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.
dagimp (742) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle into pint glass. Pours a cool orangey clear color. Lots of very sticky white head and lacing that just keeps hanging around. Citrusy dank aroma, mmmmm. Mouthfeel is moderate especially for this abv beer. Probably as light as it can be for a 9%+er but with slight stickiness. Taste is wow, just wow. NZ hops are what I taste first off. With lots of citrus, mango, papaya, all sorts of tropical fruit. A tiny tinge of alcohol flavor, but barely, and I’m sensitive to it. Mild alcohol warmth. Damn is this a good IIPA, and well needed by Great Lakes. Erie Monster is forgettable, Commodore Perry is crap... but this one is a winner I’ll buy every year!
aumentm (100) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very strong and distinct IPA that comes across well bodied with a good aftertaste. This is a hoppier version of a normal IPA.
Jrwhitney6 (332) - - OCT 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy orange/copper with slight head. Aroma is of citrus, sweetness. Taste of caramel, citrus - definitely some sweetness. Very smooth (alcohol hidden, not too much of a hoppy bite). Pretty good.
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jjgmd (1511) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
With Z, pours a deep rusty orange color with a small head. Nose is sweet passion fruit, aromatic and flavorful. Taste is bittersweet with deep citrus, with a predominance of passion fruit, with very small resin.... very smooth and a real palate pleaser. The alcohol very well hidden ! Finishes on bittersweet tropical notes with a moderately long finish. Quaff Score 9 / 10
zgaier (1462) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber orange with an off white head and sweet, hoppy, citrusy aroma. Taste is bittersweet, lots of hops, citrus, caramel and complex fruity flavors leading to a strong bitter finish. Delicious DIPA
WillRunForBeer (862) - 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 (3011) - 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 (6090) - 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 (481) - 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 (13413) - 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.