Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear amber color with a white foam head. Has a piney aroma with hints of caramel and grapefruit. Sweet caramel taste with a harsh resiny hop hit and grapefruit notes on the finish. Hop lovers treat. Love it.
Borresteijn (6289) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
66cl Bottle at AHBS. Clear golden orange colour, thick off white head. Aroma of lovely pine and citrus hops, grapefruit, grapes, light herbal and peppery. Flavour is medium sweet, very hoppy, citrus, pine, grapefruit, firm lingering dry hoppy pine and citrus bitter finish with a little pepper. Medium to fullbodied. Great stuff.
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a copper/amber color - somewhat hazy - nice thick frothy light beige head. Aroma is nice. Citrus and pine. Whoa...flavor is very strong balanced by a nice thick sweet malt backing. Flavor grapefruit giving way to pine and then back to grapefruit on the finish - very bitter at the end and the taste really lingers
jnate24 (33) - Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorite DIPA’s to date. Aroma is fresh hops and citrus fruit. Taste is massive citrus hops with a long bitter finish. Decent malt bill gives it balance and a bit of sweetness. Get it fresh while you can.
RobertDale (5263) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear dark amber with a nice white head. Strong aroma of pine, florals, and citrus. Taste is similar with some malt. Very bitter and very intense.
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 (1707) - 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 (5535) - 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.