cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle served in a tulip. Pours very hazy orange with a medium size off-white head. Decent retention and great lacing. Complex aromatics. Pineapple, orange, and grassy hops in front of what promises to be a substantial malt bill. Mostly a bitter palate, not big malts. Medium body, sticky texture, and a big bitter, grapefruity finish.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ concordia: clear orange with a nice head. The nose is powerful and fresh with lots of pine and orange. Clean pale malts and intense dry hop flavor. Finishes balanced.
MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: you can tell that this is going to be one hoppy beer, citrus almost to sour, and tons of hops; Appearnace: hazy tan, with maybe a bit of red, medium white head upon pour that quickly dissipates; Taste: very, very standout Imperial IPA, tastes just like it smells, a ton of hops, followed by fresh citrus, maybe Iím trying too hard, but I can pull out lemon, orange, and grapefruit, thereís also something else that stands out after a swallow, something almost nutty or bready; Palate: one of the most bitter but enjoyable beers Iíve ever had, its bitterness is on par with Sierra Nevadaís Torpedo IPA, but this one tastes better over all and has more to offer with all of those citrus notes, good carbonation; Overall: I think that this is more of a Double IPA than an Imperial IPA, nevertheless, I wish I had bought more than one, it is absolutely wonderful, one of the bettter IPAs Iíve had in a while
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Brownish orange with a thin head. Some aroma I canít place but interesting kind of damp cellar and dead flowers. Some very light pine and citrus too. Nice pine flavor but kind of muddy. Pine finish.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 09. Pours a hazed dull orange with a white head. Aroma is tons of big resinous piney hops, some dank columbus, spicy, with grapefruit and some moderate sticky malts. Flavor is ok caramel malts, mostly bright green oily hops, resinous, dank, pine sap and some citrus and grapefruit- finish has a bit too much sticky malt profile, but still pretty damn good overall.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle courtesy of EinWeizenbitte.
The aroma is big and fantastic, just full of juicy citrus, namely grapefruit and pineapple. On top of that is a slight herbal character with maybe some sweet malts.
The taste doesnít live up to the aroma for me. Itís got a huge spicy bitterness throughout but doesnít have nearly the juicy citrus presence that I was expecting given the aroma. There is a hefty sweetness underneath as well. The finish is slightly metallic.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very bitter and dry in the finish.
This is a very good DIPA that could have been great if the taste came together a little better. That said, I still enjoyed it.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2009, not as good as the IPA from El Toro. Orange pour, b ig agressive hop aroma, Taste was huge throat burning bitterness, a bit too bitter, needs a bit more balanced. Could be a victoim of how great the IPA was however.
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Toronado. Pours a slightly hazy orange, small head. Very hoppy and citrusy nose, gives way to a grapefruit, sweet orange, and bitter explosion. Could be a bit more balanced, but why? Tasty!
Nuffield (4056) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Extreme bitter, as big a hop beer as it comes. Even Jazz88, who is all about hops, said he wouldnít want two of these. Hops in the aroma, the flavor, hoppy finish, hops on the palate...basically hops. (on tap at the Toronado)
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Lothore. Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Smells of pine resin, metallic, caramel. Tastes of citrus, peppery, grapefruit, some resiny hints. Nice bitterness on the finish.