resevil787 (123) - Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10 oz draft from noble hops. Pours a copper color with an off white head. Very hoppy aroma, hints of grass, florals and perhaps some sweetness. Very hoppy when it hits the taste buds and finishes even hoppier with a mild taste of the alcohol. Great double IPA
dwyerpg (4306) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very strong bitter hop aroma. Lighter color than the regular. Flavor wise I actually think this has more balance the regular IPA. Enough malt to offset the bittering hops, though you can definitely taste the strength at the finish.
Iphonephan (2575) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Noble Hops in Tucson. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Huge floral hop nose. Flavors of citrus and some sweet malt. Boozy finish.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer arrives from the tap with a brilliantly clear, bright, pale amber / copper color. It is topped by a pale one-finger thick, head. This has a huge tropical fruit aroma to it, with notes of guava, lychee, and floral peach syrup notes being quite prominent. This gets much more herbal after a whiff or two, and even picks up a bit of a green onion like character as it warms up. There is a touch of cracker like grain and rounded bready malt that subtly rounds things out in the nose as it really warms up.
The taste is bitter and much more herbal than the aroma would have suggested; dank and herbaceous, with notes of hemp-oil, woody pepper, and herbal tobacco notes. There is of course a huge tropical fruit character; guava, lychee, concentrated floral peach, dank tangelo, and herbaceous citrus all play a leading role here. The malt is very supporting here (meaning quite subtle), cracker notes, and bit of chewy caramelized bread character come through if you really dig for it. The body of this beer is actually very light, surprisingly so if you really think about it, as the beer doesn’t come off as being thin, nor does it dry / water out the malt character so much that the hop fruit character isn’t able to still shine through; this is about as perfect as it gets for a Double IPA. Even the alcohol that is here (+10%) is so well hidden for a beer of this strength; while it is huge and hoppy, it is dangerously drinkable for a beer of this strength, because it does not get hot.
This is a really nice Double IPA; It is fruity up front, but gets dank, herbal, and even a bit onion like after a bit; for the latter it is not too much though. One of the better Double IPAs I have had in a while, in fact it makes me realize I have been burnt out on Double IPAs for quite some time, but this one is just done right.