neurbob (103) - Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear light golden pour, white head. Nose is citrus fruit, light burnt sugar. Full bodied with light toast, fairly sweet, tropical fruits, pine, strong bitter finish. Solid.
Heather_B (237) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark golden pour with lingering small amount of white head. This is an interesting beer. Tons of citrus and malt in aroma and flavor. But the malt is manageable and adds some nice depth and alcohol to an otherwise typical IPA. The earthiness and citrus is excellent and makes it super drinkable.
Marduk (4786) - Reval, ESTONIA - DEC 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
660ml bottle (thanks Mart). Clear dark golden color. Medium size, white head, stays. Sweet, malty, melon, fruity, orange peel in aroma. Sweet, fruity, orange, citrus in taste. Harsh fruitiness in aftertaste. Alcohol is there I can feel it, but can’t taste it. Fruity bitterness. Overstretched brew.
Hopverdju (211) - BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Duidelijk Amerikaanse hop in de neus, pompelmoes, agrum. Beendroog, zeer bitter met wat zoetigheid maar redelijk goed in balans. Bittere afdronk met wat citrus.
martjoobolut (2124) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (from firma bier). Pours dark golden-amber with whiteish head. Aroma is sweet, fruits, peaches, caramel. Flavor is sweet and bitter, fuits, peaches, malt, caramel. Finish is grapefruit bitter. Alcohol is well covered. Overall: great beer.
suurjuust (2245) - ESTONIA - DEC 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very slightly hazy orange por, small white head. Nose is a heap of fruit, mango, tangerines, oranges, pineapple, toasty sweetness, malt. Flavor is fruity smooth, slightly sweet, almost creamy, middle to finish is hoppy, grapefruity, medium bitterness in the herbally dry finish. Lingering toasty-fruity-hoppy and oily notes. Hop oil is pretty mouth coating after a few sips.No hint of booze.
Duchammer (145) - Eagle river, Alaska, USA - DEC 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured perfectly clear with white with a yellow hue head. Aroma floral and earthy piney notes with a slight citrus and nice Carmel undertones. Nice piney forward notes meld well with sweet Carmel! Nice warming in the stomach! Great beer!
Andrew196 (1205) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color of honey crowned by an exquisite, frothy white head. Big aroma, everything is big about this beer....tropical fruits, orange, piney, florals, honey, notes of alcohol on the nose. Big flavor follows, similar qualities to the aroma, medium-full bodied, beautifully balanced with a mouthful of mangoes, grapefruit, molasses, and pine.....a nice lasting twang in the finish
varanid99 (834) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy balls. Ridiculous aroma out of the bottle before i even look at the pour. Oranges, caramel, tropical punch in the face. Pours orange with a thin white head. Another sniff and it’s huge citrus and caramel. Taste is slightly boozy, jammy orangey goodness, nice long, warm bitter finish. It’s damn good.
Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The IIPA version of Firestone Walker’s Union Jack, from a 65 cl bomber with the typical classy label depicting a fight between a bear and a lion. Frothy and dense, egg-white, very moussy head leaving thick cobweb lacing, residing over a clear orange blonde beer with quite vivid sparkling. Dank, powerful, tropical fruit aroma hitting the nostrils with impressions of tangerine, fresh mandarin, pink grapefruit flesh, toasted sweet onion, overripe papaja, cedar needles, Grand Marnier, strawberry wine, cake, sweet cherry tomatoes on toasted bread, roasted pine nuts, lavender, sweet curry, cantaloupe, lychee, freshly ground black pepper, sweet white grapes and Pineau de Charentes - the kind of DIPA bouquet I could sniff for hours, as each time I put my nose to the glass, something else shows up only to disappear again and make room for yet another impression. Clean onset with perfect balance of sourish and sweetish (mango, lychee, melon, blood orange) adorned with certain umami aspects (green olive) and in perfect balance with a soft, yet finely tingling carbonation, softly minerally; bitter and lightly salty hops are palpable right from the start. Middle phase continues these impressions on a very supple yet robust, caramelly and honeyish malt sweetness while the hoppiness increases, working its way to a big finale in the finish, deeply bittering without becoming abrasive and exploding into a wealth of retronasal citrus peel, pine resin, roasted onion, tropical fruits and spices. It still allows for juicy, sweetish malts to pass through, while a warming glow of bourbon-like alcohol reminds you of the fact that this is still ’imperial’ (double) IPA rather than ’ordinary’ IPA; the bittering and utterly aromatic hop effect lingers after that, fierce and very elegant at the same time. A hop-soaked masterpiece in many ways, I can easily see how this scores so high on the DIPA scale. Firestone Walker has done many a great thing in its history regardless of the takeover by Belgian Moortgat, and this is surely among those great achievements. This is to double IPA what Sucaba is to barley wine or Parabola to imperial stout: extremely well crafted, with a flair for taste, power and sheer beauty. Exemplary double IPA in all respects, I absolutely love this, this must be among the best in its style I had so far. Fantastic.