bigtaster (796) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy golden orange color, peach with nice soapy off white head, not too much. Smells of light orange, a bit of grapefruit get some yeast some spice. Body is medium. Nice bitterness from start to finish, not too much, but enough to get you to come back. Gentle sweetness reminiscent of a Belgian style sweetness. There are some acidic fruits in there, orange and lemon. Decently balance with a nice bitterness, could use more aromatic hops.
naivepegasus (354) - USA - JUN 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy orange with a half a finger of stark white head. Hops and alcohol in the nose. Flavor starts off sort of light, with a slight sweetness that builds slowly into a hoppy bitter aftertaste. Surprisingly tame for a IIPA- just sort of a sweet hint of alcohol leading to standard hoppy bitterness at the end. It’s just okay
1more4dessert (333) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma is very boozy, makes it hard to discern the mostly floral hop aroma.
clear brass color decent head and decent lacing.
when first hitting the buds it seems more like an underaged, over-hopped american style barley wine, again the boozyness is a undesirable mask. From swallow on you do get hit with a long lasting hop bitterness. I like other high etoh somewhat sweet DIPAs but I would not seek this one out again.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small tasting/gathering last night of Seattle Beer Week 2010
Thanks Mike – Amber in color clear with a thin head. Tons of hops in the flavor and nose. The flavors are very fruity this was mixed with a great malt build what a nice brew.
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, BB 8.10.10. Pours a richer glowing bengal golden with a smaller frothy white head. Aroma is sweet and piney, sugary, peach, noticeable alcohol. Flavor is much the same, candied pine and peaches, apricot, plenty of alcohol, finishes more on the dry side revealing some of that booze. Medium bodied, softer fizzy carbonation that actually feels a bit corse with the dryness.
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally....Thanx to D Kurtz for landing me a 4 pack, from Slappy’s in Ashtabula Oh. Tried to wait for the weekend to open, Couldn’t do it. Poured into a Great Lakes Pilsner glass, 2 inch bone white head, sweet copper/orange, crystal clear hue. Smell of fresh Hop, toffee with a lot of citrus thrown in, a touch of alcohol. Medium body and carbonation and a nicely resinous mouth feel and a bit of chewiness. Starts off quite malty, but the hops come on quickly with bitter citrus and a long very dry finish. My mouth is still coated with malty goodness, 15 min after my last sip. A little different than most Double/Imperial IPA’s. But 1 Hell of a beer.
LinusStick (3002) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice IIPA. I’ve been waiting a while to try this. Aroma was so so. Citrus and pine. Pour was a nice hazy dirty orange with a one finger white head. Taste is a typical eastern hop bomb. Strong, sharp prickly citrus hops with a heavy pine note. Underlying sweet burnt caramel malt backbone keeps the bitterness in check (which is a disappointment). Decent carbonation. All in all a good IIPA on par with the other mass produced eastern IIPAs.
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy golden color, nice white head, leaves nice lacing. Immediately aroma of citrus hops, mild pine. Taste is much the same getting hit with hops at first but finding a base of malts. Finish is somewhat sticky and bitter. Citrus flavors laced with honey. I prefer the start and middle to the finish of the beer.
deyholla (8114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark orange with a slight amber hue with an taupe head that dissipates slowly to a film around the edges. Aroma has a bit of pine hops and a sweet biscuit note. Flavor begins with strong pine hops, but a more refined grassy hop profile and sweet grains finish the beer.
monkeychugg55 (956) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Golden orange color with small white head that receded quite a bit but still left huge thick rings of lacing. The aroma wasn’t as hoppy as expected, lots of honey and caramel though. The flavor was a different story however. Pretty sweet to start, but finishes with a lot of pine and citrus. Bitter finish. Good beer.