DesertDevil (496) - Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the 8th St. brewery. The aroma is very sweet with fresh-cut orange, a wet garden, heavy caramel and kilned malt, and is capped by a resiny hop flourish. Great clear deep orange color with a brief white head. Delicious sweet orange flavor with a solid malt background joined by a slight wildflower tone and a mild floral hop finish. Medium body. When fresh, this double IPA is a must-have.
Ferris (3804) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Fresh grapefruit and a nice sweetness. Clear gold with a rich white head. Grapefruit and some tropical fruit. Bitterness is well balanced but no real malt profile.
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally get to try this after missing the last several releases. Eagerly consumed the 9.5% elixir on tap at the Wilson St. location. It was poured into a room temperature aroma killing half pint where it exhibited a nice re-assuring looking semi opaque hop hazed body that is has deep gold hues and supporting a white head of foam that leaves behind some sheet lacing. The aroma offers up a modest degree of resiny pine hops and a mild malt sweetened citrus grapefruit like note that seems to be sandwiched between the mild maltiness and pine hops. The taste is thick and robust and inviting sticky resiny pine sap that gets an initial wedge of citrus hops squeezed in there. The robust resiny hops fade into malt sweetened citrus hop flavor and a touch of caramel malts. It is interesting how the thick sticky resiny hops fade linearly into a mild bitterness into the finish. Solid IIPA with sink your teeth into it chewy big body resiny pine hop goodness. The only knock is that bit of caramel malts I was getting that gets in the way of the great hoppiness a bit.
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
AZ Strong Beer Festival. Nice citrus aroma. Good blend of hop flavor, finishing with a bit of alcohol. Good.
bigbeersrule (113) - USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich beer, more malty than hoppy. Rich gold golor bordering on amber. Certainly not the best double IPA around but very drinkable and a good change up from their regular offerings.
malrubius (1676) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap in Scottsdale. Clear golden copper with ring. Sweet grapefruit and pine and floral aromas. Sweet juicy peach with with juicy citrus and pine and some floral medium bitter finish. Quite sweet but not necessarily off balance. Very good.
arondee (557) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Four Peaks in Scottsdale on 8/23/2012. 10 oz pour (I hate when they do that). Nice and clear appearance, golden orange color with a small white head. Aroma is resin, piney hops, orange peel delicious. The taste is surprisingly light considering the ABV. Not thick and sweet like I was expecting. It tastes a lot like Hop Knot to be honest. I had them back to back and there wasn’t much of a difference to me. It’s like 1.5 Hop Knot instead of double :). But I love hop knot so I loved this.
Sublym (78) - Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2012 Ok hop knot kicks ass, why wouldnt double knot? Well double knot fukin rules, a deep golden color, strong hoppy taste, and higher abv. The highet abv not noticble until you drink a few, then watch the fuk out. Great beer. Fuk ya.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on tap at Four Peaks Tempe; July 2012,br>
Arrives from the tap with a frothy, light tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, hint of red tinged, bright copper color. The nose is pungently hoppy with aromas of huge lychee, pineapple, herbal citrus oil, lots of concentrated tangelo zest. Supporting notes of crushed pale malt, whole grain crackers, and perhaps some warming alcohol as the beer warms up.
Fairly dry, aggressively hoppy, with a bit biting hop bitterness, a linger herbal and pine hop character, as well as a dominant hop fruit character that contributes flavors of lychee, and more citrus than was noticeable in the aroma. This has a nice carbonic bite and some prickly carbonation to it that helps to lighten the body; truthfully though, the body is light enough for a beer this big; it is viscous and has a certain palate presence, but it is actually still light enough to be refreshing (assuming you like scathing hops in your beer). Linger flavors of Curacao orange zest, guava, floral peach, citrus pepper, and hints of malt that leans towards pale crackers, and perhaps a hint of honey like malt sweetness. There is just enough hop character here to carry the hops, it is quite subtle, but I like that there is enough residual malt character that lots of the hop fruit flavors come through. The hop character has a touch of dank herbaceous character to it, but the sharper notes lean more towards pine, green herbs, slight menthol, peppery herbal notes, and lots of scathing bitterness. The alcohol is held fairly well in check, it does add some warming and a touch of oral nasal fumes as the beer warms up.
Definitely quite nice; it certainly fits the bill for a quality, tasty, Double IPA. I really like that this drinks quite light; which helps makes this refreshing in the hot warehouse that is the Four Peaks Tempe location. Through the roof, scathingly hoppy, yet not harsh or out of balance (at least if you are a certifiable hop-head).
JPDurden24 (1563) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Four Peaks, 2012 edition. Orange and gold pour with a white head served In snifter. This hoppy beer has some nice fruit notes and caramel malts...hop knot x 2 it is and a nice hop bomb.