coachd (192) - Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very hoppy and malty aroma; does not have as much pine and/or citrus scent as other DIPAís I have tried. Clean. almost grassy smell comes through on the second whiff. Pours a bright golden color with tons of white foam that leaves heavy lacing on the glass. Tastes light, has some citrus that didnít come out in the aroma, has the hop bitterness that I was looking for, but not overly bitter. I detected a little honey-like malt sweetness as well. Palate was slick and not overly carbonated. I have to dock the palate a point for not having that strong, long lasting aftertaste that I like in a DIPA. This was good, not great. Worth drinking, not very expensive, but surprisingly forgettable.
jkwood04 (4317) - Connecticut, USA - APR 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a teku. Pours transparent copper with an off-white head. Aroma of floral and citrusy hops, pale and caramel malts, and light dough. Flavor the same with hints of spiciness but too many malts for the hops to shine through. Average texture. Not the best of the style but not bad at all.
MrPlow (12) - - APR 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours classic yellow with a white head. Strong pine hop aroma. Great balance of malts, hops and alcohol. A great Imperial IPA.
AndyW68 (1184) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Great beer. Classic clear yellow orange pour with white head. Aroma is musty pine and citrus. Taste is musty pine and orange rind. One of the good ones.
kbudd19 (781) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle. Golden pour thick white head. Aroma, tropical fruit, musty hops, malty sweetness. Taste, tropical fruit, big hoppy bitter bite, lots of bite, lots of malt , delicious.
AWISLguy (1518) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Jimís in Mundelein. Pours an orangey brown with an off-orange head leaving great lacing. Aroma has pine and citrus, with fruit and a solid caramel base. Taste is of sweet fruits, bitter lemon and grapefruit, a bit of spicy pine and a significant caramel backbone. Perhaps a bit of sweet honey. Medium bodied and sticky. Finishes quiet bitter with underlying sweetness. This is 90% of hopslam, with a really nice caramel presence that kept showing up. A fan years ago - still am it turns out
VinegarStroke (298) - Napa, California, USA - APR 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Clear, light copper with thick head and great lace. Very lifted hoppy aroma. Slightly green but floral. Not really piney. Rich dry to off dry palate thats not sour but very bitter. Dense and long. Loads of hops on the palate but really malt driven. Great flavor and weight.
A massive beer. Aromas of a West Coast IPA but the palate shows a hint of the East Coast IPA.
brewballs (210) - USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Solid brew. Foamy head. Citrus, grapefruit aroma. Hoppy. Crisp taste without the cloy. The aftertaste is not bitter. A well balanced beer. Well executed and extremely drinkable.
kevinsenn (1216) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 8.8% abv on label. Clear light amber with foamy head. Resin and citrus aroma. Nice balanced flavour; sweet and bitter. Resin, tropical fruits, pine, bitter finish. Amazing smooth mouth feel. Very good.
JohnGalt1 (651) - , Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 picked up at the Coop tonight... donít remember the price, but Iím sure it was in the $6 range.. poured into my small Stone stemware.
1" meringue like head..... the brew is a perfectly clear honey amber.. only okay retention with decent lace.
Nose is not nearly as hoppy as I remember... citrus and floral, but much more balanced and no where nearly as PNW abrasive than I picture it... smells mildly phenolic... I would not peg this as a DIPA in a blind tasting.
Flavor is not as bitter as I remember.. again too much pale maltiness and not enough hop flavor... grassy and citric again more floral overones... a bit too much pale maltiness for my palate anymore... also a bit of a bubblegum phenolic note plays on the finish forever.
Standard body and bubble... no flaws.
Bottle says best by 6/03/14, so I doubt I got a bad bottle... also the ABV is now 8.8%.. This is still pretty good, but a shell of what some of the previous batches have been. Too bad.