jgb9348 (4993) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly hazy copper and amber coloured body with an orange and ruby glow - nice. All atop a very thick and luscious tan head. Aroma of pure hops, fresh grapefruity, floral and even slightly nutty. Medium-bodied; Strong astringent hops up front that lead to a massive sweetness, a lighter citrus flavour and a less-than-expected bit of hoppiness. Aftertaste is perhaps a bit too alcoholic, definitely sweet, but lacking any real hops - very interesting. Overall, Iíd say this is somewhere in between an Imperial IPA and a Barley Wine, but in reality, it doesnít work too well. Contrary to these reviews here - I didnít like it so much, but it was interesting to sample. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased on 21-March-2009 at City Beer in San Francisco, California sampled today (less than a week later) on 27-March-2009 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear orange hue with a big, thick off white head that last for a long time. Lacing is above average. Aromas of mild pine, citrus, more pine, floral and grapefruit. Mouth feel is medium to full bodied with flavors of pine, citrus, with a lingering, tangy finish that stays on the palate. There is a pleasant sweetness on the palate, which is balanced well with the hop finish.
Bartzilla (559) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. Fkn tasty stuff right here. Generous hop character, as to have been expected. Very "pine" flavored. Tastes strong and finishes the same way and leaves the palate dry, begging for another sip. Delicious.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on 3/24/2009. This Imperial IPA pours a deep dark orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head, with decent retention and good lacing. The aroma is floral and citrusy hops, caramel and fruity malts. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet, lots of apricot and pineapple flavors. The hops are floral, citrusy and piney. Kind of juicy tasting. Lots of hop flavors and hop bitterness. Nice lively carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with an off white head. Smells of sweet nectarines, grapefruit, melon, resiny, metallic, soapy. Tastes of layered citrus and has some bitterness on the finish.
robinvboyer (3391) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
depp orange pour with a sticky beige head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, oranges, and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is intense! Hops, hops, and more hops! Wow, ok this should be in the Double IPA category, no way is this a run of the mill IPA. The hops are relentless. Sticky oily resinous hops with notes of pine, and citrus. Wow, VERY bitter finish. An intense beer. Iím not getting much malt, this seems pretty one sided to me, its just thrashing my taste buds. Hop head seek this beer out!! i love it!
hayduke (3561) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the brewpub in Bend, Oregon. This came a bright clear orange with a fat white head and good lacing rings. Nose of citrus hops and some caramel malts. Smooth and rich mouthfeel. Flavor is strongly dominated by the citrus hops with some pine and floral hops as well. Nice bitter finish. Very well balanced and drinkable IPA.
Earlier Rating: 6/17/2008 Total Score: 3.4
From a 22 oz bottle this poured a copper to amber with a moderate white head and light lacing. Nose of citrus and floral hop. Mouthfeel is fizzy and the flavor is caramel malts and citrus hops. Alcohol burn kind of present in the finish.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from a recent trade...pours a medium caramel brown with a soapy white head...aroma of light citrusy hops while still being pretty green and fresh...flavors of clean citrus hops and a light malt backbone. Light carbonation and solid fluffy mouthfeel. Solid all around.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber color, thin soapy white head. Chalky, almost citric quality to the aroma, behind the traditional IPA aroma. Earthy and citric taste, kind of murky and muddled. Seems to lack a focus.
Earlier Rating: 3/5/2007 Total Score: 3.8
Courtesy of someone at the Throwdown. Dark orange-brown in color, thin white head at the edges of the glass. Hop aroma pretty subdued for a DIPA, slight sweet notes, an almost soapy hint. Nice palate, taste was not wildly aggressive hop-wise - some lingering grapefruit on the finish. But this struck a nice balance and was very drinkable.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear orange body with a thin, off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma of bright citrus and floral hops. Light amount of sweet caramels and a bit of apple. Flavor is quite piney up front. Surprised me, but not in a bad way. The big pine taste lasts throughout and well into the finish, but a good amount of balancing light caramels even this out. Very floral, sharp, and astringent. Palate is medium bodied and oily before an extremely dry finish with a spicy, sticky, strong hop taste that lasts for a very long time. Overall, a very interesting IPA. Lots of sharp hop taste, but surprisingly nice balance throughout. Powerful and "immense" is an understatement.