islay (1542) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Clean, spicy aroma features pepper and paprika scents. Yeastier smell than I expected given its relatively clear appearance. Apple juice and white grape juice scents. Pleasant and appetizing aroma. Pours an effervescent, mostly clear but slightly hazy bright gold with a small amount of short-lasting, light-cream-colored head. Effervescent. Limited lacing. Hoppy and dry yet juicy taste features a honey flavor. Sweet and juicy with a spicy, dry, hoppy kick. Tasty but not particularly complex. Medium body. Oily and quite lively in the palate. Good but not great and not outstanding within the style, which is one of my favorites.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle in a brandy snifter. Pours the color of orange marmalade, a nice light gold, with a small white head. The nose isnít as strong as I would have expected, but pretty good all the same. I got notes of citrusy hops (seemingly several different varieties, without one standing out in particular). As I drink more of the beer, notes of crystal malt seem to come though, as well.
The palate is very good, if not outstanding. Lots of resiny hop flavor, along with enough of an ending malt backbone to keep the sample from simply being hop liquid. The bitterness is very smooth, and is present throughout. The finish is not super dry, but is certainly dry enough to make the beer easily quaffable. Overall, a really nice effort that covers all of the essential Double IPA aspects remarkably well.
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a cloudy golden-orange with a thin white head that diminishes rather quickly. Hoppy aroma has hints of tropical fruits, pine and caramel. Flavor has a malty sweetness with a bitter pine finish. Medium body is very complex and well balanced. Refreshing.
ben4321 (4839) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location:12 oz Bottle from RFDs, 5/23/09
(Drank it right after the Founders Centennial IPA)
Aroma: Mostly lemony, some pine, other citrus fruits mixed in, a bit of caramel
Appearance: Nice dark gold color
Flavor: A nice hop bitterness and some sweet malts for balance, long lasting and relatively complex flavor
Palate: A pretty strong mothfeel to this one, lots of body, a little thick
I thought this one was a pretty nice, maybe a drop too heavy/thick for a IIPA, but thatís just me nit picking at a very solid beer.
Goodgrief (1885) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2012 Re-rated Feb. 2012 - On tap at Pinocchioís. I donít know, the descriptors below werenít that far off, but I liked this a lot more now. Grapefruit bomb. Bitter and sweet. I donít know what there is to complain about. (bumped up from 3.7 rating) ORIGINAL RATING - Pour was bright yellow, like a golden pilsner, equipped with a white frothy head. A million little floaties are in suspension in the thick syrupy brew. The aroma is some caramel and a lot of citrus floor cleaner. The flavor is a mixture of grapefruit and pine with a touch of lemon. Really sweet and really, really thick...a little too much for my liking, actually. Only a pretty high level of bitterness makes this drinkable. Itís ok, but a little disappointing given the high average rating and my general respect for the brewer.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden-orange pour producing stringy lacing and a medium sized, lasting white head. Bitter and sticky with a juicy mouth feel. Thereís a very heavy malt body and a lingering bite. Smells of grapefruit and pine, but thereís also some welcoming aromas of peaches, pears, cereal and sugar cookies. Citrus flavor with a heavy pine/spruce taste. Thick doughy malts that provide a nice nuttiness. Itís very floral with a bitter sweetness. Malty, hoppy and deliciously drinkable but at the price it didnít seem to stand out compared to many other alternatives.
malrubius (2136) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 27, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle (1/27/09) in pint glass. Nice hazy pale gold with white head and lace. Powerful sweet citrus lemon pastry fresh hoppy aroma. Fresh mild mellow melon fruitiness with nice sweet bitter hoppy dry finish. Well-disguised alcohol. NIce medium body and good carbo. This is an awesome beer. Hits all the right notes for me.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAY 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gorgeous pur, delicate but firm head. Fragrant, very perfumey nose of orange blossum honey, grapefruit rind, and a certain suggestions of...well, a light petrol. Very complex, even the amaraillo hop nod to fine German Riesling. Stunning palate, a shy entrance is quickly eclipsed by a room full of hop voices. Fragrance expoldes and is reigned in by a firm honey malt and the hops themselves in a dry and lingering hop presence. Sticks to your gums, eyes open at first sniff!
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours hazy yellow/straw colored with a billowing white head with good retention and sudsy lace. Aroma has some honey but is dominated by citrusy (orange) hops along with some piney and floral hops. Flavor includes mostly citrus hops, but with a solidly sweet backing. Balances just a little dry on the finish. Medium mouthfeel, smoothly carbonated and very little alcohol presence. Really solid DIPA; pale version along the lines of Victory Hop Wallop.
DialSquare (3523) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. murky gold pour with a thin soapy off-white head. aroma is burning pine with a bit of citrus. tastes of honey and sweet malts followed quickly by the sharp bitter hops. also flavors of cereal, light spices and vanilla. definitely interesting. the bitterness doesnít overwhelm things like I thought at first glance - itís a good even bite.