mixmasterob (975) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear deep golden pour with a frothy white head. Looks nice. Big aroma of juicy, citrusy, piney hops. A touch of sweet caramel but this one shines hops. Flavors were big, bold and bitter. A bit on the abrasive side, doesn’t have that smoothness of a truly great double. Huge grassy, pine sol like finish that ended bittersweet. A true uninhibited hop bomb, by definition. I guess I dug it, maybe a bit too bitter and unbalanced though.
Westchesterco (1439) - mclean, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
roasty, herbs, earthy, golden, clear, minimal head, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, medium sweetness,
Iphonephan (4626) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 oz bottle on Super Bowl Sunday. Pours a clear amber with a thick off white head. Citrus hop aroma. Pine, grass and citrus. Smooth mouthfeel. Bitter finish.
zgaier (1677) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Oblivion Taproom in Orlando. Pours a dark orange with an off white head and sweet hop and citrus filled aroma. Taste is massive hop bitterness up front with citrus and grapefruit notes with an equally bitter, long finish. Great DIPA, tons of hoppy bitterness
jjgmd (1749) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Oblivion Taproom, Orlando, pours a reddish orange color with a small head. Nose is intense hops and citrus and sweet. Taste is massively bittersweet with sting citrus and pine, full of taste and flavor. Finish is long and bitter, but ends beautifully. Quaff Score 8 / 10
FlacoAlto (3891) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A steady pour into my New Belgium Globe glass produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a bright, red-copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of concentrated, fruity hops, slightly resinous, and with backing, toasted, caramelized, crystal malt notes. Specific notes of tangerine zest, woody pine, some weed-like / grassy notes, lots of lychee, and lush, tropical fruit / floral notes. The malt character is clearly a supporting role in the aroma, and in fact gets subsumed underneath the hop onslaught pretty quickly.
Nicely bitter up front with accentuating herbal notes; both of these continue through to the finish. The herbal and pine like hop character, along with the bitterness, is larger than the fruit character in the flavor, which is the opposite of what it was in the aroma; flavors of bitter herbs, hemp oils, rosemary, lingering woody-menthol, and woody-pepper notes are all noticeable. The fruit-hop notes play a supporting role in the flavor, but do contribute some noticeable flavors of lychee, tangelo zest, candied grapefruit zest (lingers at times in the finish), essential citrus oils, and some floral peach notes. The body of this beer is definitely fairly viscous, it has a medium quality to it, and the beer is certainly a sipping brew; it is not overly heavy though, but is on the dense side for my preferred type of Double IPA. As the beer warms up the hop fruit character becomes more rich with flavors of guava, peach syrup, and some mango even. The alcohol can get a bit hot at times as the beer warms up, though it can’t compete with the juicy hop character.
Substantially bitter and dank, but it is funny how much my palate has adjusted to monster hop bombs like this. Just earlier today I was thinking back to the first Sierra Nevada Pale Ale that I had in the 90s, it blew me away how bitter and hoppy that beer was, this beer is in a whole other league though, but my palate at this point can no longer recognize that. Definitely a beer for the aggressive hop lover; self-flagellating, scathing, abrasive, a definite palate wrecker indeed.
bobbyberbiglia (188) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle A - Pours light amber with off white head. Good lacing. S - Citrus. T - Hop bomb. Bitter resin, pine, citrus rind. M - Medium bodied. Good carb. Long bitter/resin finish. O - Well done California Hop Bomb.
Aniela (4156) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice amber beer with a white lacy head. Hoppy, fruity and malty aroma. Floral, hoppy flavour with some bitterness.
drfabulous (4922) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Nice carbonated pour. Hoppy and boozy. Grapefruit. Pine. Big nose. Super bitter. Nails the popular style of big Double IPAs.
Arayaga2 (1914) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chestnut brown with a half inch of white head. Aroma is super citrusy with sweet grapefruit. Taste is the same, but contains all the pith. It’s very much like consuming a booze-soaked grapefruit. $4/12oz