hopmelt (81) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 Pours orange, half finger off white head, thick lacing, loss of hop particles floating about. Big dank, resinous hops up front, earthy, floral, pine, citrus, its all there! Bit of fruity Esters, slight bready malt and slight alcohol present as well. Big, bitter hops right away, all flavors present as in the nose, alcohol well hidden, malt, caramel and slight esters mid mouth, dank resinous hops linger, never astringent, very clean smooth bitterness, a bit of sweet caramel in the finish. Good carbonation, spicy, good alcohol bite, medium body. Overall tremendous, extremely complex, excellently balanced, get this if you can, best beer from GLB to date!
FROTHINGSLOSH (4471) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a caramel-amber color with a medium sized foamy white head that left good lacing. The aroma was sweet pine, caramel, resin and a bit of grapefruit. The flavor was sweet and tangy pine, resin, black tea, grapefruit, lemon and a faint caramel undertone. Bitter pine and grapefruit finish. Moderately full bodied. Solid though unspectacular.
akoeninger (321) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2013 Amber colored, foamy white head. Aroma of tropical fruit, sweetness, mangos. Not too hoppy, honey balances aroma. Piney, tropical, citrus flavor up front, that gives way to a sweet, honey malt background. Pine and resin in flavor. It?s complex very very drinkable, and surprisingly balanced and sweet. A new favorite. Earthy, hoppy, sweet. Medium body, that how?s down smooth. Not harsh at all.
fattybladdy (419) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, pours a medium orange with white head. Taste is hoppy, citrus and floral, with a nice bitter finish. Goes down quite smooth given the high abv.
Beergelden (4) - - MAR 8, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance - A nice Copper color with hints of amber highlights, poured to about a 1/2″white head that disapated quickly but hung on around the edge of the glass through out, minor chill haze
Aroma - First hit with a big tropical fruit, peach, apricot hop aroma, some malty sweetness, very fruity and refreshing
Flavor - The attack is a great fruity hop profile, just like the aroma, with sweet malty notes in the middle and a very pleasant orange and honey bitterness on the back end, the bitterness lingers for just the right amount of time and does not overwhelm the palate, for being 9.4% ABV this brew does not show its alcohol strength. The malt and hops are in a good balance for the style.
Mouthfeel – Medium Carbonation, heavy malty body that coats the mouth a little bit, ever so slight alcohol warmth and a tingling bitter sensation remains on the tongue at the end
Overall - An excellent Double IPA that has a big fruity hop profile that is not that common in the usual DIPA suspects. It doesn’t seem to have the big IBUs that some hop heads seem to gravitate towards, but this brew has a decent balance that could make it a little more accessible to be a crowd pleaser. The only down fall to this one that I found was the coating of the mouth by the thick heavy malt body, but to me, that is a minor problem and I could enjoy this brew on a regular basis, if only Great Lakes decides to make it year-round! Right now it is only considered a Spring Seasonal beer and may already be gone from the shelves.
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2013 Draft at King’s Table. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a thin off-white head. Strong citrus aroma with just a hint of sweetness. Flavor follows suit with lots of fresh grapefruit. A bit of sweetness late gives way to a lingering bitter finish. Can’t get enough of this one!
BazookaJoe (216) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark orange with a thin white head. A nice fruity floral hop aroma. Taste of big pine and sweet citrus that finishes with a sweet shot of honey.
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Nephilium (1250) - Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice big hop aroma to start with. Pours a clear amber with almost no head. Moderate hop presence, mainly grapefruit and pith, with a big caramel backbone. Lingering bitter finish, a nice solid IIPA.
Huhzubendah (2230) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.
The beer is orange with a half inch of off white head. The aroma brings citrus, pepper, bready malts, alcohol heat. Interesting flavor. Malt and pepper balanced with hops. Isopropyl alcohol in both the scent and flavor. A bit odd. While this beer presents some nice flavors, it’s a bit off overall.
theisti (3064) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Imperial Pint draft at the Great Lakes Brewing Company bar at concourse C of the Cleveland airport. The pour is a mostly clear golden amber with a smallish off white head. The aroma is tropical fruit pineapple and grapefruit citrus hops along with light sweet cereal malt. The taste is the tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, light lemon citrus, than moves toward the soft sweetness of caramel and the malt. Nice balance, not overly sweet. The palate is medium bodied, soft active carbonation and residual sweetness in the finish that shows some of the alcohol. Does not cloy at all, nice DIPA.