Heathen (1463) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: Nearly a very hoppy barley wine. Suppressed the alcohol fairly well.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark, reddish amber with a small to average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel malt; light to moderate pine, citrus and metallic hops; brown sugar; maple syrup; and alcohol. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet and moderate to heavily bitter with and average to long duration. There was caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, pine hops, some citrus hops, more pine hops, sugar water, maple syrup and honey. The medium to full body was a bit oily and then dry with lightly fizzy carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish.
TheJester (1873) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 mL bottle from the brewery. Very underrated beer. This is a textbook IIPA. You cannot say that it is balanced, because there is such a high level of bitterness, but this is not a one-dimensional beer. There is a decent alt backbone to stand slightly behind the sweet, citrussy hops. Not an especially pretty beer to look at, but a lovely beer to drink.
phaleslu (6430) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle at Natifest. Pours a clear, bright gold with a white head. Pretty straightforward - citrus fruits, florals, and sweet and pale malts. Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a resinous mouthfeel that finishes dry. Not much to see here.
b3shine (5424) - Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to taster at NatiFest. Bottle says it’s 10%. Looks good; a mostly transparent golden orange with white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells sweet and malty with a fairly bitter hop profile. Tastes like it smells with a fuller-bodied mouthfeel and softer carbonation. Solid, but forgettable.
jtclockwork (8393) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at hotel. St. Louis RBSG. Pours orange gold with white head. Nose/taste of old grapefruit, candy resin, orange peel, caramel malt and dirty earthy citrus. Medium body.
Ferris (4125) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pine, resin and grapefruit. Cloudy orange with a thin white head. Candy malt sweetness and a light piney hop bitterness. Long bitter sweet finish.
kbudd19 (593) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle share from James, golden yellow pour, aroma is malty sweetness, some pine and tropical fruits. Taste, malty sweetness, followed by some hop bitterness, finishes a bit dry. Overall it’s a touch too sweet for me.
Darkmagus82 (1204) - - JUN 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-15-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a lightly hazed amber color with a large billowing off-white head. The head faded slowly over time to give a nice amount of lacing
Smell – A nice sweet citrus aroma mixed with some caramel malt and a nice bready smell; these are the strongest aromas. With these are some lighter floral and pine aromas. Overall quite nice.
Taste – The taste follow the nose very well. It starts of sweet malt and citrus. The bready backbone is initially sweet of caramel and orange hop flavors. As the taste moves on the caramel fades and the citrus changes in nature a bit. The original orange citrus hop turns more toward a bitter grapefruit flavor. At the end of the taste some light earthy and a good dose of pine come to mix with the bread and grapefruit. Overall these leave a bitter sweetness on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – A super creamy body with a lower level of carbonation. The creaminess is fantastic on this brew as it coats the mouth and really allows the flavors to be experienced by the tongue. The lower carbonation only allows this to occur more and overall create a great mouthfeel.
Overall – This is a nice double IPA. Its flavors aren’t as strong as some and the transitions not quite as smooth, it does have a very nice mouthfeel and smell. A good brew to try if you get the chance.
njager246 (343) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2014
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
In a bottle, aroma is awful. . Resin with some hops, taste is a bit better, but still not fantastic... not a very good showing for the style... let this one rest
ttutony (654) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color in the glass. Strong resin hop aroma. Quite bitter on the palate, but the alcohol integrates well.
smith4498 (3025) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours clear dark burnt orange color with off white head. Fruity aroma with lots of caramel. Sweet caramel flavor with bitter grapefruit and orange. Medium to full body with syrupy mouthfeel.