djd07 (6279) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Hay Merchant. Pours a clear copper with large frothy white head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is floral hop and pine. Thick mouthfeel with stron hop and pine with a long lingering bitter finish. A very impressive hoppy IIPA from Green Flash.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2012 One of them cool bottles, picked up from Sam’s Quik Shop. Pours bright, clear orange with a thick off-white head. Nose is hoptastic... citrus and resin, but mostly citrus--shades of grapefruit, lemon, and orange rind. Not a huge amount of malt behind it. Call it unbalanced if you will, but sometimes this is the exact balance I like in a strong IPA. Hearty palate. Yum.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2012 12 oz bottle from Bev4less. Pours a translucent copper color with a small off-white head that has fair retention. The aroma is big and bold with grapefruit, sweat and resins. The flavor, like the aroma, is a big blast of bitter hops; lots of grapefruit, lime, resins and salt. The malt base is fairly neutral with some pine nuts and a trace of toffee. The palate is full and smooth with lively carbonation. Overall: This one lives up to its name, it really is a palate wrecker, one of the most bitter brews i can remember drinking that was still enjoyable. Fans of intensely bitter brews will wanna get their hands on this, all others should avoid.
Drake (10703) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, I guess I’m gonna just pass out from fatigue sometime soon, so this is a good one to end the evening with, especially since I’ve been on a hop binge ever since fall and the concept of a palate stripping hop bomb is appealing right bow. This better live up to its name. I hope it hurts. 12 ounce bottle from Beer Run. I used to say Beer Run in Charlottesville, but there really is only one Beer Run (other than the cheap imitators), so no city modifier is needed. Pours a clear copper color with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of resiny hops with some floral, leafy and tropical notes. The taste is pretty bitter citrus and resin hops. Faint tropical notes as well as some toffeeish malts. Medium bodied with a strong lingering bitterness. Nice beer. It could be a little more bitter, but it is a nice strong hop bomb. Maybe one of these days I will return to be a proud Easterner who actually appreciates hoppy beers with balance, but for now I’ll embrace the skullduggery and this beer will do quite nicely.
cohomebrewer (8) - Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2012 does not count
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Caramel aroma, very little citrus. Strong bitterness that overwhelms any other flavors. Little to no grain or malt flavors. Ok beer but way over-hopped.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Smoke and Barrel. Clear amber pour with a lively white froth. Big piney resin and orange grapefruit notes, with hints of caramel in the background. Sappy palate with a smacking citrus finish.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Rating #108. Clear dark golden/orange with a big fluffy white head that left some real good lacing. Tropical grapefruit aroma with a little sweetness. Pretty decent bitterness, more grapefruit and more sweetness. Nice stuff. (2249)
zizzybalubba (1628) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet (listed as 9.5% on the bottle). Pours dark orange with a two finger thick off-white head. Aroma of pine resin, wet grass, and hints of grapefruit rind. Wonderful flavor of bitter grapefruit, pine, and just a touch of pineapple. Some noticeable alcohol on the back end of this one. This is a wonderful beer.
Anova167 (307) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - MAR 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear dark orange with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is bright and citrusy with a touch of pine. Flavor lives up to its name as a palate wrecker. Massively piney with a grapefruit and tropical fruit backdrop. Totally unbalanced and I love it.
baraciisch (2349) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at The Abbey in Seal Beach.... Aroma of floral and herbal hops.... Flavor is grassy and bitter, like chewing on hops, overwhelmes the palate.... Finish is bitter piney hops... Pretty solid beer if you are obsessed with hops, could use a little more balance