RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very orangy amber, medium head, very sudsy. Aroma is citrus, pine, and caramel malt. A bit of sweetness up front gives way to nice, moderately intense bittering and hints at stonefruit and sweet citrus. The bittering lingers for a moment but definitely doesn’t overstay its welcome. This is fantastically balance, I really didn’t expect such a great composition. Extremely reminiscent of 90 Minute IPA or Hopslam. Delicious.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. A great refreshing citrusy double ipa. Cloudy yellow with a nice white head.
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
650ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Aggressive pour resulted in minimal head with some lacing. Fruity aroma, I pick up a tangerine like smell but do not notice the grapefruit. The first noticeable taste is bitter fruit that quickly becomes malty and finishes bitter with a very slight sweet taste. This is a really good Double IPA. I should have tried this side by side with Pliny!
adnielsen (6187) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2011 Tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Light yellow orange appearance with a white head. Very floral hoppiness that mostly dominates the pale malts. Very floral and very citrusy hop flavor that makes up most of the flavor of the beer. Grapefruity, bitter finish..
AHTOH (101) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 mL bottle. Bottle dated 12/15/10. Drank 2/18/11. Poured into Duvel tulip.
APPEARANCE: Pours orange gold. Quite translucent/filtered.
Off-white, cream colored head is about 2 fingers, has lengthy duration, and fair amount of lacing.
AROMA: Citrus, floral, cantaloupe, pine. Very clean, balanced, robust, and delightful. Faint hint of resinous hops and wet hay on nose as well.
TASTE: More hop-forward (ie, less balanced) than aroma. Pine, citrus, resinous hops. Some floral/honey-like malt sweetness.
Finish is more flavor-hop focused than excessively bitter. Bitterness and its duration are on the lighter side for the style - which I prefer.
Subtle graininess on finish as well.
MOUTH FEEL: Medium bodied. Some minimal amount of syrupiness.
OVERALL: A solid imperial/double IPA. Aroma is particularly impressive. However, little in the way of extremely unique characteristics. Appearance could have been slightly better if the beer was less filtered.
Chalsk (936) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2012 Growler from Cloverleaf. Pours a clear copper color with a white foam head. Has an aroma of grapefruit, caramel, pine, and booze. Very malty smooth. Sweet grapefruit taste with a more mellow but tasty hop hit. with some booze on the back end. Damn tasty. Unique in that it comes to play but is somehow still mellow.
TURDFERGUSON (3565) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to emacgee for sharing. Nice mostly translucent orange pour with a sudsy steady white head that sticks. Lots of nice lace and legs. Big fresh hop resinous nose--citrus, herbal, floral notes abound. Flavor is big citrus, alcohol shows a bit, but its very dry and juicy overall. California, knows how to party.
emacgee (3433) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks a bunch fear025. Pours a gorgeous crystal clear golden amber with two fingers of sticky white head. Mongo intense nose... extremely resinous and fresh, lots of citrus rind and some spicy piny notes. Super sticky/oily hop flavor, lots of resins and citrus zest with notes of pine and a lightly sweet malt character. Has a bit more body than I would have expected but the bitterness is very well maintained and dissipates quickly on the finish.
jstraw (1654) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Clear, dark golden, with decent, creamy, white head / Big nose of orange, grapefruit, and fresh cut pine / Medium to full body, biting hops with good fruit balance and long, lightly sweet, finish / Flavors of orange, grapefruit, fresh cut pine, resin, bubblegum, and caramel / Near perfect.
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a bright orange with soapy white head, very little lacing. Nose is heavy on the grapefruit, I get sweet bubblegum and onions underneath, sounds gross but its not! The caramel malt flavor really dominates the hops to begin this, but quickly gives way to a spicy middle, and finishes long with nothing but onion-like hops bitterness, it works in this beer since there is such an intense malt backbone. Sticky for an DIPA, but suprisingly easy to put down, even at 9.5%. Excellent beer.