Beergelden (4) - - MAR 8, 2013
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.
gmb5127 (229) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pretty simplistic beer that was very well executed. Has a nice pine earthy bitterness that is very refreshing.
sturmthis (220) - USA - APR 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Cooper color with one finger head. Grapefruit aroma. Very smooth for the high alcohol. Can slightly taste it in the aftertaste. Very good.
xblanchard29x (19) - Alabama, USA - APR 13, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (3546) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is pine, citrus and big hops. The flavor is grapefruit, fruit, hop resin, mild sugar/sweetness notes and a tangy/bitter/warming finish.
Ron (2345) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at MacGregor’s. Poured a orange tinted amber. Slightly off white head that lasted for me and nice lace. Aroma is pure grapefruit. Body is somewhat slick and oily. Taste is hoppy grapefruit. The malts and hops balance is very good. Alcohol is hidden. Citrus lingers and bitters in the finish. Another winner from Great Lakes.
Strife21 (98) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear amber with small off white head. Smell has huge notes of pine, resin, mango and citrus. Taste is floral hop, pine, citrus and resin. Very balanced. Medium body, light carbonation.
rubbishystuff (1756) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Tap house Des Plaines. Hides the strength well. All the hop flavors, grassy, herbal, citrus, floral, etc . .all hitting at different times. Sweet malt but it balances well. Serving: Tap
Patrickctenchi (3093) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: (labeled as Chillwave Double India Pale Ale)
Pours clear, orange-amber with a short beige head.
Orange-peel, sweet fruit aroma.
Taste is orange nectar, sugar, sweet , malty.
Oily, boozy, creamy...sticky....
Very good....but remarkably sweet.
after4ever (5928) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks a! Pours a crystal clear medium amber with a loose white head. Huge sweet mango and pineapple nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toasty caramel with mango and pineapple mid palate. Long tangy fruit finish.
keanex (1289) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: The body has a mild haze with an amber hue. A creamt light tan head sits on top.
Aroma: Huge aroma here, sweet and fruity with passion fruit, peach, pinapple, and mango.
Taste: Mildly to moderately bitter with a firm malt base. Big hop flavor, mango and persimmon are noted along with a hint of bitter orange and pine towards the end. This is bold and flavorful, front loaded with huge fruit and with a touch of bitterness at the end.
Palate: Full-bodied with gentle filling carbonation.
Overall: Last year I did not like this. I don’t know if they changed it or my palate changed but this is phenomenal, definitely a top tier imperial IPA.