SpongeRuiner (409) - Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to tectactoe for the split. I thought it was a little cheap tasting with its hop flavor. Not too bad. Maybe a little overrated for me.
brystmar (971) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can to glass. Beautiful translucent orange hue yields tons of thick, fizzy, white head.
Aroma holds pine cones, fresh hops, a hefty grain presence, and the unmistakeable scent of booze.
Hoppy character wants to be the first thing on my palate, but the dominating sensation is of alcohol performing a touchdown celebration in my mouth. The underlying components here are actually pretty good: a malt-forward DIPA that isn't afraid to let its hops kick ass. Unfortunately, the high booze level distracts me from realizing this brew's true potential. Shame, really; this is right up my alley otherwise.
Tmoney99 (9576) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can sample. Poured cloudy copper color with an average frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex citrus and earthy aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex bitter flavor with a moderate to heavy complex bitter finish of medium to long duration. This is a solid beer.
SudsMcDuff (5321) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz CaN .. . Deep gold .. Nose is brilliant . Very fresh, like a summer fruit and green hop salad .. . This is a great iipa! .. . . So fucking relieved..... That annoying knocking was from the trunk and not the motor.
snoworsummer (1003) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Churchkey. Pours hazy light brown with a thin white head. Tastes like hops, pine, grapefruit. Strong, dry, and bitter. Light body and medium carbonation. Smells like musk, mold, and hops.
sonnycheeba (2520) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Churchkey. Pours hazy amber with creamy off-white head. Aroma is fresh floral and citrus hops forward, bready and cereal malts, some herbs, and light toast. Flavor is hop bitterness forward with some dry malts, light fruit esters, and some spice and pine notes; dry finish with some lingering bitterness. Medium body and low carbonation.
adamjackson (1733) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Today, I get to review a fresh can of OTWOA from one of my blog readers based in DC. He sent me two cans (insisting 6 but Iím trying to cut back on calories so 2 is enough). I enjoyed this in a snifter at ice cold fridge temp.
A - I would call this beer a cloudy burnt orange with caramel hues. A nice 2 finger head stuck around for a bit.
S - Nose is a mix of tangerines, grapefruit, zest from an orange and some pine cone undertones. I donít get a lot of malt on the nose but you can tell itís there. Itís quite a sticky smell that makes you snap to attention. Crack one of these before 8AM and youíre gonna snap to attention.
T - Nice taste overall. Iím not sure how the 9.2% ABV is so well hidden. Thereís Ruby Red grapefruit juice + grapefruit peel along with lemony sweetness. There is a minor mineral like finish with a bunch of bitterness that sticks around like chewing on tree bark for a solid 10 minutes after you take a gulp.
M - Sweet, resinous, lingering with some clove essence.
O - Itís unfair to compare this to Heady topper but everything kind of makes you want to. Two locally distributed beers around 9% only in cans. However, this beer is lacking two things. The first is that I couldnít drink more than a 12oz can of this..the ABV and sticky bitterness creeps up and holds on for a while. Heady in 16oz cans I can drink 2-3 in a night no problem. Heady lacks resin and brings this sweet floral citrus hoppiness that delivers time and time again. Iíll stick with Heady but this is certainly a great IPA!
zimbo (414) - SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
ripe pine nose which hopes the distance. thick&snappy. Some fizz. rubber end. lots of rubber. decent bitterness. Great potential though but lacks balance & an integration which works.
BenH (1686) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can, secret santa haul. Golden with white head. Aroma is very resinous. Tasye also very resinius with caramel. Sweet and bitter. Tasty.
cgarvieuk (12161) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can at home... Golden amber... Small white bubbly head... Zezty orange... Light crystal meth.. Big zezty fruits... Big orange... Juicy.. Bud sadly a light Crstal