bhensonb (12023) - 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 (9570) - 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.
mcberko (8443) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a hazy orangey amber with a small beige head. Beautiful aroma of piney and resinous hops, with some floral notes, backed by loads of caramel malt. Flavour of grapefruit peel, citrus hops, cotton candy and loads of caramel malt backing. Finishes slightly sweet and quite bitter with grapefruit. The nose is more appealing to me with its piney notes, whereas the flavour is more sweet and citrusy. Still, great IIPA.
DocLock (8331) - 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.
deyholla (7590) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from a trade, thanks! Pours a clear amber orange with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a strong sweet grain and cookie note with a bit of grassy hops. Flavor begins with a lot of sweet grains and sweet grains and cookies with a bit of pine bitterness in the finish. A bit sweet.
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - 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.
bb (7240) - 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.
marcus (7194) - 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.
after4ever (6500) - 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.
5000 (6300) - 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.