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 (3288) - 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!
jeffs515 (123) - Ogden, Utah, USA - AUG 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is a sweat Carmel with piny citrus and a little hint of alcohol. Pours a dark orange color with off white head leaves a nice lacing and very carbonated. Taste is kind of sweet floral with a little pine. Very clean on the tounge goes down smooth for being 9.5%. Overall this is a very great beer I found at the liquor store in salt lake.
chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. These Firestone guys have yet to disappoint......another stellar beer. This specific one is toward the top of my list of IIPAís. I tiny bit too malty but otherwise awesome.
AdamChandler (4050) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Hill Farmstead Glass. Fridge Temp + a few degrees.
A - Clear golden grown, white head.
S - Lots of malts, big nice smelling malts. Burning hop bitterness. Lots of grapefruit and citrus. Hint of pine cones.
T - Wow. Alright, aside from the obvious that a 9.5% IIPA is "malty", itís a big beer. It lingers for a long time with huge maltiness like eating croutons. I get lots of grapefruit and tangerine peels. I get some pineapple and lots of pine sap. finish is this floral sort of relaxed light flowery delicious aftertaste that coasts my mouth. Very nice!
M - 20% carbonation, medium body (surprisingly). VERY bitter.
O - Itís lacking the balance of Heady topper or the bitterness of Pliny but itís a solid offering in the big IPA category.
_angst_ (4142) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of GT2. Thanks man! Pours tiny hazy golden with a small frothy and creamy offwhite head that is rather quick to dissipate while leaving a thick trace on the glass. Smell is slightly sweet, hoppy, fruity and tiny herbal with bread, orange zest, pine, mango, pineapple, peaches, lemon zest, lemon balm, lemon grass, crackers, lime juice, grapefruit rinds and fresh grass. Taste is slightly sweet, bitter and fruity with mango, pineapple, cape gooseberries, lychee, lemon balm, grapefruit juice, unripe peaches, wine gums, gooseberries, bread, alcohol, orange zest, lemon zest, crackers, pine, resinous wood and grapefruit rinds. Mouthfeel round, oily bitter, tiny astringent, tiny dry and near full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet and bitter with bread, pine, grapefruit juice, moist soil, unripe mango, unripe pineapple, orange zest, lemon zest, crackers, green grapes and hints of gummi candy. Very nice...
rlgk (15831) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Mumsig Miniprovning, GŲteborg. Golden beer with a small offwhite head. Pineapple aroma, mango, grapes, pear, orange, bready, biscuits, hay, metal notes, salty, peach notes. Hoppy grassy flavor, mango, woody, pine needles, mango, some perfume, citrus, floral notes, metal, dill notes. Malty finish, lovely hops, pineapple and other tropical fruits.
tkrjukoff (4243) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @MMP. Pours ckear pale amber with a small off white head leaving some lacing. Aroma is fresh fruity piny citric a bit tropical some touch of perfume and a stable maltyness. Flavor is malty sweet caramel fruity piny resiny citric bitter pungent. Finishes sweet bitter malty. So damned good.
greatscott75 (21) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a golden amber with a two finger head that fades quickly. Nose is pine with mild citrus. Taste is the same but with a sweet malt balance. Excellent beer! I will be buying this again.
fidelis83 (2267) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a peachy gold with a 2 finger, slightly chunky off white head. Aroma is big on toast, biscuit, and caramel, with some cereal and grainy notes right away, the hops coem in a bit light, but pleasant, floral, citrus, light tropical and a hint of tart berry bite. Flavor is sweet caramel, light toffee, biscuit, sweet malt, cereal dusty hay, then the hops, sweet and bitter citrus, some pine, light tropical, floral and hints of pine to the finish along with something that tastes a bit like I would imagine reduced, mixed melon juice tastes like. Medium body, sugary entry to slick, slightly dry finish with a moderately coarse, light carbonation. Good stuff, though it seems like it may be a little past itís prime, but the date stamp is not properly applied, so itís impossible to tell, though I am fairly sure it was bottled @ 16:55.