TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler pour on tap at the Clybourn brewpub (Chicago, IL). Big props for Adan helping me out with an extended sampler. Pours a darker golden orange hue, mellow haziness starts to clear out. A frothy whitish head dies to a mellow filmy layer, loose lacing overall as it rings thicker. Aromas present a firm earthy hop influence, lots of florals and grass meet a gentle citrus twist, more resiny and piney influence assaults. Firm but earthy, understated fruit qualities for me, just a touch of citrus. Mellow bready malts are clean, but do show up a touch. Initial is a considerably different offering, showing medium firm fruit presence. Grapefruit and some gentle tropical fruit, gumball/wad element is a bit presence, touch sweet. Florals, citrus rind, and some gentle girthiness. Bigger more potent and complex hop presence offered. Middle shows a touch of body, fruity and crystal malt sweetness, bready and biscuity but still a firm hop presence holds the reigns. Backend is more dry as we start to head on out. Florals, a but of fruit and decent citrus presence tapers. Finish is dry, bitter, a bit of girth in body still hangs around. Soap, florals, firmly bitter finish. Solid, pretty fresh. The nose really didn’t present everything that was in there for me. Pretty solid DIPA though once you get into it. Perhaps a touch sweet at times, but good enough. Not a standout or anything
conway (1047) - - JUL 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Clear gold with a thin white head. Nose is piney and resinous hops. Taste follows suit with solid malt backup. Finishes very clean. This is one of the better Goose Island offerings I've had.
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bwa5879 (497) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at kalamazoo beer exchange. Reddish brown clear pour with no noticeable head. Faint aroma, sweet floral (very), mango, peach, and grapefruit citrus scents. Pretty light body, oily, nearly buttery (not diacytal) mouthfeel, dry finish. Great robust well balanced flavor. Bitter pine first, then floral effervescent hops and grapefruit. Very floral and bitter, nice DIPA.
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DrnkMcDermott (2737) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled while I’m pouring GI at Blarney Stone’s Brew Fest. This assaults my nose right away with the big piney catbox smell of big American hops. Then a big malty smack in the face that stands up to the extreme bitter these hops put down. Thick malty mouthfeel, and you can sense the alcohol doing its dirty work. Alternating between sipping this and BCS. Life is good.
CanIHave4Beers (2866) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden color, just shy of light orange with a small head and nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is kind of herbal, dank, and grassy... lots of fresh hop character in the aroma but not in an especially "bright" way if that makes any sense.
The flavor is big and has a lot of fruity hops particularly orange and melon being dominant. The bitterness level is medium to moderate. The booziness is well controlled. Far brighter a flavor on this one than an aroma.
Actually a stunningly good example of the style after the last few dud batches of the Imperial IPA.
DavidWoodruff (387) - Windsor, California, USA - JUL 15, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark gold/orange with a thick white head. Huge pine aroma and resiny flavor. Remarkable, primarily for its balance and finesse.
pantanap (3335) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the source... Golden mostly transparent hue and topped with a creamy soapy white head... Aroma of crystal malt and citrus combined altogether. Earthy and sweet. Nothing unique... Flavors more of the same with moderately sweet, citrus and a deeper malt tonage. Just above medium bodied with a lighter level carbonation. Not my favorite.
HopTsing (400) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From the tap poured a golden amber brew with a nice white head. Aromas of citrus, vanilla, and hops. medium bodied with flavors of malt and a nice hop finish.
tia (849) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ Mekong shared with HopTsing. Golden orange with foamy head and ample lacing. A little perfumy and candy peachy but also grapefruity. Not as bitter as I usually like. Soft in mouth, light bitter finish.
beersearcher (2268) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I personally would not call it a DIPA but this really tastes good. The mixture of Citra and Meridian work well together. Definitely citrus forward and a strong with bitterness but it does not ruin the palate at all. Good carbonation too.