ThisWangsChung (836) - 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 (199) - 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 (1266) - Marshall, Minnesota, 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 (105) - 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 (1315) - West Chester, 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.
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at craft ale house. Pours clear copper with a small white head. The aroma Is full of citrus, some pine, some floral notes. The taste is medium bitter with a dry, lingering finish.
NikkTwist (2675) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Moriartys. Clear dark orange copper pour with a large foamy head that left some runny lace (at the start at least.) Strong citrus pith flavors that mostly overpower some medium red fruits. Charred tangelo peels. Apple seeds. Blood oranges. Dragonfruit. Wildflower honey. Kumquots. Molasses. Pecans. Dandilions. Apricots. Pepper. In balance quite bitter. Not a bad thing. But interesting how clearly hopped up it is without needing extra sugar to finish it (i.e. Dogfish Head 120.) Could be a challenge for non-hop heads (like myself) but I can still appreciate the work involved. This is actually the best I have had out of Evolution.
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle - pours slightly hazy orange-gold with a hug rocky whit head. Great aromatics of citrus, orange, nugs, hoppy happiness. Taste is nice and spicy, with delicious citrus, hoppy, and resiny smooth notes. Medium palate, creamy mid, with tingly finish. Awesome new entry into my DIPA life.
Drake (11605) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run. Pours a hazy orange color with a large tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of citrus, tropical hops, pale malts, a bit of caramel. The taste is citrus, resin, tropical hops, pale malts. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness, faint booze. Nice beer.
PhillyCraft (5609) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with Keith, Pours murky copper, white foamy head, Notes of caramel, orange, wood, and some light pine. Medium bodied. Ok IPA.