GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle with a bright yellow-green cap, 06 or 07 vintage I think.
Pours a deep clear amber with a small soapy head that recedes immediately to nothing.
Really sugary sweet nose but with lots of hops too. Almost like sugar-dipped grapefruit and pineapple. The alcohol is evident and burns the nostrils.
Taste is massively sweet with tons of caramelized malts and sugar, with a nice dose of hops that still shine through after a few years. Grapfruits and oranges, which get swept away by the boozy burn in the finish.
Mouthfeel is close to that of a dessert wine - port-like really. Low, soft carbonation and heavy sugary feel.
This is certainly a big beer ith lots of flavor and lots of booze. Not too bad if you’re looking for an alternative to a dessert wine. If you’re looking for a DIPA (or triple IPA for that matter), look elsewhere.
tapthis (92) - Baytown, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is definitely a boozy I.P.A. with a strong hop presence (with some citrus aftertaste). Light amber in color with no head and very little lacing. Smells of hops/citrus and booze. Very little to no carbonation present in the beer
Franckg (390) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2015 Version 2014, dégustée après 1 an. Robe jaune-orangée légèrement trouble. Aucune mousse visible. En versant, aucun doute possible, c’est alcoolisé. Arômes de caramel, alcool, houblon floral. C’est très puissant. Le sens olfactif est rudement mis à l"épreuve. En bouche, l’entré se veut exigeante. Les effluves d’alcool envahissent la cavité bucale sur un temps. Le matl caramélisé créer une sensation bien duveteuse. Un bon goût mielleux colle au palais et offre une belle rondeur. Le houblon est mis en arrière-plan (le vieillissement y est peut-être pour quelque chose) mais donne un bon côté fruité rapellant les oranges confites. La finale amène un amalgame de saveurs fruitées, sucrées et légèrement amères. Le très haut taux d"alcool est quand même "subtil". La texture est épaisse et huileuse se marie parfaitement à ce liquide bien sucré et soyeux. Une bière à partager et à apprécier tranquillement.
EtTuCthulhu (1328) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The beer pours an opaque orange color with a medium off-white head that fades somewhat quickly. The aroma blends biscuity malts, pine needles, tree sap, cedar wood, resinous hops, and earthiness. Surprisingly, I don’t smell the alcohol, which is weird given the ABV. The taste, oh goodness, the taste; it is mildly umami, mildly bitter, and a touch sour. The predominant flavor is the way cedar and pine needles smell, but there is also a nice underlying fusion of booze, lemongrass, caramel malts, and sap. The palate fuses a slightly sticky texture, medium-full body, and a soft carbonation.
PatmanBeer (12) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
While I like a double IPA every once in a while the overwhelming alcohol gets to me. This was a delight to get this on tap. A 5 ounce pour was all I needed. The hops was not so bitter and a bit of floral, not real citrus to speak of.
c0fein (336) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle from Whole Foods - Tribeca, New York. Bottled 01/14/15. Thanks Jesse!
Deep amber colour with a big white thick head. Strong and bitter, some caramel, overdone fruits. Alcohol is well noticed but mostly as warming way, barley wine feeling. Now I have found ipa that can be called slow sipper.
andrepintado (1836) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - APR 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bytemesis! Cheers Mike! Dark orange color with thin persistent white head. Medium thick body. Taste is high bitter and medium to high sweet. Aroma is caramel, hops, piney, pinneapple, chocolate, spicy, pepperish.
BierMeHoos (291) - Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter. Appearance was a dark honey color with no carbonation. Aroma was honey, hops and alcohol, what a combo. Taste was of course combination of lots of hops and lots of malt. Palate was very mouth coating. Overall, this is a powerhouse beer but the ratings show that. I was blown away with how how boozy it was, but not "too" boozy. One bottle of this was all i could drink, took it slowly and enjoyed it.
Maxbier (651) - Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle I've been saving since 2013. Cloudy cooper brown with one finger tan head. Aroma is like a barley wine, malty boozy and a hint grassy. When I took the cap off I got a hint of champaign aroma. Up front the hop bitterness comes through, slightly piney and earthy. Feels like 10-12% rather than the 18% it is. Finish is earthy hop and dry barleywine caramel malt character. Dig a hole in the yard and burry a few bottles, dig them up In a few years.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
demannu (147) - New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bold spicy citrus pine aroma. Deep golden color with a white head. Books aggressive flavor that i really appeeciate. Just can’t drink it often. Works well paired with food. Bitter and fruity with a nice balance of malt. Just a solid drink that compliments food very nicely.
Luvystypotables (968) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of fermeted fruits and a hops. Full bodied taste of fruit and hops. Great finish of fermented fruit.