ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
acearl (414) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, hazy copper hue with thick white creamy head, some lacing, pine and caramel malt dominate what was slightly underwhelming, medium body resin with some sweetness at the end, maybe a slight bit of citrus, balanced and drinkable but nothing really stood out
Nejhleader (1307) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice. Smooth nice taste. Great citrus pine hop blend. Good matching aroma. D
guzzler67 (1548) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber/orange appearance with an average size, off white head and a fair amount of lacing. Straight up hop aroma of tropical fruit and a bit of resin. Deliciously out-of-balance taste dominated by the piney, fruity hops. The modest sweetness provided by the caramel malts only make a minor dent. Alcohol becomes more pronounced in the aftertaste. Full bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel leading to a lingering finish.
George999 (228) - Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the tap the pour is cloudy with an burnt orange color, the aroma is fruit hops and almost a lychee hint, the taste is sharp sweet with a strong carbonation forward presence and good hop balance, the finish is a fruity and sweet.
mile (3338) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden, cloudy, average and mostly diminishing head. Moderate to full, malty and lightly sweetish aroma, light caramel and some tropical fruitiness, grapefruit - some piney hoppyness. Body is medium to full, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, light caramel and light tropical fruitiness, piney - light grapefruit hoppyness. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, light caramel and light tropical fruitiness with lots of piney - light grapefruit hoppyness, faint alcohol. Really well hopped IIPA. Could be little bit drier with less caramel.
klk343 (106) - - APR 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange. Crisp flavor. A dry finish. Not much smell. Aroma of Orange, Citrus hops, coriander, grapefruit Really easy to drink.
Luvystypotables (965) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of citrus and dried fruit, pours a caramel color with a lasting white well laced head. Medium body oily slightly dry feel with a balanced taste of dried fruit with a hint of citrus and a slightly dry bitter finish.
smboselli (128) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amazing IPA. Recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint. Will prioritize this one
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
kayres (586) - , Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange with a thin white head. Malty nose. Smooth sweet start. But grassy with a dry dull bitter finish
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
dlovell2 (1116) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy copper color with thick off white head. That hold form well above the rim of the glass. Aroma is citrus, tropical fruit, and pine. Caramel malt start with citrus and some fruity notes finishing with pine resin bitterness.