LinusStick (3036) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW! A definite 4+ beer. This beer is a reminder that, when done right, IIPAs can be incredible! Aroma was perfect heavy citrus, grapefruit rind and lemon zest. Pour was a nice medium gold with a one finger off white head. Taste was all west coast IIPA. Strong, bitter grapefruit rind and citrus hops are in the front and not leaving any malt in to balance out the bitterness. Medium carbonation keeps the beer lively. Mouth is left dry and bitter and it lasts a long time. Amazing beer!
luttonm (3414) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint at Brouwer’s. Heavy Brown-golden pour. Unique juicy hop nose. Great sticky malt backbone. juicy-dry pine hop juice. So Tasty.
bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2012 Update: Sept 2, 2011 draft at Brouwerij Lane, Greenpoint Brooklyn. This is now becoming available good stores in NYC.
Getting more rum soaked pineapple and peaches. Less rounded or full in general.
Less yeast characteristics which added body and complexity. Love it still but not as much from the keg.
Aroma: ripe pineapple, alcohol, pine, citrus hops
Appearance, crystal clear orange/amber, tiny bubbles
Taste: Malt back bones carriers the agressive pine pine resin and tropical/citrus hops. On the back of the tongue a cheesy yeast comes out late.
Palate: Alcohol and spicy hops attach front of the tongue early and dry/cool it late with a long astringent finish...even though my mouth is pretty much coated with the sugars.
Really love this one and wish I could get it in NYC more easily.
Travlr (16910) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Black Squirrel’s new downstairs bar. Dregs. Very nice pineapple aroma and flavor with some pine overlay. Nice.
onceblind (5885) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a nice copper/honey hue, with a small fluffy white head. Incredible aroma, didn’t even have to hold the glass close! Big tropical fruit aromas, like pineapple, tangerine, and some grapefruit, but with a spicy tang of alcohol to bring it out of the scenic tropics. But the flavor was huge and, perhaps, restrained? I’ve had some beers similar in taste to this, but usually they’re too bitter or resinous. This bad boy is just right, hiding the massive IBU count behind a silky sweet malt wall. Oh it’s plenty hoppy, featuring the same juicy tropical fruit-hops from the nose, as well as some alcohol burn. But it’s just as powerful malt-wise, with big sweetness and a touch of caramel. New favorite DIPA?
DuffMan (8196) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Clear honey gold, moderate creamy white head that leaves ropy lace. Intense tropical fruit aroma and flavour: pineapple, passionfruit, grapefruit, sweet pine. Full bodied with a beautiful balance between bright fruity juicy hoppiness and well structured sweet malt and long intense bitterness. Truly the best balanced IIPA I’ve had in recent memory. Outstanding!
skoisirius (1882) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmmmmm, solid all the way through DIPA here. Nice and floral, grapefruit and citrused out. Really liked the dryness factor of the malt and how it blended quite perfectly with the hop profile. Thick, bold, and full. Damn good stuff. Wish it wasn’t $8!!
ao125 (18) - Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a really nice beer - but like other IPA’s with more than two or three hop varietals, the flavor gets muddied and you can’t really tell what you’re drinking.
A - Big grapefruit and apricot, and very floral.
C - Dark copper
T - Patches of both sweet and bitter, though like I said above, all of the different hop varietals muddy the flavor.
P - Despite the high alcohol content, it’s a really drinkable beer.
Serving - Troegs Mad Elf tulip glass.
LordHeelGibson (18) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Double Jack IPA is our first ever Imperial IPA. It features a big malty middle to cloak the high alcohol and mouth puckering hop bitterness. Huge tangerine, grapefruit and juicy fruit aroma blossom over the herbal blue basil and malt earthiness of this aggressive beer. Best enjoyed in moderation.
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Pours a rich golden color with full white head. Aromas of citrus, pine and slight caramel. Great citrus hop flavor, some nice sweetness inthe middle, and a bitter sweet finish; alcohol is well hidden...good stuff.