matthewjk (800) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hello my dumb bastards, this is a good beer! I know it is a good beer because huge, bitter, hop-forward IPAs are usually not my thing. This palate wrecker will wreck your tongue for a while; it will varnish the inside of your mouth with crazy resin. Very good stuff here...imperial grapefruit ale!
TheHopster (671) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) The aroma is a musky hop. Appearance is a well filtered amber complexion with fluffy white head and consistent lacing. The flavor is more mild than I expected. Obviously highly hopped, but not overwhelming and fairly smooth. IBU is somehow mellowed. 9.5% ABV is also well hidden. If 149 IBU is accurate, this is very well done. Not over-hopped or over-hyped.
Keg_Juggler (193) - New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From The Hopster- 12 oz bottle poured into frosty pilsner glass. Clear amber color with impressive frothy head that gradually reduces to a lingering thin layer with nice lacing present. Amazing aroma of fresh pine and grapefruit. This is a great west coast DIPA and the biggest hop bomb I've had the pleasure of tasting.
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BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in my GI IPA tulip: Pours a deep golden hue with a fading frothy head and good lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of heavy resiny, piney and citric hops that are even a tad dank and oniony. A bit medicinal and tannic as well, some boozy notes and some biscuity malts. The taste is straight on hops, very bitter to the point of becoming unbalanced. Very hard to ascertain any malt character on the palate profile. Nicely hop spicy but hard metallic notes on the finish. An aggressive attacking mouth feel not for the meek. While I like some aspects of this brew I found it challenging to drink and needing a bit more balance. Lives up to the name for sure.
tastybeer (1484) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours amber/orange with a small off-white head, some retention, no lace. Aroma of very dank bud, citrus, pine, caramel. Flavor is resinous, citrus hops, very bitter, caramel malts. Palate is oily, average carbonation, bitter finish. Certainly earned its name.
deekyn (850) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - pours clear red amber with high white head that disapates quickly. Laces in solid rings. S - very hoppy aromas. Citrus hops, grapefruit and light passion fruit. Hints of pine resin. M - full bodied imperial ipa. Quite bitter, extra hoppy then over the top malts. T - very bitter citrus hops up front, abrupt transition into aggressive caramel malts. Soapy throughout. Simple. O - simple by the book extra hoppy ipa. Hops, malts. Done. Eh. 5+!
jtclockwork (6213) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear orange with off white head. Nose/taste of caramel malt, grapefruit, pine, white pepper and hop bitterness. Finishes dry and mostly bitter. Medium body.
raphael (804) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Zam, goes my nose like Pine Sol then the grapefruit comes up--is there a grapefruit pine? some dark caramel and black pepper sneaks in there. Ruddy brown with modest dark tan head. right on the edge flavor-wise, as if somewhere in the sphere of tastes grapefuit and pine are right next to each other. how could you notice the alcohol? bitter finish
phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2012 12 oz. bottle from Randall’s. Pours a clear copper color with a finger of off-white head that settles unevenly and leaves some lace. Aroma of caramel malts, piney and oily hops, tons of citrus (orange and grapefruit), brown sugar, and a little bit of heat for the nostrils. Flavor of bitter, resinous hops, grapefruit peel, caramel malts, and tea. Medium-bodied, with a bitter, resinous mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Pretty bitter, and lingers on the palate for a while. Didn’t quite wreck it, but still.
Marheb (1514) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2012 Incroyable arôme d’houblonnage à froid, tous les agrumes y passent en quantité rarement égalé. En bouche c’est explosif avec une amertume cinglante mais assez conciliante pour se retirer tranquillement et exiger une nouvelle gorgée. Le corps est bien malté mais le tout reste très croustillant. Dans une catégorie à part.