rangerred (989) - 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.
asheft (2753) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Raglan, Ocean Beach. Potent cat pee and pineapple and resinous hops aroma with some sweet base malt. Clear dark yellow under a wispy white collar. Alcoholic base malt flavour with moderate to medium Simcoe hops flavour. Warming and almost hot, smooth, low carbonation.
darb85 (168) - Canton, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark Amber commie with head that sticks around. Sugary and maple with pine tree at start. Finish is mellow. A bit of a hop bomb for more than one but very good.
IslandHaole (1101) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - AUG 19, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden with a small white head. leaves nice lacing. Pine cone & Ruby Red grapefruit peel, chewy caramel with heaps of hops, bitter finish, slick. For over 11% ABV, easily quaffable. Very tasty! A nice find at the Whole Foods in Kailua Hawaii.
BlazerT (281) - POLAND - AUG 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Sensoric. Pale golden with medium, white, semi-densed head. Medicore lacing and poor head retention. The aroma is strong and hoppy - citrus, resin and some floral notes. Taste is medium to high bitter, but at first you can feel some malty sweetness. Medium to full body, oily texture, finish is bitter and short. Medium alcohol warming. In general heavily hopped and oily IPA.
CacheManyHose (402) - HONG KONG - AUG 11, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Matt bought back from Portland! Clear orange-amber with thin white head. Smells of moderate spiced malt, heavy hop, citrus peel/pith, some grapefruit, pear and other fruit. Tastes hugely hoppy, bitter, medium malt with a spicy bready kick, light lemon. Body is oily, slick, doughy chewiness. Really big beer that earns its triple IPA title.
HKdIPA (470) - HONG KONG - AUG 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from bottle shop in Portland brought back to HK. Surprisingly clear golden amber pour with minimal glaze of white head. Aroma is sharply hoppy - resin, but more fruit and citrus than the usual super oily/hoppy IIPAs, probably the simcoe and citra hops. Nice. Taste follows - punchy sharp hoppy bitterness, citrus peel, pine resin, and more. Some cereal malts to balance. One of the more drinkable, more tasty very hoppy and oily big IPAs - it's giant but not as impossibly big and oily as others. Would get again.
UDBeernut (2191) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Belmont station PDX, pours golden, slim white head that leaves little lacing. Nice dank nose. Taste continues with some dank ness, moderate bitterness, light malt. Long lingering dry finish. Light body.
Ardel1991 (106) - - AUG 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ciemno złote z białą drobnopęcherzykową pianą. Ładny laceing. Aromaty cytrusowe i żywiczne. W smaku żywica, cytrusy, mango. Piwo pełne, aksamitne z mocną bardzo przyjemną goryczką. Bardzo fajna pieprzowa nuta kończąca każdy łyk. Genialne piwo.
hesoo (77) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUL 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
no może to najlepsza IIPA jaką piłem. Może ma wszystko, może jest zabójczo zdradliwa. Jestem sobie wyobrazić piwo w tym stylu lepsze ... ale nie będzie ono dużo lepsze.
Alphadelic (1936) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark orange. A bright hip aroma. With citrus, pine and a lightly honeyed malt backbone. In the mouth it is far lighter than something like Ruin10 (which I also had a growler of this week) sure it’s smooth but not too weighty. The bitterness is light and springy, keeping the tongue fresh for the next sip. This is what a ridiculously strong IPA should taste like.