agl108 (797) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the Brillo Box. Poured cloudy copper with sheets of lace. Citrus, pine, sweet malts. Medium bodied. Bitter tongue scraping finish. Solid.
Brenhophead (602) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355mL bottle, pours light copper with an off white head, light carbonation and loads of tropical fruit on the nose. Wow first sip of this beer you get a huge hit of flavour complexity, slight alcohol burn but loads of fruity flavour. The bitterness and the alcohol are both well hidden by the complex weave of flavours, very nice beer.
maneliquor (3285) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours dull orange with a small, dense white head. Nose is very resinous with loads and loads of pine. Some herbal undertones come out which I’m not a huge fan of and there is a touch of spice but the pine is the show stopper here. Taste is full on pine, light citrus and resin with only a touch of the herbs that came out in the taste. Massive bitterness surrounds you once you swallow. Crazy stuff
MacBoost (1399) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally found this in a 4 pack in my town. Wasn’t going to pay $10 for a 22oz, but the 4 pack wasn’t much cheaper at $13.99. Anyway. Pours a clear deep gold color with a 1 finger white head consisting of fine white bubbles. Aromas are really sweet citrus fruits, definitely mango, some lemon peel, ripe oranges. Very sweet aroma. This had better not be a sugar bomb when I taste it. Here goes... Ok, it’s pretty sticky and sweet. Not as sweet as I was expecting. Very bitter, it starts out like sucking on a sweet pine cone (if you can imagine that), then finishes like you just chewed on a mouthful of Tylenol. So sweet, then bitter, then an almost dry finish. It really evolves in your mouth as it moves across your tounge. This is a very west coast style IPA, and I was hoping I was going to hate this one, but it is actually very good. Mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy. Over the top bitterness on the back end, I can’t stress that enough. I hate to admit it, but this is a very good beer.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a hazy, orangey, copper color with a full, white, creamy head which settles to a rocky layer and leaves drippy lace. The nose is decisively bitter with lots of resins and pine all over, white grapefruit, herbal and spicy, and rustic notes. The flavor is extremely bitter, the most bitter beer I have had to date, still pine and rustic, resin all over, pink grapefruit, light sweet caramel, and herbal bitterness. The palate is medium to full, lively, creamy, and oily. The finish is all bitter, more herbal, and lingering resin and grapefruit notes. Hop monster does not begin to describe this one with the most intense hop bitterness I have had. I always love these unbalanced hop bombs but this one was almost too much too handle, it was hard to drink more than one. It was nice to get my hop fix and so quickly but not a beer I could drink often.
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flushed with the obligatory floral notes of the style, this IPA carpet bombs the tongue with a stew of hop bitterness. Not to say it’s a harsh wilderness, the brew also has a smoothness that emits class and structure. Love that hazy wood color, too; I can almost count the rings in it. Fantastic offering by the artisan markspeople over at Green Flash.
barn0216 (423) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Floral aroma, nice clear copper color. Head is fairly thin and little lacing present. Terrific DIPA taste. Bitter, citrusy hops with little hint of alcohol. It is really hard to tell that it is nearly 10%.
Leafs93 (1752) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours orange with a white head which left great lacing. Aroma is resin, tropical fruit and pine. Taste is lots of bitters which stick around. Smooth mouth feel with an oily texture. Alcohol is insanely well hidden. Overall this is excellent.
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Delicious. Simply delicious. Sweet citrus hop scent with a hint of caramel. Transparent bronze pour with a foamy head and thick lacing. Medium body with a slightly sticky finish, lots of carb on the tongue. Caramel sweetness up front then a huge bitter hop hit. The only thing I didn’t like about this brew was the price. $15 for a four pack is pretty steep.
boxofrane (2258) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours copper with a small white head that quickly dissipates. There is some sticky lacing and minor carbonation in the glass. Aroma is as floral as it gets with a ton of pine hitting you right in the face. The taste is pretty darn bitter with a nice malt balance. The palate is about as perfect as can be for a DIPA. Overall, very impressed with this brew ($5 single).