bigben873 (95) - Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma - Slightly floral hoppy
Appearance - Dark golden, clear, nice head that faded with time
Taste - Malty
Palate - Medium body, very smooth for alcohol content
Overall - a different imperial IPA; not nearly as hoppy as most but very smooth
BeerandBlues2 (8445) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with an average, frothy and bubbly white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is average/heavy malt (bread, cookie, cereal, caramel), heavy hops (floral, perfume, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of peach and apricot. Flavor is average/heavy malt (bread, cookie, cereal, caramel), heavy hops (floral, perfume, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of alcohol, peach, and apricot. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation with a slightly creamy texture and then a drying finish.
johnnnniee (1821) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear golden/copper color with a tightly bubbled white head that gets sticky. Pine and grapefruit pine and grapefruit. Little bit of tropical fruit and hints of malty caramel deep underneath. Curiously after a couple of sips the head disappeared and the aroma really changed. I get lots of pineapple and lemon with hints of alcohol. Taste is bitter and resinous with just enough of a bready caramel malt base to keep this drinkable. Finish is a bit dry with a long lingering resinous aftertaste long after each sip. Creamy oily mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation, medium to thin body. This is a big hoppy monster, bordering on harshly bitter. I enjoyed this I’m glad I got to try this, but I’ve enjoyed other DIPA’s more.
jeff789 (1400) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear golden with off white faded head, little lively, little viscous, semi laced.. Dominant grapefruits and orange aroma with a smattering of pale malts sweetness and light alcohol aroma... Fruity pebbles, fresh hops, light alc, piney, woody, citrus fruits, complex hops with notes of sweet malts behind... Lively medium full body, not creamy... Awesome...
Strykzone (4195) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very clear golden copper in color with a big frothy head that is off white. Strong retention. Delightful citrus aroma that also has pine and caramel. Flavor is delightful, too. Big citrus fruit and pine. Toasty malt and brown sugar. Very well balanced and very well crafted.
kassner (1291) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2011 This is a great DIPA, just what I like, with plenty of aromatic hops, fragrance and taste, mellow and no off notes at the end. golden color, modest head that does not hold and little lacing but the taste is great.
11/11 again this time on tap at RFD’s. still Great
LinusStick (2698) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW! A definite 4+ beer. This beer is a reminder that, when done right, IIPAs can be incredible! Aroma was perfect heavy citrus, grapefruit rind and lemon zest. Pour was a nice medium gold with a one finger off white head. Taste was all west coast IIPA. Strong, bitter grapefruit rind and citrus hops are in the front and not leaving any malt in to balance out the bitterness. Medium carbonation keeps the beer lively. Mouth is left dry and bitter and it lasts a long time. Amazing beer!
luttonm (1755) - Belgrade, SERBIA - MAY 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint at Brouwer’s. Heavy Brown-golden pour. Unique juicy hop nose. Great sticky malt backbone. juicy-dry pine hop juice. So Tasty.
bmerz (588) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2012 Update: Sept 2, 2011 draft at Brouwerij Lane, Greenpoint Brooklyn. This is now becoming available good stores in NYC.
Getting more rum soaked pineapple and peaches. Less rounded or full in general.
Less yeast characteristics which added body and complexity. Love it still but not as much from the keg.
Aroma: ripe pineapple, alcohol, pine, citrus hops
Appearance, crystal clear orange/amber, tiny bubbles
Taste: Malt back bones carriers the agressive pine pine resin and tropical/citrus hops. On the back of the tongue a cheesy yeast comes out late.
Palate: Alcohol and spicy hops attach front of the tongue early and dry/cool it late with a long astringent finish...even though my mouth is pretty much coated with the sugars.
Really love this one and wish I could get it in NYC more easily.
Travlr (9819) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Black Squirrel’s new downstairs bar. Dregs. Very nice pineapple aroma and flavor with some pine overlay. Nice.