Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of grapefruit, sour funk, and slight pine. Very punguent. Pours orange with a small frothy head. Tastes more bitter with grass, spout citrus and funk. Very hoppy but not necessarily tasty.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid IPA and had bottle at brewpub as they ran out of the draft version. Plenty of citrus notes and some dryness which came from the dry hopping process. I disn’t relize this was a double ipa though as the bitter flavors didn’t seem too complex and the malt conte, however flavorful, didn’t seem that compact. I liked it but wish they hadn’t run out of hopsolutely.
reggiedunlop (3536) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear golden/amber color with a medium lt tan head...nice lacing. Aroma is not exactly a hop explosion but has a bit of citrus and herbal notes...some sweet malt backing. Flavor is a bit more hoppy than the aroma suggests...dry, spicy grapefruit and some herbal hops, lightly toasty malt. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit lifeless...finish is bitter, earthy, and dry.
MattShizzle (572) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark golden color, mostly clear. Clean, hoppy aroma. Strong and very hoppy. Quite good. Doesn’t taste as strong (10.5% ABV) as it actually is though!
Svesse (7262) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught at Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Amber colour with brief, off-white head. Fruity, hoppy nose with grapefruit, orange peel, hints of pine needles and crystal malt. Hoppy, slightly fruity taste with notes of grapefruit, pine needles, crystal malt and a dry finish with a fresh, hoppy bitterness. Slightly more than medium body, quite dry. Very nice and highly drinkable. (As some of the raters before me have pointed out, the abv is 7.0%, which is also stated on the brewery’s website. Could this be a new version?)
joeneugs (4589) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at ABW. Like the reviewer below, this was an Allentown beer at 7%. Perhaps a different beer under the same name? It pours a very clear golden color with a nice creamy white head. Good lacing. The aroma has lots of West Coast style citrusy hops and hints of grass. The flavor is nicely balanced with a good malt character and potent citrusy hops. Pretty dry with hardly a hint of caramel malt if any. Lacks the hop bite of some of the top IPA’s, but still well above average. A nice surprise.
nearbeer (4386) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft pint at Anthony’s in Harrisburg. Clear golden with a small head Nose is resin, grain and light citrus. Flavor is the same muddled mix with not much standing out. The beer I had under this name was now by Allentown brew works and was listed as 6 to 7% abv; certainly it was not an Imperial IPA.
lusikka (7621) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Akkurat, Stockholm. Rated @ 23.5.2011.
Pours a clear copper colour with a small, white head. Aroma of floral hops, citrus and some mild spices. Flavour of sweet tropical fruits, citrus, hops and some malts. Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel and a fruity, bitter finish. Tasty.
PapaSkeetSkeet (1004) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on cask at al’s. light gold, dry, creamy but warm. Sweet and floral up front. crisp, bitter, lingering finish.
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautifully clear amber pour with a white head that leaves an entire glass full of sticky lacing rings. Big grapefruit aroma with a pine kick. Taste is wonderfully bitter. A lot of citrus hops, backed up by smooth amber malt backbone. Mouthfeel was solid but a little over carbonated. Very impressed by this beer. If Joe Sixpack wants to compare Hopsolutely to Pliny the Elder, it’s a wonder he hasn’t compared this beer to either SN Celebration or Nugget Nectar.