beardfear (87) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden orange pour with copious lace. Intense aroma of eucalyptus, menthol, flowers, passionfruit, grapefruit and toasted woodchips. A sip reveals more resinous hops, big caramel and bread flavours in the middle, and a spicy finish. Immaculately balanced; despite what I expect is an enormous IBU, the perceived bitterness is kept firmly in check. Could put it down to the huge malt backbone. Creamy, full body. Could probably be a little dryer - otherwise, practically faultless.
LIVEFAST (62) - Mount Misery, Valley Forge, - NOV 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle poured into an ABC pint glass. Golden/orange with a tight finger sized head. Sweet malts, a bit of alcohol, passion fruit, and grapefruit in the nose. Fresh Double Jack is definitely a treat...loads of resin, tropical hops, and mango stick to the toungue due to a slightly cloying, bready malt backbone. A bit too dangerous, ABV is totally ignored due to flavor.
glennmastrange (2214) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Moderate raosted and caramel for the malt, moderate to heavy pine and grapefruit peel for the hops, with background notes of date, pepper, alcohol and a medicine-y hint. Head is average size, frothy, slightly off-white with fair, thin lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear light amber/orange. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a soft carbonation and a finishe that is lighly astringent, lightly to moderately alcoholic and is fairly drying. Nice juicy hops and a perfect balance with the malt backbone makes this DIPA top notch.
wedgie9 (1836) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 3/14/11 from a 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Lush West Town. Pours burnt orange with an average off-white head that slowly recedes to uneven lace. The nose is full of piney resin hops, tons of lemon peel, with caramel malt and just a hint of maple. The flavor has some sweet orange and caramel up front, moving to pine resin bitterness, a hint of soap, and chewable vitamins. The body is medium and somewhat sticky with average carbonation and a long bitter orange peel and resin finish.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from the 300 East liquor store in SLC - Pours a crystal clear yellow color with a medium sized pure white head that sticks around forever. Aroma is full of green resiny hops, with notes of grapefruit and touches of light caramel and faintly toasted malts. Flavor is fairly hoppy with grapefruit notes, touches of caramel and lightly chewy malts. Finish is balanced but with a slight residual sweetness. This is basically a strong version of union jack, almost identical in fact. Its almost like you took a bottle of union jack and poured in everclear. It’s very good, much like union jack. However, I sort of think a double IPA should be different than a regular IPA, not just an identical but stronger version of an IPA. Nevertheless this is still very good.
brokephibroke (285) - Mead, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is delightfully unique. The citrus / fruit reminds me of a chewing gum product that I can not name but is very familiar. Very balanced taste, sweet up front from the malt with a long hoppiness linger. Maybe, just maybe kick up the hops a few IBUs (that is my CO side of me talking). best beer I’ve had from Firestone!
blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours golden amber with a white head. Citric and cat piss hoppy aroma with some piney notes. The flavor has resinous piney hops, grapefruit rind, and some citric sweetness. Good stuff.
RickTStiles (703) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a light golden color with a lasting white head and beautiful lacing. aroma is very complex with notes of yeast, hay, flowers, citrus fruit, and candy sugar. Taste is rich with notes of caramel, grapefruit, chamomile and anise. finish is dry, sweet and lushly hoppy. This one of the best and most elegant double IPA’s I’ve ever had.
eaglefan538 (2857) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 21, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2012 Re-rate: 1/12, on draft, multiple times from my sixtel from SL. Original rating is moving up from a 4.9 to a perfect 5.0. You can do no better from the style. Original rating: Pour was golden to very light orange with a nice thin and well-sustained white head. The aroma was friggin awesome grapefruits and tangerines and faint resinous notes. The flavor was rich citrus grapefruits and tangerines with some great herbal hops and wood barrel notes. This thing was absolutely wonderful and I’d have rated it a 4.0 if not a single tasting. Mouthfeel was tingly if not spicey, great moderate body and dry finish.
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden with a thin white head. Nose is bitter with grassy hops, honey, and citrus. Smooth and tangy to start with a malty gliding start and a finish of complex citrus hop, sage, resin, and faint nutmeg. A hop haven. nice beer with no telling element of the hefty alcohol it hides.