Ughsmash (7087) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, BB 5/2/13. Poured clear, light-medium orange with a short, dense beige head. The aroma was juicy and just awesome, with fresh fruits and floral notes over fresh, mostly biscuity malts.. loved it! The flavor found tangy, bitter fruits (not just citrus) and floral notes over bread and fruity notes (plus a hint of molasses).. finished spicy and bitter, with a bouquet of fresh hops and complementary sweet malts. Medium-bodied and near-perfectly balanced on the palate.. Iím going to need a lot more of it.
Advocate_Ames (417) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2014 The clear amber pouring Alchemy Hr has a foam head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin and sticky lacing in my glass. As for the scent I noticed carmel malts, floral hops, pine, citrus fruit, spices, and alcohol. The flavor is very drinkable and for the style it is rather kind to my palate. I could taste sweet carmel malts, minor honey, lite spices, with mild flavors of apricots and oranges. The finish has sweet carmel malts and citrus that stand out with a mild hoppy bitterness. The bitterness lingers pleasantly and dissipates. Overall I really enjoyed this beverage. It is a very good Dbl IPA.
Narnad (1448) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very nice copper color with a frothy, off-white head. Aroma has a pronounced orange, grapefruit citrus with notes of a modest amount of mango and pineapple and finishes with just a touch of pine bitterness. Flavor is very fresh with early pine and mango notes arriving first, followed by some caramel malt sweetness and finishing with some chinook-like spicy notes in combination with some grapefruit. The hops is pretty strong but doesnít overpower the beer and reminds me of fresh hopped wort. Body is modest with an oily feeling and very low carbonation. Alcohol doesnít play a part in this beers profile. Overall a pretty interesting beer. One of the first beers in a while that I tasted a pronounced tropical flair without it being the sole flavor profiled. Tropical fruitiness works well with the orange/pine notes of the beer.
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2013 Lots of awesome piney, resin, orange, and herbal hop profile! Taste is great and this is up there with the bet DIPA!
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, best by May 20, 2013. Served at around 40-45F.
Pours clear copper/amber with a one finger white head that leaves some spots of lacing and settles to a light cap.
Aroma is earthy and fruity hops, some melon, a little spicy, a little belgian-y, honey, bread and caramel malt. Average strength.
Flavor is fruity hops up front with some pineapple and melon, resinous, sweet caramel malt in the middle with notes of honey, moderate bitterness, some alcohol on the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, oily, sticky, good carbonation.
Average Double IPA. Definitely on the sweeter side of the spectrum.
blackflag321 (461) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour to snifter. Slightly sour aroma. Not a hop bomb; slight sweet, malty taste; very smooth, very . . . Excellent!
keepersj12 (2630) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
God bless those hardy souls. Just putting your feet in Lake Erie near Cleveland gets high makes from me. Pours amber with a small head. The aroma is very nice, full of pine and citrus with a bit of fruit. The flavor follows with a nice malt base with the hops coming through. My favorite of the Great Lakes beers to date.
pilgrimoutlaw (754) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours hazy amber with two-finger off-white, quickly dissipating head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, caramel, floral, honey, resin hit at different times. Light/medium body is fairly smooth with a bit of crispness. High bitterness, mild sweetness. Excellent DIPA.
574deadzone (984) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampler at Central City. Pours a clear amber with a thinner off-white head that leaves behind a fair thick lace. Nose involves spicy peppery notes along with some big juicy and resinous grapefruit citrus notes. Nicely sweet with a solid bitterness, though it seemed more on the sweet side on the whole. Heavier bodied, soft carb, with a long sticky bitter finish. Impressive, and quite tasty. Big on the grapefruit, which is awesome. A little surprising that the sweetness outweighed the bitterness, but that made it perhaps more balanced and drinkable than some other DIPAs.
kaips1 (69) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. So this replaced Lake Erie monster. It started off with a goo solid pour , nice clear amber color with a very thick frothy head. Leave lot of lacing on the glass. Nice aromas of pine, citrus, and a full tropical bouquet kinda like a freshly made fruit punch. The mosaic hops are not full front and center but if you know what to look for you pick them out. The malt was a strong sweet aroma that competes with the hop aromas through most of the whiff. Thereís is a sweet yet nice bitter balance upon first sip, like a juicy bite. The malt plays such hard ball with the hops itís hard at times to see the dipa qualities. Besides just general rules , increased abv, increased hops(at least to some degree in ibus) , I would have expected Great Lakes to up the ante and produce a dipa kinda like stones drink by or founders double trouble. The body is nice and full, not too chewy but heavy enough to qualify for dipa. Overall itís kinda stock standard and slightly gimmicky with mosaic hops. Itís cheap though and that helps to pick it up as fill in.