mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Egads, had this whopper on draft at The Red Room in Santa Cruz (great beer, kinda cool lounge atmosphere, disappointing food-- but this is a beer rating, so onward...). Pours auburn with half-inch off-white fading head. Floral and piney juiciness dominate aroma as well as the nose. The Mouthfeel is more lean than medium and there’s a plushness I surmise comes from the hops. The touch of caramel (or more like peanut brittle without the peanut: carmelized sugar) sweetness brings out the delicious alcohol notes that continue on into the finish. There’s a resurgence of hop flavors: apricot/citrus and mint/chives. Mighty one.
Terminus (3347) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle-pours dark red with a fizzy off-white head. nose is mostly deep earthy and piney resinous hops, very earthy and almost like a barleywine in its lushness. lots of hops here but nothing really showing any real decent character. maybe a bit old but definatley not the puncy type of IIPA i wanted but that maybe due to the ABV on this one. long piney finish with hints of sweet alcohol and toasted carmel and crystal malts. body is fairly lite for the abv and the alcohol only really shows on the finish. not overly complex but would like to try this one fresh.
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Baron’s. Oh my... This is everything an IPA should be. Bitter. Dry. Bitter. And Dry. 90 IBUs.
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a murky orange amber with foamy off-white head. Oranges are dominant on the nose with pineapple, caramel malt, and subtle spice. Nice sweetness to compliment the barrage of hops. Thick and sticky; delicious lingering bitterness. This 9.75% beer feels like at least that.
Dogbrick (9436) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Sour Village / CCB Tasting on 05/20/2011. The beer pours a clear reddish-amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing. Aroma of grassy hops, malt and fruit. Medium body with flavors of hops, bready malt and sweet fruit. The finish is hoppy up front with a sweet caramel aftertaste. Above average overall.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque amber-mahogany. Nice balance of malt for a huge dose of hops. Extremely bitter with a thick malt backbone that draws out some subtle fruit and spicy notes. This is a big beer for sure, but also artfully done.
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Dogbrick. Clear copper pour with a medium orange/off-white head. Rich grainy and caramel malt nose with grassy hops. Rich caramel malt flavor with grainy malt and a grassy hop finish.
MadIndian (2606) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Do these guys make a bad beer? Nice amber pour with thin tan head.
Nice peach / grapefruit aroma. Sweet malt taste accompanied by orange peel, caramel and pine. Full body with a sharp hoppy dry finish.
I love it!
brokensail (13214) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is amber in color with a dense off-white head and some sticky lacing.
S: Fairly sweet with a definite caramel and toffee aroma to it. Certainly on the sweet side, but there is some nice hoppiness to it. Strong citrus and pine hops with a little bit of tropical fruit in there as well.
T: Despite what is a fairly heavy sweetness, for an IPA at least, there is a really solid hop flavor. Pineapple, grapefruit, and pine are the big players and they give the beer a nice balance and a decent bitterness.
M: Fairly full in body with a moderate level of carbonation.
O: Perhaps not my favorite DIPA, but for one that’s on the sweeter side, this is pretty good stuff.
thebeertourist (5098) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at 38 Degrees, Alhambra, Los Angeles. Dark amber, nice head. Grapefruity hops all the way. One-dimensional, but good.