Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle.<!-- br --> Pours a hazy orangey gold with a long lasting, white head floating on top. Nose is hops, floral and piney. Bitterness lasts throughout this brew, with some grapefruit zest, too much so in my opinion. This was pretty much a spineless beer, with the malt backdrop of 2IPA MIA. Thought this was going to be better than it was. Thanks to wohlf for the bottle.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours like an unflitered hefe: cloudy yellow-orange with a big white head that hangs out for a while. Aroma is sweeter than expected, with the expected citrus hops underlayed with hints of apple and other fruits. Also some sourness and the classic "belgian" aroma. In the mouth, itís a little soapy. The flavor is quite bitter and doesnít live up to the complexity of the aroma. Big alcohol warming, which is surprising at 7%. After my palate adjusted to the bitterness, though, I started to appreciate this one more. While still overwhelmingly bitter (and leaving my mouth feeling a little numb), I started to like this one more and more. I think that if youíre a big fan of bitter, youíll love this one. If youíre not (like me), you might be a little disappointed by the flavor, especially given the nose, but give it a chance to grow on you.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle (thanks to greenhorn1) poured a cloudy pale/gold color with a nice white head. Aromas of citrus hops and some pepper notes from what seams to be belgian yeast. Taste was a bit strange for a double IPA, with a good bitterness and an overpowering belgian yeast character. Overall another interesting release from HOTD.
skoisirius (1823) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 On tap at The Collins Pub in downtown Seattle. Pours a hazy golden color with quite a foamy white head. The aroma has a fairly citrusy and hoppy nose to it with some spices thrown in the mix. The flavor brings out somewhat of the same of the nose: sweet, bitter, and citrusy hops with some spices thrown in the mix. Not too much malt going on with this considering its a DIPA. Fairly bitter end on this guy. I really love the Blue Dot, but mainly only when its fairly fresh, so don
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber ocurtesy of Dubbercody, thanks again Jaime! Pours a hazy golden color with a yellow-light cream colored head that dissapates quickly to a film. Super fresh aroma, mass amounts of citrus complimented with some light pine, candied fruit and a bit of black pepper. Bitter and dry flavor: grapefruit, lemon zest,belgian yeast, pepper, and some very light and dry malt. Sturdy body with a fairly delicate mouthfeel and a lively carbonation that isnít overkill. Overall, a fresh, floral IIPA that resides more on the dry end than the sticky and sweet side...a nice take on the style.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 Sampled at RBSG 2006- Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy butterscotch candy color. Fine aroma of pineapple and citrus. Has a distinct juniper taste with a luau finish. This must be a fairly low pH beer. Lots of tartness to the mouth. This beer could be used for aroma therapy. UPDATE 3/2008: In the bomber bottle from Johnís Market in Portland. Intense citrus and pine tar aroma. Delicious fruity and citrus flavors. A bargain beer for $5.
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale cloudy yellow with a nice frothy lasting head. Aroma is spicy, with some slight citrus notes, has sort of a Belgian yeast strain smell to it. Taste is not what you expect the aroma to lead into. Hop bitterness dominates with very little sweet maltiness you would find in a conventional IIPA. But HOTD is hardly conventional. Alcohol is almost non-existent, but the hop bite at the end of this one is almost too astringent for me. Iíll enjoy this one in moderation.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBSG 06. Very pale and hazy with white head. The aroma is floral, pine and bready. The flavor is lemon, floral and herbal. Medium/light body with bitter finish.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bottle. Murky light brown-orange with a thin film of white head. Spicy, soft citrus hop aroma. Spicy rye malt character incedes a confluence of hop flavors: spicy/floral, vegetal, piney. Resinous astringency in the finish with residual perfumey spiciness. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy, rather dry.
OldMrCrow (2112) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2006
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2006 Bomber. Thanks to glkaiser, who threw this one in as a bonus on a recent small trade. What a bonus!
Pours a hazy yellow-brown apple cider with a lovely white head. The aroma is mind-blowing. Itís vast and chewy and leafy and dominated by an incredible mango aroma that infuses everything and smells like the melted part of the best mango sorbet in the world tastes. In addition, some apple, some grapefruit.
The flavor is quite a bit drier than the aroma suggests, Here we get an enormous (but not entirely palate kiling) hop bitterness, none of the sweet notes that one might have expected to come along for the ride. A cracker malt base rests underneath, but the flavor is all about the bitterness - and while very nice, it actually comes off as somewhat pedestrian on the heels of that spectacular aroma. Mouthfeel is good and relatively laid back for an IIPA; other than the huges IBUs, overall the beer strikes me as more of a strong IPA than an IIPA. For the most part, thatís a good thing - I appreciate the restraint in the sweet caramel tones that dominate many IIPAs.
This is a very good IPA, but itís curious -- Iím not sure it would become my regular house beer even if it were regularly available. Much as I love the aroma and much as I love a strong IPA, the balance needed for a daily drinker may not quite be there. Or maybe itís just sour grapes, knowing that this is the first and last bottle Iíll have for a while.
Tap at Uber On tap, I start to see just what a curious beer this one is. Lovely tropical-fruit (pineapple, mango) hop aromas and falvors, but the malts are just not coming in enough to hold this thing together; instead it comes off somewhat hollow on the flavor and mouthfeel. Itís definitely on the light side for an IIPA, not that this is a bad thing at all. I probably would have given this something more like an 8/4/7/4/15 this time aronud, but Iíll let the rating from the bottle stand, as I took more care with that one.