Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance - Glowing bright orange with a thick pillowy white head. Long retention and moderate lacing going on.
Aroma - Very inviting. Lots of tropical fruits, mango, grapefruit, orange citrusy hops to go with some dank piney resin. Hint of malts.
Taste - The citrus aroma doesn’t carry much to the flavor. Mostly bitter, piney resin hops. Quick hint of malts for some balance and sweetness before being overtaken by a bone dry bitter finish. The citrus notes surface a little more towards the end.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, creamy, oily mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Exceedingly long bitter hoppy finish.
Pretty good hop bomb, This beer has a lot of hype around it but I’ve had better DIPA’s. Still a solid brew. I’d get it again.
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - APR 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
#1463 bottle; nose is peach, very dry red grape, grass, bile, some rosehip, feel is medium, carb is quite low, taste is very broad mediumsour hops, some plum, decent pine, later bile
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BevMo in Scottsdale, AZ. Pours a hazy mango-copper supporting a medium tall and firm light stone head. Thickly laced throughout the glass. Huge pine explosion during the pour with more in the flavor along with grapefruit, milk chocolate, toffee and more floral notes. Chewy, sticky texture and a long, bitter finish that leaves your tongue drenched with hops. Very aggressive but still balanced. Can’t wait to try it on tap.
lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks: Dana & Jenny! Pours clear golden orange, wih a small white head. Aroma: this is really skunky, weed, cannabis, floral, a bit farty, very hoppy, grassy, spruce, grain, fruity orange peel, citrussy hops, Taste: quite dry, nice bitterness, some liquorice hops, spicy, spruce, pine, grapefruit, nice long lingering dry bitter aftertaste, farty, grainy, plant sap, vegetal.
vyvvy (4178) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was expecting this to be a nice one, but it exceeded my expectations. Pours clear light bronze with a large soapy off-white head. The aroma has tons of tropical fruit, smooth citrus (mainly grapefruit), heavy floral aspect and for this being as assertively hoppy there is still a really nice balance with toasty and fruity caramel malt. Medium crisp body with a really nice amount of semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with a hop onslaught that has earth, pine, citrus, spice and a mintiness. Some of the aroma malt is there, but to a lesser degree. At this point is is a super-solid IIPA, but the finish is where it really knocks it out. The finish has a hop explosion that fills the mount with what seems like grapefruit pith, pine needles and a coating resin that just never leaves. For such a bit big beer it gives is a liveliness and is delicious with hop pleasantness. It is ultra-dry, but falls short of being abrasive even with the dryness and hop blast. Some alcohol shows through, but its complimentary to the beer. Excellent IIPA. Would like to try this next to others I’ve got at the top of my fave list as this may be my favorite at this point.
lamas (1392) - Washington DC, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A clear copper pour with a big and creamy beige head. The resiny aroma features plenty of pungent grapefruits, citrus rinds, tangy tangerines, lemon juice, caramel, pepper, loads of dough, and some touches of caramel. Goes down relatively full-bodied. The taste starts with some caramel and sour doughy salty pretzel qualities. The drying finish features loads of grapefruits and citrus rinds. Quite piney. Some warming alcohol is present throughout. Good stuff!
Daytonbeer (673) - Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours orange with white head and tons of lacing. Aroma of a pine forest, citrus, carmel, and funk. The taste is big and full, yet surprisingly well-balanced. Lots of pine first, followed by malts, with a bitter and alcohol aftertaste.
DuffMan (7139) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Hazy light orange with a white head that settles into a thin wispy surface covering. Very intense green hop aroma, rooty even, with background sweetness, and some radish oddly enough. Oily hoppy body, bursting with vegetal hop character, supported by sweet honeyish malts. Long bitterness. Very satisfying.
BARLEYWINEO (106) - Tacoma, USA - APR 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Poured a light auburn color with good carbonation and a nice white cap. Bubbles fade away with no lacing after a few minutes.This beer looks heavy.
S: Wow bittering hops with orange peel, grapefruit, pine needles and some bread. Big nose with a nice booze sting.
T: Immediate hop bitterness with a big pine needle aand grapefruit presence then with some orange peel. Some heaviness in the middle with bread, grapefruit and a light flower note and more pine. Sticky, warm and bitter on the back end.
M: Heavy, low carbonation
O: Very good on taste and mouthfeel, palate wrecker indeed
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Deep copper. Little head and lace. Average carbonation and mouthfeel. The big story here is massive resinous piney hops! Very bitter and I love it. The malt also backs it up. A big beer for real hopheads.