GSH1976 (239) - Delaware, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with a bottling date of 2/18/13 so this is very fresh. This is listed as having an abv of 10.2% here but the back of the bottle says 9.0%. Anyway, it pours a light orange/amber with a slight haze and lots of head. The smell is not typical for a DIPA and is predominantly a candied sweetness, caramel malt and alcohol. Despite this beer being very fresh, and some of the reviews mentioning hops, I am not noticing much of a hop presence at all in the aroma. The taste is bitter but there is also a sweetness there. I would prefer if it wasn’t as sweet but at least it isn’t cloying. The body is medium and the finish is dry. The alcohol is also hidden very well. Closer to a barleywine than a DIPA.
rondphoto (3154) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 19, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle @ Jungle Jim’s / Eastgate OH --- Hazy dirty medium amber color, one-finger white head that stays, lace cobwebs. Aroma of pine hops and malt. Taste is caramel malt that turns to edgy crisp carbonation on the swallow, then on to solid hops. Somehow, in this massive brew, the malt stays through the bitter end, bringing with it more and more sweet for an impeccably balanced finish. Surprising and terrific brew. Wow!
gegwilson (2379) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg in the Head of Steam, Durham. Pours golden with an off white head. Light pine aroma. The taste is big and bold with lots of resinous pine and spice wih underlying caramel. Very good.
Echon (147) - Århus, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 33 cl. Hoppy aroma and very generous hoppy flavour. Semi sweet and rather bitter. Medium body. Bitter finish. Very tasty.
Yorker (1859) - Herning, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours clear golden amber with a white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are pine, resin, and grapefruit - with a bitter finish.
umich03jm (2993) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Aroma is sugary cereal with lots of pine too. Tastes way too sweet. Big pine, lots of dank hops, but just too much sugary and honey sweetness. Medium to full body. Syrupy mouthfeel. Hard to finish to whole bottle.
bytemesis (5175) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Neil. Pours clear orange, large off-white head, dissipates fairly quickly, good lacing. Aroma is pine and citrus. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter. Medium body
nybol (366) - DENMARK - SEP 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Virkelig stor smag af humle, og specielt de amerikanske typer. Ikke udtørrende, men smagshumler (aromahumler)
altonbrownd (4591) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at United Club Dulles. Nice dark copper body with medium, fast-receding head. Nose is hoppy, Taste of hops, honey, caramel. Sweet and alcy flavour. Smooth texture. Goes down well.
Holmen1 (3924) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fra flaske (innkjøpt på Kihoskh) ombord på Fridtjofen (RBHD!) aug-15: ah, en ganerenser med amerikansk humlefest fra ende til annen. Og i tillegg særdeles godt balansert. Life is good. Og utseendet? Gylden, med hvitt skum.
Holmen2 (2190) - NORWAY - AUG 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle at RB/HD on board Fridtjofen 23.08.15. Slighty hazy orange. White head and lacing. Aroma of citrus and sweet Sevilla marmelade. Similar, and strong, taste. Low carbonation. Superb!