ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a mildly hazy copper color. The head is three fingers high and offwhite in shading, quickly receding to reveal rings of lacing on the glass. Ultimately, the head settles at one finger.
S: The hops here are rather spicy and piny, rather than (preferably) citrusy. All this hoppiness is hidden behind a ton of crystal malt - again, not my cup of tea. On the plus side, the nose has little in the way of booze.
T: Lots of sweet malt open the flavor profile, with notes of honey, caramel, and toffee. The hop profile here is a bit sneaky, building a mild piny tone on the finish and aftertaste. At the end of the day, though, itís not what Iíd call hoppy by any stretch. Nor is it boozy. It doesnít really excite the taste buds, but I enjoy its balance.
M: It starts off with a medium body, but the mildly strong carbonation helps lighten it up some. The finish is dry and resiny; however, itís not overdone. This is quite easy to sip on due to the well-hidden booze and pleasant dryness.
O: Itís pleasant and easy going, almost to a fault. I think this would be a good beginner DIPA due to its malty yet balanced nature and great price point. Still, it canít really compete with some of the readily available elites of the style. The booze comes out strongly when it warms up, so drink it colder.
WeissGary (239) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask. Golden pale aroma, sweet taste, love the blend of vanilla and wet hop. Very tasty & a treat on tap!
BillWyce (615) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From notes: Poured clear amber with a touch of orange and a 1-finger bone-colored head. Aroma of piney hops, but not as strong as most other DIPAís Iíve had. Medium body with a moderate oily thickness and a mild astringency in the finish. Flavor of citrusy and piney hops.
ChrisFields (41) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark orange with a rocky two fingered head that produced some very nice lacing. Aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, and dry pine. Taste is a touch sweet malt with a lingering, yet smooth bitter hop finish. The alcohol adds a certain degree of dryness but otherwise is masked superbly. A nice full body and medium carbonation suit this IPA well. Overall I liked this one more than I expected I would. Although there is a little less hop presence here than in most DIPAs, I still found it to be a very nice experience drinking it.
Tstamba (136) - Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle dated May 2013. Hazy light orange, almost no head. Grapefruit and floral notes. Heavy bitterness a little boozy with finish of over ripe grapefruit... A bit unbalanced for me... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Eberndt (73) - - NOV 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle poured. Not what i had imagined it would taste like. Actually a lot more sweet than I expected and alcohol was well masked. Wife hated it
madmitch76 (12094) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2nd September 2013
Bright clear amber beer, good white head. Palate is smooth and slightly dry. Light fine carbonation. Light smooth malt. Bitter resinous hops that do not have much fruit other than a touch of marmalade. Finishes smooth with a long bitter linger. Needs more hop fruits for a US DIPA.
DCLawyer (1153) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle->SA. Slightly hazy orange/copper with huge fluffy white head. A: floral and citrus hops, malt, honey. T: pine and citrus hops, with a soapy and bitter lingering aftertaste. Not a great DIPA.
radagast83 (3742) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a pretty clear amber color with a medium sized, white head. Aroma was notes of citrus hops, dankness, and some nice malt notes. Touch of fruit in there too. Flavor was bitter hops, resin notes, some tropical fruit characteristics with a nice malt backing. Alcohol is there, but more masked than I expected it would be.
Bamsen78 (1954) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Fire Works, Arlington, VA. Pours hazy amber with small white head. Clear aroma of hops with mild notes of citrus. Bitter, hoppy flavour with citric and grassy notes. Malty and hoppy finish. OK.
ROGUE (2078) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear light copper color with a two finger off-white head with good retention and decent lacing. Aroma is highly floral and grassy with a heavy dose of pine. Tastes of a hop bomb with big citrus zest, warming alcohol, some light malty sweetness. Medium body, moderate carbonation.