hayduke (3534) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at The Local Beer Bar in Eureka, CA, Poured a clear amber with good sized white head. Nose is like shoving a grapefruit up your nose but after the initial shock there is some fruit as well. Medium in body. Med body. Flavor is a blast of hops, but there is some malts there too The bitterness is incredible, but somehow it is not overwhelming and it masks the alcohol well. A long bitter finish. LOVE this beer.
SacchCerevisiae (16) - Ohio City, Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The complex taste of this beer makes you want to take your time with it and explore. As previously said, the high bitterness rate, not to mention the high ABV, make this one a sipper for sure. Save this beer for later in the night - it really will wreck your palate. Very solid beer.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2012
2.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Rick’s in Alexandria. Served in a Green Flash pint glass.
Pours a clear light copper color with a very nice off-white head. Tons of ringy lacing on the way down.
The nose carried a bit of light bready malt and some resinous hops. Very light citrus peel in the background. This is surprisingly malty. Not in the sense thy there is a strong malt presence, but just in the overall balance as there really isn’t that much hop aroma there.
The flavor continues down this path. Some amber and bready malt with a heavy bitterness though not much hop flavor at all. Very unfortunate. A bit of alcohol there as well. Body is light-medium with good carbonation and pretty heavy bitterness.
I really just couldn’t get into this one.
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Part of a six IPA tasting session.
No freshness date, but I know this is the first bottling. 4 pack.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
A: Pours a clear amber with a one finger white head.
S: Dank, piney hops dominate the aroma.
T: Just piney hops here, there is an extreme lingering bitterness that may be unpleasant for some, but definitely sets it apart in this tasting.
M: Sticky, medium-bodied, and moderately carbonated.
O: Like the OB Deviant Dale’s, this is definitely targeted at hopheads; however, the strong lingering bitterness doesn’t fall back well on any malt. This is good to remind me what bitterness tastes like every once in awhile, but I definitely prefer Green Flash’s other hoppy offerings.
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz from a 4-pack from Bev4Less. Pours the expected amber hue, with a decent sampling of white foam, lacing nicely around the edge of the glass. Aromas are of heavy malt, pine and citrus hops, though mild, and a funky cheese (smokey) hint. The taste is ultra unique, especially for an imperial IPA, with the dark, smokey cheese hints acting like an outer wrapping around the grapefruit and resin flavors. Excellent mouthfeel and body. Really interesting that this brew and the SN Hoptimum were released in such close proximity to one another. Great, not good, stuff here, and I’m not a Green Flash fan.
edgallow (2499) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber pours amber with a off white head. Aroma is hops, which came through as I poured. Taste is citrus and pine hope and a little malt.
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GMCC2181 (1528) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 7, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up at SL.. Poured aggresive in to a snifter... awesome nose of bitter hops that I could smell two feet away.. Dark orange in color, big rocky head that stuck around. Taste is just a big old hop bomb... fruity and PINEY....149 IBUs? pretty close to that! Bitter upfront followed by a sweet malt body, than the bitter after taste just lingers in the mouth. Medium body, little on the creamy side. Alcohol well hidden and suprisingly easy to drink. Overall: Hoppy=Happy! Good shite! Thanks matt for the recccomandation!
oRos (1244) - sacramento, California, USA - APR 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from total wine sac. Wow this beer is bitter. Leaves your tounge tingly. Color is amber with a tan head. I cant pick up much aroma. Awsome beer.
MrBunn (2523) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber with a "hell yes!" at the time of purchase. I race back to the hotel and twitch while waiting for the family to settle down so I can get this party started. Finally. I’m not waiting any more. Bomber comes out, lets off a hiss as the cap comes off and we are off! Pours a clear gold with a pretty large fizzy head. Aromas are aggressive and try to take out my son as he walks past. Resin and pine with grapefruit and a little nail polish remover or paint thinner or something very abrasive. I’m not scared though. At least that’s what I tell myself. First sip reveals about what you would expect. Lots of malty sweetness up front (mostly honey and biscuit) that almost immediately yields to a blast of resin and all the stuff I pulled out of the aromas. No real difference between nose and palate on this one... But I’m gonna finish this with anothe "Hell yes!"
arminjewell (7045) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, made sure it was fresh, right from liquor store the day they got it into my glass. Dark reddish orange pour with big fluffy slightly off white head, aroma brought notes of HUGE hops, grapefruit and lemon, orange juices all squeezed in there, nice pine and floral notes as well, some slight biscuit, but really it is dominated by hops. Taste is big dripping grapefruit juice, some slight orange but mainly grapefruit, some slight hints of pine going into a biscuity middle that goes away quickly, finishing with some piney bitterness. Excellent, and well made.