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.
WillRunForBeer (692) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at 4 months, should have gotten to this sooner. Pours copper with a slight off white head. Aroma is light grains, grapefruit, mango and pine. Flavor has some caramel sweetness, grapefruit followed by pine resin. Well done for a 9.4% IPA.
jeremytoni (2988) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle poured an amber color with a fair amount of head. Hoppy flavor with a quick finish.
slowrunner77 (3443) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Resiny pine and a sturdy malt backbone great the nose. Plays off one another well, though I admittedly prefer slightly more aromatic and citrusy hops in IIPAs. This is definitely a well made beer, though - balanced and tasty. Toasted malts and pine in the flavor. Solid feel. Not overdone. Thanks, heybeerman. Great Lakes is solid!"
SHANER4 (480) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap - had this beer while on vacation. Pour was typical light copper color with small head. Has great earthy hop aroma and subtle malt sweetness. Served very cold and some of the flavors were hidden. As the beer warmed a bit more of the flavors jumped out. Had this somewhat astrigent hop bite and then soothing sweetness from the malt on the finish. Overall a pretty good DIPA
Travlr (11976) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at DC local tasting. Crystal clear golden color. Nice aroma of bright mango and pine. Taste is earthy tropical fruit, grapefruit. Very tasty.
Darkmagus82 (1414) - - SEP 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-9-13-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – Served an amber-orange color with a small white head. The head fades relatively fast leaving a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma was quite nice although not too IPA like. It was very strong of a candied sugar aroma with some citrus and sugared fruit aromas. With these aromas are some lighter notes of a bready nature as well as the lightest bit of pine and earthy hop.
Taste – The taste begins sweet and bready with the sweetness being, just as the nose discerns, with a strong candy taste with notes of fruitiness of pear, apple, and some citrus. As the flavors advance tropical fruit flavors of tangerine and some mango and papaya hit the tongue. The candied and fruit flavors remain throughout, although they lessen as the flavor advances. While the candied flavors dwindle the hop flavors get stronger in the middle and the end. A blend of grapefruit and pine hop start making their presence more known. In the end they get much more potent where they are joined by a peppery spice leaving an interesting taste blend of a resinous and bitter yet semi sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the creamier side with a carbonation level that was rather low. The creaminess was quite nice for blending the sugary and hoppy flavors together in harmony while the carbonation made for a nice sipping beer.
Overall – For a 9% abv brew the alcohol was very well concealed by the sweeter and hoppier flavors of the brew. While the alcohol was well hidden, it was still a nice slow drinking brew due to its resinous aftertaste and creamier body. It was a nice drinking double and one I would recommend for a try.
deyholla (6660) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours a clear deep amber with a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has pine and resin with a bit of grapefruit and sweet grains. Flavor has a sweet grain and resin with a bit of pine in the finish.
sudomorph (616) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep orange with a half finger, cream head that sticks. Aroma is big and juicy. Pine, resin, citrus, tropical fruits, bread, mango, and stonefruit. Awesome. Taste is balanced but strong. Starts out with some sweet pine and resin then moves to more citrus and tropical fruits, and finally ends with a resiny/malty finish. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy in the mouth but still pretty drinkable. Dry finish. Overall a great beer and well worth getting. Big flavours over just enough of a backbone to make it not cloyingly sweet.
Wittales (636) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 7, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance was hazy orangish gold with creamy white diminishing 1 finger head, spotty lacing. Aromas are orange, caramel, hints of alcohol, lemon and tropical fruits. Taste are orange marmalade upfront gives way to toffee malts, then backend of lemon, spice, mango, grapefruit, honey and soft pine resin. Palate was creamy smooth CO2 with medium-full body, then lasting balanced fruity, malty glorious finish. A wonderful DIPA, I wish could try fresher.
madvike (2753) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap - Pours amber with a foamy light tan head. Nose is onion, garlic, and tropical fruit--super juicy. Sweet taste and really tropical fruity. Real sugary, with a big malty base. Slick and medium-bodied. Too sweet, but still pretty tasty.