sherm1016 (1053) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Downer Wine and Spirits. Pours a deep amber hue with a white head and some lacing. Aroma is hoppy, some pine, some citrus, orange, a little bread. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, loads of caramel, nutty, bready, some orange citrus hops, with a light bitter finish. Nicely balanced.
Finhead (1111) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy, copper-amber pour with an off-white head. The aroma has orange, grapefruit, and pine. It has a medium body with slightly oily texture and lively carbonation. The taste is bitter with a more bittersweet, dry finish.
fcjack1 (105) - Washington, USA - APR 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a golden amber color. Thin white head. Scent of floral hops. Taste is hoppy and crisp. Citrus and hops linger for a bit. I like it!
17thfloor (2428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m already partial to this one because I REALLY want the Imperial IPA they used to make to come back... this isn’t it but has some similar characteristics. Flavor and aroma both dominated by green pine... would never have guessed Citra without being told... but I can get a bit of the onion/citrus fruit on the flavor now knowing. Very well done.... not my particular tastes, but well done GI.
wheresyourball (445) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with cool Frank Lloyd Wright label. Pours amber with a beige head. Nose is strong floral and hoppy scents. Taste reminds me of a Stone beer - very bitter, primarily with bitter hops and just a mildly sweet finish. Medium body. Pretty disappointed in this one - not well balanced.
nimbleprop (4196) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours a clear, dark orange with some clumpy, white head. Nose is heavy on the soap, heavy pine needle, some caramel, a little candlewax, some honey comb, blood orange. Flavor is the same, bitter blood orange, grapefruit peel, honey comb, soap and pine. Full bodied, bitter finish. Sticky too.
GreggK25 (26) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours orangish golden with a big white head nice carbonation and lots of thick lacing. Nose is sweet and bright. Citrus, pine, juniper, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, grass, a slight barnyard funk and a bit of bread in the background. Taste is reflective of the 95 IBU without being bitterly resiny. Lots of citrusy hops and fruit. Peach, nectarine, pineapple, mango, lemon curd, toast, chamomile, sweet malt, spruce, white pepper and loads of juicy fresh hops. Medium bodied with fine bubbly carbonation. Left a bit to be desired on the back with an almost sticky back of the tongue. I got a weird throat coat that really turned me off. Decent length with a bit of spice to it. I really enjoyed this and considered it a pretty solid Imperial IPA until I swallowed it.
cbfobes (2152) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, bottled on March 27th, just arrived in Madison, pours a clear amber gold with a thick white head and tons of lacing, little bubbles through out, nice looking bier, aroma has a little bit of citrus on the nose with some fruit coming through as well, the flavor has a bitter front end with a little bit of pine and fruit in the finish, still dry through out though, kind of different, good thing is the 9% isn’t tasted at all, not bad I suppose.
rlgk (9387) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Goose Island Clybourne, Chicago. Clear golden/orange beer with a nice lasting offwhite head. Hoppy pine apple aroma, grassy, mango, oranges, peach, passion fruit, citrus, caramel notes, biscuits, lemongrass, some hay. Hoppy floral flavor, grassy, biscuits, pine apples, raisins, peach, passion fruit, some lemongrass. Very nice beer.
fitwitchik (173) - USA - APR 11, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap to my growler to my home into a pint glass golden orange with a HUGE head.
Aroma of tropical fruit pineapple & some orange. Some minor pine going on here as well. Know this is going to be good!
Flavor is incredible. Smooth sweet hoppiness so well balanced. No overkill on any one component of this brews profile. Exceptional season by GI which I look forward to each year. Yummo!!!