Alextricity (375) - Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best before 7/26/13. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. $2.79 for a single bottle.
Appearance: An almost clear amber color with some super fine particles floating around. Three finger head lasts a few minutes before staying at half a finger. Great, fluffy lacing.
Smell: Sweet. Notes of tropical fruit, but primarily earthy sorts of hops. Not much else.
Taste/feel: Very sweet, especially the more that it warms up. Maybe a sweeter than Hopslam sort of sweet. What blows my mind most about this beer is that it actually doesnít have a lot of flavor, and itís confusing the hell out of me. I even blew my nose and tasted some other things to make sure my taste buds were working. I get the HUGE amount of sweetness on my tongue at the beginning of each sip and the slight bitterness at the end, but not many actual flavors, which is kind of cheesing me off. I really just taste a sort of honey at the beginning with a dash of piney hops, and then a bitter but malty tasting finish. Quite drinkable, but surprisingly little going on in the flavor department for me. Shocking.
Mind boggling. How am I drinking a IIPA where Iím hardly picking up any significant aromas or flavors? Itís not like the glass or beer was nearly frozen, either. It looks good, it smells pretty nice, but the flavors really seem to be in hiding until the beer warms up quite a lot. Itís far from bad, but if I wanted to drink a IIPA, Iíd drink something that gives me more flavor.. I feel like after awhile, this would taste like drinking corn syrup. On the plus side, it IS insanely drinkable for the first 12oz at least, and the 9.1% isnít noticeable. Once the beer is sitting at room temperature for awhile, thereís a SLIGHT throat warming on the finish, but thatís it. Iíd definitely drink this again, but I must admit, Iím underwhelmed.
wmubronco1992 (562) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark honey color. Large white head that dissipates quickly. Strong lacing. Fresh hop aroma. Flavor is sweet with a bitter finish. Not sticky. Mouthfeel is hop bitter. Easy drinking for 9.1%. This was decent, but really was expecting more out of this. Great Lakes is a great brewery and this beer has had nice reviews, but for me it was just decent. Iíd certainly try it again to see if I get more out of it.
Ed5388 (1243) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Firewater's (Atlantic City). Poured a cloudy golden color with a small foamy white head. The aroma was the best part of this beer. Aroma of sweet grainy malts, tangerines, grapefruit, and pine. Taste was odd. Watered down tree sap, mixed with rotted citrus fruit. I would def like to try this fresh from a bottle to see if it was just this keg. Re-rate to follow.
biggsbowler (158) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours amber w/ white frothy head. Very citrusy nose w/ lots of oranges and tangerines. More citrus notes in the taste w/ some lemons and bitterness at the end.
tdoyledesign (105) - Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a fairly clear, yellow hue with a thick white head. Aroma is a bit flat with hints of citrus and hops. Flavor and aroma are much better than expected by the aroma and appearance. Smooth with a nice hope backnote and hints of apples, pear and citrus. Refreshing double IPA,
DCLawyer (1168) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle->SA. Hazy orange with large frothy white head. A: strong sweet citrus hops. T: bittersweet citrus and pine hops, slight malt. Straightforward DIPA, excellent.
Chaneybr (52) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle into my trusty "Mad Elf" tulip glass.
Ap: About and inch head with a burnt orange color. A little less than average carbonation.
Ar: More sugar than hop bitterness or floral. Not pleasant.
T: Surprisingly thin body with very little complexity. It gets a little better as it goes along, but still lacks the citrus quality commonly associated with DIPAs. A more honey-like sweetness may have balanced out the bitterness, as opposed to the sugary one found here.
P: Candy-like sweetness coats the mouth with very little grapefruit-like alkalinity for balance.: The 9.1 ABV is very detectable. I could not finish and let one of my friends finish the glass.
Overall: Iíve had worse DIPAs, but that is hardly a glowing endorsement. A disappointing drink, from a brewery that is usually spot on. Cíest La Vie...
thorongil2 (917) - , Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) clear golden amber colour with a medium tall light tan head; aromas of fruit, hint of pine; very well balanced flavour with a long light bitter finish
Fritz123 (566) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from NE Ohio. Took back home to FL. Tulip. Yellow-orange and very cloudy pour. Head was white, disappeared quickly. Good random lacing. Aroma slightly light but mostly resin and citrus. Taste is very well balanced with the pine resin and citrus hops dominant. However the malt balances well and it doesnít seem like a 9.1%. Very bitter finish. Great medium body with medium carb. Very well done double IPA.
wlajwl (3336) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is fruit, mild/medium sweetness and citrus/pine. The flavor is fruit, citrus, very light grapefruit and a bitter/tart finish.