bhensonb (8998) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours clear darkish copper with a small beige head. Mixed aromas of citrus and light pitted fruits. Near full bodied. Flavor is very fruity, pitted fruits, grapefruit rind, with a hint of resin, and I think even floral. There’s a lot of stuff in this one. There is detectable malt, but that’s a necessary thing to hold up so much hop. I’ve had more hop burn than this, but this does burn. As for it being towards English, our cousins would likely run in terror from this one.
hopdog (7657) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Poured a hazy amber color with an off white head. Aromas of citrus, toast, floral, and some caramel. Tastes of citrus, caramel, and floral hops. Alcohol content well hidden with the body a tad on the thin side.
DocLock (6800) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours turbid orangy copper with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is fruity, hoppy, piney, with a big caramel malt bill. Tastes bitter and hoppy, resiny and piney, with caramel malt, some peppery notes, and pineapple. Stays bitter and astringent.
bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a dark cream colored head. Light malt and light pine aroma. Pine and earth flavor with malt and light grapefruit. Medium bodied. Decent bitterness. Pine and earth lingers with malt.
Ibrew2or3 (5777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber, courtesy of a sweet ass trade with pjdipes, pours with a clear deep copper body supporting a modest tan head of foam. The aroma offers up a brief whiff of citrus before sticky pine sap hops and wet cold fir tree take over amid a smooth smattering of malts. The taste seems a bit barleywine like and I’m liking in that it seems to have robust pine hops that are blunted either by a bit of age or maltiness yet remain thick and vibrant from front to back. Between the big bold, yet somehow smooth, pine hops and a nice fir tree sensation there are snippets of various citrus hop notes sweetened up just a tad by the malts. As I consume my way beyond midway it starts to pick up a spicy cedar wood like sensation along with everything else. I’m liking this one. It blurs the line, for me, between American barleywines and IIPA. It seems like, if memory serves, a little cousin of Founder’s Devil Dancer.
Glouglouburp (5572) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A very brutally harsh IPA
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh a few weeks after receiving it from mcberko, thanks a lot Matt
The look: Partly cloudy golden-rust body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is unmistakably American IPA, my god the fruity resinous american hops come out strong in this one, along with some alcohol fumes. Taste has a decent sweet caramelized malts body. I can feel there is a good amount of sweetness here but it is quickly crushed by the violent fruity resinous bitterness and alcohol bite. This beer is a true palate destroyer, I could still taste it minutes after each sip. There is an alcohol bite but mostly the bitterness is so over-the-top that it almost completely hides the alcohol. The after taste is a thick coat of hops resin sticking to the back of your mouth. I’m a hophead so I can enjoy a beer like this. To call this beer brutal is almost an understatement. A bit too harsh for my taste nowadays, some years ago when I was just getting into craftbeer I used to like harshly bitter IPAs, but not anymore, and this is sad, this is sad because I used to be younger.
riversideAK (5413) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrus, pepper, pine, caramel, pale malts. Big malt bill, rather sweet smelling, balanced, some light alcohol in there as well. Pours amber, moderate lasting head and lace. The flavor is a big malt bill - caramel, dough, some marmelade, citrus, pepper, earthy bitterness. Some residual sugar sweetness and alcohol. Big bodied, balanced for the ABV, well done but not in my style range for iipa.
after4ever (5292) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Uber. Pours a slightly hazy burnished medium amber with a light scattering of whitish head. Pleasant sweet pink grapefruit nose showing caramel as well. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toast, caramel, and pink grapefruit on the mid palate. Crisp finish. Not bad, but certainly on the restrained side.
marcus (5011) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pours dark amber with a nice beige head and a citrus and toffee aroma. There is a bitter caramel malt flavor with some toffee and a sharp citric finish.
5000 (4974) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Burnt orange in color, moderate off-white head, frothy, spotty lacing.   Citrusy, resin, pine, and pith on the nose.   Hmm, on the tongue its not as bitter or biting as I would have thought based on the nose.
Moderate bitterness, lots of pith and citrus peel.   A little alcoholic on the backside, but not too much.   Moderate malt base.   Feels bigger than your normal IPA, but to me not quite in the 2xIPA territory.   At
least its not a simple hop bomb.   Enjoyable, even if not all the way there.