GT2 (8372) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2011 651mL. Pours a clear amber with a very thin, yellow, dense head with fair retention but sticky, webby, white lace. Aroma is pineapple, fruity/tropical hops, caramel malt, lemon, sweet candies, sweet cherries, passionfruit, incredible amount of fruit juice tropical notes. Taste brings very sticky sweet malt as the base with some serous alcohol presence. Big fruity tropical hops with an oily mouthfeel. No cloying. No newspaper. No nutty, nut skin bitterness. Fairly soft and easy to love. Nice. Pretty solid, fresh, DIPA.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22oz bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Aroma of weed, grapefruit, nuts, tangerine, grain, florals, and passion fruit. Flavor of passion fruit, nuts, citrus, caramel, grain, and grass. Excellent!
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really enjoyed this one...bright, floral, strong pine presence, and just a touch of noticeable alcohol. Oily Ponderosa, Douglas Fir, and Spruce notes with grapefruit, citrus, and lemongrass. Nice aromatics...fairly assertive...fills the nostrils. Still a bit hot but really enjoyable. Love Union Jack...this definitely kicks it up a notch.
edwardbass (501) - Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big DIPA from the hops perspective. Light amber color, aroma is not as strong as you’d think considering the taste. Taste is both piney and citrusy hops all at once, a real hop assault. Very good.
Wegro (331) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
really does taste like an imperial union jack. i loved the big full body and huge bitterness. lots of pine, the finish lingers on for EVER. holding it back was maybe too much caramel malt for my liking. compared to hoptimum it really lacks the delicious tropical flavors and complexity, which is why I can’t rate this higher than a 4. this is a truly good beer but I really was expecting something a little more special from one of my favorite breweries, this one kind of felt "same old, same old" compared to Green Flash and even Hop Stoopid.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
6.99 for a 22oz to the dome. pours a very light yellow orange, crisp, with an ample but not overdone creamy white head, leaves some spotting. aroma is bittersweet, lots of citrus and floral notes, some abv in there slightly, but the malt is most prominent still. the taste is great, nice malty breakfast breads are slathered with tons of sweet hops, very fruity and floral, tons of ruby red grapefruit, nice. good stuff, drinks pretty easy, a nice offering. glad i got to try this in a bottle, and fresh at that! definitely some good stuff, overall very sweet, especially for a west coaster, but i still like it.
Foxbush (1264) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2012 This was tasted at MeKong restuarant in Richmond. This was a special beer for the day. The color was a clear deep amber with very head. There was a typical bitter taste of hops with some citrus but deceptively high alcohol. The smooth finish had no bitter aftertaste.
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a brilliant orange-russet hue. Little foam, just lacing on the surface of the pour. Big citrus, grapefruit, and pine aroma. First sip is big on body and carbonation, mouthfeel is smooth, not sticky and cloying. Flavors are as expected, pine sap, and multiple citrus notes springing up throughout the palate, before a largely bitter, but balanced finish. Sparkly, almost fizzy mouthfeel and balance characterize this big brew with a well-disguised ABV.
gvmdw7 (187) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this on tap and it was amazing. Very little head on the pour and all you could smell were the hops. I’m a hop-head so to me, there’s nothing better. Tastes floral and piney, the way a DIPA should. This was almost as good as Pliny the Elder. Have one bottle that I can’t wait to try
TheBeerGod (5225) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pretty, translucent amber pour with a short, off-white head. Aroma is pungent, wet hops, pine resins, grapefruit juice and orange peel oils. Taste is big juicy wet hops, pine cones, grapefruit juice, pineapple, chewy caramel, sweet malt and citrus oils. Much sweeter and richer than bitter and hoppy. Body is thick and full with a soft, creamy carbonation. There’s a pleasant lingering hop bitterness as well and a resinous feel. Ends with more grapefruit juice, pineapple, pine resins, wet hops and caramel. Yummy!