thome50 (1246) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I might have sat on this one too long. Received in a trade back in early February and have had it in the fridge for two months. The malt comes out much more than I would expect in a beer with this age/style. It comes out very sweet which isnít at all a negative but not what I would expect in a DIPA. Overall a nice beer but nothing that stands out from other tops in the category.
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Sloth. Pours a clear copper with a dripping white lace head. Big hoppy aroma, resinous grapefruit. Hop flavor is much more subdued, a very sweet and malty take on the style, almost more barleywine like. Finishes full and with a slight smack of bitterness.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from lukin013, on accounta FFL payouts - thanks, man! Interesting pour, with a soupy, syrupy looking dark orange not proving too enticing for starters. Sweet malts far more prominent in the nose than the hops, alas. Mouthfeel a bit sticky and chewy. Taste is a bit sharp, midway between spice and booze, with hop bitterness piling on to the generally aggressive flavors.
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad, just not special at all. Hop profile is a little flat compared to the top DIPAs out there. If Iím going to have that much body i want a lot of character...this was just sort of a super heavy IPA.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber pour with a tight head. The nose is softly sweet. Pale malt with a little bit of light orange peel. Sort of woody as well. Fairly sweet and has certainly seen fresher days. Stinky and a little bit cheesy. Fairly sweet.
obguthr (4907) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bready apricot aroma with fresh orange accents. Clear auburn, thin head. Woody and malty, only slightly sweet with orange peel present. Nice balance with a firm malt backbone
riversideAK (5831) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very malty nose - lots of caramel and pale malt sweetness, a little bready at times. SOft citrus, pine, and peppery hops, but they are light in relation to all the malt. Pours somewhat hazy golden orange, thin head with light lace. The flavor starts with lots of caramel malt sweetness, pale malt sweetness, lingering residual sugar notes, lightly floral and peppery hops as well as a hint of candied orange. More malt than hop, light lingering pepper. Not cloying but definitely leaning towards that side. Would like to try again, possibly if a little fresher.
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice, hadnít had a beer get my attention like this in a while it seemed like. Aroma was big pine and citric hops, with balancing caramel sweetness. The flavor was a match. Sounds simple, but there was a nice depth to the flavor, and the balance was just perfect between huge hops and big malts. Most IIPAís miss on one side of the equation. This one didnít.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber acquired via trade. Pours a dark amber with nice sticky lacing and a thick white head. Smells pretty heavily of pine, earthen hops, some resinous notes and a little pepper plus a lot of sweet caramel malt. Flavor is pretty malt forward, but has a really good pine and earth hop finish. Solid east coast IIPA, I enjoyed this one.
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark orange pour with a moderate off-white head. Citrusy hops with piney notes on the aroma. Flavor was pretty smooth hoppy and somewhat bitter, but didnít jump like most of the better DIPAís. Still a nice brew, but not one of the best.