fidelis83 (1932) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear gold to amber pour with a creamy 3 finger, yellowish off white head. Aroma starts off with dark caramel, then lots of herbal, earthy and citrus hops, with a little biscuit, pine and fresh figs in there. Flavor is sweet caramel, toffee, brown rum, dark fruit, brown sugar, toast and a little vanilla. Medium to heavy body with a juicy, syrupy entry, medium strength, slightly sharp carbonation and an oily-slick finish with a boozy astringency. Not really a big fan, it isn’t bad, but it is a very sweet IIPA with too little hop presence, that lacks the malt depth in the flavor to pass as one of those between IIPA and Barley Wine beers.
CpyNPrnT (358) - Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of citrus and orange, taste is citrus, malty, moderate to long after taste. Decent.
ryrpat (111) - Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice ipa flavor with an orange citrus aroma. Not a huge Great Lakes fan but this is a solid beer
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jaymobrown (1652) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyable and hoppy beer without being too over powering. The alcohol was well hidden and the hops nicely balanced with orange flavor.
rollsrace (37) - - AUG 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Imperial ipa. Honey orange with some pale bitterness aftertaste. Strong beer without being too syrupy
Christpuncher (1118) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of alcohol but tastes like malt and hops. Easy to drink but not fruity at all. Strong beer that is copper in come. Had at bad dog
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nimbleprop (4815) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
10oz pour at Big Hunt in DC. Pours a hazy orange with some thin, creamy, white head. Nose has a mix of sweet malt, a little caramel, some mild candy and pine, soap, orange, grapefruit. Flavors are the same, a little butterscotch lurking, some reduced orange juice, pithy, piney too. Lightly sticky finish but also quite drinkable at 9%.
Nejhleader (1228) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Is a nice bitter ipa. Has a good strong pine hop taste, similar aroma. Good thick body.
Darkmagus82 (993) - - AUG 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review from 8-26-12 -
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a very lightly hazed golden-orange color with a light white head. The head faded over time to leave a good level of lacing.
Smell – The smell is a nice balance of citrus hop, sweet tropical fruits (mango and pineapple) as well as some malty breadiness. A balanced smell that is not subtle, but yet not overpowering either.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter fruit and malt base. The fruit is a mix of tropical flavors as well as citrus with the malt being of a bready nature. As the taste advances some of the sweetness and malt fades, but the hop increases with some flavors of grapefruit and a tangerine/lemon hop coming to the tongue. While the sweetness fades some in the middle, it resurges again at the end. With it there is a slight increase in the hoppy nature of the beer as well. The citrus hop flavors get stronger and in the end, a nice sweet yet hoppy flavor are left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to creamier side with a carbonation level that is just below average. Both suit the more balanced hop and sweet malt flavors of the brew very well.
Overall – A very tasty, sweeter, and rather drinkable Imperial IPA. Quite nice.
malkyore (175) - - JUL 26, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is great! Hops out the wazoo, that’s what an ipa should be, and this definitely delivers! The issue arises afterward, where some ipas have a crisp finish, this has a syrupy lingering hop taste....
This is worth it. Buy it, try it, but make sure you have a glass of water handy. Because you’ll need it...
Krej (89) - USA - JUL 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really good. A great thickish amber color. Tastes hoppy bit not bitter. My ideal looking beer. I want my flagship beer to look like this.