Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ar: Roasted caramel, pine, lemon, and grapefruit rind - all at a medium intensity.
Ap: Bright amber-orange, clear - medium-large very light tan head with good retention, leaves some foam sticking and a thin, patchy film.
T: Juicy grapefruit rind and orange - lemon with very high bitterness, some pine and resin - medium-sweet - some moderately roasted caramel, a little toasty - lots of citrus pith on the finish.
P: Medium body with high carbonation - finish is medium-dry.
O: Well-made double IPA - caramel is a bit heavy, but the hops overall keep it in check - citrus rind and pine flavors and aromas are the most very prominent.
Livendadream (123) - New Mexico, USA - APR 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Btl pours hazy orange-gold color with a thick creamy off white head that lingers for a while leaving strips of lace on glass. Smells of citrus fruits, pine, dank cellar, tropical fruits,sweet bread,grass and a whiff of alcohol. Tastes of sweet caramel malts,grapefruit,orange and bread. Medium body,smooth creamy texture, silky mouthfeel, perfect carbonation and a dry bitter finish. Well balanced iipa that has very clean flavors. Its an imperial that doesn’t seem like one until you have had a couple. The 9% abv is hidden very well. Great beer Goose Island!
Ughsmash (7157) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured clear, honeyed orange with a sticky white head. The aroma picked up sweet honey and caramel notes with accents of fresh citrus and black peppery hoppage.. juicy and enticing. The flavor found sticky honey and lesser caramel at the core, with spicy pepper, citrus, and light grassy bitterness around.. finished peppery and warm, but the boozage didn’t take over. Medium-bodied, but fairly filling on the palate.. good feel and flow.. this was well done.
chicagobears (422) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Goose Island always recommends a serving glass on the label. I went with a snifter instead of the recommended pint glass! Pretty standard on the nose as fas IIPAs go. Flavor is fresh full of hops. Really chewy and sticky on the palate. The resiny bitterness is counter by a malty sticky sweetness. I wouldn’t call this ’balnaced’, as the sweetness and bitterness are both on the extreme side. But that is what I expect from a Imperial beer like this and I’m glad that Goose Island stepped up for this one.
Braudog (5832) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Standard visuals, golden amber with a medium, creamy head. The aroma is over-the-top perfumey, with an almost off-putting floral sting. The beer drinks with an average mouthfeel, neither thin nor as heavily bodied as some DIPAs. That same odd sense of spring pollen is evident in the taste, particularly in the too-mushy finish. (#5487, 4/17/2014)
sherm1016 (1160) - 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 (1194) - 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 (162) - 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 (2430) - 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 (517) - 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.