illidurit (2168) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
09 version. Poured into a pint glass. Translucent amber color with a big creamy light-tan head. Tons of sticky lacing and great retention.
Aromas of underripe grapefruit, pine, maybe a tinge of lime. Not all that robust.
Flavor is hugely piney with some herbal notes and an undercurrent of unsweet citrus. Malt profile is very subdued, with maybe a little caramel malt sweetness but not much. Bitterness is between medium and high, and there’s some slightly metallic astringency. Definitely a hophead’s IPA. Could use more bitterness and maybe a bit more complexity. Mouthfeel is dry with nice carbonation and medium body. Pretty good.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of BOLTZ7555. Pours a clear amber with a 2 finger beige head that leaves great lacing. The nose is ripe citrus and sweet caramel malt. The taste is orange peel, tangerine, toffee and pink grapefruit with a lasting bitter resin finish. Gets a tad cloying as it warms. Medium bodied – much better than I anticipated. Thanks J!
Earlier Rating: 5/23/2008 Total Score: 3.3
Bomber. Pours a clear amber with minimal head. Nose is malt, mild citrus and pine. Palate is sweet malt upfront, with a bitter resin bite at the end. Citrus is overpowered by both. Medium mouth feel with light lacing. Unbalanced brew and not what I have experienced with other IIPAs.
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 13, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
very enticing appearance with a yummy, pungent, predominately hops aroma with some light citrus notes. almost seems like a regular ipa when it hits your mouth. palette is very clean through mid drink, but a slightly overpowering hopsyness in the back palette starts to emerge as the drink finishes, briefly exposing the drinks true content. otherwise a very clean palette for an iipa. overall a good beer as it is cleaner than most other heavy ipa’s. i would recommend it. great drinkabilty even through 2 bombers!
after4ever (6239) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Awesome, awesome new label. Pours a crystal clear medium amber with a beautiful, dense, fairly long-lived creamy tan head. Big bold aromas of pine, wood, pepper, and a bit of underripe citrus. Creamy medium body. Very earthy and woody malt presence under the hops; nice resin, wood, and pine notes on the mid-palate as well. Kind of like a PNW english barleywine in a lot of ways. Delicious.
Earlier Rating: 4/22/2007 Total Score: 3.6
Draft at T.S. McHugh’s. Nice with the dingle pie and clam chowder. Hazy copper with moussy bergs of white fluff atop. Acres of sticky lace all the way down. Some sweet biscuit and trace hints of loamy earth on the nose. Both drowned by the tangy bitter resin and pine scents. Nothing too fancy for a DIPA. Nice mix of biscuit and pine on the mid-palate, decent body, and a longish bitter resin finish. Not really an i2pa. More of an i.5pa. Gladly drink it again tomorrow, or never, doesn’t really matter which.
pinkzambia (1523) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 12, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Bittercreek (Boise): Cloudy goldish-brown with frothy off-white head and sticky lacing. Warm and inviting hop aroma of hay, almost sweet but powerful hops. The flavor is super hopalicious. Besides the normal bitter notes it has a lot of flavor of grapefruit rind and other earthy elements. It also hides the higher alcohol % well. It has a tasty great finish that sticks with you. In a word, delightful!
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade with Miketd. Pours a pretty, clear red orange that glows, sticky eggshell head. Nose is fresh and hoppy, probably amarillo and simcoe in here. fruity and sharp with peppery element. Taste is very hop forward with a awesome malt body to back it up. Very different. A bit of cattyness, but that could be Chinook, who knows. I think this should be under IIPA, but whatever. Imminently drinkable and delicious. Awesome. Thanks Mike.
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out redish copper with massive creamy white head. Smell piney. Taste is sweet malt and bitter hops. Nice balanced,sticky, hoppy IPA. Great fresh taste. Tasty, another great Deschutes brew.
jake65 (2712) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
X-Tap at Deschutes: Pours copper with a thick, creamy beige head. Citrus and florals. Hoppy and sweet. The 95 IBUs are present for sure. Really nice balance of sweet citrus, floral, and light malty body in this hop-laden beauty. Really nice.
Earlier Rating: 5/26/2007 Total Score: 3.7
Bottle: Dark copper pour with a moderate sized fluffy white head. Nice lacing. The aroma is intense with piney and floral hops. Some grapefruit too. The taste is solid with hops, a little sweetness, and a lingering dry finish. The malt presence wasn’t very prominent, but if you like hops...
LinusStick (2879) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy trade with Chewy. Thanks man! Damn you west coasters are on a different level when it comes to hoppy beers! We just can’t do it like this in the east. This may be the hoppiest beer I’ve ever had and that’s no exaggeration. Aroma and taste are the same. Huge hop bombs. Citrus and grapefruit with nothing else allowed to come through. Only problem here is the aftertaste is too acidic and medicinal. I could drink this everyday, but the mouth numbing band aid bitterness gets to be a little overkill. Pour is a beautiful deep dark amber. Nice carbonation.
cathcacr (636) - Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this is not a much-rated beer??? Yes, this says "Experimental" right on the label (got it at Zupan’s very close by) so it’s not the regular old version. This is the experimental version, see, and I like experimental stuff. David Lynch, Kayo Dot, that kind of thing. So, preamble now having been duly established, what does this offer, substantively speaking? A very hop-resiny drink that would not be mistaken for an Imperial. I wish I could think, right off, what else I could compare this to, but cannot. It is quite unique I think. Imagine perhaps an ESB with just a much greater thickness than the norm. It seems like beefed up on the malts without being sweet. There is no sweetness in this. The hop profile is immense, and whatever is the bitterest of hops, that’s what they’re using in here. But hops alone can be only so bitter, hence the reference to a ’roided-up ESB. It’s not Double-Bastard bitter or Barley Wine bitter, this is just straight-from-the-hop bitter. Very drying on the finish. My hats off to Deschutes for crafting something so distinct.