vyvvy (5378) - 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 (1532) - 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 (726) - 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 (8942) - 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.
S_Side_Smitty (689) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orange-amber with a small white head. Aroma is grapefruit & pine. Taste is the same with a lingering resinous aftertaste. Medium bitterness throughout.
michcam8 (478) - Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on tap 13oz. Light amber in color with an off white head. Aroma of hops with a good amount of malts. Flavor is more on the malty side, which somewhat overpowers the hops. Descent DIIPA that would try again.
bluejacket74 (1751) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy amber/orange color with an inch off-white frothy head that sticks around for a long time. There’s also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells mostly like citrusy (tangerine, orange, grapefruit) and pine hops, and a bit of caramel malt. However, I don’t pick up quite as much citrus in the taste (as compared to the aroma). Mostly I taste a lot of bitter pine hops, along with some citrusy hops (mango, grapefruit) and a little caramel malt. There’s a good lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s lick and creamy with good carbonation. Overall I think this is a good brew and I’d buy it again in the future. $8.99 a bottle.
PhillyCraft (5232) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap, pours a hazy gold orange color, thin white head, great sporadic lacing. Aromas of juicy centennial, pine, and diesel. Taste is juicy and fruit filled up front but ultra bitter at the finish. Almost a little too bitter and boozey but still a great ipa. Very oily ipa, wish the malts and grain could have tamed the bite and I never say that with this style.