thb (804) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh boy. This one packs a punch. Pours a slightly hazy reddish orange with good sized foamy lingering head. Big strong aromas of grapefruit and orange, balanced by caramel-y malts. Needless to say, it’s hoppy. Pretty interesting hoppiness too - they add hops at multiple stages throughout the brewing and it gives a really nice nuance to it.
For such a hoppy beer I was expecting a long bitter finish, but it’s actually very sweet and malty.
The alcohol gives a great warmth to this one too.
Really good stuff. I don’t usually go for higher alcohol or very hoppy beers, but this has made me reconsider!
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: March 13, 2010
Appearance: hazy orange, wispy off white head, drippy head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, tangerine, touch of pine, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of balancing bitterness, long bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
riversideAK (6103) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Marmelade sweet nose. Floral hops, toffee, earthy malt notes. Pours amber with some foamy islands. Flavors of sweet caramel, some pale, light iced tea, alcohol, floral and earthy hops, hints of marmelade. Tastes almost barley winey to me with good heat. Full mouthfeel, mild carbonation. Dry bitterness lingers.
bvc (1239) - Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz wax dipped bottle, thanks Tom! Murky toffee golden with loose head. Big caramel malt presence, danky hops with ligh citrus, some ice tea. Creamy slightly oily and chewy mouthfeel. Piney danked citrus resin with caramel malt and tea.
after4ever (7535) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz, wax dipped. thanks dany! pours a clear medium amber. loose thin white head. gorgeous big peachy nose with grapefruit mixed in. creamy medium body with mild carb. tons of toasty caramel on the mid palate with oranges, peaches and grapefruit. mild fruity resiny finish.
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fantastic brew. Probably the single best beer I’ve had to date. Bottle came sealed in wax. Extremely clean finish and able to appreciate the floral hops.
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
341 ml bottle from a trade with boney from bar towel. pours deep reddish brown with a small tan head that lingers and laces. not much aroma. mostly crystal malt with a touch of C hop. the flavour is quite balanced between the cara malt structure and C hop citrus. the finish isnt bitter at all and is actually quite balanced. i nice beer but not a hop heads IIPA. id drink a sixer a week if it was availble locally.
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Volo. Wow, my favourite half pints so far!! Pours dark amber with resinous hop and caramel nose. Taste is big, lots of citrus and resinous hops. Earthy and dark berry notes. Well balanced beer, nice to have a tasty double IPA from our neighbours in Manitoba!
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of vanilla bean, rich chocolate mousse and sweetgrass. A treat to the nose! Taste.....A sweet malt blanket wraps itself around well-rooted and bursting hops. This one could easily be mistaken for overly-sweet but its the sweetness that make it a gem. It works so well in tandem with the hops that it would be half the beer it is without it. There are also lingering hints of dust and salt. The finish is touched with slight smoke resistent hops.
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle… RBWG ‘10… Cloudy golden ale with a bubbly, white head. The nose is malty, but also presents plenty of musty, earthy hops. Medium-bodied with tingly carbonation. Nice malt and hop flavor. Good, savory bitterness – not overwhelming. Mildly bitter, astringent finish.