awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle, courtesy of slob. Coppery amber colored pour with a thin layer of white head that quickly reduces to a small, sudsy ring. Gently swirling the brew sends sheets of large, shimmering bubbles spalshing down the sides of my snifter glass. My initial impression of the aroma is one of mild surprise. Instead of the powerful grapefruit and pine aromas I was expecting, my nose is greeted by a waft of honey and peach. Springtime tulips and a touch of rye seem to be buried in there as well. The subtleness of the aroma is a bit misleading, however, as a powerful blast of juniper needles and rosemary petals explodes across my tongue. Heavy feeling mouthfeel, without being sticky or syrupy. A bit of tangy orange zest, sage, and green pepper spice also seems to be coming out from behind the evergreen trees. The final smack drips of gin with a little too much alcohol heat. My hops perception has definitey been distorted from my beer exposure here on the west coast. Thanks, Bert!
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear copper pour, thin oily head. Citrus hoppy goodness is the dominant aroma, layered with sweet malts. Flavor is very hoppy, with a substantial malt base. The continuous hopping is a briliant idea; I plan on incorparating it into my next homebrew!!
Bartzilla (620) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím spolied with west coast IPAs. Iíve heard a lot about this beer and saw the tv shows on History Channel, so I was eager to try it. Not too shabby. The alcohol is well hidden by the malt, though for a 90 minute hop schedule, I expected more of a bite. But, donít get me wrong... I liked this stuff and if I lived back east, this would probably be my "go to" beer.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Expected a lot more from this beer. I think my problem is that I have become too used to west coast IPAís and this beer tasted too malty and sweet for my tastes. Not really a clean piney hop taste like I want in an IPA. Not terrible, but nothing special.
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. glden/amber pour with creamy head. malts, grapefruit and hops aroma. malts, caramel and sugary taste with dry hoppy bitterness. Iíve had this before and donít recall the sugar and malts being so powerful.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big pine and grapefruit aroma. Flavor is smooth citrus, with just a little bit of sweetness. So smooth and good, canít even detect the high ABV. This is probably the best DIPA Iíve had.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm
The aroma is absolutely outstanding with its flowers and fruits and what gives. I had to sit for a few minutes just smelling this one. Rich flowery taste as well. Ripe fruits, tropical jungle freshness after a soft rain. Definately the best of the "minute beers". Full bodied, complex fruity, flowery, complex, bitter, rich. Only downfall was a slight odd sweetness towards the end when the beer had warmed up quite a bit.
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 Draft.
These are the words that attacked my brain when I first smelled and tasted this beer. Very sweet aroma that sends you on a trip to nirvana. The flavor is out of this world with a low carbonation and extremely well balanced tones of barley and hops. You cannot taste the high alcohol so watch out with this one. I really donít know if it gets much better than this!!!
darkangel13 (2) - westfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2006 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very well rounded nice tones of the hops and malt and a slight hint of carmel in the mix i had quite a few dd ipaís and this one is one of my top 5
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is filled with citrus, resin, and spruce hops. There is also plenty of sweet malt giving it a caramel taste with some yeast. The appearance is deep gold with an orange tint to it. The head is medium sized and persistent. The flavor is bitter and sweet with elements that are just like the aroma. The palate is very good for the style. Itís good, quite good really, but not as good as I wanted it to be.