flatmatt (1275) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a bright amber with a slightly off-white head. Fresh citrus and pine aroma with honey and caramel. Strong, resinous pine and citrus hops, touches of tropical fruit, some sweetness. Very fresh and tasty.
icky09 (14) - - JUN 5, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A perfect example of an American double IPA, citrusy floral aromas medium bitterness. Measure others by this.
Wayfarer58 (4) - Koosbusch, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - JUN 3, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An intense grapefruit, citrus and slightly floral aroma. Golden straw in color, and a very well-balanced body and bitterness. This beer showcases the cascade hop very well, and the fruity hop flavor is really representative of what an American IPA should showcase. Win.
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culchiem (3013) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Deep clear orange with a thick head. Aroma is super bitter hop. Flavour is deep citrus, grapefruit with a tremendous lingering finish. Strength is hidden very well
myersk27 (26) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely fantastic brew. Color is golden amber. Smell of citrus, spicy hops, mild pine. Taste has several things i love, pineapple, grapefruit, slight mango, slight peach, mild pine and a sweet malt backbone throughout to balance and showcase the hops. medium mouthfeel and awesome laing on the glass throughout the beer. crisp hop finish leaves me craving the next sip. definitely a top 5 double IPA for me.
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
perfect orange with about two fingers of creamy white head. Grapefruit, tangerine, maybe some peach and pine on the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Fruity notes from the hops are present, but the malt is shown nicely as well. No note at all of the 9.5%, this is a fantastic double IPA.
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just when I thought I was getting sick of IPAís...
Aroma is citrus and spice with a huge hit of hoppy pineapple and grapefruit
Taste is much like the aroma with a sweet malt background. I wonít call it a backbone but itís there.
Palate is dry and thin, refreshing.
Overall: Some of my IPA love returned to me with this bomber.
barn0216 (513) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear pour, sticky head, golden color. Smells of pine and citrus hops. Grapefruit notes for flavor. Nice bite on the finish, disguises the alcohol. One of my favorites.
Maverick34 (2589) - New York, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours orange red with a clean head. Hops pine resin aroma. Similar taste with some grapefruit and malts. Pretty good
mtlasley (39) - Anna, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: A gorgeous deep amber and super, super clear. Just amazing. This color knows what it is and states it proudly. Thereís a tall three finger head that takes itís time dissipating. Quite a time too.
Smell: Tangerine jumps to the front with orange and lime backing it up. Citrus dominates the aroma profile and itís all the I can get to here.
Mouthfeel: Syrupy but carried extremely well by the alcohol and carbonation. Itís refreshing but heavy. Itís light but strong. Itís delightful.
Taste: Burning hops step to the top and like Hoptimum, you need a few sips before you can really start to judge the beer. Thereís a distinct bready character that lies underneath helping disguise just how alcoholic this beer is. You really have to be careful with this brew. Lime and tangerine start to appear next and are helped along with a sweet, juicy fruit flavor. Almost like mango or passionfruit. Thereís a very clean finish
Overall: This only gets me more excited about the Sucaba barleywine sitting in the cellar. Firestone-Walker has impressed me on their first showing. Iíll definitely be back for more based on this and I suggest any hop fans head out and pick this up. Not for the hops (thereís hoppier stuff out there) but for the balance here. This is a really great Imperial IPA example and everyone should get a chance to enjoy it.