rumproasts (3774) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. amber with small head. first, i agree with the other raters who mention that this is more of a barleywine than dipa. medium malt base. rather sweet with bitter hops. some citrus fruitiness comes through. very big beer with plenty of booziness. i wasn’t terribly impressed, but maybe my expectations were unreasonable.
badgerben (4577) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper color with a medium head. Juicy aroma of orange and tangerine. Strong caramel and biscuity grain flavor. Strong bitterness. Full body. Light citrus and fruit from the hops coming through, but the base seems more barley wine than IIPA (not necessarily a bad thing).
Thebullshornbar (74) - Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a pretty textbook Imperial ipa. A medium sweet and slightly sugary body is balanced by pronounced hops. Tropical fruits shine with notes of pineapple and melon, while finishing with a sticky resin. The alcohol is present but blends nicely into the other flavors. Quite nice.
MattyKakes (108) - Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My rating is pretty on point for this gem. And yes, it’s damn good. Hitting a max of 9% , this brew is incredibly smooth. Nice Mellon, citrus scent along with a mouthful of candy resin orange peel. A must have , if you’re going for a strong IPA. Cheers!
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle while visiting Chicago. Pours slightly dark amber. Great half-finger foam head. Aromas are rich of sweet caramel malt, citrusy and dank resinous pine hops. Taste pushes back over into the passion and citrus fruits category. Plenty of late bittering hop flavor to balance. Really good beer.
JaBier (5315) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear amber pour with a thick off-white head. Aroma of malt and piney hop. Sweet malt flavor with pine accents before a bitter grapefruit finish.
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours with a clear golden orange hue with a large fluffy white head. Good lace. Aromas are of are floral, pine, citrusy, a bit of resin and windex. Grassy, somewhat fruity. Moderate sweet. Flavors are very malt forward, toasted, crystal, iced tea. Low hop, citrus, melon. Estery. Floral. Lively carbonation, fuller bodied.
Frank (3270) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
First of all, love the label on this. It is a perfect match for a hoppy beer inspired by Frank Loyd Right. The beer itself is pretty good too. They are selling this as an imperical IPA but it’s really pushing barleywine territory in terms of strength and sweetness. It’s cloudy orange in color w/ a small ring of white lace. This is a very sweet beer w/ tons of hops. The overall impression is that of tangerine zest, a bit of pine and loads and loads of heavy malt sweetness. I suppose what make this an IPA vs. a barleywine is the fact that the finish has an extremely strong earthy bitteress. Upon pouring, I found this to be bot to sweet and too bitter but as it warms, that strong sweetness stops feeling so heavy and starts giving it a warm, mouth-filling quality. There is quite a bit of alcohol in the nose and across the palate which lends an unfortunate medicinal character but that is only slight and doesn’t ruin the experience at all. The finish is drawn out with a sticky smack of sugar that lingers on the tongue. I am kind of curious this hit shelves when it did. It seems like a better choice would be in February when a nice, warming barleywine would really hit the spot.
tderoeck (5870) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/V/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ ThirstyBird’s place - BB: 14/II/14 (2014-455) Thanks to Uli for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark orange beer, big aery yellowish head, little stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: very soapy, floral,c itrus, bit sweet, caramel, malty. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bit sweet, honey, malty, citrus, floral, bit fishy (no really, like fish), weird, spicy touch, little bitter. Aftertaste: soft bitterness, bit soapy, grapefruit, peaches, more soapy.
Pailhead (5450) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate fruit with mango, melon, citrus, pineapple, tropical fruits, and light grapefruit. It pours a transparent amber with a two finger orange-tinted off-white head that has great retention. Eventually it fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is a good amount of soapy webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of mango, tropical fruits, and pineapple. There is a slight touch of caramel in the middle. The finish is moderate-heavily hopped with with good doses of grapefruit and spicy hops. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation a slightly oily mouthfeel.