Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Atlanta Cask Ale tasting, 2008. Pours a hazy light amber. Aroma of fresh hop. Simcoe is very present. Taste is also very hoppy and smooth, with plenty of citrus and some pine. A very nice IIPA. Cask may have smoothed this one out. Big hoppy finish.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Armadillo Grill in Wake Forest. Hazy orange pour with a 1-finger white head. Floral and citrusy hop aroma, just a hint of grainy malt as well. Intense hop flavor: citrus, some peach (maybe? I’ve never detected a peach flavor in an ipa before but that’s what I was getting), lots of malt to sort of balance this out, but it’s still a bruiser. Some booze detected as it warmed. Sticky, resinous hops coat your palate as you swallow, leaving citrusy hop goodness lingering long after you’ve swallowed. Top notch IIPA!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap @ bp. served 2 cold. no discernable hop nose. mild hop flavor. too subdued on the hops. all I taste is sweet malt and alcohol. too cold possibly.
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
A dazzling orangey, resinous hop bouquet proliferates into the cushiony caramel maltiness of this nourishing, quintessential Double IPA. Balance and high drinkability are also reached, taking this beer to greater heights in the style’s pantheon, imho.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A blanket of foam protects the cloudy amber shine.
-The finishing citrusy and resinous hop bitterness is as important as the hops found in the flavor profile and aroma; everything’s so elegantly laid out!
-The body is chewy and the carbonation relaxing, creating an excellent, full but lenient mouthfeel.
-Hops also divulge a spruce-like sweetness in their flirting earthiness.
-Oh man, how I need to get to this brewery.
On tap at The Flying Saucer in Charlotte.
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured draft from flying saucer, Raleigh. I recieved it with absolutly no head, very dissapointing. Smelled very hoppy and looked dark amber. Very good bitter citrus taste. Expected more, overall great ipa.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Summertime Brews Festival. Pour: soft amber/orange, lovely. Head: thin, light beige. Aroma: hoppy, floral hops, apricot, citrusy, very hoppy. Flavor: very very hoppy, alcohol, citrus, apricot, alcohol. Palate: smooth. Finish: warm and hoppy.
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared by sliffy. Orange-red pour with a light tan head. Aroma of citrus and caramel malt. Flavors of sweet candied fruit, citrus, light pine and some hot booze. Medium/thick body bittersweet with a bittersweet/hot booze finish.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Barley’s in Asheville. Nice hop bite and sweetness on first taste. Reminds me of Maharaja. Good balance of hops and malt. Solid IIPA.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - OCT 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at 42nd St. Oyster Bar in Raleigh - Poured a coppery amber in color with a fairly foamy off-white head. Some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was hoppy, period. Flavor was fruity with lots of citrus hops. Malt balance was much more evident than in the aroma. Slightly sweet on the finish, just before the hop bitterness kicks in at the end. Really good!
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep copper pour, vizable carbonation full off white head, thick lacing. Aroma is lightly simcoe, a mix of light fruits and another hoppy character I can’t quite place, hints of alcohol. Well coated lightly oily lightly creamy. Sweet flavor, fresh hop flowers, definate simcoe a ton of caramels alcohol in the finish. Good stuff.