jrob21 (2705) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At this point it looks like a nice brandy in my glass. I’m almost done and the alcohol on this is surprisingly sneaky. Aromas of sweet caramel and a slightly piney hop smell as well. Taste is smooth, bitter on the backside and leaves a nice sugary taste when all else is done. I swear I got tastes of strawberries at first. That gave way to a more intense plum and raisin flavor. Very enjoyable here. Thank you sir.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of artusory (?). Thanks, Ryan (I think)! Pours a cloudy, orangish-brown color; minimal off-white head. Enormous, hoppy grapefruit and earthy aroma; resiny and concentrated. Full, chewy mouthfeel: hides its alcohol; plenty of grapefruit and orange hops, balanced out by a firm maple syrup / candy sugar malt backbone; huge hop presence; very dense and flavorful, to the point of being a bit much. Lengthy, citrus hop and malty finish.
mrjames (21) - Clinton Twp, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Strong floral and citrus hop aromas. very stong hop profile and very sweet malt profile. Tremendous flavor but not much balance as the sweet and the bitter hit you at different times.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is exceedingly bitter, even by DIPA standards. Nonetheless, it tastes quite good (assuming you like bitter) and is very drinkable for a beer with such a high ABV. Recommended.
This beer poured a-not-too-shiny copper red with a good amount of head which quickly faded to a thin lace. Aroma is quite hoppy and sweet...the hops smell almost caramel-y. Flavor is highly bitter and astringent...you taste the bitterness in the front of your tongue, and you feel it in the back of your throat. This beer is quite dry and crisp and masks its 13% ABV quite well. Very drinkable for a DIPA.
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2007 Deep deep copper and uniform color and clear. Hoppy bitterness but overpowered intense, rich, alcohol smoothness. Really nice across the palate, but a bit too much malty and alcohol for my taste (if you get them this high they start getting a little of that poor barleywinish soysauce taste, unless really overpowered by hops). Regardless, certainly solid.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled. Pours copper/amber with a small compact white head. Aroma of hops, alcohol, toasted caramel malts, and citrus. The flavor is bitter, slightly sweet, alcohol is hardly as present compared to the aroma, caramel, toast, and slight fruit.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was fun, but I don’t know if I would do this again. Appearance is rich, dark amber to orange, cloudy, small head. Appearance announces the beer. Nose of hops, hops, hops, flowers, and hops, announces the beer. Taste of malt, hops, hops, hops, hops, malt. So many varietals of hops that it is hard to find a focus other than bitterness and amber malt, with a huge bitter finish. Alcohol is totally hidden but there; like a Sam Adams Imperial Pils, this is a dangerous beer. Did I sense apricot or peach in the flavor, or did I make that up because of the appearance. I like this beer but am not sure what I would do with it. After some thought, easier to work with than a Dog Fish Head 120.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - APR 23, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours witha reddish color and small head. Huge aromas of strawberries and flowers. Flavors of fruit, citrus, honey. Sweet but at the same time bitter and hoppy. The lacoholis well hidden, the beer is not cloying at all. Nonethless this beer packs a punch an you cannot drink much of it. A 12 oz bottle is plenty.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
cludy amber pour with very little head. a swish of the glass left the stickiest, oily looking remnants. you knew what you were getting into. definitely big malt flavors of brown sugar and caramel. the hop flavor was there, but not super prominent thanks to the overabundance of malt. what do you expect from a 13% beer. however, this was very drinkable and very enjoyable. no sign of any alcohol burn .
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Slightly clouded amber with a medium beige head. Aroma is an incredibly earthy hop blast with lots of floral-garden like hops. Taste is a very heavy earthen-mega hop blast that is nearly indescribable - odd at first, but this grew on me in an evil way. Wow - tongue paralyzingly hoppy. Not for every day, but nice when you want some insanely bitter flavors. What the hell food can you match this with?