MattH (675) - California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Aroma of grapefruit and some tropical fruits. Nothing really stands out in the flavor. Just a little too much sweet flavor mixed with bitterness.
MrBeerFanatic (905) - Friona, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a high carbed light apricot in color with a fizzy/foamy head. Aromas of citrusy/pine/grapefruit hops, apricot, slight peach candy, and caramel behind all the copious hops. Flavors upfront remind me of peach flavored candies I used to have when I was a kid with peach flavored syrup in the middle. Theres some apricot, citrus, grapefruit, some herbal and caramel malt to back it all up decently. Has a more noticeable malty note than the union jack ipa. Seems to have less of a bitter aftertaste than the union jack as well. Medium sweet. No alcohol noticed. Great Dipa.
jJay (20) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Have been a fan of Firestone Walker and had been wanting to try this. Met my expectations, subtle cherry in the usual citrus and pine, nice.
Thinker (62) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep golden color with a nice egg white head. Carmel dominates the aroma. Very smooth flavor that includes some hopes, Carmel and finishes with a great bitterness!
umich03jm (2993) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear bright golden orange color with a nice thick head that lingers. Aroma is fruity, malty and hoppy all together. Getting oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, cherries, caramel malt, flowers, and some herbal spiciness. Taste is sweet fruit and caramel at the beginning. Big hop bitterness takes over the middle and it turns somewhat dry and malty in the finish. An earthy and floral taste lingers a long time. This is my kinda Imperial IPA. Reminds me a lot of Avery The Maharaja. Complex, fruity, funky, malty, hoppy, everything all in one beer. Great.
Theydon_Bois (14316) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at my Cousins house, PA - 21/05/12.
Slightly hazy deep orange with a white head.
Hoppy, piney nose bursting with citrus.
Grapefruit and citrus on the palate allied to sweet malts in the background.
Medium bodied, average caronation, smooth and easy to drink.
natejgood (439) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear, medium gold with minimal white head that builds a bit from the bottom after sitting for a minute. Hoppy pine aroma with sweet malts. Good body in the mouth without being syrupy at all, which often happens with double IPAs. Nice hops around the side of the tongue, but nicely balanced with malts and grassy pine undertones. This is a very good beer. Lots of good flavor but not overpowering in any one area.
NoLedge21 (11) - Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of my favorites from the first sip. Golden colored. Some citrus fruit flavors. Malty. Balanced. Reminds me of a Chimay.
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ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2013 22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a medium amber color with fantastic clarity. The head is a three finger white color thatís textured beautifully, and retains itself quite well.
S: Itís a typical DIPA aroma, with grapefruit, pine, and herbal hop qualities, but behind the hops is an underlying layer of sweetness, much like the draught version I had several months back. Fairly citrusy in general, which I always enjoy.
T: Initially, the flavors are citrusy sweet. Itís far more orange-y than many other IPAs Iíve had, and even evokes sucking on an orange slice. Afterwards, it reverts back to a more piny, peppery finish, with low to moderate bitterness. Also, the maltiness becomes less sweet caramel and more neutral breadiness. All good so far...
...except for one problem - itís too boozy. It doesnít necessarily remind me of drinking straight up Orange Glo, but it comes across like 11.5% rather than 9.5%. The hop complexity of Union Jack is still there, at least. Take out the aggressive booziness, and this would be an easy 4, or even a 4.5, but as it stands right now, itís disappointingly average. Positively, the booziness calms down a bit, being replaced with more piny, resinous hops near the bottom of the glass.
M: Iím losing my patience with syrupy IPAs, and sadly this fits the bill. The finish is heavy handed in its sticky wetness, and the dryness of the hops fail to balance things out; but other than that, the mouthfeel is fine in terms of carbonation and texture.
O: There are some fantastic qualities here, but the harsh, boozy, syrupy nature of this beast really kills its chances at greatness. The best way to enjoy this is to drink it cold and split it with friends. Itís worth a try - especially on tap - but it was a disappointment for me.
alobar (3222) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a golden amber color with a white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine, and caramel. Well-balanced flavor of caramel, pine,grapefruit, and tangerine. Just exceptional!