TimE (2810) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tons of crystal malt in the backbone. Aggressive hop presence in the mouth. Well defined apples and oranges in the nose with some malty sweetness. Very well balanced. Big bitterness in the mouth through the finish. Heavy and balanced. Malt accented, very enjoyable IIPA.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear yellow pour with a white head. Florally hop aromas. Light in the body with big florally hop notes. Good mouthfeel and balance..
altonbrownd (4500) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Churchkey. Light amber body, clear. Thin head. Nose is sweet, of creme brulee. Orange peel flavors, quite bitter. Grapefruit juice in there as well. Pretty good.
jcartamdg (1445) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an amber color with a thick white head. Aroma of pine and grapefruit. Taste is really bitter and piney, nice malt backbone on the finish. Not overly sweet, solid dipa
jnkor (312) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is a bit stale, but otherwise sweet and earthy. Appearance is cloudy and orange with a nice head. Taste is sweet and earthy with a nice hop character. Palate is a bit dry.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reviewed 2/11/13. Bottle says 8.5%. 12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a very hazy golden copper color. The head is a nice three finger cream color featuring excellent lacing down the glass. Retention is only decent, however.
S: Quite grapefruit forward, with an underlying touch of peppery, herbal pine. The malt profile seems to be the standard-issue crystal malts, coming across as somewhat biscuity. The general aroma is very good, if not as vivid as I hoped/expected.
T: The grapefruit character comes across more expressively in the flavor. It starts off with a combination of citrusy hops and biscuity malt/yeast. The finish is pleasantly malty; the subtle grapefruit mingles with the toffee and marzipan qualities, with touches of black pepper and pine appearing. Again, like its little brother, it has a surprising amount of complexity while it maintains a level of balance; some sips will be citrusy, others will be piny, and some will even be tropical.
After downing a second one, it becomes very melon-like in its hop character...perhaps a sign of the Citra hops coming through. Iím upping the score here - Iím on my second one and I almost feel like killing a third bottle. Itís just superb, yet in a subtle manner.
M: The finish starts off pleasantly clean and dry, before a budding aftertaste of hop nectar and malt sweetness builds and lingers on the aftertaste. General texture is on the heavier side of medium - and yet, in spite of all the things conspiring to make it a difficult drink, itís quite easy to down.
O: This is what FW Double Jack should have been - the reason I single out that one is because the flavor profile here is very reminiscent of the hyped DIPA in terms of its malty, orange/grapefruit forward nature; only itís more balanced, less boozy, not as sweet, and more complex. Or maybe this 4 pack is just fresher than the bottle of Double Jack I had. All I know is A) Iíll be coming back to this one at a somewhat frequent rate, and B) itís about damn time MD starts producing a DIPA thatís both top notch and well-priced.
regspeir (196) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 12-oz. bottle, this poured a cloudy, very hazy orange with a one-finger head that rapidly goes to a trace. There was a nice lacing throughout. The nose is dominated by oranges and grapefruit. Taste features a nice bite of hops up front but is quickly matched by sweet caramel malts. There is no lingering bitterness (for better or for worse). There is some pine and oily feel, but these are mild for a DIPA. Alcohol is noticeable but also mild. Moutfeel is medium and carbonation is healthy. I didnít know this brewer or this beer but I need to pay attention from now on. This is a very nice offering and worth your attention.
hfmejias (534) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured a cloudy amber with a nice white head and some serious lacing. Aroma is a nice combination of citrus fruits, piney hops and malts. Taste is bitter from hops but well balanced with malts making it very drinkable and enjoyable. This just made it to my go to beer list, it a very good beer.
streve (90) - Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pour was an golden orange color with a finger of white head. Unfiltered. Aroma is a balance of pine and citrus. Mouth is piney resin, with a great bitter finish. Alcohol is hidden quite well. Very nice.
60minuteman (501) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale and cloudy orange color with excellent white lace. Hop, citrus, wheat, pine aroma. Lots of hop in the taste. Alcohol is disguised extremely well.