bomb without much too balance the hops.
Calisky (1415) - ALSACE, FRANCE - APR 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Couleur brune orangée, très légère mousse. Nez très puissant, houblonné, pâte de fruits (coing, melon), note de caramel, alcool, fruits noirs. Corps robuste, malt caramel, fruité (banane, fruits jaune, melon, coing..) et fruits noirs puis forte amertume houblonnée sapin et thé, avec note d’alcool. Fin très intense amère et réchauffante d’alcool. Superbe. Pour les amateurs d’ipa, très savoureuse et intense.
jaghana (4399) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - APR 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33cl, kindly shared by Calisky. A cloudy orange amber beer with medium head. Nose is intense on hops resin, quince and toasted malt. Aroma is on toasted malt, blond caramel, very fruity on apple, orange, quince, very bitter, coconut wood, melon, caramel, white grapes, feeling of an US barley wine . Heavy bitter finish with still resin and fruit skin notes.
raoul_duke (126) - - APR 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
First of all, and I never mention this although I should start, the bottle art is awesome. 12 oz bottle from a four pack. Head is wet and white. Color is burnt orange almost red. Carbonation noticeable in the glass. Strong tropical fruit on the nose, pineapple kiwi and a touch of resin. Very pleasant. Taste is really good. Hop with a nice amount of malt. Define pineapple but the sweetness is really well balanced by the malt which is somewhat unique in the ipa game. I may do what the brewer suggests and age one or two bottles.