riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from goryshkewych. Thanks George! Been wanting this one for a while. Glad that it is fresh! Orange red colored beer, hazy with a thin head. Nice color. Great aroma of tropical fruit, tangerine, peach, apricot, and melon. This has an incredible fruity aroma. Nice soft fuzzy fruits in the flavor; peaches, melons, apricots followed by a wave of pale malts, bread, and caramel finished by a medium bitter floral, piney, and peppery bite. No alcohol. Soft and fruity on the palate. Carbonation is rather low and creates a smoothing effect. An interesting IPA that is a little different than what I am used to in terms of West Coast bitterness, but this is fantastic. Lots of flavor layers. Complex and damn good! I am going to rate this one up there.
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 This bottle shared by Crizay before DLD. Bottles also from miketd and prototypic Thanks!
Pours a gorgeous cloudy orange with very nice looking and lasting head. Smell is citrusy hops and fruity sweetness. Taste is smooth, peach and sweet ruby red grapefruit like fruitiness from the hops and mild to moderate bitterness. Slightly acidic tasting and medium bodied with sweet grapefruit flavor in abundance. Definitely enjoyed this even more the 2nd time I had it. Great double IPA. Thanks again guys!
AleDude (41) - USA - APR 29, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light amber in color with modest head. Flavor is slightly sweet with a very smooth finish. A strong beer that doesnít taste strong.
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber from fiver29. 08 vintage. pours hazy orangish amber with soapy white head. aroma has loads of grapefruit and tropical fruit and piney hop notes. flavor is pretty sweet with a juicy hop resins, piney, mango and pineapple, with a sweet candy sugar finish. medium body with low-average carbonation. alcohol is well hidden. this is one sweet and resiny double ipa. i was expecting a more balanced double ipa from great lakes but this is too sweet, although still really tasty.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh bomber courtesy of fiver29. Pours a hazy amber with two finger off-white head. Nose is floral and citrusy. Palate is bitter grapefruit with a sweet malt background and a mild hop bite in the finish. Nice creamy mouth feel with moderate lacing. Hides the alcohol really well also. Decent beer Ė not as hoppy as Iím used to for the style, but itís a very nice DIPA.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
#100! On tap at the brewery pours a hazy orange color. Smells like a subtle pine tree blowing in the wind in spring time releasing its oils. Has a nice white head that pillows away like clouds. Has some lacing on the glass. Tastes like grapefruit, pine, caramel, and some other sublte complex citrus flavors. Has no alcohol smell or taste and can sneak up on you at 9%. Has a very sweet caramel malt taste as you drink it. Iím pleased to make this #100.
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of jsquire. Small ivory head that mostly diminished, spotty amounts of lacing, murky, very little carbonation observed, and an orangish hue. Nose was caramel, hoppy, pineapple, and grapefruit. The Flavor was lightly bitter, caramel, hoppy, grapefruit, pineapple, somewhat vinuous, and finished dry. Tingly, dry mouthfeel. Medium body. A very quaffable beer and somewhat mild tasting for the style IMO. I would definitely drink this one again.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy golden body with a small off-white head. Hoppy nose with herbs, grapefruit, peach, apple and honey. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with grapefruit, cotton candy and tangerine. Medium/full body is slightly chewy with moderate carbonation.
Dorwart (2443) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great big huge light orange head of medium sized bubbles. Frothy on top. Head recedes very slowly. Wonderful aroma with a load of mandarin oranges. It is like I just opened up a can of mandarin orange segments. Light caramel malts and some other citrusy hops. Color is a bright amber orange. WOW, super smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Totally did not expect that. Expected a dry and bitter flavor. The bitterness shows up late swallow. Lots of oranges and sweet malts. Some honey and candi sugar. This is actually pretty damn sweet the further I get into the bottle. Medium palate that is a little bit slick. Finishes creamy and smooth with some lingering oranges and lots of sweetness. A very different IIPA. Someone who likes sweet brews will love this one. I probably should have drank this much sooner btu it is still damn good at this age.
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle, via Puddintane. Looks like this was released some time around May 07. Now almost 10 months later, I must say Iím not expecting to be blown away. Pours a hazy orangish copper under a nice one finger fizzy beige head that faded to a wispy covering. The nose is fairly light on the hops, some light pine and floral notes, but the malt seems to have taken over with its sweet caramel and toffee maltiness. Smells very candy like. The flavor still has a good bit of bitterness up front, but none of the lively citrus zestiness it must have had fresh. A little pine sap and a medicinal note on the finish. The malt isnít especially prominent either, itís not super sweet like I was expecting, more of a crusty bready flavor to it. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, not especially cloying or sticky, with moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall, this is maybe not be over the hill yet, but most likely a whole different animal compared to what it must have been fresh, judging from the earliest bottle ratings. I hope that they do another batch of this so I can get a fresh one.