esjaygee (3844) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Sugar Maple. Clear amber with a thin off-white sticky head. Aroma is tropical with mango, toffee, pine and grapefruit. Taste is sweet and tropical with mango, pineapple, caramel, bready malt and a moderate bitter finish.
radagast83 (3752) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Fair Lakes Whole Foods Market. Poured a mostly clear dark orange color with a foamy off-white head. Plenty of carbonation in this one on the edges of the glass. Aroma was plenty of hop notes, light sweet malts. Flavor was light citrus hops, pine and citra. Pretty tasty.
b3shine (3515) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a transparent copperish orange with foamy off-white head. Smells solid too; a balanced hop profile with a semi-sweet pale malt backbone. Tastes like it smells with a nice, light mouthfeel. Good beer.
jackl (3475) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg @ Sedona. Medium amber pour with a small white head. The nose is hot orange peel citrus, toffee. Pretty aggressive. The taste is similar. Strong malty backbone supporting an intense citrus bitterness. Heavy handed, a bit hot and flabby. Medium body, soft carbonation. No real complexity here. Decent.
pantanap (3323) - 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.
Kinz (3105) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Surprised I’m number ten on this one. Draft at Mekong. Medium amber, clear, great head. I was looking for something to destroy my palate after doing the tasting part of BJCP, and this did the trick fairly well. Aroma was pure hops, loads of grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit. Flavor was a match, with a good malt backbone to keep things together. Not as scrubbing with the hops as expected, the bitterness was in check. Well balanced. Very nice IIPA.
Elwood (2909) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: Draft at Leesburg Brewing Company. It pours a ruddy copper color with a small off white head. The nose has slight herbal and resin notes. The flavor seems more malt driven than hop forward. There is a solid breadiness the whole way with a little pine resin and citrus kicking in. Medium bodied with average carbonation. This one seems ho-hum to me.
HonkeyBra (2858) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the tap house in Lemont. Pours a rich caramel color with a small white head. Aroma of strong citrus and pine hopes, touches of floral and nice tangerine aromas. Flavor is rich and bitter. Lots of nice citrus notes in the flavor. Full bodied, big mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. Finishes bitter and delicious.
CanIHave4Beers (2765) - 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.
DrnkMcDermott (2717) - 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.