Chalsk (1065) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 Pours a golden orange color with a white foam head. Has an aroma of citrus, pine, caramel, earthiness, and lemon. Has a candy sweet start with a nice bitter hit. Lemon is there but mixed in nicely. This is a hop bomb. Some spice from the resiny hop notes. But the malts are there to balance. Damn tasty. UPDATE: May 14, 2011 - on tap at RHB Brewpub. Really creamy and smooth. Not much more of a difference than from bottle. Still surprised about the smoothness of this beer.
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lemony citrus as opposed to more often found grapefruit citrus. Nice refreshing DIPA, a good start to the warmer weather preferred drinks.
Goodgrief (1789) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange amber pour with frothy head. Big floral and caramel aroma. Super centennial flavor in this with some light fruitiness and a lemon citrus zing in the back end. Not as bitter as I expected with the 100 IBU hype. Well balanced, but maybe a little on the sweet side.
lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is sticky hops and solid maltiness. Well balanced across the palate. Fruity, spicy as expected from the Centennial hops. Finishes with a nice bitter lemon bite. Enjoyable.
dmac (4004) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle shared by pineypower, thanks Dean. Poured a mostly clear orange/amber body with a small to average sized bright white frothy head. Aroma was far more malty then I was expecting for a 100 IBU monster. Notes of dry hops, lemon zest and wet grains and crusty bread. Flavor is the same as the aroma with a lot more malt notes then I normally like in my DIPAs. The palate on this one isn’t boozy but you can almost feel the 10% ABV as you sip it. Good beer but paled in comparison to the beer of the night which also was a DIPA Surly Abrasive.
LinusStick (2854) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Vintage Estates. Meh....not a terrible IIPA but obviously east coast. Aroma was decent. Grassy hops and a big malty character. Pour was a nice medium gold with a one finger off white head. Taste was weird. It was good and full of piney and earthy hops, but the taste literally disappeared mid swallow and left an astringent flavor in the mouth. That’s when the sweet caramel malt kicks in. Decent carbonation. Hides the alcohol well.
BrewBoxer (2001) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the ginger man. Pours a brown tan color. No head. Smells of bread, lemon and vanilla. Taste is sticky, not overly hoppy. Boozy finish, almost like a barley wine
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled poured into snifter. Good looking clear gold in color with smears of pale brown and burnt orange. Big fluffy head dissipates gradually. Thick strings of lacing remain. Aroma is very pleasant. Full of slight caramel, booze, yeast, honey, tangerine light lemon, light earthy hops. Maybe a touch of ginger? Very crisp and complex. Makes me think something very refreshing is to come. Pretty full bodied and thick on tongue. Not as carbonated as I would have thought. Slight dose of caramel sweetness to start followed by some resiny hops and a little more honey. The lemon comes in subtley and nicely at the end on the sticky finish. Booze is there and warms a little, but not overwhelming. Solid overall, aroma is highlight. Not as bitter/hoppy as I anticipated.
TheEpeeist (3346) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2011 25.4 oz bottle. Foggy orange brown with a pocked bone head. Nose is vanilla pudding, cut grass and lemon peel with hints of chloraseptic. Medium to full body with a tang, some numbing and a bite. Taste is bitter, doughy and pithy but kind of neutral flavorwise. Lemon peel adds a needed lift in the finish. Not my favorite hop variety but does keep my interest. Passing the legendary wetherel on the Big Beers list.
adrian910ss (2356) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep clear orange gold with a large and thick off white-light cream colored head. Aroma of light lemon, barley, and hops. Taste of light lemon, barley, hops, malt, bread dough and yeast. Has many of the 90 min IPA characteristics. Finishes off with a pleasant lemon citrusy feel.