spade450 (1) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
golden, clear, frothy, white foam, floral, earthy, very bitter, medium sweetnessmedium body, average carbonation, bitter,
kramer (5173) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2014
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Pours a clear light copper body with a small fizzy white head that faded to a thin ring and a small island. The nose is a little too heavy on the crystal malt sweetness for my tastes, light to moderate citrusy hops. The flavor is lightly bitter with a huge amount of crystal malt sweetness. The hops are so dulled by the awful sweet malt base that they really don’t have a chance to shine at all. Very light bitterness for a DIPA as well. Medium bodied and a bit sticky with hard fizzy carbonation. A pretty awful DIPA. I had their Lot #3 IPA and it was pretty delicious, this is a 180 degree turn from that one. The sweetness on the finish just lingers on for ever. Yuck.
ElCapitan22 (163) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice copper color with solid lacing. Smells malty and of hops. Slight taste of citrus in the background and strong hop flavor. A very good beer.
wcrpnf19971 (8) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - MAR 11, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 Appearance: Orange-Copper color with a finger width of head. Amazing carbonation.
Aroma: The nose on this imperial IPA is full of life. Tropical fruits such as mango, orange, and a slight sweet melon or cantaloupe aroma. There's a slight citrus aroma of grapefruit & lemon.
Palate: plenty of carbonation. A smooth coat of creamy vanilla coats the the tongue as if I was drinking a pint from the cask. Long lasting bitterness with flavors of pine, pineapple and mango stick to your tongue as if I placed a drop of sap from the pine tree. This imperial IPA is clean, refreshing and very well balanced. One of my favorites IPAs of all time. I would stack this IPA up there with Heady Topper, Pliny & Ruination.
Overall: The well balanced malt matches up with the aggressive bitterness to deliver a must have east coast IPA. This IPA is much better on draft especially when it's fresh.
Pairings: Gouda Cheese, Prima Donna Cheese, Curry Dishes, Thai, Mexican and Spicy entrees
keanex (1544) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled in January of 2014.
Appearance: Nearly perfectly clear amber hued body that shows off lots of sparkling carbonation. The head is frothy with a craterous top and excellent retention. The head settles into a frothy off-white coating.
Aroma: The aroma is strong and vibrant, lots of orange, some mango and pineapple and hints of floral qualities. The aroma shows some bitterness and a hint of alcohol, but overall it smells very nice.
Taste: The bitterness is pretty aggressive from start to finish with bitter orange, though an underlying sweet orange takes away from the bitterness slightly. Underlying it is hints of mango and a dry malt base that allows for the hops to stand out. The finish lingers a bit dry with the bitterness clinging.
Palate: Full-bodied with snappy and sharp carbonation.
Overall: This is an excellently crafted imperial IPA showcasing the hops. This is incredibly drinkable and very flavorful.
EithCubes (5104) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Nose is big on nice tropical fruits, rinds and all, with a firm pine base. Pours clear amber with a dense and rocky off-white head. Taste medium-strong bitterness, some cool astringent and highly resinous notes, but sweet with a faint amount of booze seeping through. Light body (again, something I didn’t like about the small, not souped-up original of which this is a variant) but with nice cleansing soapy character and lighter wood. some of the woodier and spicier notes from their IPA are toned down here, but I have to give it to them, they make clean and refreshing beers.
bth122 (1311) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Cloudy orange color. Almost no head. Aroma of tropical citrus, hop resin, malt sryup. Medium heavy bitterness. Medium-full body. Thicker texture, slightly oily. Average carbonation. Bitter finish. A big, malt forward, but nicely hoppy beer. Some sticky hop resin aftertaste. Not bad. I think I liked the single IPA better.
48FanInCali (753) - California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice pour with dark gold hue. Plenty of citrus type hops and a decent malt backbone. Pretty good.
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radagast83 (5178) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Poured a nice dark, vibrant amber color with a head. Aroma is pine resin, mangoes, bitter hops. Flavor was nice malts, mango, bitter hop notes, pretty balanced and tasty. Alcohol was pretty mild. Enjoyed.
brigg (524) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Clear orange amber body, medium off-white/almost beige head. Fruity aroma with apparent alcohol; some lemon/grapefruit, fresh pine. Full body, oily, chewy. Pine resin, grapefruit flavor; some grape; strong bitterness, moderate to strong alcohol; good acidity.