mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a brownish amber with a fantastic thick, stiff head and lacing that lasts forever. Beautiful hoppy, sweet aroma - very fresh and inviting. Tastes fantastic - malting is very caramelicious, perfectly balanced by assertive, gently citrusy hops - notes of orange, spice, and a nice dry finish. I canít believe itís almost gone! Creamy body but a bit under-carbonated. Very very nice, and packs a real punch. Thanks to Robinvboyer and Nick for the bottle!
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful, dark red copper with a huge, nice, creamy and lasting head. The aroma is nicely hopped with notes of oranges and other citrus fruits, mango, spruce and a little caramel. The flavour is nice and fruity with a dry citrussy bitterness and notes of over ripe oranges, mango, caramel and hints of resin. The body is nice and full and the finish is long and slightly dry. A nice one!
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: cloudy dark red, creamy beige head, bits of lace,
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma with orange and tangerine,
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, plenty of balancing bitterness from floral hops, lasting tasty bitter finish,
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - APR 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
341 ml bottle. Shared with my neighbour Kjetil. Hazy copper color, nice off-white head. Aroma is hoppy, but not a bomb. Flavor is hoppy, with sweet malt and a salty bitterness. Nice, but not a hopbomb.
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear amber color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus fruits, toasted dough, floral hops, and light pine. Taste of citrus fruits, orange peel, light pine, toast, and a grapefruit hop finish. Thanks to Mike for sharing this!
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
November 2007 Bottle Date; Sampled April 2008
Pours with a frothy, initially fat-two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is deep amber color, but shows lightly hazy, orange-tinged, light red color when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of dominant hop aromatics and supporting, but noticeable malt notes. Aromatic notes of grapefruit, pine, then lychee, apricot and candied citrus peel are supported by caramelized malt sugars and drier soda cracker & biscuit-like aromas. The hops provide some spice character too which seems to accent the fruit / citrus components of the aroma. The smell of this beer makes it seem like a rich, full bodied example of the style (the color might influence my expectations that direction too).
Lightly sweet tasting, but only so that it accents the dominant hop character. This is not aggressively hopped by extreme standards, but still is way hop balanced. Caramelized malt flavors play a big role here, and the beer is definitely on the chewy side though it is so thick as to keep this from being reasonably drinkable. The front of each sip is dominated by astringent, herbal, pine & menthol flavors that are sharp and biting. Just underneath these notes is a solid citrus oil component that is reminiscent of the zest from grapefruit, tangelo and some lychee flavors. This beer has a fair amount of bitterness to it & the astringent notes just add to this, having said that the chewy malt does a good job of not letting this combination get overwhelming. As it warms up the malt becomes a bit stickier and is definitely outside my personal preference for an IPA.
An interesting tasty beer, but somehow it just doesnít do it for me. Between the sticky, slightly too heavy malt notes and the aggressive, astringent hop character this just seems a bit chaotic and unbalanced. Might be scored a bit low for me, but for some reason I expect more from this brewery.
adrian910ss (2371) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange caramel with a medium beige head. Aroma of piney hops, mango, grapefruit and citrus. Taste of light citrus, piney hops, caramel and mango. Excellent !!
TomDecapolis (4540) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a lightly hazy ruby/orange/amber with a large foamy/bubbly off white head that left a bunch of sticky lacing. Aroma of caramel, light citrus, pine, some tropical fruits noted, kind of reminded me of Stone 10th in terms of aroma. Flavor of caramel, toffee, lots of hops, some nuts, pine, floral notes a little earthy along with a bunch of citrus notes. Boy those are some hoppy burps!
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours hazy coppery with ruby edges and 2-fingers of uniform, off-white head and great lacing. The aroma is heavy piney hops, grapefruit, mango, caramel malt, black pepper. The taste is caramel malty, piney hoppy, with mango, grapefruit, honeydew, and a massive fresh ground black pepper flavor. Not nearly as pronounced as the route des epices, but perhaps more black peppery flavor than I have ever experienced in an IPA, and man, does it work with this one. The complexity and balance are off the charts, and this one was one of the most unique, exciting IPAs Iíve had in a long time. If everything from Dieu Du Ciel is this good, I may have to move to Canada.
MaxxDaddy (410) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy amber/brown with light white head. Aroma of piney hops along with some toffee malt sweetness. Taste was bitter hoppy, yet also had some definite toasty biscuit malts as well. Kind of an interesting combination that worked decently methinks. Average mouthfeel with a good bitter kick in the finish that didnít linger much. A solid IPA.