Nephilium (1345) - Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This starts with a huge blast of grapefruity hops. It pours a clear reddish-amber, with a thin white head that retreats to a ring fairly quickly. If you like balanced IIPAís, stay away from this one. This is a total hop bomb, with just enough malt there to give it a nice body, and act as a buffer for the grapefruit bitterness to ride in on. Thereís a long lingering bitter finish, and a bit of dryness. The alcohol is a bit noticeable as a touch of heat. I have the feeling Iíll be buying lots of this while itís available.
Benzai (8107) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled @ GBBF day 3. Clear orange golden color, decent sized white head. Aroma is malts, loads of hops, quite piney, lightly tropical fruits. Taste malts, loads of hops, lightly alcohol, resin, pine, pineapple, pretty bitter. Medium to full body, medium to full carbonation. Very nice indeed!
ChrisFields (71) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sharp grapefruit nose pours a nice amber color with decent head. Tastes very good, a little bit heavy but overall I like it
miyauchi38 (201) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Probably one of my highest rated beers ever. So close to the perfect IPA. Just a hint too much of that sweet crystal(Vienna?) Malt that stone likes so much. Luckily the hops blow out 99% of that flavor.
Akfan (4) - USA - AUG 19, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great, pour. Gold in color, mild aroma with hints of grapefruit. The alcohol is a bit much but none the less doesn't take away from the flavor of the beer! Enjoy.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Jrwhitney6 (300) - - AUG 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice clear amber color with a thin head. Strong nose of citrus and pine. Taste of grapefruit then followed by bitter hops - but not overpowering. Good beer, maybe a drop syrupy.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Gluepot (60) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A bitter grapefruit nose blended with soft malt in the nose. The heavy, dank bitterness builds over the first 4 seconds of the taste. A bready, slightly caramel malt balances the abundant hops. The effectively astringent hops have an element of hay or grass. The body is full, rich and slightly sticky. This is a west coast imperial on a unique track. Something special for those who like their jowls twisted!
DrewFace (760) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet danky hops, earthy, catty aroma. Lightly hazy, orange color, white head. Very danky, earthy, hoppy, sweet, moderate bitterness.
Frank (2817) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is one IIPA that veers toward hoppy barleywine territory--not that that is a bad thing. Well, not necessarily... In this case, I feel the beer comes off a bit heavy which brings out the sticky resinous qualities of the hops at the expense of more vibrant fruity flavors. It is sticky and gummy w/ lots of melon and piny mango character. To me, an ideal IIPA does not forget itís a pale ale and while I do not expect one to be as drinkable as a lower gravity beer, it should have at least some lightness to it and this does not. It is not overall a disaster but I do not think I will be repurchasing when this comes out again. It is below average for the style and for beer in general.
Modularman (119) - - AUG 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smell of sweet fruit and pine. Appearance is amber with khaki head. Taste is caramel hop freshness malty and bitter finish with slight boozy burn