darkguardian (726) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Kevin. Pours a orange color with a creamy white head that sticks around in a foamy ring. Super citrusy and berry like nose. Tons of grapefruit and peach. Some cherry and berry as well. Iíd love to know how they pulled that off! Super clean hop flavor up front with a strong caramel malt backbone. I found in flavor its quite similar to my own DIPA but the aroma is just kickass. Super bitter finish but very clean and not syrupy or resiny. Perfect carbonation and well hidden alcohol. This is a fantastic DIPA.
brigg (529) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2011 (bottle) A hazy, orange-golden beer with a small, creamy white head. Aroma has lots of fruit, in the following order: mango, peach, pineapple, orange/grapefruit - with sweet malt and mild pine hops, and a bit of spice. Flavor has pronounced but smooth hop bitterness; not overpowering, but clean and refreshing; a pure hop flavor but without the really bitting bitterness. But the bitterness is long in the finish, and the bitterness gets stronger as the sweetness fades in the aftertaste. Medium to full bodied and chewy, with some soft carbonation.
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at founders. Pours a golden color. Aroma of hops. Lots of hops in the taste here. I had this following a Devil Dancer so the hops might not have seemed as strong to me as they actually were. Pretty damn good beer.
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from jessup plaza. Poured a golden color with a hige white head. Aroma is sweet malt and tons of hops. Taste is nice and dry with lots of hops. Hops are balanced with malt sweetness. Great.
ManvsCity (183) - Redmond, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Honey golden pour with a quarter inch of head that quickly fades. Mild citrus and herbal hops aroma with faint toasty malts. A rich, woody bitterness to the taste with a fair amount of caramelized sugars. The alcohol definitely makes its way through, but is not too heavy.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Gold with a smaller white head. Fresh hoppy aroma with lots of grapefruit and pineapple notes. Looks good so far. The flavor is surprisingly dry, with lots of bitter grapefruit, some lighter pineapple, and a very light alcohol warmth. Not too heavy in the mouth with small and prickly bubbles. Iím digging the tropical and dry feel that this has.
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy SamGamgee. Pours hazy orange-goldenrod with a filmy white head. Literally smells like freshly poured grapefruit juice. I canít pick out any other notes, just Welchís grapefruit juice. Flavor is similar but with some orange juice notes too. Finish is slightly resinous and herbal, with only a modest tinge of bitterness. Dry on the palate with no trace of the big alcohol content.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is absolutely my favorite IPA right now, if not my favorite beer. This stuff is liquid gold! The flavor is a wonderfully complex hopiness that is sure to please. Founders just showed up here in Richmond, and I couldnít be happier with their beers.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Incredible label. The beer leaned a little to much to the hop side, but not unbearably so. Actually quite nice for being this hop heavy. It hid alcohol fairly well. Nice, but nothing too distinctive.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy, dark yellow to light orange that was fairly light for a DIPA. It also had a small, off-white head that mostly diminished, but left excellent lacing. The aroma was light to moderate caramel malt; and moderate to heavy grapefruit hops, a little more orange hops, lighter resinous hops, a slight lemon hops. The initial flavor was fairly sweet, lightly acidic and slightly bitter; while the finish was very sweet and bitter with a long duration that was only average for the style. There was caramel malt and citrus hops (orange, lemon and grapefruit). The medium to full body was a little syrupy then sort of dry with fizzy carbonation and a lightly alcoholic and slightly metallic finish.
kramer (5256) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a large 2 finger frothy white head, lots of visible carbonation. Nice fresh floral and citrusy hop nose with some sweet pale and toasty malts. Very well balanced for a DIPA. The flavor is very hoppy without being overdone with bitterness, fairly thick bready malt base. Again, itís just nicely balanced. A little warmth, but the alcohol isnít overpowering either. Mouthfeel is fairly thick with just a bit of doughy clinginess on the finish. Soft gentle carbonation. Overall a pretty nice effort, one of my favorites from Founders.