jspruit (122) - Dublin, - JAN 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 650ml bottle dated July 22, 2005.
Very cloudy appearance in an orange amber color-nice. Creamy foamy 1 finger head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing throughout with a bit of sediment.
Smells grassy, hoppy, sort of malty and also sweet with sticky notes again. There is also a bit of citrus/grapefruit notes detected.
Tastes largely of hops, but not too strong and bitter. I feel like the 10% ABV can be detected near the end of each taste. The malt presence is stronger than I would have thought and the grapefruit notes are much stronger than in the smell.
Medium body mouthfeel overall. Smooth for all of the ABV and as much of a hopbomb that this is supposed to be.
Because it is so strong in its flavors and with a 10% ABV, I donít think that I could drink alot of these over and over.
Overall, I thought that it was a good DIPA, but not as outstanding as I would have expected. Iíll try it again as it has a great reputation (and maybe the age of my bottle had something to do with not completely overwhelming me) but I wouldnít say that it is the best DIPA that I have ever had.
MayumiH (381) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Very hoppy. Big bold nutty caramel/toffee malt backbone. Very well balanced. Lovely.
Beers0mniac (17) - FINLAND - JUL 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of sweet caramels, fruits and toffee. Malty and hoppy taste, long bitter finish. Great DIPA
HULK777 (496) - - JUL 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice aroma full of sweet caramel, exotic fruit, and toffee. Similar taste; almost like barley wine. Very well-balanced aftertaste. Plus for the fine crown.
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cagou007 (550) - FRANCE - JUL 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap in Chicago-- Pours clear golden with thin white head. Nose is tropical fruits. Aromas are white flowers, tropical fruits, pine resin. Sweet taste. Average carbonation, oily texture. Long piney bitter finish.
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youdictategood (415) - Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to pint glass. No detailed notes - entering from earlier tasting. Strong caramel and malt characteristic and a well hidden ABV.
ReadySetToke (12) - - JUL 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank from the bottle 81 days after bottled, weak floral aroma, taste is nothing special. Really just your average IPA, nothing special at all. Reminded me a lot of Racer 5 IPA, not bad, but nothing to get too excited about. The high alcohol content is masked well in the taste though. Probably would not buy again, but overall a good beer.
hohops (518) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance is a hazy, orangey amber, a one finger light beige creamy head. Aroma- quite a lot of caramel, malty sweetness, malt bread, hops, fruit juice, hint of lemon. Much more malt-forward than other IIPAs. Taste- bitter, juicy hops, solid malt backbone- bread, hint of toffee and even sugary raisin, alcohol definitely detectable in this one. Sticky mouthfeel- sugary hop resins, and a very long, bitter, resiny finish. Very interesting IPA.
gripweed57 (983) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Joe Canalís in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Pours a honey gold color with a large bubbly beige head. Piney grapefruit hop nose. Upfront, flavor is huge of citrus, with hints of tangerine, lemon and grapefruit. Futher sips yield a caramel malt backbone with notes of pine and more citrus. For a Double IPA at 10% ABV, this drinks very smooth and easy. Midtaste brings earthy malt with resiny hops. Spicy bitter hop finish. Big and flavorful, a nice IIPA and a must try.
burg326 (4668) - Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
#34 for July 4th poured an amber color with aromas of floral hops and malt. Flavors are floral hops and booze with some light cardboard. Meh not that great lots of booze in this and mildly sweet.
DrnkMcDermott (2903) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Accidental" target at Standard Market. Warm alcohol smell brings good tidings of much hops. Alcohol comes in cost, a bit hot, and it makes the hops taste like they might be aging out like a cellared 90-Minute. while still a great strong IPA, in this case the taste canít match up to the expectation of the nose.