Elwood (3168) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a deep red color with quite a bit of haze. There is a huge, two finger thick head of light tan foam. Nice lacing left behind. The nose has a good dose of pineapple, pine, and grapefruit. All hops. The flavor is aggressive bitterness from start to finish, in true west coast style. Lots of pine with subtle tropicals and grapefruit rind leads to a very long almost aspirin like finish. The start is great but the finish is just too bitter for my taste. Medium bodied with softer carbonation. Definitely a big brew and don’t expect any help from the malt side. This is hop juice.
rader58 (779) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark copper color. Aroma of pineapple, pine, mango, peach, caramel. Flavor is pine, grass, pineapple, mango, caramel. Very bitter and simply fantastic!
ryanfolty (1846) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at KC Flying Saucer on April 24, 2012. Translucent yellow orange pour with some head and lacing. Aroma was citrus hops and taste was similar, grapefruity. Medium bodied, smooth, but a funky bitter finish. Expected more from this.
andyhwcinc (1440) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased at Armanetti’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a Tuesday night having to do some work from home. 900th rating too! Appearance is a rather clear dark red amber with a rich white head that laces to the glass. Aroma is equal parts grassy hops with bready malts, also a bit of citrus and caramel, smells rich without being dominant. Taste is definitely a palate wrecker. Pretty thick, definitely bitter but also rich in a thick hay/bread malt. Very chewy stuff. It’s pretty damn good, happy to have had for #900!
alexsdad06 (5410) - Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a crystal clear deep amber color with a large fluffy white head. The aroma has earthy and resiny hops with some more mild citrus and a hint of caramel malt. The flavor is a decent amount of bitterness up front emphasizing the earthy and resiny hops. Some toasted bread with a splash of caramel serves as a base. The finish has a lasting bitterness. Medium bodied. I want to try this on tap while it is around.
freeofthoughts (652) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2012 Pours clear gold orange with white foam. The aroma is beautiful but intense with piney orange pineapple. The taste is full grainy, slightly alcoholic with big bitter resinous pine and citrus with a tiny mint flavor. West coast in effect. It finishes with a big bruising oily pine bitter that makes it hard to see anything, definitely bold on the palate, and it lingers... And lingers... And gets more grapefruit and piney as you wait for the next gulp. Carbonation is on the light side but perfect for the massive resin and grain undertaking. I normally don?t gravitate to these kind of beers but this is slightly palatable and the aroma is heavenly. Better than the west coast ipa and most stupid hopped brews. Not quite one dimensional but close.
jmohno (1075) - Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2012 Solid orange/light copper some creamy head clearing shortly,nice lacing.
Very nice hoppy nose of complex floral,fruit,resiny,dank,hoppy,grapefruit,slight pine,fresh rainforest,candied malt carmel,butterscotch,and slight pastry biscuit.
Taste is mirrored with aroma but has more orange fruit presence,grapefruit orange rind mild at first with an elevating bittering that lingers and fades smoothly.
Very low alcohol detection,very smoothly hoppy,not too sweet but a nice buttery carmel solid flavor with some spice/ pine/grapefruit/orange.Very,very nice and in my top 5 imperial ipa’s for shure.
joshmcg000 (317) - Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy copper with white head. Aroma is intense floral, pine and tropical fruit. Very bitter, lots of pine and some floral hop flavors. Medium bodied and caramel malts even it out. Has a weird almost grainy mouthfeel. Some citrus and alot of spiceyness but not as much as I would expect. A awesome double IPA.
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: crystal clear golden in color with generous head; Aroma: fruit (maybe pineapple?) and piney notes; Taste: piney and bitter, no noticeable malt in this beer; Overall: too dry and bitter for me. The aroma was promising but the beer is more bitter than I like.
b3shine (5425) - Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks decent. Not much of a smell at all. Tastes good; much hopper than it smells. Mouthfeel is good. Solid, nut not special.