CaptainCougar (7133) - 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 (5071) - 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 (2451) - 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 (19331) - 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!!
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - FEB 10, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2009 This beer is Fantastic. It is my favorite beer It won the 2003 Alpha King Challenge a competition to find the hoppiest most balanced beer. Which is the competition for "Hop Heads" So balanced, clean, flavorful and drinkable. Pungent sweet hoppy aroma with toasty caramel notes. Clear shimmering medium amber very enticing. Flavor is perfect. Bitter, piney, sweet caramel malty. Seek out and find this beer you will not be sorry. If you want to grab this beer on tap with me send me an email.
larryLSB (472) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had a sample at the brewery, than bought a 6 pack. Poured a nice golden amber color with a nice frothy head that went flat quickly.There was more of a nose on the draft than the bottle. Flowers and fruit. Big hop taste with a hint of evergreen (pine spruce). Better at the brewery than in the bottle! Overall a very good beer.
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap. Hazy nutmeg color with beautifully-laced head. Nose is floral and citrusy. Taste is delicious with a great malt/hop balance. It’s like eating my favoriate breakfast cereal and drinking my favorite beer at the same time. Palate is malt that transitions into an admirable malt hoppiness.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Toronado SF. Appearance is a translucent murky orange hue, thin layer of white creamy head, sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is pine resin, sweet citrus, cotton candy, touch of mustiness. Taste is bitter pine resin and grapefruit dominated hops, orange and lemons creep in with some grassy hops, cotton candy bubblegum appears near the end, finishes bitter and resiny. Palate is medium-bodied, big thick oily resin texture, biting carbonation. Overall, a nice sticky and resiny hop bomb with a nice balance of sweet citrus and candy sweetness, the finish is a touch too harsh.
Lothore (595) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Golden in color with a small eggshell head that fades and leaves a little lacing.
S- Smells extremely hoppy. Grainy pine scents dominate the nose.
T- Piney hops are prevalent from start to finish with a bitter kick. Grainy bready taste masked beneath the hops.
M- Thick and chunky with a blast of carbonation that compliments the hoppy bitterness perfectly.
D- Definitely a sipper but certainly very drinkable for a double ipa.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Toronado. Hazy amber, pretty good lacing and retention. Aroma is very fruity with overripe fruits, some grass, caramel. Flavor matches, moderate to high bitterness, alcohol hidden well. A little bit of that creamy drinkability I remember from their BW.