ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz can into a pint glass.
A: Pours a copper color. The one-finger off-white shaded head is quite dense and thick, and also offers great retention. Thereís also plenty of lacing left on the glass.
S: At first, itís a pretty standard DIPA, with primary notes of grapefruit and caramel. But something funny happens once it warms up a bit - it develops some great fruity tones, like apricot, mango, melon, peach, and even some apple. The malts remain moderately prevalent throughout, bringing a more defined breadiness than the average DIPA. Hell, Iím pretty damn impressed.
T: A large wave of bitterness hits immediately. While Iím getting a lot of the fruitiness from the aroma, Iím also getting a shitload of weed, especially in the midtaste. The malt integration is excellent - many, MANY DIPAs tend to be too sweet for my tastes, but this oneís malt backbone is balanced well...and complex. Iím getting caramel, toffee, apple, apricot, melon, sugar cookie, mango, and the aforementioned shitload of weed. Itís both contemplatively deep AND a shameless punch in the face - how is that not awesome?!
M: Itís medium bodied, dry finishing, and drinkable, but thatís not what makes the feel so great. No, that would be the way the hop resins absolutely coat every inch of the mouth. This feature does a great job of making it seem less sweet than it might really be, and Iím thankful for that. Carbonation is pretty vibrant.
O: Gotta love great, local DIPAs like this one. DC Brau hasnít impressed me in the past, but I can safely say this lives up to the hype. I donít know what else to say other than seek it out.
deyholla (8114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can thanks to Secret Santa! Pours a clear orange with a golden hue with an off-white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sweet citrus with a light bitterness and a sweet grain backbone. Flavor combines citrus rind and sweet citrus with a touch of resin and a sweet grain backbone.
Benzai (9995) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can @ home from Local Swap World Wide Edition, thanks to nimbleprop. Clear orange golden color, medium sized off-white head that diminishes quickly. Aroms is heavy: over the top hops, huge pine and spruce, moderate to heavy maltyness and sticky resin. Taste is heavy malty, insane hoppyness, insane pine and spruce, firm to very bitter and heavy resin. Sticky texture, full body, medium carbonation. I think itís a little too much, a little too far over the top, but I still like the piney bitter that is so dominantly present.
JFGrind (1909) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not a beer Iíd take to a Temple Football tailgate, but when offered gladly accepted. Strong wall of hops leaning on the pine side. Citrus hops take a back seat to the piney flavors. Malts do their damnest to prop up this Hop Bomb. Does go well with smoked ribs in a stadium parking lot.
Boutip (5181) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can: Poured a light amber color ale with a nice foamy head with excellent retention and some good lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney notes are quite intense but still very enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by citrus and piney notes with some floral notes but not as much as I had expected with a little bit of residual sugars. Body is full with good carbonation. Well brewed and quite enjoyable but maybe not up to those super floral Vermont IPAs.
anders37 (19331) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can @ SBWF 2014. Pours a hazy orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity grapefruit hoppy atoma. Fruity grapefruity hoppy bitter flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit finish.
Suttree (5540) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can, courtesy of Travlr - Thanks! Hazy orange, with finely carbonated, dense head. Smells like toffee and grapefruit - pretty simple, but very fresh and vibrant aromas. Palate is pretty rich, especially for a DIPA. Nice caramel and toffee malt flavors up front, with a plenty of citrusy hops in the finish. Some resiny and pine flavors in the aftertaste. Really nice stuff..
oh6gdx (22531) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Canned@SBWF2014. Slightly hazy orange colour, small white head. aroma is fruity, floral and some grassy notes. Flavour is fruity, floral, wooden and some mild hebral notes. Mild alcohol and sweet malts to it as well. Long fruity and nectary aftertaste.
Sledutah (6033) - Utah, USA - OCT 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz can thanks to Travlr, IP trade in Montana.
Pours cloudy golden with a medium sized off-white head that dissipates quickly, some lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit, mangos and floral. Taste is tropical fruit, juicy hops, dank and pine resin
Very nice IIPA.
SirLimpsalot (2659) - SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
@ SBWF 2014: stor humledoft, mycket fruktig smak och en fin balans. Ganska ok.
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