Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2009
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
This is the ’09 version.
Aroma- Body Odor? Could be a mix of DMS and an earthy hop aroma.
Appearance- Decent clarity, orange in color. Off-white, creamy head.
Flavor- Wow, it even tastes a little like B.O. up front... off-putting at best. Crazy hop bitterness. Not a lot of sweetness, some tartness, and lots of bitterness. The hops come across as hot and spicy to me. There’s not very much malt to balance this hop bomb.
Palate- Hot! mostly from hop bitterness, but the alcohol is hot also. Pretty dry.
Overall Impression- I’m pretty disapointed. The hop bitterness is humongous and overwhelming. There isn’t a lot of body and no malt flavor to speak of. I’m also not sure why it smells and tastes a little like Body odor.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Really orange in the glass - virtually no head. First several tastes were pleasant and citrusy, decent balance of hops and bitter. As it warmed, it became overly bitter and syrupy (brother in law had a sip and likened it to chewing on freshly cut pine boards - no idea if he’s actually done that, but he’s spent enough time sawing pine that i wouldn’t put it past him).
DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the Downtown "Brew Pub" poured into Pint glass.
Pours a bright orange with a finger of white head that seems sticky. Aroma is faint but primarily of sweet malts, bitter hops, and maybe some orange peel? Flavor is kind of watery upfront and lingers with a citrus hoppiness that turns bitter rather quickly. Very interesting not saying that I enjoy it all that much. Its medium bodied and very sticky. Its a decent beer but there are definitely better options from Full Sail. I did enjoy the on-tap tasting better than out of the bottle.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap, Falling Rock. My only misstep of the night in terms of tap selection. But I see so few Double IPA’s in Ontario that I have to order them when I am traveling! Looks good - syrupy looking orange with a small white head. Aroma is very malty with an almost artificial sweetness. Taste is really syrupy - hop juice territory except the sweet sticky malt dominates and it tastes really plastic fruity. Odd. The sweetness hid the likely bunch load of hops in here. Pretty disappointing.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Sparky27 for this bomber. Pours clear orange with white head. Aroma is malty, pine, caramel and some hops. Flavor is malty with some tartness and pine and caramel. Missing big hop punch you expect from a double. Decent ale just not a good DIPA.
markwise (5081) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks fishingnet for the share. Pours clear orange with a tiny white head. Nose is malt, tart pine hops, some caramel, and a bit of acetone. Flavor is sweet with pieces of caramel, some sweetness, but a bit of piney hops. I agree with sebletitje: drinkable, but not awesome.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours burnt orange. Thin head. Sweet flowery hop nose, some citrus. Overly bitter taste dominated by lemony citrus flavors.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of fishingnet. Pours a dark amber/orange color with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with some sweetness and notes of spice, strong petro-chemicals, ripe apricots, some hints of caramel and honey. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of overripe apricots, floral hops, some faint sweetness and spice. Generally light to medium body with a floral hop finish.
sebletitje (8602) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
courtesy of fishingnet.
Pours copper, thin white head.
Aroma fresh hops.
Taste, hoppy, with a tingly spicy-bitter mouthfeel.
Drinkable, not something that stands out.
glennmastrange (2564) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2009 Bottle. Moderate roasted note for the malt, moderate to heavy orange peel for the hops, light broth for the yeast and background notes of peach and pepper. Head is thin, wispy, white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is sparkling clear amber/orange. Flavor starts moderately acidic and finishes moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, watery, has a lively carbonation and finishes lightly dry. Could’ve used a little sweetness to balance the hops, but mostly a well crafted DIPA.