merc7186 (2835) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Dank Pineyness, Crackers, Mildly Malty...
Appearance: Hazy Orange Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing...
Taste: Dry Citrus, Dank, Semi Malty...
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Drying, Mildly Filling
AWISLguy (2270) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can from Bottle Shock in Port St Lucie. Orange copper pour with an off-orange head. Citrus, sweet tropical fruits. Guava. A bit chewy. Grass in the nose does not come through into the taste, but overall the blend is well done, it is nicely bittersweet and there is little alcohol presence. A very nice one - the best of the "Category" brews. 14.5
RickTheRick (875) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Une couche de mousse de consistance moyenne mais persistante se pose sur une bière dorée et légèrement trouble. Des céréales caramélisées sont en juxtaposition avec des houblons résineux au nez, quoique l’aspect "caramel" sort un peu trop. Ça frôle le diacétyle, malheureusement. En bouche, tout est très intense : le taux d’alcool, l’amertume et les sucre résiduels. J’ai presque l’impression de boire un vin d’orge américain. Buvable, mais je ne m’attendais pas du tout à ça.
shadey (2055) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can. Orange pour with a huge, chunky head of bright white foam. After the head died down, I was able to smell the powerful hop bitterness. Unfortunately, I immediately started feeling the 8.5% alcohol. I’m not sure why some beers disguise the alcohol well and others don’t - but this one was obviously strong. Well flavored, but heavy on the bitter hops. The malts are here and help to balance the hop character, but have nothing distinctive on their own.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6301) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a dark orange-toffee color with a medium sized fluffy yellow-white head that left good lacing. The aroma was sweet and tangy with notes of pine, pineapple and tobacco. The flavor was sweet and tart with fruit cocktail, pineapple, sour caramel, a hint of tobacco and a moderate bitterness. Long finish. Moderately full bodied. Solid.
PhillyBeer2112 (2711) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Its a bit much. Big chewy IPA heavy on resinous piney hops assaulting your palate. The nose is enjoyable. It looks good in the glass but in the end, its just a big overdone bomb.
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Hefty honeyed malts and simple resinous hops construct an almost Barley Wine-like tangent to Imperial IPA.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the shiny amber.
-The mouthfeel is quite heavy for the style.
-Hops manage to build floral and orangey allusions at times.
-This is a clean brew, but the malts mostly share residual sugars and the hops mostly develop plain resins. Not the kind of flavour brightness I look for in the style.
PorterPounder (6966) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Palm Beach Gardens, FL - Whole Foods - 12 oz can. Medium orange pour, slight haze, silky snow white head. Heavy spruce bent to the aroma, hint of pineapple fruitiness. Bold IPA flavor,strong citrus bitterness backbone, some trailing caramel sweetness, just a touch pineapple fruitiness to mix it up a but. Thickish, rich mouthfeel.
Ktwse (3623) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy orange amber with fairly tall white head. Aroma of resin, grapefruit, floral notes, perfume, not as strong as the Category 4 but still dominating the nose. Taste is resinous, floral, bitter but with more caramel backbone and quite a bit of zest. Body is light to medium, smooth, with average carbonation.
UDBeernut (2509) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Moderate bitterness, mild pine resin notes, some citrus and citrus zest. Medium to full body with a dry finish.