Brewticular (86) - - AUG 12, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was better the first time I had it a couple of years ago. Still an excellent beer but I feel the hops have faded over time and as a result the alcohol bite is a little more prevalent. I have one more bottle left in my cellar and will leave it there for another time.
Huhzubendah (3092) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: Hazy, sunset orange with a thick head and copious amounts of lacing.
S: Hops, malt, alcohol.
T: Malty more than hoppy. This beer is sticky and sweet, with a small hop resin flavor. This basically tastes a little worse than 90 minute IPA. No other distinguishing characteristics come to mind. I tried not to get excited about Squall IPA, and am glad I didn’t build my expectations too high.
M: Carbonation level is ok, alcohol present throughout.
D: Too malty, and ABV not hidden at all. I didn’t even finish my glass. Come on man, brew an IPA. Take a vacation to California and try again.
Beerjunkie15 (55) - Romeoville, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great IPA. Poured from a 22 oz bomber and has the look of an orangy wheat beer. But one smell and definitely one taste and it’s all IPA. LIttle fruity with a hint of spice. If I can find this again, I’m hoarding it.
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22nd November 2009
ChrisOs Kook Tasting. Hazy amber beer. Fresh hoppy nose. Light palate, dry. Lovely light caramel malt base. Lovely light and fruity hops imparting exotic fruits. Hops are quite sweet. Lovely!
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Pours a cloudy copper-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades down fairly slow leaving behind some nice lace.
S - Aroma is full of tropical hops with lots of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango, with some citrus and pine hop as well, with some sweet caramel and bready malts, and just a touch of vanilla.
T - Starts off with lots of tropical hop flavor with lots of grapefruit and pineapple, with some good bitterness alongside some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and grassy hops come through with more bitterness and a touch of sweet bready malt. The finish is a mix of tropical and earthy hops with bitterness, sweet caramel malts, and a touch of vanilla and yeast flavor.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really fantastic DIPA. The hop profile is really fantastic from start to end with some great bitterness alongside. Balance is spot on here.
BeerSquare (117) - - MAY 18, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite IPAs ever.
The pour is so cloudy that it makes you wonder if you’re getting some type of wheat beer. Then you smell, and you know it’s 100% IPA.
This one is as juicy and biting as the best of them, but retains a nice cool dry flavor above it all. I barely taste the malt, but still still wouldn’t call it unbalanced. . . strikes me as a very subtle blend of very bold flavors.
Love the fruity notes that come through-- especially the banana / clove side of it. Great compliment to the piney edges.
cmonster (998) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle served in a tulip. Hazy, thick, dark honey in color. Short head. Massive aroma of endless lush caramel malt, with earth and a hefty infusion of floral hops. Huge and complex. The flavors components are rich, sweet caramel, raisin, orange, and pineapple. Thick, creamy body, followed by a waft of sweet malt, then a medium bitter finish. Great balance between the malts and hops. Definately related to 90 minute, and even better.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Originally reviewed: 8/9/09. Poured into my snifter. Pours a very dark, cloudy burnt orange. There’s a bit of the yeast residue floating about, but not that much. A good 2-finger ivory head rests on top. This disappears to just a thin ring around the edge. Leaves some spotty lacing. This beer smells like hop candy, if they made it. Huge citrusy, piney, sweet floral hops all over the nose. There’s a big sugary scent that makes me want to just start gulping this beer. Hold on, champ...
As I sip, I notice the mouth is crisp and very well-carbonated. Plenty of bubbly pop to this drink. This ’off-shoot’ of the 90min differs in one big way. Where the 90 is a little on the sweet side, this beer brings out a bit of a spicy side. The bitterness isn’t overpowering in any way, but it lets you know it’s there with a nice spicy kick on the finish. Slight bready malts are noted as they help balance this out a bit.
I think I dig the 90min a little more, but this was a dang good DIPA. Recommend.
Thechasm442 (430) - Manhattan, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle in a duvel tulip. 44 degrees. Pours a hazy orange amber with a 2 inch white head that shrinks to a finger with nice lacing. Aroma is tangerine, lemon, light booze, and a cracker like malt. Flavor is orange, lemon, grapefruit, apricot, mango, and a light biscuit flavor malt. Mouthfeel is sticky and somewhat syrupy. Real good beer, I’d love a fresh one.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottled in 2011. Pours a glowing orange. Opaque. One finger white head with very little retention and no lacing here.
Big tropical fruit aromas. Banana, pine. Earthy,caramel, maltiness. Hints of vanilla.
Starts off sweet and malty. Thick caramel malt and sugary sweetness leads to grapefruit and tropical hoppiness and cleans up with a dry piney hop bitterness. Lots of flavor going on here.
This baby is thick syrupy and full bodied. Low carbonation, Finish is dry and bitter along with a little bit of heat. I actually really like this. But not sure if I prefer it over 90 Minute.