BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle] Clear golden appearance, good head formation and retention. Spicy hop and lemon citrus aroma, a little peppery. Slight oiliness on the palate, medium bodied with quite a bit of fizz. Sweet lemon citrus and biscuity malts in fron half and a big grapefruit bitter finish that lingers well into the aftertaste.
HopHeadinAZ (179) - Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle: Pours a clear copper with a one finger ivory head. The head dissipates quickly but there is still good lacing. The aroma is citrus driven with some sweeter notes, like orange. The taste is a little malty with some biscuit flavor. The palate is medium and well suited for the style. The is a very good beer overall bu there are a handful of better DIPA around.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This beer is gorgeous and very clear. Color is amber gold with an off white head that is thick and frothy. Aromas are of citrus, but not harsh, with mild grapefruit and tangerine notes. Tastewise, this one is a winner, with such a great balance, malts nor hops overwhelm, but they really shine. The flavors are spruce, and citrus with a nice clean bitter (but not too) finish. Goes down very easy, and the ABV is very well hidden. Palate is medium with a nice medium finish and lively carbonation. Overall, one of the best DIPA I have had in a while......very well done.
benpickens (379) - Camarillo, California, USA - MAY 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear gold; creamy white head; big juicy aromas of orange and other citrus fruits; dry and not suprisingly bitter. Wonderful Imperial IPA.
bhiner41 (169) - La Grange, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a golden orange color with very little white head, no lacing. The smell is amazing, grapefruit, orange, citrus and slight pine. Slightly sour and bitter taste, medium body, easy drinking. Palate is suprisingly lively with a bit of alcohol but not enough for a full on buring aftertaste. Overall this is one of the best Double IPA’s I have had in a long while. Looking forward to more beers like this from Firestone Walker.
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a golden-amber with a persistent Imperial head. Aroma is a real doozy here--this brew has a depth of hop and malt aroma that is 3-dimensional compared with most other IPAs or even IIPAs. Smells like fresh, sticky green hops redolent of all manner of citrus fruit, herbs, and resinous pine balanced with bready, caramelly, and sweet malts. Body is full and creamy with initial caramel candy sweetness and balanced by a truly imperial hop profile. Dry hopping really is key here-- the aroma is far stronger than actual hop bitterness. Or maybe the intense hop bitterness is balanced by an equally exquisite malt body...either way, big props to the guys at Firestone Walker for crafting such a heavenly beverage!
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear light amber color/ white head. Nice pine sap, grass, caramel, pale malt aromas. medium body. Sweet pale malt, sugar, honey flavors with some pine sap bitterness to balance--good
tgncc (2497) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesome beer. The aroma is citrus, peach, bread. The appearance is amber, white head. The flavor is citrus, caramel, flowers, bread. Very nice. Medium in body, slightly syrupy. The finish is pine, citrus and floral hops. Very nicely done.
mrhoppy (1181) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 23, 2011
2.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Don’t get me wrong. This beer is great. Why is is great? ...................... Because it is a dead on clone of Pliny!!!! No wonder it won an award. I wouldn’t be surprised if Vinnie was involved brewing this. I understand why breweries copy Pliny but wouldn’t it suck if every double IPA you opened up and hoping for something original always tasted like Pliny? To me it is lame and unimaginative.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with a nice off white head. Aroma is fresh, citrusy, piny hops. Flavor is full of spicy, grapefruit and citrus hops with a subtle sweet malt backbone. Very nice.