kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle via Secret Santa Summer 2009-Pours a hazy amber with a huge off white head. Nose is citrus and pine. Taste is sweet malts, then grapefruit, pine, then grapefruit, pine, orange rind, grapefruit and pine. In that order!!
Finish is dry, metallic aftertaste, carbonation is moderate. Body is light/medium.
rdelljh (155) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It had good flavor and hints of citrus. Good aroma. But I cant handle that many IBUs. So it gets a 2.6 in my book.
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2009 Pours lighter than the Centennial. 2% avb stronger than their Centennial IPA but just as good. Smells oh so good with all the citrus family present in the nose and flavor. A bit of sweet biscuit also present, this and the higher avb were the only aspects I could detect that were different from the Centennial. Very sessionable but be wary of that high avb!
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy honey blonde with a single finger of white head. The head thins very quickly and makes attempts at sheets of lacing.
A strange nose, dominated by grapefruit, winning the battle over floral hops. Flavor is also a bit different than your average IPA, with lots of sugary sweetness, acidic citrus, and a lightly-roasted malt to balance out the hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and coats the tongue with a bitter piney finish.
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Original review date 2/11/2009...Into my Portsmouth snifter.
Good lemon honey color with a little carbonation and haze. Single-finger head leaves decent lacing.
Nice grapefruit quality and scent here...just Centennial or something more? Very very bountiful with light malt butterscotch sweetness. Slightly carbonated alcohol burn.
DAMN...thatís a straight-edged bitterness to it. Citrus taste emerges with warmth but itís more of a grapefruit rind than the pulp. Carbonation takes the citrus and the alcohol, íroids them both up to give a bit of a burn. Malt sweetness is in the back but it cuts the edge a bit.
As mentioned, the carbonation harshness gives this shark its bite. That Imperial IPA high-gravity sweetness is a saving grace, albeit a mild one. Still, lighter finish than expected.
Because this finishes up lightly it goes down pretty nicely. While thereís an alcohol burn it doesnít translate into huge residual sugar and weight to the palate so it doesnít come off as thick. Nicely done.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle poured amber with a small head. Nice strong hoppy flavor with a lasting finish.
cdpike (5) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2009 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a bright golden orange with a modest, fine foam. Nose is HUGE of big citrus hops, among some of the most Iíve ever experienced. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, although shy of syrupy--any more so and I think it would be a bit much (but itís not). Big bodied, and big citrus flavor with hints of pine, spice, but tons of grapefruit. Very bitter finish in a really happy way. BIG double IPA but super drinkable as far as such a big double IPA can be. This is a really awesome beer. Go Michigan brew!
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 (534) - 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.