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 doesn’t live up to the aroma for me. It’s got a huge spicy bitterness throughout but doesn’t 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 (4885) - 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 (3536) - 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 wouldn’t want two of these. Hops in the aroma, the flavor, hoppy finish, hops on the palate...basically hops. (on tap at the Toronado)
Cletus (6250) - 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.
ChazMania (640) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at brewery. Solid double ipa. Nice resiny texture with a tad of the pineapple hoppy flavor. Alot of malt. I was glad he had some bottled, I bought a 6er to share with my brother.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by larryLSB: Pours a hazy brass orange color with a spotty-lacing white head. Has a fresh resiny grapefruity and orange hop nose with mild pale malty sweetness. Starts wiith good light malty sweetness and sticky resiny citrus bittering hop balance before a drier bittersweet finish. A nicely balanced double IPA.
nuplastikk (3817) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle shared by SamGamgee, thanks! Orange-tan color. Big and hoppy earthy aroma. Well balanced and completely drinkable with the moderate ABV. Toasty malt on the light side. Excellent.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Hazy orange with a sticky head. Big, spicy hop aroma with grapefruit and sweet orange and some malty sweetness. Starts with a citric and floral hop flavor, upheld by a sweet pale malt base, and then finishes with a strong bitterness that lingers. Medium bodied and somewhat light for the style. I like the balance.
anders37 (14720) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft @ Toronado, SF. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small white head. Has a malty hoppy bitter piney aroma with some hints of citrus. Malty hoppy bitter pine needles flavor. Has a long bitter hoppy finish with a long bitter aftertaste. Awesome!!