AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Foggy dark amber color/ lasting ivory head. Big tropical fruit, pit fruit, floral aromas. medium bodied. Good floral, tropical fruit, caramel bittersweet flavors.
haddon90 (1349) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep copper color. Hint of brown sugar and molasses in the aroma. Hops springs to your nose. Big, tangy mouthfeel. Nice balance of hops and malt. But very tart. Kind of a dry finish. Pretty impressive beer if I do say so myself.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber picked up at City Beer in San Fran; clear, dark caramel; fluffy white head; onion, garlic, mild buttery hops; sweet mouthfeel, but lots of garlic; sticky, dry mouthfeel; lots of dirty socks and garlic; not sure if itís just an old bottle or what, but Iím not digging this one at all
StefanSD (1924) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle from bev4less. Pours a rich copper color with a medium off-white head that has fair retention and some lacing. The aroma is strong with citrus (mostly oranges), spices and soap. The flavor is sharply biter with pine resins, grapefruit, caramel and biter nuts. The palate is full and smooth with lively carbonation. The finish is long and biter. Overall: I found this bordering on being harsh, still, strengths outweigh weaknesses.
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Outside of Pliny, Imperial/Double IPAs seem to have a very similar makeup. Resin, pine and considrable malt undertone. The latter can be good, donít get me wrong, but this beer is an exception. The hop aroma is unique in itís pine and citrus notes and there is only a slight hint of the malt underneath. Not so in the taste. There is some resin, but the pine of the hops, the caramel of the malt and an almost licorice undertone. Not to mention the heat you get as it warms. I am enjoying this very much and will have to go back and buy a few more!
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
10 ounce sample on tap at Rubicon Brewing Company for Hoptoberfest. Aroma is very orangey with some hempy Simcoe notes. Nice balance of sweetness and hops are present here. Very nicely aromatic. Transparent copper-amber body with a small off-yellow head and decent lacing. Wow - this is really tasty stuff. Starts with a ton of hops (simcoe, methinks). Fairly sweet and sticky with nice, chewy malts in the middle. Finishes with a mild herbal hop bitterness. Well-balanced and very drinkable!
elihapa (1519) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours dark amber with good head retention. Aroma bursts with red fruit, ripe orange, pinneaple, touch of pine. Palate is good rounded presence, medium-dry finish; not too sticky. Flavor is predictably bold and hoppy, with firm sweet malt and fruit middle. Finish is a touch booze sharp, with minty elements. Tasty.
Aquilo (511) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear amber color with a small creamy head. Floral and caramel aroma with some lemon and citron hops. Flavor is crisp bitterness, but still very mellow. Smooth velvety mouthfeel. This beer is an absolute pleasure, and I canít believe I havenít tried it before.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from a bomber gave a copper orange color with a modest white head. Aromas are not too apparent. Good in your mouth with a medium feel. Some nice caramel toffee malt in the middle followed up by the solid hop bite at the finish. Nice long bitterness remains on your tongue a bit on the drier side. Tasty IPA for sure and would buy more.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at a BA/RB tasting... Poured copper-orange with an off-white head. Resinous, black pepper, sticky with hops. Black tea flavors, oak, vanilla. Not just a hop bomb, lots of depth here with flavors.