tderoeck (4555) - 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 @ ThirstyBirdís 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.
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2014 A medium-strong hop aroma. Very clear, un-bubbly. This is fairly sweet and sugary with a hop alcohol note thatís more noticeable near the end. Decent but not what Iím feeling at the moment.
Had again and had to raise this up. Truly fantastic.
TomDecapolis (4473) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a lightly hazy golden orange with a creamy off white head that laced. Aroma of dark fruits, sweet caramel malt and citrusy hops. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, lightly citrusy hop and pine notes. Too sweet and malty for me. Some dank hop character as well.
badgerben (4395) - 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).
nuplastikk (4350) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Snifter at Eddies. Filtered copper-orange color, nice amber hues. Big, steady off-white head. Nice, cool, crisp hop tones. Really solid IIPA. Rindy, grapefruit, very resinous yet cool and crisp too. Toasty malt background, some caramel, richer malt tones than, say, FFF. Resinous finish, dry, sweet, nice balance.
Aurelius (4127) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well, while I was debating with drowland on the merits of appearance rating, I failed to notice the head on my glass of The Illinois. This would be a big deal to drowland, but alas all foam is ephemeral and I can move on to rate the brew and the bottleís appearance. Super clean art deco label, would make a nice poster in your office. Oakwood/citrine clear beer. Standard US longneck. Candied aroma with nice hops - Iím starting to take a real shine to Citra. Lightly sweet, stiffly hopped, a little mineral, the occasional funky-off woody note. Medium to slightly heavy body. Good carbonation. Warming, and woody in the finish. This was well done. New Leaf Market.
hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated on 3-21-2014 at 800 Degrees Three Fires (Fort Wayne, IN). This draft beer pours a small beige head with a short retention, transparent gold body, minimal carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The aromas are caramel malt, sweet, bitter, and very citrus orange hops. The taste is sweet, bitter, caramel malt, alcohol, and citrus orange hops. The mouth feel is smooth and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, the hops play the part that they should with this beer given this beerís style. This is a beer for the hop heads and worth trying.
tkrjukoff (4053) - SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear amber with a nice off white lacing head. Aroma is malty caramel hoppy piny citric fruity. Flavor as aroma, great bitter piny resin bite with a longlived grapefruit piny finish.
emacgee (4010) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dense and murky reddish orange with two fingers of sandy tan head. Nose is a bit muddled, oxidized and papery with some heavy citrus rind notes and piney notes. Rich flavor, bit too much body and malt presence to my taste. Citrus rind and earthy biscuity malt. Piney notes as well.
vyvvy (3961) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours crystal clear light copper with a modest off-white head. The aroma has tangerines, funk, floral notes, cotton candy and lots of maltiness to offset the hops. The body is fairly full with light graininess and fairly soft carbonation. The taste starts off with lots of sweet maltiness, piny / tangerine/ mild fruit hoppiness. There is a big big malt backbone to this one. The finish has gentle hoppiness with fairly aggressive sweet caramel maltiness. For a double IPA this is one sweet cloying example. The hop are definitely here, but they canít overcome the sweetness that itís up against.