freeofthoughts (688) - 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 (1482) - 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 (388) - 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 (7862) - 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.
italianjohn (2806) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber clear pour thin creamy off white head lots of striped lacing ..... aroma of piney and citrusy hops, hop oils and bitter rinds .... taste is bitter and rindy, but just right so that the piney/citrusy hops come through .... mouthfeel is oily .... some caramel malt on the backend but a nice evenflow of bitter hops from beginning till the dry lingering bite it givesin the finish .... solid and as advertised ... abv hidden well
Itzjerm (2162) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - APR 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice strong aroma of bitter IPA. Flavor is obviously bitter IPA... but when you add in lots of sugars from the high alcohol, its not that much a slap in the face. For a hop head... this is a dream... for a rookie a night mare. The head lingers and is impressive.
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Antioch Fine Wine & Liquors. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a white head and some lacing. Aroma is hoppy, grassy, pine. A little heavy on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, bread, with a grassy, bitter hop finish.
Strykzone (6273) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tulip at ITAP on release day. A nice looking beer that had plenty of copper and brown. Opaque. A big citrus nose jumped from the glass. That was also tasted and it is big. Bitterness is significant, too. Caramel malts almost keep up. My palate died happy.
Bghedtodd (28) - USA - APR 21, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2012 Wow. My benchmark is hopslam and this one is right there with it. A touch more bitter. Love it.