scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
All I wanna do is a zoom zoom zoom and a boom boom! Sticky dank pineapple nose, gummy lemon. Reminds me of a concentrated version of their double IPA. Maybe Iím wrong. But lots of grapefruit and pine. Hits the spot. Such a tasty bitter experience.
coolpop (1284) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle at a tasting. Pours medium amber with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma is, well, um, hoppy -- loads of pine, some grapefruit, but mostly a deep, dank, earthiness. The flavor delivers even more of this. Iím getting layers of hoppiness -- loads of dank, fresh hops really dominate. And you know, it doesnít actually strike me as ridiculously bitter -- just loads of hop flavor. Enough malt backbone to keep it from being too lopsided too. Mouthfeel is thick but more creamy than oily.
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A perfect beer if you like a piney flavored Imperial/Double IPA. Iím more partial to a fruitier IPA but this one is a better example of the other end of the hop flavor spectrum (i.e. fruit vs. pine).
CanIHave4Beers (2758) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy golden color with a nice head and good lacing on the glass.
The aroma is hop forward with lots of pine and melon. The nose is lightly sweet with some dank character and some alcohol.
The flavor is big and hoppy, aggressively bitter but not without a particularly noticeable toasty malt backbone. There is plenty of fruit forward hoppiness and some pine notes. The alcohol is noticeable but not unpleasant and the bitterness level is very enjoyable.
Almost surreal to see this on tap in Des Moines.
keanex (1133) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a Duvel tulip from a fresh 12 ounce bottle.
A: Murky brown/amber body with a decent sized creamy light tan head.
S: Sweet malts and tropical fruit of mangoes, pineapple, oranges, and banana. Very inviting and unassuming of the bitterness to come.
T: Sweet malts and tropical fruitiness up-front of mango and oranges, but a strong grapefruit comes in to give a rather dry finish. Decently balanced.
M: Medium to full-bodied with soft carbonation giving a creamy texture.
O: Pretty intense, but still a bit tame compared to Ruination from my memory. A bit pricey, Iím glad I only bought one.
kidmartinek (2967) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright, new shiny copper color. Head holds to a thin white film. Lacing is fine and blanketous. Thatís prolly not a word but it gets the point across. No, not prolly, thatís my word. The aroma is just bitter. Its not even hops. The flavor is the definition of bitter. The palate is bitter and has a little spike of dryness. The bite is good. The finish is a bit harsh due to being too bitter. Is that even possible?
Ernest (5879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is light to medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a note of alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Wow. This has just about the most one-dimensional aroma you could imagine in an IPA. A resin-grapefruit bomb with virtually nothing else going on. Citric and abrasive in the mouth, just as the name suggests, so itís no fun to drink either. Looks nice and has a enjoyable creamy mouthfeel, but is otherwise a profoundly boring beer.
beernovice39 (3037) - Montana, USA - APR 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2012 Bottle pours a clear orange/amber with a thick off white top. Scent is pine, grass and caramel. Taste is pine, caramel, citrus and a long dry piney finish.
mcberko (4806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Belmont Station Bier Cafe, pours a mostly clear copper with a medium off-white head. Aroma of strong herbal hops, marijuana and rye malt notes - quite the herbal hop punch. Intense herbal hops smother the palate with little resource - still balanced with the rye malt. The rye and herbal notes linger on and on. Excellent hop scorcher.
cbirker (42) - Fullerton, California, USA - APR 9, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bomber into tulip. Awesome DIPA! floral, cirtrus, and resin hops really slam hard on the palate. I love the mouthfeel on this...so hoppy but so smooth for a 10% abv. appears golden to amber usually see a darker look to 10% DIPAs.