Elwood (3223) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: bottle. Bordering on cloudy amber gold pour. Ah, the smell of a west coast IPA. Plenty of orange yest, star fruit, and other tropical notes. The taste is subdued compared to the nose. There is a nice tropical bitterness with caramel malt and toast notes. Lingering finish. Solid.
Caytinator (948) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Weird-looking DIPA--ruddy brown dirty color, good lacing, opaque. Aroma is very fruity--taste has a roasty toasty afterbody, malted but differently than some (probably the rye). Tastes stronger than 7%, but I didn’t notice the grapefruit/citrus tastes, but lots of bitterness. Anyway-- very decent beer, strong persistent mouthfeel, and a lot of strength.
Ed5388 (2116) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber from Craftshack. Poured a hazy straw color with a small foamy white head. Aroma of sweet citrus, tropical fruit, and bready malt. Taste of grapefruit, pine, citrus zest, and bready malts.
Alengrin (1824) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Typically American double IPA but with rye malt. Firm and stable, snow white head, colour misty orange blonde. Citrussy hop aroma, bitter honey, pine needles, peach, dried apricot, flowers. Taste at first with a soft maltiness, bit caramelly, fresh citrus and other fruit notes, complex, finishing powerfully yet very elegantly hoppy, with a long, complex bitterness. Excellent example of its style, I love this brewery.
_angst_ (2799) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber received in trade. Thank you StefanSD! Spring 2014 ”vintage”. Pours very hazy deep yellow with a rather thin frothy white head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is very fruity with crackers, pink grapefruit juice, lychee, ripe gooseberries, freshly cut grass, pine needles, cape gooseberries, black currant leaves, resinous wood, lemon balm, dill, orange zest and mango. Taste is bitter and fruity with crackers, moist grass, ripe gooseberries, dew-covered black currant leaves, lychee, pine needles, grapefruit rinds, orange zest, lemon zest, resinous wood and hints of dried juniper berries and alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny astringent, dry, very tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is bitter and fruity with crackers, moist grass, gooseberries, grapefruit rinds, cape gooseberries, lychee, pineapple, mango, resinous wood, orange zest and lemon zest. Very different from the other HotD beers I’ve tried so far but this brewery keeps on impressing and shows they know how a solid IIPA should taste too.
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Felt like I had to rate this due to my love for space and, in particular, the Sagan quote this beer’s name references. Got it at the brewery to go. Almost plays like a regular IPA but ultimately nothing too special. Didn’t explode all over me like previous HotDs (it’s been a few years since my last, perhaps their technique has changed). Still opaque from the bottle conditioning which is nice since I don’t see that as much anymore. Somewhat lemony and refreshing aroma. Solid body. A little thin on the flavor for a DIPA I was suprised to see that was the style. Your usual west coast hop flavor dominates, not too bitter though. I like a little more fruit/dimension in my DIPA.
vyvvy (4000) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub - Pours hazy orange with a white head. The aroma has tropical fruits, orange, toasted malt and some dankness. It has a medium rich body with light huskiness and soft carbonation. The flavor has rich caramel malt, pineapple, mango and dankness. The finish has zesty citrus. Nice IPA.
kaser (2737) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Massive spices and fruits. Cloudy orange with white head. Thick. Tropical goodnes. I Had this on draft at hair of the dog brewery
kathouse (1016) - Nevada, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The label says "intense northwest hop varieties", but I don’t find them intense. What I do find is a very is a good DIPA with mild bitterness, nice complexity, and a spicy finish. Head is thin but the aroma doesn’t die with the foam. Nice body and mouthfeel. Very good.
maxwelldeux (3681) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Special Brews. Pours a hazy golden/tan color with a very small white head on it. Nose is pleasantly hoppy, with some earthy citrus elements and just a bit of resin coming through. Taste is pleasantly bitter, and seems like it would be a great beer after an orgasm. Really nice drink.