rangerred (897) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.
Pours a slightly hazy medium orange with a half finger white head. Considering the abv, the head retention and lacing are spectacular.
HUGE hit of hops on the nose. Tons of tropical fruit from the Simcoe and Citra hops. There is a touch of caramel underneath along with overripe fruit. There is some dank too. All around, it is one of the best aromas I have ever experienced on a IIPA.
The flavor continues the hops assault with overripe fruit, orange marmalade, and sweet caramel. Mango and orange dominate the fruity aspect and there is a little less dankness compared to the aroma. Vanilla and caramel undertones along with a very assertive bitterness that is necessary to balance out the malt sweetness. Alcohol is nearly completely hidden providing a pleasant warmth in the throat and chest. Quite impressive. Mouthfeel is just slightly sticky.
Overall, one of the best IIPA’s out there. I put this up with Hopslam as being the best IIPA available on the market. Incredible balance and tons of flavor combined with a big punch from the alcohol. A beer to seek out and pick up lots of.
VinegarStroke (267) - Napa, California, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: clear, dull medium deep honey, with moderate head and ok lace.very hoppy lift. Tropical, citrus and vegetation. Clean. Dense. Not green or reductive. Dry, not sour but bitter. Massive. Dense long and hot. Just a bruit. Classic over the top west coast IPA. Huge. This beer is one to share.
TimsRatings (402) - - JUL 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Ridgewood (Raleigh).
Poured a nice amber. Strong aroma - stronger taste. This is an 11.5% beer that has a very strong flavor, but that taste is not of alcohol. Definitely worth getting again.
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BucannonXC5 (802) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: July 10, 2014
Consumed: July 18, 2014
Misc.: Born on May 20, 2014
Poured a honey, caramel, semi-clear color with two fingers of rocky white head. Sporadic spider web foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Above average retention on the top all the way down.
Smelled a plethora of hops up front. Got grapefruit, citrus, Cascade, floral, orange rind and light resin. Also some rye, caramel and orange creamscickle.
Tasted pretty close to the smell. Got citrus hops, Cascade hops, orange creamscickle, floral hops, grapefruit, nectarine and caramel. Some bitterness, but the 11.25 percent ABV felt about 7 percent.
Medium-to-light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, slightly bitter finish.
Just a fantastic double IPA. I’ve wanted to try it for a while and I’m glad I finally did.
libertine (192) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours amber with a thin tan head. good lacing around my glass. aroma is sweet with a big punch of orange, mango, grapefruit, and pine. flavor is on track with the nose. doesn’t taste like 11 abv at all. medium body, low carbonation and a sticky mouth feel. the hops really comes through in the dry bitter finish. pretty tasty
_angst_ (2590) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2014 Bomber received in trade. Thank you StefanSD! Pours hazy golden with a rather small frothy offwhite head that leaves lots of sticky lacing and trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet, tiny fruity and tiny herbal with caramel, sweet dark bread, resinous wood, pine needles, moist grass, grapefruit rinds, orange peal and lemon zest. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and herbal with caramel, sweet dark bread, biscuits, resinous wood, pine needles, lemon balm, grapefruit juice, orange peal, moist grass and hints of metal. Mouthfeel is round, tiny sticky sweet, oily bitter, slightly boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and herbal with caramel, toffee, grapefruit rinds, pine needles, resinous wood, moist grass, orange peal, lemon zest and alcohol. Less than 3 months old but very sticky. Tasty US style barley wine, only the slight metal notes drags it down.
larsniclas (5552) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottles at Alex
Caramel in the aroma and biscuits in the flavour. Slightly metallic.
The flavour is sweet. And alcoholic. Sweet fruits.
rlgk (10092) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to _angst_. Clear golden beer Caramel aroma, grassy, citrus, bready, biscuits, toffee, herbal, some floral notes. Hoppy biscuit flavor, hay, citrus, some herbal notes. A bit cloying but still a good beer.
arnold931 (448) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from San Diego sis. Pours cloudy orange with nice white head. Nose is pineapple with malt sweetness. Taste is thick with lots of alcohol.
Nocturne (752) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle. Bottled in April so about as fresh as an import to Europe is going to be. Pours a hazy shade between gold and amber with a lovely white head and lace. Nose is bursting with peach fruitiness and grassy notes. More citra than simcoe perhaps. Opening with some fruity sweetness before bitterness takes hold. Hint of herbalness. Really doesn’t feel like nearly 12%. Solid stuff without being overwhelming.
zimbo (526) - SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Despite assertions that I truly am an old school type of beer drinker I am an absolute high octane Triple IPA whore. And this delivers the goods. Nice big evergreen nose and crystalline orange golden colour. Sort of a muted slow chalky start which leads to a super juicy bitter middle which goes on and on. Good carb and intensity with wicked potency. Love it. There is no better style.