chicowv (477) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle: Pours a bright but cloudy orange with a moderate white head and adequate carbonation. Aroma is balanced with no major scents overbearing. Taste is also balanced and fairly malty for an IIPA. Palate was dry and finished a little sour. Decent brew but not the most interesting.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, Earth, malt, light pine, slight resin, and citrus.
Poured amber/orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, very dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Hazy. Very sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, Earth, citrus, light pine, slight resin, and some wood. Medium body. Tingly, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Hop, malt, citrus, slight resin finish is lightly dry. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice deep yellow gold color. Big firm head. Nice hoppy nose, citrus and pine and straw. Very crisp clean floral attack, clean dry finish. Yumm!
iowaherkeye (2700) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz, bomber, Brewmaster Reserve 2011, $5.25 at New Beer Distributors. Hazy medium orange with a small off-white head, down to a ring quickly. Smells pretty bitter, but underneath there’s some orange and citrus hops first, spicy ones second, a little roses behind. Flavor has the same citrus with some light caramel malt sweetness. Dry finish, bitterness peaked at a 7. Light carbonation with a medium full body. Not too bad, but I wonder the age on this. That said, dunno how much it’d improve, as the hops don’t necessarily seem oxidized and old, just doesn’t seem loaded with the aroma hops (or dry hops), as the deScription claims.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber. Pours amber with a thin, off-white head. Nose is of peaches. Taste is peach, but a bit too out of balance. Needed more caramel malt to balance. Mouthfeel was medium-thin and bitter. Decent.
kidmartinek (3985) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich cloudy apricot color. Very small off-white head. Strong citrus and piny hop aroma. A littlebeer danky. Crisp smooth cool flavor. Strong and hoppy but balanced and not offensive. Small warming finish with an acute and mellow bitterness.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden pour topped by a thick sticky white head. The aroma is slightly dank with a touch of soft citrus as well. Significant malt aroma underneath but the hops definitely dominate. A bit of caramel malt through the middle. A little bit of zesty spiciness in addition to the light citrus notes. A little bit of pine as well, but this is a light backnote. The citra is definitely there in the aroma, but the flavour leans more toward orange. It’s a tasty brew, but something about the hop mix in this one doesn’t quite work for me.
Headbanger (3556) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle 9/19/11 (Davidson’s Liquor)-46° in Snifter-Pours a clear orangish amber with a small white head. Aroma of hops, pine, citrus, and malt. Taste of malt, caramel, biscuit, and hops. Fits the deScription exactly. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and is a bargain at only $3.99 a bottle.
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright and bold double IPA with strong edges. Nose is malty-sweet and citrusy. Texture is full-bodied and smooth. Hop side has lots of citrus, pine and grass, and it finishes with herbal aromas and a grapefruit-rind bitterness. Malt side is subdued and toasty, with just a mild amount of sweetness (caramel and honey). Aftertaste has a snappy, citric bite, along with a healthy amount of bitterness. Solid double IPA, but I prefer bigger hop aromas with slightly less bitterness and a pinch more sweetness.
JoeTheYounger (1171) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Piney citrus and sweet fruits. Bitter and crisp taste with some citrus notes. Pretty good but feel like its missing something.