socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer. The aroma is full of rich malt and hop freshness. Its appearance is amber with a strong golden/ red hue. The taste is where this beer really shines, it is very similar to hoptimum but not as fresh, and a little less malty than double jack, but on par with the two of them. I enjoy the balance and the silky finish. It is very hoppy but the hops slide off your tongue quickly.
STRYKER662 (6) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2011 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cool brass/copper color, earthy feel, great flavor, and well balanced malt is real treat. Not too heavy and great head, reccomended to other DIPA lovers, close to a green flash imperial IPA style
j12601 (6891) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the double 5k tasting. Pours a clear orange amber. Hoppy, crisp citrus and caramel on the nose. Spicy, citrus and caramel. Boozy, malt, toast, and spicy citrus.
StormCoat (110) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked up a bomber bottle at Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego. Pours a fairly clear, ruddy brown color with an off-white head and light, scattered lacing. Nice aroma of sweet pine, with an undercurrent of spicy citrus that reminds me of orange peel. Flavors are big, bold, and delicious, with a nice balance between caramel malts, hoppy herbal flavors, and subtle, juicy fruit notes. A drawn-out finish with a hint of alcohol flavor backing a spicy coffee bitterness. Interesting mouthfeel: medium-bodied, but with fine, tingly carbonation that stops just short of stinging your tongue, and kind of wakes you up. Really good.
HighWine (954) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2011 Tap sample at Rubicon in Sacramento. Deep brass color with a white film for a head. I suspect the head would be thicker on a full pour. Earthy hop nose of grass, hay, and soil. Super slippery and full in the mouth. Surprisingly malt forward and not overly hoppy given the style. Its nice to see a DIPA that didnít forget to double the malt, too. A real treat!
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bistro DIPA fest 2011. Pours a woody copper with a thinning head. Aroma is a bit sweet caramel, but otherwise ok with a grassy citrus and pine sap kick- grapefruit and tangerine are moderate. Flavor is more caramel and sweet toasted malts with medium sweet honey then grapefruit, orange and pine hops. Tacky resinous bitter finish slight astringent but otherwise pretty good- still not as good as hop salad, or hopocalypse though. Or 1500 for that matter.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. Bottle (9.75%ABV per the Bottle): Got in trade from NorCalgrowler; THANKS Marco! Aroma of tons of hops, pine, grass, hop oil, and some citrus. Really nice, fresh hop scent. Poured amber in color with a small, creamy, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and heavily bitter. Tastes of hops, pine, citrus, grass, slight malt, hop oil, and some tropical fruit. Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, heavily bitter, hop, pine, grass, citrus finish. 9.75%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
medium dark amber body. tan head. juicy fruit, caramel and toasted
malt nose. spicy hops and chewy sweet caramel / candy apple / cherry / orange flavored malt. chewy, resinous and thick. aggressive american double/strong red ale without the darker malt additions.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours clear dark amber with a thin off-white head. The nose is mostly caramel malt with some ripe citrus mixed in. The taste is caramel, citrus and resin. Pretty good Ė might have a little age on it as itís not as hoppy as expected but still decent.
hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - FEB 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. The case it came out of had the date 12/14/10 stamped on it but that is all the freshness info I have. Pours a bright, clear amber orange with two fingers of frothy foam . Very nice carbonation and lacing. Balanced nose. Sweet malt delivers apple and pineapple and the hops, while not overwhelming, give a crisp, fresh scent. Very full bodied. Enters the palate like syrup. The mouth doesnít detect much carbonation but there is enough to give it some effervescence and makes it a little easier to drink. Palate is mostly hops but not too resiny. They exhibit a nice, fresh quality and the malt balances it just enough so that the 90IBUs donít completely singe my taste buds off. Donít get me wrong, this is still one hoppy mother. I donít like a lot of malt in my DIPAs. This reminds me of Moylanís Hopsickle a bit but I think this one is better.