jimgraz (11) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is not for everybody. A very different product that manages to interplay heavy malts up front with bittering hops on the back end and nice floral notes throughout.
Drank from a 12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.
It poured a nice copper to red color with a thin, white head that lingered through most of the beer and excellent lacing.
Big, sugary malt backbone moves into citrusy and piny hops. All of the malt and hop flavors are very foward and very potent, though they stay short of a medicinal or syrupy chracter. What was most impressive was that, despite the potent flavors, there was not a harsh aftertaste.
Though some may disagree, I think this finds a unique balance bewteen malts and hops that is worth a try. Very pricey for a store-bougth bottle of beer, though and my wife and I split a bottle as an appertif and were both very pleased with it.
katrinaez (694) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Make sure you eat something before drinking. It tastes gross otherwise. Really nice rich aroma. Hops, sugars, a little boozy. Heavy booze taste but nice hops and flavors. Bottle
lawrencexie (2) - - OCT 6, 2015 does not count
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong, aromatic, spiced, sophisticated and hints of autumn flowers and dry fruits. Hot punching combos on your head. It's not a wise idea to drink it at mid-noon or as breakfast companion, but in terms of the bed-warmer for a decent sleep, certainly it adapted.
Sdaniel90 (572) - Mexico City, MEXICO - OCT 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 355ml. Ruby/orange with a pink hue not unlike the label. Strong caramel roasted and fruity hoppy aroma. Robust bodied with moderate carbonation. Sweet malty base with a crushing hoppy bitter and alcohol finish. Exquisite.
BeerdedDave (965) - - OCT 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
beautiful, clear red color; nice piney, herbal hop aroma with light caramel malt notes; fantastic - piney hops and caramel malts; pretty darn smooth for such a high gravity beer; nice, bitter, piney finish; nice, warm alcohol notes in the finish
dhatton (215) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber body with tan head. Resinous aroma of sweet florals, ripe grapes, light brown sugar, and cinnamon bread. Cloyingly sweet taste with some citrus elements. Somewhat of harsh acetone finish. Good overall, but definitely couldn’t have more than one in any given session.
BillWyce (868) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear copper color with a small, thin bone-colored head that was gone quickly. Citrus hops aroma lies beneath a strong note of toffee malt. Body is full and syrupy with an astringent finish. Flavor is srtongly of citrus hops, with some pine underneath. Solid base of caramel malt.
tekstr1der (173) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Somewhat disappointing. Founders rarely lets me down, but this one was not too great. Pours amber with little head. Alcohol on the nose is not unexpected given the ABV, but dominates unfortunately. I was hoping to get hop-bombed. Bitter taste for sure, but not all in a good way, and very little character. I’ll try it again next year, but glad I only got a single of this overpriced brew.
bartzluke (400) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz pour from chilled bottle into tulip glass. Deep amber, semi-clear, moderate evident carbonation, with a fizzy, bubbly yellow-white head. Intense nose. Herbal, fruity, bitter, resiny, citrus, pine, malt, booze and every other scent hops can produce. Thick and aggressive body. Sticky and pungent. Taste is extreme super bitter, boozy, piney/woodsy. Wow. Comparable to Dogfishhead’s 120 minute. Too much for me, but I definitely respect the intensity.
Crispy34 (486) - Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma is a very resiny hop. Appearance is a slightly hazy bronze with no head. Taste is a sweet hop flavor that fades out fast. Not too boozy. Overall, very good for an iPa this strong.
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Silvan7 (903) - Samarate, ITALY - AUG 21, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ STOUT NYC. giallo ambrato carico, velata, schiuma beige molto fine e persistente. aroma intenso, fruttato, arancia candita, frutta esotica, caramello, liquore, leggermente tostato. gusto dolce quasi amabile l’ingresso, lieve acidità e finale decisamente amaro. fruttato ed erbaceo/resinoso. Calda, non troppo carbonata, corposa, abbastanza rotodna nonostante l’amaro intenso. equilibrata ed armonica