FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Original review date 7/7/2008...
Bomber from Consumer Beverage in Amherst - into a big-@$$ Red Oak mug. Let’s see what happens...
This has the look of a classic DIPA. Sudsy, bountiful head with a few muffin tunnels. Has staying power and solid lacing. Body is a little cloudy with amber, light copper and orange zest tones.
Lots of grapefruit on the nose with sweet caramel malt. Alcohol and sweetness creates wonderful balance and viscosity.
This has qualities similar to its next-door neighbor, Southern Tier Unearthly. Lots of meat on the bone - floral hops, caramel malty backbone with some decent alcohol kick to be putting it together. Oily oily oily - excellent!
Slithers down the throat to create an extra long, well-balanced finish - the tang of the hops is coated with heavy, oily, viscous malt and alcohol.
I was curious when I couldn’t find this on BA - then I realized it was under the generic ImPA moniker. A hop-bomb sledgehammer, this is - one of the best I’ve tried ever. 11.5% (?) ABV, but drinks as well as a Ruination. Gotta get back to the 716 and get more of this!
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a low carbed copper amber and a very thin head. Aroma is green hops , light acetaldehyde, earthy, dms in the malts come through, old cheesy stale hop and light citrus mint hints. Flavor is mint, citrus, lemon zest, orange lots of caramel malt to hie whatever hops might be hiding, toasty malts, slight oxidation- , tacky caramel, orange zest, toffee, and just a lackluster DIPA with low hops and fairly syrupy to try to cover the alcohol. Meh.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a clear deep gold color with a thin off-white head. The aroma was sweet, earthy and dirty with some citrus hops as well. Sweet malt flavor with citrus hop notes. Bitter finish. Mild warming sensation in the chest.
cdugo (31) - , Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice amber/copper color, pours with a nice hoppy aroma. Has a slight sour flavor to it along with citrus.
McGarnigle (585) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dateless bomber, that makes no claims of India. Good looking orange-ish brew with wonderful head. You’d think this is going to be a standard Cascade big pale, but then there’s the sour. I wondered whether it had gone awry but (a) others have noted the sour and (b) it tastes good, even though I’m not a fan of sour beer. More sweet than bitter, and lots of citrus fruit. Would never guess more than 10% ABV. I didn’t like their pale ale much, but I like this a good deal.
Sammy (9664) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This 650 ml is listed at 11.5% abv and picked up in the fall in Buffalo. FInally, post-shushi, I game. OK, the sourness, and I am far from alone here. Some decent Cascade hop, a bit funky aroma, sweats and smells. Cloudy grapefruit with certain significant white head, and lace. Actually drinkable,.Not a DPA at all.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from blipp. A nice beer, but has a little age on it. Would probably have been great 2 months ago.
Lubiere (11225) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark clear amber ale with a very thin off white head. Nice floral hops aroma, caramel malt, and light vinous notes. In mouth, a viscous IPA with meaty notes, caramel, floral hops, land light vinous finale, like a barley wine. Nice. Flour City brewfest, August 15 2008.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Blankboy and Hogtown Harry, ,courtesy of Blankboy. Nice hop aroma - fruity, fresh,a little mild. Dark orange, small white head. Great taste - hoppy tasty fruit juice, light body. Alcohol not even noticeable. Really enjoyed it.
shawn14505 (39) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hmmm.... It smells so wonderful. On the initial taste, it is near perfection. But the aftertaste is, well to be honest, slightly sour. Tastes like a belgian tripel. Maybe its the strain of yeast they used, but this beer is no where near as good as the price suggests. It is like a cross between an american DIPA and a belgian triple/quad. Not terrible, but nowhere near great.