BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured pale yellow with a white head. Pine hops and grapefruit aroma. Alcohol burn right up front, but it mellows as you go along. Sweet to start with some grapefruit and malt and the bitterness becomes more apparent as it warms. I am not usually a big fan of IPA’s, but this one is very good.
taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent from beginning to end. Picked up for $10/4pk in KY. Strong hop aroma. Pours amber with decent head. Long finish. Excellent brew.
Suttree (5338) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light gold, woth a greenish (?) tint. Thin foamy head. Very nice hop dominated aroma, as one might expect. Woodsy, resiny hop dominate the flavor, with just a hint of sweetness to balance it out. Very tasty.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, courtesy northernbrews. Pours a very lightly hazy, glowing golden-orange color. A dense, frothy, off-white head lasts for a good while, leaving sticky swaths of honeycomb lacing behind. The nose gives off a big toffee malt base, with grainy wheat underpinnings and traces of honey. Big lemon and grapefruit bitterness is accompanied by some floral, orange blossom notes. The flavor is a little boozy, with alcohol cutting through the toffee and getting in the way of the huge floral-citrus hops. Lightly peppery on the finish, with lingering citrus bitterness. The palate is big and well carbonated, but boozy and somewhat astringent. I’ve read about the comparisons or assumed "rivalry" between this beer and Hopslam. To me, they’re not even in the same league. Hopslam destoys this beer.
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy golden color with a thick 1 finger head. Wonderful hoppy nose. Very hoppy with a subdued malt backbone. The 9.4% abv is hidden VERY well. Nice Brussels lace all the way down the glass. An excellent double IPA.
VAAC (86) - Middlebury, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very citrus-y in both aroma and flavor, very much reminded me of grapefruit.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at McMenamins. Pale golden beer with a thick white head. Aroma is loaded with bright, resiny citrusy hops. Clean and bright and fresh. Very light pale maltiness with almost no sweetness to speak of. Loads of fresh lemon/orange citrus hops. Long resiny finish. Like sucking on pine cones… really lovely IIPA.
GT2 (9060) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 mL into snifter. Pours a translucent gold with a modest white head. Nice clingy lacing. Huge aroma of ruby red grapefruit, citrus hops, floral hops, some pine. Taste is insane grapefruit like straight up fresh grapefruit juice with some spicy hops, sweet caramel, with some lemon peel and orange blossom honey. Some spicy warming alcohol and white pepper in the finish. Very good.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy gold with a small almost white head. Hop forward aroma with sweet grapefruit. Like candied fruit slices. Some grass and pine as well. Light bready malt underneath. The flavor is less sweet than I thought from the aroma. Malty with a mild toastiness to it. Dry finish with a growing bitterness. Medium bodied and warming.
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured hazy gold with fluffy off white head. Big aroma of floral hops. Lots of tangy hop flavor. Some citrus with lots of alcohol in the finish. Dry finish.