sonnycheeba (3568) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at brewery. Pours clear amber with creamy white. Aroma is grassy and pine hops, biscuit and cereal malts, orange peel, and light spice. Flavor is hop bitterness forward with supporting bready malts, light floral sweetness, and some light fruit notes; dry finish with some lingering bitterness. Medium body and low carbonation.
snoworsummer (2165) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Allentown. Pours almost clear light copper with a frothy white head. Tastes like sweet citrus hops. Packs a dry grapefruit punch. Light body and low carbonation. Aroma is musky with hints of citrus.
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big aroma of fresh, dank hops! Bright amber color with little head. Sticky liquid with great hop flavors. Surprisingly not boozy for 11.5% abv. quite drinkable.
Drunken_Monk (1) - Orlando, USA - JUL 22, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I tried this once when I was in PA. I never forgot the hop explosion that summer day. I ordered a case and now I'm recreating 4th of July in my mouth over & over & over.
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johnnnniee (2315) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the BNA 8 party at World Cafe Live Philadelphia
Lightly hazy with aromas of onion mint and alcohol. Light citrus and pine with onion garlic and licorice flavor. Decent DIPA but the flavors clash a bit.
TheHopster (794) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle). A medium golden complexion with thin white white head. Aroma of citrus and pine hops. The intense hops are balanced in flavor and gain in sweetness in the palate.
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ringmaster (2) - Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amazing aroma, as if I just dropped the hops into the boil. A nice crisp palate, with a slightly bitter contrast in this surprisingly light-tasting 11.5%.
Kabonski (26) - - APR 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great beer. Very crisp, smooth, and easy drinking. The aroma is amazing! At 11.5% it is surprisingly easy drinking. I will most definitely be buying this again.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 1/29/13. Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a hazy dark amber color overall. I intentionally poured this one with a large head in mind - and ended up with a three finger offwhite head. Retention is actually pretty good for 11.5%, and once it recedes, it leaves consistent, thick-looking spiderweb lacing on the glass.
S: VERY fruity. There are dark fruit notes from the alcohol (very much in a rum raisin expression), along side dank orange, melon, and cannabis notes from the hops. Seems to be very sweet, too. Not all of the aromatic notes featured are great, but I love how bold the nose is, at least.
T: Due to its age, I’m reviewing it as a barleywine, not a TIPA (aren’t they really one and the same anyways?) It opens very sweetly on the tongue. Lots of orange, grapefruit, melon, lychee and sweet caramel malts will soon give way to a light pine and black pepper past the midtaste. Its finish is somewhat alcoholic, earthy, and even a bit leathery. Weed-like characteristics pop up once it warms sufficiently. The booze character is still rather strong - so for that reason, it’s hard to drink. On the plus side, it has a good level of depth so as to not bore the palate.
M: The booze is felt quite readily throughout the mouth and stomach. This is due to its dry nature on the finish and aftertaste. Breaking up the dryness is both an accumulating syrupy linger and resiny hop quality. Admittedly its lack of delicacy and mildly harsh nature renders it taxing on the palate after a while.
O: Not the most beautiful or elegant beer by any means, but just like a sledgehammer, it gets the job done. I doubt this is anywhere near as good as PtY (as one of the testimonials on the website says), though having said that it’s a worthy offering. Basically, if you liked Founders Devil Dancer, you’ll probably like this too.
Nephilium (1364) - Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong grapefruit and floral aroma, pours a clear amber with just a small ring of white head. This is a punch of grapefruit hops, with a touch of caramel barely subduing it. Long bitter finish, with just a hint of alcohol heat. This is a solid IIPA for hopheads.