fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma:A pleasant mild orange and grapefruit aroma. I do hope for more aroma from a DIPA.
Appearance:The beer has a a hazy golden amber. The head has fine bubbles that stick around a long time.
Taste:At fist sip, the hops do hit you hard like a DIPA should. The hops taste more bitter and less fruity. Through the middle and aftertaste I do get a little orange flavor. The aftertaste is a little harsher than I like in a DIPA. The alcohol does stand out in the aftertaste.
Palate:This beer is bit harsh, even considering the style. It has nice carbonation that lends to a dry sensation in the mouth. The alcohol warms the mouth nicely.
Overall:This intensely hoppy, strong pale ale does hit the style pretty squarely, but thereís something missing to make it a beer I want to come back for again and again.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear golden pour with white brim of a head. Right off the bat a vegetative aroma teamed with pungent sweet hot alcohol. Flavor changes very little, comes across as an overly sweet, grapefruity vegetable ridden hop bombish mess. Thought it might have been bad bottle, now can only hope it was a bed 4pack.
joet (2520) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not much aroma, even as it warms. Nice bittering on the tongue. Not much in the way of aggressive hop aromas which define the style. Heavy feel and lots of residual sweetness, hallmark flaws of the style. Still an enjoyable beer that I would enjoy more than an average beer.
jcwattsrugger (12122) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2012 @Tampa Wkly Gathering @Datz Thanks Zack-12oz bottle-pours a white head and gold color. Aroma is herbal hops, wood, grain. Taste is herbal hops, wood, grain/sweet light malt. 3.4 121121-12oz bottle from Kent kept cool till consumed 4months after enjoy by date. A-pineapple/grassy. T-pineapple/herbal hops, sweet med malt. 3.7
williamherbert (1478) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is really the problem here. There is an initial whiff of cooked broccoli. Some husky grains too, but they are totally overshadowed by the veggie stench. When it warms up, some of the roasted rye malts emerge a little better, but itís still not "good." Itís actually unpleasant.
The appearance is honey orange. Clear, with tiny, slow bubbles. Lots of white lace. Looks good.
The flavor is roasted, bitter rye malts. A nice burn on the way down. Itís bitter, woody East Coast hops with burnt rye malt flavor. There is a slight band-aid finish, but it doesnít ruin some of the grassy goodness.
Feels creamy and dry and a little thick. A disappointing beer, I must say. Absolutely overpriced (I paid $10 for a four-pack), and not up to snuff.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a hazy orange amber body with a small offwhite head that leaves some sticky sheet lace on the glass. Aroma is surprisingly subdued, but pine resin and grassy hops are noted. Medium body is slightly chewy and has a creamy carbonation. Taste is brazenly hoppy, with a dry pine resin taste from start to finish. Hints of apricot and pink grapefruit struggle to emerge. Toasty caramel maltiness doesnít quite balance the aggressive hop bill. A solid DIPA, but as a big fan of Great Lakes I was hoping for something that would blow me away.
TheBeerGod (5949) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - courtesy of Kevin at Grape and Gourmet. Best by 08/10/10, batch 6829DM, and 9.1% ABV. Cloudy amber pour. Short off-white head. Aroma is herbal and grassy hops, light caramel, sweet malt and soft spicy hops. Taste is big spicy hops, light citrus, earthy notes, floral hops, grapefruit, sweet malt and chewy caramel. Body is medium with a dense, creamy carbonation. Ends with more sweet malt, caramel, spicy hops, floral notes and citrus juice.
Nate (4114) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2012 From bottle, courtesy of dpjuart. Apricot nectar, very fruity grassy hops on this nose. Sweet malt, alcohol vapor. Golden amber clear with slight haze, topped with thin foamy white lacing head. Medium heavy body with medium carbonation and alcohol warming. Starts nice and sweet with tons of apricot nectar. Sweet and sugary throughout until the finish. Nice bitterness but not harsh. Dry bitter after with lingering sweetness and a tad too much sweet overall.
Revisited: Terrific aroma, fresh with apricots. Sweetness seems to have been attenuated, well balanced with nice bitter after.
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle 2010. Golden/straw pour with foamy white head. Nice lace. Pine, citrus, grass, and alcohol on the nose. Big pine resin bite on the initial taste, smooth alcohol burn, and then a bitter finish. Some malt sweetness is showing up as well. Medium/full mouth-feel, a little chewy. Nice beer. Very approachable and possibly dangerous due to the drinkability and the 9.1% abv.
madvike (3191) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours amber with an off-white, bubbly head with tons of floaties. Nose is big, citrusy hops with lots of sweet malt. Big malty flavor, with a spicy hop presence. The maltiness surprised me--I expected the hops to be big and bright on this one. It does have a nice grassy hop finish--really oily and slick.