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?
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Toasted golden body with moderate viscosity and a slow fading dusty white head. Aroma of ethanol fuel, honey tones, light toast, and suprisingly subdued hops. Flavor is medium sweet with firm, but not severe, balancing bitterness. Aromatic hop profile is rather earthy and doesn’t really shine. A big, dense DIPA, or should I say TIPA? Enjoyable... like a concentrated IPA that has faded a bit. New to the local market, so I would expect a fresher bouquet of hops here.
mkgrenwel (598) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Big thanks to beltley78 for sharing this bottle) As jaggedly bitter as a beer can be. Contrasted by a big candy like sweetness. While the malt is sticky, it also has a distinct biscuity dryness keeping it from becoming cloying. Sweet malt blends effortlessly into big floral, citrus hop character. Tangerine. The hop-malt team create a nice cherry flavor as well. The flavors still need time to really mesh and find a way to work together, though. Unfortunately, time will also dull the hops that make this beer as intense as it is. Still, I’d be happy to drink this at any age.