Roonai (135) - - FEB 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a clear rosie chestnut. Smell strikes an amazing balance between sweet maple and spicy hops. Taste is similar with the floral spicey and citrus hops over maple syrupy rich goodness. This is delicious!
Zeswaft (1273) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is seriously just a stronger version of the union jack. It tastes exactly like it but a bit boozier. Very sharp bitterness. I little disappointing but still a fine beer.
Mora2000 (4042) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grapefruit and pine hops, with some resiny, dank hops mixed in as well.
The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of resiny pine, as well as some pineapple, papaya and other tropical fruit. No detectable alcohol. Medium bitterness and very easy to drink.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Double IPA.
blutt59 (5653) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to bman1113vr, golden color with an aroma of Christmas trees, garlic and onion rings, flavor of salty bit o honey and pineapple, somehow this worked
Pawola22 (3092) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear, golden-bronze colored body with a finger-width, dense and frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice, delicate lacing. Aroma jumps out with lots of sweet, resiny tropical fruits and some herbal spice behind the sweetness. Mango, peach, papaya, candy oranges, tangerine, and grapefruit. Very nice, juicy, fruity complexity with some light pines and florals alongside the soft herbal spice. The malts are fairly sweet with some honey, a touch of biscuity grain, and caramel. Flavor seems to lack some of the hop depth I was expecting, but is still quite nice. Lots of tropical fruits, grapefruits, and candy oranges with a sweeter resin. Medium pines and herbal pepper, but could use a bit more complexity IMO. The malts are again sweet and well rounded with some honey, grain, and caramel. The hops do dry this nicely with a medium, somewhat sticky, peppered pine bitterness that leaves a lengthy aftertaste. Medium, silky body and soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really nice DIPA. Fairly sweet, but filled with bright, tropical fruits and citruses. Nice, resiny, balanced finish with a really pleasant feeling body. Solid.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super fresh 2011 bomber. Pours a clear, dark golden color with a fluffy, yellowish-beige head of foam. Slowly disbursing, the head becomes a thin center film with a pronounced, foamy edge. When allowed to settle on its own, the head leaves dense, tattered sheets of tapestry lacing all over the glass, completing the attractive look. In the true west coast tradition, the nose is loaded with juicy citrus hops, ranging from biting white grapefruit, to sweeter tangerine peel and freshly bloomed orange blossoms. There’s a dry pithiness, but also sweeter citrus oiliness, countering one another beautifully. A touch of fresh basil lends a green, herbal element, as do hints of grass and maybe a dash of pine needles. Malts are prominent, yet sufficiently dry, hinting at light English biscuit that has been cut with a hint of galletas (Cuban crackers). They provide a moderately sweet background that seems a perfect marriage for the abundant, juicy, resinous hops. Flavors follow suit, again amply hopped and citrus driven, booming with bitter grapefruit, tangerine skin, naval orange, and even a touch of lemon rind. Pine plays a backup role, as does herbal green grass. Countering malts are lightly caramelized, coming across as more toasty and crackery than biscuity and cookie-like. Still, there’s the perfect amount of sweetness there to take the edge off of the substantial, biting hop profile. The beer drinks lighter than its 9.5% ABV would suggest, towing the line between ample body and relative dryness, with moderate, unobtrusive carbonation throughout. In short, this is a great beer. Firestone’s limited releases continue to impress, and this one is right up there with the best of the Anniversary series in terms of a total package.
GreatLibations (1831) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours rich golden with amber waves of grain. A mountainous frothy canopy above the malt is lain. IPA, IPA god shed his grace on thee for this is one of the best I’ve had in a long time. A thick malty backbone supports the thriving hop community that instill fear in the faint of heart. This brew is rich with a bit of malty sweetness. Generous with it’s unnoticeably high ABV. Crown thy malt with cap and seal, and savor day to day. Very fresh tasting.
changeup45 (1557) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 Bottle from DaSilky1. Thanks man! Amber-orange color with a thin off-white head settling on top for good. Tropical fruity hops invade the aroma with notes of pine, florals, and light herbs. The flavor mostly follows that with big juicy tropical fruity hops. Grapefruit, orange peel, and some lemongrass seem to stand out. A hop bomb for sure. This is a little on the sweet side, especially for a west coast IIPA, but with ample bitterness it’s fine. In that regard, it kind of resembles some of my favorites from the midwest. A little alcohol heat sets in towards the finish although it tries to dry out a bit here as well. This is just a really good beer that may slide just below some of the best within the style.
tastybeer (1313) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a golden/amber with a thin yellow head but decent/good retention. Aroma is tropical fruits, pineapple, caramel, and tropical fruit juice. Taste is sticky hops with a nice balance of sweet malt. Very easy drinking DIPA, and underrated imho.
deyholla (4787) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Poured a clear deep gold with a white head that dissipated to the edges and laced nicely. Aroma was a combination of sweet grain, pine and citrus with mainly grapefruit coming from the citrus note. Flavor was similar with pine, resin and grapefruit and a relatively strong sweet grain backbone.