LeRoytheAlien (55) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic, but a little too much malt for me. Every time I drink this I get the taste of bubblegum. When fresh, ideally, it has a good balance of aromatics and bitterness, and even with some age it holds up. Unique among Imperial IPAs for me, as is most of DFH beer.
CVBis007 (51) - - JAN 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a gorgeous copper color. The aroma was lighter than expected and somewhat syrupy. The caramel sweet flavor is not my preference, but to its credit is very easy to drink. The glass was empty before I knew it.
MarkoNm (1022) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JAN 1, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an amber color, clear, topped with a decent white head and nice retention. Sweet and malty aroma, lots of caramel notes, some fruity notes as well. Taste is sweet, way too sweet and fruity for my liking, lots of caramel and some spices. Finishes with a bitterness, but again sweetness and malty feel in the aftertaste. Not my favourite.
Turboninja (148) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium aroma with fruits, sweet pine and some alcohol. Light golden color with small/medium white head. Strong/medium taste has some sweet and a bit artificial component that masks other flavors like tropical fruits and floral notes. Some alcohol and clear taste of malts. Lots of hops that follows to the aftertaste that also have some malty aromas. Medium taste spectrum. Medium body with light/medium carbonation. Overall nice try with some individual character. Unfortunately, that character is also something that brings the grading down.
jerd16 (225) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overrated. Doesn’t have the mighty dank, fresh hop presence of a Pliny or Un-Human Cannonball, Ruinten. Nor the competence and refinement of a dreadnaught. It seems a little rough round the edges.
Esquire don’t know shit about beer.
Malt is dominant in the aroma - Maple syrup, caramel, a little bread, maybe a little molasses. Alcohol. Some pine and dirty citrus. There’s an unpleasant ammonia undermining it all.
Tastes moderately better than it smells. Sweet brandy, vinous initially. Before some deep, pleasant caramel malt. Sturdy and supportive. Barley and grains emerge. Moderate piney bitterness. Rising pine. Very little citrus presence.
Cunningham (5154) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lovely hazy orange golden color with a fine off white head that leaves a fine lacing down the glass. Would have expected a bit more powerful aroma. Mild tropical fruity and grapefruit hoppy. Thick oily liquid. A bit sweet with a fine bitterness. Well it is actuallt some wheat in this one. That explain why I get a little bit banana feeling. Did not do it any harm. Would have been a veeery sweet dessert wine without the heavy hoppy balance. Tropical fruity, oranges, grapefruit hoppy and some banana in the flavor. Lovely evening sipper.
[Bottle from a trade with CH-303]
McWorta (798) - LUXEMBOURG - DEC 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crystal clear orange colour with a dark white head, good lacings. Aromas of marmalade biscuit malt and raisin arise. Somewhat effervescent texture with fruity raisiny sweet flavour notes supported by some bready biscuit cake flavours. Light bitterness lingers on the back of the palate for a good while.
TET (1909) - FINLAND - DEC 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark yellow, slightly orange beer with a medium and blond head. The nose has strong fructose and slightly caramelly sweetness, some tropical fruits and rainy pine forest, also strawberries. Taste isn’t so sweet as aroma, however there is strong caramelly maltyness, riped fruits, some pine needles. Probably, there is strong bitterness as the high sweetness is drying. Otherwise, the bitterness isn’t feel very strong but balanced. Almost full bodied but not heavy, nice carbonation. Not as tropical DIPA as I expected, more riped fruits. Good balance, despite of the strong maltyness.
beersammich (64) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells great, looks nice, pours with a great head. Taste is fairly sweet for an IPA. Very nice beer all in all.
Have had in bottle and on tap.
c0fein (259) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle from Saveur Biere. Bottled 07/09/14.
Clear orange colour with a big white head. Caramel, alcohol, sweetness, fruits. Nice but probably lost the best shape already.