Tmoney99 (9969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample. Poured clear amber color with an average to large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy resin eathy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bitter finish of moderate to long duration. This beer exceeded my expectations and a standout for this brewer.
daknole (8329) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice pour at the AZ strong beer ferst. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Good honey notes, citrus and floral hops and come biscuity notes too. Flavor is sweet and balanced by some floral and earthy hops. Well done. Very nice.
Ibrew2or3 (6438) - 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.
FlacoAlto (3737) - 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).
alexanderj (3264) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tp; poured a orange amber color with not much head. Aroma of caramel, sugar, flowers, fruit, flowers. Flavor was strong and alcohol. Earth, flowers, fruit, caramel and alcohol.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap in tempe 2/8/2010.
pours the color of crystal clear freshly pressed apple juice. it is topped by a sizable off white head which fades to a film leaving behind random splotches of foam.
intensely hoppy nose... amped up hop knot (imagine that!)... pineapple, pine, grapefruit, onions, flowers, peaches, caramel and a bunch of spice. i want to keep sniffing it!
the flavor is more of the same.... my kind of double ipa!... all hop with little malty sweetness to get in the way... pineapple, pine, grapefruit , faint caramel, cinnamon-y earthy british style hops, grass, flowers, skunky onions, apricots and a light bitterness on the finish.
the body is medium though thin when compared to its sugary brethren. it is insanely quaffable given the spicy numbing and prickliness on the tongue .
wow, we finally have a winner! 9/3/8.5/5/18/4.4
BOLTZ7555 (2656) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled @ Scottsdale location. Vibrant golden tangerine pour with a white cotton head that left clumps of foam hanging to the inside of the glass. Aroma is bright and floral with orange rind, grapefruit pith, and lemon zest. Flavor combines citrus with honey-baked biscuit. Nice combination of resinous hops and subtle caramel malt. This is definitely Hop Knot on steroids. Really nice beer.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Man first time vistied this place with out wife. Little stange sitting at the bar. Had a good citrus nose for aroma. Polished copper body with decent head. Flavorfull double ipa with good citrus flavor and malt I thought was little thin and the good cool and crisp thin g for the palte was good for me. Good brew.
dcschiller (2200) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draught at Papago). Pous copper color with white head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Taste is bitter with very little sweetness, yet itís not overpowering and quite nicely balanced. Lighter bodied-if possible for a DIPA. Finish is bitter, but pleasant. Overall, a really nice beer.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the 2010 AZ Strong Beer Festival. Pours clear dark gold with a nice white head. The nose is ripe citrus and caramel malt. The taste follows suit with a nice tart hop finish. Medium mouthfeel. Good DIPA.