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,
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
HeadyDE (570) - Delaware, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2013 Draft at 2sP,snifter..great copper color..slight head that remains after each swirl of the snifter..aroma is pine dominant with citrus undertones..wow is that a solid nose, one of the better piney noses...great citrus undertones beneath the piney hops..tangerine goodness..very clean..mouthfeel is excellent.hops are in nice proportion with the malt..but the hops take center stage..a slight warming presence from the high abv..but it is well masked in the palate..would be happy if EVO would bottle this because in my opinion this is the finest 2ipa being made in the de/md area..Everything about this is highly enjoyable..very well done..worth seeking out..Well done evo..just saw that lot 6 will be available in 4 packs soon...4 packs have arrived..more people will get to taste this treat from evo..according to bottle they ramped down the abv just a notch to 8.5 from the 9.5 or so draft..pretty similar to draft offering..pleased that this will be in greater supply..a personal favorite..
remice2 (151) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pris à Chincoteague Virginie, À une heure de Salisbury.Arômes de mangue , mandarine , clémentine , un peut d’orange sucré.En bouche c’est très crémeux, parfaitement balancé , taux d’alcool honnête et bien caché , bien bonne.Très Surprenante.
firemedic6 (7) - Manassas, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery as a taster and then in a growler. The beer pours an amber and has a strong hops taste. The beer is a strong beer and is your classic Double IPA.
---Rated by E. Rhodes via Beer Buddy for iPhone
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. I’m upping the score here - I’m on my second one and I almost feel like killing a third bottle. It’s 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, it’s 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 it’s 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) I’ll be coming back to this one at a somewhat frequent rate, and B) it’s about damn time MD starts producing a DIPA that’s both top notch and well-priced.
snealreilly (4) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great IPA. A bold taste with a really nice balance hoops and citrus without being too fruity or too bitter.
dwmiller16 (112) - Delaware, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Slightly cloudy in the glass. Big hoppy citrus flavor, finishes dry.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
keanex (1629) - 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.
closey22 (1182) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale amber thin lacy offwhite head; aroma is hoppy piney/spruce Christmas tree memories immediately come to mind; feels medium foamy fizzy; finishes moderately dry malty hoppy