laiti (5970) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2013
65 cl bottle @ home, bottled 18.11.2011
Rather nice and fruity aroma with american hops. Some resin, peach and mango. Flavour is rather hoppy and fruity with peaches and some mangos. Somewhat sweet, but not in a disturbing way. Very nice DIPA!
olio (6522) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle. Bottled on 18.11.2011.
Pours clear golden color with medium head. Aroma of exotic hoppy fruits grass, mild caramel notes and pine needles. Flavor of exotic fruits, mild grass and herbal notes, caramel, spices and grape fruit. A bit sweet but nicely hopped and crisp.
lusikka (6551) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle.
Pours a copper orange colour with a white head. Lovely aroma of exotic fruits, caramel and some herbs. Flavour of exotic fruits, strong floral hops, caramel malts, herbs and toffee. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and a fruity, floral, citrusy finish. Not too sweet, has the right amount of bitterness, but this isnít as refreshing as North Bridge Extreme for example.
tiong (4018) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
660ml bottle from Whole Foods SoMa, San Francisco, CA
Bottled on 18.11.2011 - Pours dark orange with a clear haze and smooth white head. Aroma of fresh exotic fruits, grassy hops, pine and grapefruit. Taste is extremely fresh and slightly sweet with exotic fruity hops, grass, pine and caramel malt. Finish is fruity and bitter with tingly notes. Excellent, well balanced and tasty IIPA.
bigguns22 (709) - Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is great hands down bar none. Aroma is big and very earthy full of citrus and basil. Pours is the color honey with a medium off white head. Flavors are big but still smooth and the bitterness is perfect .
twindog (265) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 1 pint bottom. Beer pours golden with a med white head the small of frash grapefruit, herbs, and pine. This beer is a thick, creamy hop bomb with loads of flavor. This for sure is one of the best doubles that I had this will be a beer I will always look for.
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber from total wine Tucson AZ. Deep golden pour with a nice foamy head. Big hopy start followed by caramel grapefruit and other citrus flavors. Nice carbonation and very well balanced.
Ron (2688) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at MacGregorís. Pours a light golden color with a lasting white head and beautiful lacing. Aroma has notes of yeast, flowers, citrus fruit, and sugar. Taste is rich with notes of caramel, grapefruit and anise. Finish is sweet and citrus and hoppy. This one of the best double IPAís Iíve ever had.
freeofthoughts (668) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2012 Pours clear gold with white head, aromas of resinous piney weed like herb and some tangerine citrus and grain. The taste is phenomenal, crisp and clean. The pale malt is step for step with the tangerine citrus and some pine - herbal hops if not in the foreground. There is a little sweetness to it that really makes it dangerously drinkable. Not really a dry finish it lingers with a grainy palate (with a wee bit of alc) and some bitterness that increases as it warms. Overall one of the best iipa?s.
rxeight (1523) - Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper orange color. Smells of some citrius, pineapple and a good bit of spruce and pine Very stong aroma. Delicious bitter hop taste. Lasting bitter hop aftertaste that stays with you for a while. Hides the high ABV pretty well. Nice finish, could drink this all day.
I drank this back to back with itís little brother Union Jack (or I guess Single Jack). Basically the same thing, just stronger. The Union is 7.5%, this is 9.5%, which is about 25% more. I would say that sounds about right for everything they just turned it up a bit. Not sure if its good enought to justify 2x the price though. Not a knock on this, but more of a credit to little brother.
Overall this is a very good Imperial IPA. Easily in my top 10 IPAs.