hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fairly clear light copper pour with a fluffy white head, great retention. Very dank citrus aroma, slightly floral, Iíd be surprised if there wasnít any columbus added at the end of the boil, pacific northwest hops on display for sure. On the palate itís a blast of sweetness up front that delicately transitions to hop bitterness and finishes with some dried grapefruit. Overall a delicious west coast imperial IPA. Very well done.
obxdude10 (2107) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I hope the Craft Ale House in PA can supply a lot of this beer, because it has become one of my new favorite IPAs. I sampled a glass of this at the Ale House in Limerick and I was very impressed! The beer poured a dark golden color with a slight orange hue. The head featured an off-white color and was ample in size. It showed some very good lacing around the edges of the glass. The floral nose was perfectly balanced and was very inviting, with notes of citrus and hop resin. I also got a slight hint of malt, bread and yeast. The body was really smooth and extremely drinkable. This is a very dangerous IPA, as you can barely sense the alcohol content in this. I could have sat at the CAH bar all afternoon and drank one of these after another. The flavors, as the nose, were perfectly balanced and delicious. There was plenty of spicy and floral hop flavor, along with a balancing tone of caramel malt, bread and yeast. With no disrespect to East Coast brewers, the folks on the West Coast, especially in California, know who to brew exceptional IPAs. This one is definitely a true winner! I loved this beer so much on draft, I had to take home a bomber.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) golden amber with white head. Huge grapefruit aroma. Flavor is grapefruit and tangerine hops. Quite bitter.
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smooth aftertaste to this highly bitter IIPA. This is a well-rounded drink, with strong pine and sticky hop mouthfeel. Strong.
headheldhigh (100) - Walnut, California, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap this brew pours out a medium amber color with a nice fast disappearing head. Aromas of hops grapefruits along with other citrus fruits and roasted malts. Tastes surprisingly mellow considering itís a double i p a. Semi sweet finish with a nice lingering aftertaste, very little alcohol presence .
pushkinwow (2214) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Light amber with generous off white head that disappears fairly quickly after the pour. Grapefruit, hops, booze, caramel; medium-bodied, good mouthfeel, well carbonated, starts sweet, growing bitterness but not overwhelming, finish is sweet and bitter, somewhat boozy. Decent DIPA but a little too sweet for my liking.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle on 12/17/10 from az wine.
Slightly hazy orange colored pour with a toasted off white head.
The nose is full of candied grapefruit mixed with pineapple, orange, sweet malt, florals and a touch of pine.
The flavor is pretty much the same though a bit on the sweet side. Woodiness shows up on the finish along with a ton of hoppiness (which lingers as piney in the aftertaste) to dry it out.
The mouth feel is a little syrupy before the hops kick in. medium/medium-full bodied, soft and lux but mildly bitter. 7.5/3/7/3/16/3.7
authenticmead (65) - West Coast, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours crystal clear. Light amber. Creamy head.
Nose: Wonderful citrus hops explode from the glass.
Palate: Medium body, flavorful, very citrusy/lemony hops, warm alcohol, but not harsh, finishes dry for a double.
Conclusion: Imperial IPAís are not my favorites, however Firestone walker did a great job ballancing this big boy.Itís a solid imperial; Firestone Walker does not make bad beer!
kryon (1781) - SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours amber. Medium quite frizzy head. Aroma is absolutely faboulus. Shitloads of hops. Apricots, citrus, and mango (?!?) Medium bitterness. Perfectly smooth finish. The best IPA Iíve had together with Pliny the Elder.
beerfest5 (1206) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very enjoyable dipa the only thing is that it is overly grapefruity which makes the beer very sticky in itís palate. Instead of wanting to drink more, you find yourself wanting a glass of water. the color is very appetizing and besides the overwhelming grapefruit taste, this is one of the better dipaís Iíve had.