beerfest5 (1197) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I actually thought this was very easy to drink despite all the hype, the guy in the store I found it is very knowledgeable and even he was almost scared of this one. No need to offer the description, its all hops here, aroma, taste, and finish.
emconrad (1) - Breckenridge, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great beer. Solid pour, mild amber pour with a light white head. Exploding taste right in the beginning, mellows out through with beer. Amazing, could drink all the time. Like the brewer says, "this beer isnít for everyone, only the real hop heads!!!." And itís true. Enjoy!
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12oz bottle marked Best By 6/3/14 into a tulip glass. I would guess (I could be wrong) that this makes the beer approximately 6 weeks old, if it was given a 6 month shelf life.
It pours an amber color with a little bit of almost-white head. It leaves a nice lacing down the glass.
The aroma is sticky, sap-like hops with some malt presence in the background. It has a woodsy, spice note that could be what some refer to as the garlic and onions note, primarily attributed to Simcoe hops.
There can be no mistaking this for anything other than a hop bomb. That said, the palate is actually fairly simple, with the big dank hop note dominating everything else, including the malt background. It is mostly pine and grapefruit up front, with touches of floral and spice.
Unfortunately, the big hop notes come at the expense of drinkability. While this is, for sure, a hop bomb, it lacks the balance needed to be truly drinkable.
This is a decent beer, but there are just too many other imperial IPAs that deliver the hop punch while maintaining a balance that makes the beer drinkable. If youíre a fan of the big, sticky resin bombs, youíll like this for sure.
fiercepanda (603) - Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A mostly clear red-orange beer with a medium off-white head that leaves a little lacing. The aroma is pineapple and grapefruit, really nice. The flavor is fruity, floral, and pine. The alcohol is well hidden, but it definitely lives up to its name; nothing you drink the rest of the night will compare to the flavor here.
Patrickctenchi (4402) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear, orange-red-amber...beautiful body....with a small, soapy white head.
Pine, grapefruit-peel, orange aroma....(and a second or two of , well, feet.)
Taste is orange-peel, pine, fruit....
A hint of tropical and florals.
Very bitter, but well balanced..
Very easy to drink, not the brutal hop bomb it is touted as, but very good.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle served in a Dogfish Head IPA glass
A - Pours a clear copper/amber with a firm 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great heaping edges of head left with chunky lacing left behind. Great looking beer.
S - Pine jumps out with grapefruit right behind it, very hoppy aroma, sticky caramel malts, perfumey ethanol, vanilla, fresh baked bread.
T - Resinous pine sap, sweet grapefruit turns to a rindy and oily bitterness. Stone fruit and bitter pineapple come to mind. Some lemon/lime twang shows up toward the finish. The pine runs strong through the middle with the grapefruit on the sides, forming a synergistic punishment of bitterness. The caramel malt holds itís ground and adds a buttery sweetness. Finishes dry with an aggressive pine bite with notes of peppery herbs. Grapefruit sneaks in quickly in the aftertaste wiping out all other flavors.
M - Heavy in weight, but has a medium body, oily feel, medium carbonation, dry and assertively bitter finish.
And a palate wrecker it is! Just an in your face DIPA. Lots of bitterness with pine and grapefruit fighting it out. Pine comes strong up front but grapefruit pushes more at the end. Itís like talking a bite out of a fresh grapefruit, rind and all. Solid malt base for the extreme use of hops. Not a very complex mix of flavors but if your looking for a hop bomb this is it.
Serving type: bottle
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at J. Timothy's in Plainville. Pour is a golden copper unfiltered with a medium white head, plenty of lacing. Aroma is a west coast hop assault. Some grapefruity citrus and orange and faint malt. Taste is the same, a resiny hop slap in the face with good bitterness and spicy bite. Some lingering citrus and big but pleasant bitterness in between sips. As advertised.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
commonshawn (486) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Fluted glass at Mackenzies. Light orange with one finger head. Aroma was excellent, fresh, citrus, pine, and floral. Typical double ipa. Didnít blow me away or wreck my palate, but it was solid.
commonmac (465) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rare tap found at MacKenzie?s. Smell is phenomenal...heavy pine exuding a refreshing flavor yet to come. A light orange color with a quick dissipating head. Taste is, as expected, heavy on hops and pine. Floral. Big bitter end. The name is apropos...definitely influences (wrecks) the palate.
keanex (1565) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Best by June 4, 2013.
Appearance: The body is crystal clear showing off a vibrantly hued amber. The head is short but dense with a light tan tinge to it. This is a stellar looking IPA.
Aroma: The aroma is a bit over the top, it smells a bit like stinky cheese for a moment with grapefruit, smells like dank Simcoe hop even though there is none. Not a fan of this.
Taste: That dank aroma is apparent in the flavor as well and it dominates the flavor. The beer isnít overly bitter, but itís definitely there. Slightly spicy hops and grapefruit are there. This is just a bitter beer without much depth.
Palate: Full-bodied and mildly carbonated.
Overall: I remembered this being more tropical and appealing, the aroma just comes off as Simcoe, which is odd since they donít use it. I donít enjoy the hop profile.