Darkmagus82 (2217) - - OCT 12, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-11-14-
Poured from bottle into snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber orange color with one finger of a fizzy white colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a grapefruit hop smell mixed with a good amount of sweeter fruit aromas of tangerine, some apple, and a bit of pear. Along with these fruity aromas are some light bready smells as well as a bit of caramel. Other hop aromas are there too, with notes of pine and some light floral aromas making for a very citrusy/fruity, and smooth smelling double IPA.
Taste – The taste begins much drier then I was anticipating. It begins with a bready flavor mixed with just a hint of tangerine. Right from the start the hops hit the taste buds with a good dose of grapefruit as well as a moderately strong pine hop taste. As the taste advances the sweeter tangerine fades almost to nothing being replaced by just the tinniest amount of a toffee sweetness. The hop flavors all the while grow stronger with the grapefruit becoming rather potent and being joined by some earthy hop flavors. In the end with the loss of the sweet and the increase in all the hop, one is left with a somewhat snappy and bitter hop taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both really accentuate the grapefruit, earth and pine hop flavors rather nicely really allowing them to shine, all while further accentuating the lack of sweet flavors and yet still bolstering the bready base of the beer well.
Overall – A rather nice bready and drier hoppy double imperial that yet still maintains a great drinkability. This was a rather enjoyable brew.
J_man (898) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grassy aromas from a slightly murky tangerine/yellow body with a frothy white head. Dry, spicy, biting bitterness with more grass, orange and citrus pith. Excellent sweet sticky caramel malt balance to this bitterness that both tames and highlights it at the same time. The alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. Leaves a spicy bitter flavor behind on the tongue along with a little candy sugar. Excellent DIPA!
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is more like a smooth, almost bland, Sullivan than knock-your-socks-off Gaudi or sock-you-in-the-eye Gehry that I usually expect from a DIPA. The malt flavor is dominant and quite tasty like Calatrava, and well-structured like another Chicago favorite, Mies van der Rohe. Excellent, an Eiffel, not transcendent, like a Le Corbusier.
Palidor19 (3143) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It's a dipa for the serious beer drinker, it focus more on the deep malt while having a hops wallop. Enjoy this beer, don't waste
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
miyauchi38 (1086) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2015
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3612) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I keep drinking bottle after bottle of this over the past month, but never seem to get around to rating it. Guess now is the time... The aroma is stuff full of toffee malt and resiny hios with dried citrus fruit; burnished copper orange color with an off white crown; the flavor is complex and contains lots of dried fruit (apricot, peach, dates), chewy toffee malt, leather, toms of herbal and spicy hops, a dollop of resin, moderately bitter overall, warming alcohol speaking out; chewy and sticky texture, medium full body; this drinks almost like an American style barleywine, buy goes down easier and seems more enjoyable and complex overall; I think this is a really good beet and I’m thoroughly enjoying it... Fantastic label, too!
Kinz (3709) - 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.
beersearcher (2382) - 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.
conway (2210) - - 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Loads of pine and citrus with a huge caramel malt backbone. Very good, although a bit boozy.