benpickens (448) - Camarillo, California, USA - MAY 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear gold; creamy white head; big juicy aromas of orange and other citrus fruits; dry and not suprisingly bitter. Wonderful Imperial IPA.
bhiner41 (188) - Darien, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a golden orange color with very little white head, no lacing. The smell is amazing, grapefruit, orange, citrus and slight pine. Slightly sour and bitter taste, medium body, easy drinking. Palate is suprisingly lively with a bit of alcohol but not enough for a full on buring aftertaste. Overall this is one of the best Double IPA’s I have had in a long while. Looking forward to more beers like this from Firestone Walker.
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a golden-amber with a persistent Imperial head. Aroma is a real doozy here--this brew has a depth of hop and malt aroma that is 3-dimensional compared with most other IPAs or even IIPAs. Smells like fresh, sticky green hops redolent of all manner of citrus fruit, herbs, and resinous pine balanced with bready, caramelly, and sweet malts. Body is full and creamy with initial caramel candy sweetness and balanced by a truly imperial hop profile. Dry hopping really is key here-- the aroma is far stronger than actual hop bitterness. Or maybe the intense hop bitterness is balanced by an equally exquisite malt body...either way, big props to the guys at Firestone Walker for crafting such a heavenly beverage!
AmEricanbrew (6463) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear light amber color/ white head. Nice pine sap, grass, caramel, pale malt aromas. medium body. Sweet pale malt, sugar, honey flavors with some pine sap bitterness to balance--good
tgncc (3036) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesome beer. The aroma is citrus, peach, bread. The appearance is amber, white head. The flavor is citrus, caramel, flowers, bread. Very nice. Medium in body, slightly syrupy. The finish is pine, citrus and floral hops. Very nicely done.
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 23, 2011
2.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Don’t get me wrong. This beer is great. Why is is great? ...................... Because it is a dead on clone of Pliny!!!! No wonder it won an award. I wouldn’t be surprised if Vinnie was involved brewing this. I understand why breweries copy Pliny but wouldn’t it suck if every double IPA you opened up and hoping for something original always tasted like Pliny? To me it is lame and unimaginative.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with a nice off white head. Aroma is fresh, citrusy, piny hops. Flavor is full of spicy, grapefruit and citrus hops with a subtle sweet malt backbone. Very nice.
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bomber. Pours a relatively clear light amber tinged with orange. Intense hop aroma. Pineapple and citrus dominate, backed up by sweet pine. Caramel malts are off in the background. My mouth is watering from the aroma alone. Taste follows the aroma, with a wonderfully bitter finish. Mango and pineapple tropical hops coat the tongue first, with spicy and pine notes in the middle. Relatively high carbonation combines with caramel malt sweetness helps to balance things out, and the mouthfeel is full and creamy. The ABV never really shows up, as the hops cover things up nicely. This is one yummy and refreshing double IPA. Highly drinkable, especially considering the high ABV.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber: Pours a clear orange with a thick foamy white head, huge pine grapefruit and bubblegum in the aroma, starts and ends very bitter, subtle carbonation, full bodied.
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 Bottle. Amber with foamy off-white head. Citrus, grapefruit, nuts, herb, bread, pine, and caramel. Medium body with nice carbonation and silky and smooth finish. Well balanced, complex, not overvpowering and a different double IPA. Very good, especially when warm.