Drake (7945) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottles from State Line Liquors. Pours a clear amber color with a thin white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of herbal and melon hop notes with a burnt popcorn note. The taste is bitter resin hops, some citrus, candied citrus. Pale malts. Medium bodied, very bitter, lingering bitterness.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle: Pours a clear bright orange with a spotty-lacing white head. Has a fresh resinous hoppy nose with some sweet toasty caramel maltiness. Starts with more sweet light caramel maltiness quickly giving way to strong resinous bitterness before a drier lingering bittersweet finish. Lots of juicy hop flavor and bitter balance throughout. True to style and fairly drinkable.
obguthr (3437) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Boozy, light peach aroma. Clear amber, medium head, good lace. Overripe orange. Mild biscuit finish.
Butters (3684) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Danís after Top of the Hops tasting. Clear golden pour with ring of white head. Nose is semi-clean and piney. Has a íhotí fusel note on the nose that distracts. Flavor of honey and piney, resinous hops. Very lingering bitterness . Tastes ígreení. I didnít think I liked chinook that much, but this is pretty tasty.
mansquito (3107) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black Squirrel, DC tap ($9): Pours a light amber with a white head. Aroma is grapefruit and pine. Taste is rather hoppy and bitter, but the aftertaste is not too crazy, but pleasant. I let this one warm up a bunch and its complexity came out to a greater degree. Body was nice. A very good DIPA, but it didnít really differentiate itself that much.
jcos (1442) - Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location/Date:Bottle on September 19, 2012.
Appearance: Pours a nice cloudy orange with faint white head.
Aroma: Nice amount of grapefruit in the nose.
Taste: Medium bitterness, faint pine, grapefruit, nice balance.
Palate:Medium, smooth, an aftertaste but one that isnít around forever.
Summary: Iíd have to look at my ratings of the others in this series, but I really enjoyed this. Hoppy but not overbearing, well made.
scottw86 (1068) - Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear light honey color with a thin white head. Aroma is very hoppy with grapefruit, apricots, and pine. Taste is full bodied and well balanced. Good malty flavors with grapefruit and citrus to balance it out. Slightly on the sweet side and a tad creamy/thick. Finish is mostly hoppy with some resin and pine. Good.
altonbrownd (4615) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Wildeman. Hazy orange body with slight head. Strong hoppy nose. Taste of lots of hops, really nice, also some chocolate and maltier notes in there. High ABV is very well hidden. Very good beer all around.
PotjeBier (1419) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ In De Wildeman. Yellow golden color, slightly hazy. Dense off white head. Aromaís of sweet malts, toffee, sweet/tropical fruit (apricot/peach). Some resinous hoppiness comes retronasal, as well as alcohol. Flavor is rather sweet with a touch of bitter. Medium bodied. Finishes with a short medium bitterness. A bit disappointing, but maybe this was a bit too old already?
GSH1976 (194) - Delaware, USA - SEP 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear, golden color with some white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is mainly hops with aromas of citrus (grapefruit) and pine. I am not noticing much in the way of malt. Taste is what one would expect from the aroma. The bitterness is there but not overwhelming and the sweetness is subdued. Overall the beer is clean and crisp with a body that is light for the style but it works. The alcohol is hidden very well and I would never expect the abv was 10%. That is not the case with many of the high abv beers I have had from Flying Dog which in my opinion did not mask the alcohol well at all. I have been underwhelmed by most offerings from this brewery but this beer is excellent and I look forward to purchasing it again.