ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reviewed 12/14/2012. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a lighter straw color with fantastic clarity. This could easily be mistaken for a pilsner. The head is a two finger white color with nice retention. Quite a bit of lace is left on the glass, as well.
S: I notice a lot of pineapple, mango, apricot, pine, and coriander. Hell, I even pick up some of the wild rice used. Quite the impressive aroma in general. However, I can see how someone could pick up ’cat pee’ from the Citra hops - thankfully it all works quite well in this one.
T: THIS is the kind of IPA I like. Light, citrusy, crisp, and refreshing - without any overdone maltiness or hop harshness to spoil things. The citrusy character on this is particularly well done - chock full of mango, passion fruit, apricot, grapefruit, and guava. A slight ’green’ flavor comes through in the midtaste as well, but it’s hardly what I’d call "piny." Neither is it remotely bitter. Maybe it could use a little more complexity...when the few flavors it presents are so incredible, though, who really cares?
M: Completely bone dry and crisp, just as advertised. If the flavors weren’t so joyous to savor, this would go down spectacularly easy. Honestly, though, the ultra-dry finish somehow fits this beer. It’s one of those offerings that I like to keep swishing around in my mouth because I want to savor every last drop. The hop resins linger nicely without providing much bitterness.
O: I hardly ever go this high with my ratings. But this one I feel deserves it. The only other Flying Fish beer I had was the extremely meh Winter Reserve - so who would have ever thought they would come through with such a fantastic DIPA? In retrospect, $16 for a 6-pack is kind of a bargain, really.
skmikeg (999) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2014 Pours orange with a nice white head with pretty nice lacing. Aroma Is very fruity with tangerine, mango, and melon, with some pine, and dankness in the background. Taste is about the same as the aroma with the addition of some sweet malts. Has a medium-full body with a creamy mouthfel and pretty dry, semi bitter, medium-long finish. Overall, a pretty nice DIPA that is very fruity and dry.
Mora (14) - West Milford, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
About an inch head. Nice hoppy aroma. Nice bitter hoppy taste in your mouth. Nice amount of bitterness and more hoppy taste. Great beer.
reggiedunlop (3219) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear yellow/gold with a medium white head. Aroma is very melony and has light citrus and grass. Flavor follows suit...not all that bitter but very fruity and floral with melon taking center stage...earthy almost perfumey bitterness creeps in. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is dry and fruity/grassy/bitter.
bkurtz (866) - PERU - OCT 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours a cloudy golden with a smallish head. Aromas of orange and pine. Nice balance of hops and malts with citrus notes and nice, slightly bitter finish. Hides the 8.2%.
mike67 (830) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange, with short lived white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops and ripe fruit. Body is full, creamy and crisp. Citrusy hops dominate the palate while sweet malt and ripe fruit provide support. Finish is long dry. Quite good.
Prufrockstar (1139) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to jtclockwork. Pours clear gold with frothy white head; good retention and lacing. Aroma: orange creamcicle. Somewhat floral with an underlying ripe fruit sweetness. Taste: moderately sweet, with a bitter finish. Pretty well-balanced, if on the sweet side. Doesn’t showcase any specific hop qualities I can name (except bitterness). If I strain really hard I can pretend to pick up on rice, but not really. Body is medium+ with creamy texture. Overall: a perfectly acceptable sweetish double ipa.
gopherfan99 (604) - CROATIA - AUG 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, pours gold, with a white head, citrus hop aroma, taste is a light sweet malt and then follows with the citrusy hops with hints of pine, does not finish as bitter as I expected, very good Imperial IPA
KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle. The pour was a lightly cloudy golden yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white creamy head that diminished slowly, down to a large puddled film and medium collar with excellent sheets of lacing.
The aroma was pleasantly sweet with light grain malts, citrus and floral hops and a mild earthy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit and tangerine), tropical fruit (mango, pineapple and papaya) and a very light hint of alcohol.
The taste started out lightly sweet with notes of caramel and citrus, but quickly became moderately bitter with a bold fruitiness and a strong alcohol presence at the end. The flavor lasted for a nice long time following the swallow, with a hoppy alcohol taste left lingering on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was a bit beyond light in body with a creamy, dry texture and a carbonation that was a subdued medium in intensity.
Overall this is a really tasty and well balanced IPA. I don’t know if it is the rice that made the difference, but it is put together exceptionally well making it a very enjoyable drinking experience... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews
jcartamdg (2092) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours gold with a thick white head. Big malty aroma with a touch of bitter hops. Taste is malty, with mild hop bitterness, piney. More malt than hops, not my kind of dipa.
DrSilverworm (6954) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, thanks to Homer321. Best before 7-16-14. Clear golden color. Thin white head. Leaves decent splotches of lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Good citrus, pine notes to the flavor. Not too bitter or resiny. Bready, lightly peppery malt. Moderate bitter taste. More dry finish. Solid, balanced stronger IPA.