hapjydeuce (990) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at O’Briens. Slightly hazy toasted golden color, good carbonation, with a big frothy white head. Sappy aroma that evokes salivation, filled with heavy crystal malts, rumcake and grapefruit citrus. Malt shows more so on the aroma than the flavor. Awesome flavor that is mildly sweet, but well-balanced with orange peel, light mango and spicy hops bitterness. The finish oozes with resinous hop oils and a crisping note of pepper above the sweet malt. A big alcohol kick keeps it all in check for a Double IPA. Very, very good. This should be a regular on their tap list.
ajm (1067) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Naja’s IPA Fest. A nearly off-putting blood brown. Reminds me of a blend between an Imperial Red and a West COast Barley Wine: in other words, ’close but no cigar.’ Smells of tart hops and lightly biscuity malt and tastes very much the same. Lacks the citric quality I love and comes off rather English, though bold. Certainly de-noggins.
can8ianben (1446) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright aroma of oranges and grapefruits. Thick creamy thin white head on orange beer. Sharp bitter finish, but a lovely sweet malty body and a crisp citrus overtone. Awesome beer. Sampled at Naja’s IPA fest.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Dublin Irish Pub. Pretty damn good IIPA. Nose is piney, resinous and cannabis like. Flavor is slightly sweet, but gives into bitter. Ends on a sweet note. Notes of pine, resin, and grapefruit. Pours amber with white head. Some hints of cannabis in this one.
ChazMania (661) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2010 Draft at Toronado, SF. Aroma was good, sweeter on the flavor than the Pliny my brother had. A good chunk of caramel malt but far more balanced than the Jupiter Quasar I had the night before.
I would love to see Drakes Hop Salad again, that was a killer DIPA.
On 8/19/10: bumped up from 3.7 to 4.1. This is a bomber, and wow, seems freshly delicious! Excellent balance, full and enormous flavor; killer all around beer.
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(on tap @ toronado)dark ruby red body with a light head.aroma/flavor is pine.citrus hops with some caramel malts.kinda light on the hops for a double ipa for me.
anders37 (20883) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Alembic Bar, SF. Pours a pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a malty hoppy grapefruit aroma with some hints of caramel. Sweetish malty hoppy bitter citrus flavor with some hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty hoppy bitter finish with s long bitter aftertaste.
BoozieSusie (15) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice head and great apperance. A bit sour with grapefruit flavor comming through with the hops.
Ibrew2or3 (7777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ E. J. Phair in C-town. Pours a brilliant clear copper with lasting thin white head and impressive sheet lacing clinging to the glass. The modest aroma of sweet malts and grassy-piny hops is noticed covering up a meek amount of sugar sweet malts and faint caramelization. The taste begins with rich malty goodness. The malts are immediately attacked by a gale force storm of hops starting with pine then moving to crisp fresh green and grassy. It almost seems wet hopped. By midway I get a nice dose of grapefruit hops joining the fray. A malty sweet backbone is resistant to the mountain of hops and retains a precarious foot hold on the flavor. It ends with malt sweetness, hints of caramelization and a hop bite that is finally beginning to give in and eventually fade away. Fantastic brew! It could however use a bigger aromatic presence.
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light resin, caramel nose. Medium body, light amber color. Really rich flavors, resin, caramel, yeast, orange. Smooth finish, medium bitterness