MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Single purchased at Roziís in Lakewood. Ya know when you pour a beer without paying too much attention, and its a little rougher than you might like. Then the head keeps growing and growing like some middle school science experiment? Thatís what I did. After a rather lousy evening some strong brew seems in order, but I canít even pour it properly. But thankfully the beer gods, of which-ever gods are involved, smiled upon me and this rose perfectly to the top and stopped, giving the perfect look of a hazy amber with a big ol cream head on top. Aroma is a pretty joyous pine perfection. A rough swirl opens up the floral perfume which is ever so enjoyable. The flavor does not translate quite as well for me. The flavor comes off a little... almost soapy. It is very citusy and sweet at first, bitter at the end, but leaves a semi-soapy flavor at the end. Overall, not that bad. I find myself staring at and smelling it...then taking a big drink. Although it has been that kind of day.
Gethinbeer (2119) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Fantastic hoppy aroma with spice. Good looking orange colour with a great frothy big head. Medium carbonation. Syrupy, Oily texture. The hops cut through the palette to create an intense tangy explosion of bitterness. Sharp citrus finish. Tasty IPA.
nimbleprop (4621) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a transparent, orange with a frothy, active lacing white head. Aroma is as advertised, big American hop aroma, citrus, pine, flowers, grapefruits, candy, sweet caramel malts. Flavor is similar, more citrus fruits, now the pine comes in with a little bit of soap, sweet and clean malts, some light cracker. Finish is excessively bitter and lacks a bit of sweetness that rounds out the best DIPAs. By the aroma, look and most of the flavor you might think you were drinking Nugget Nectar, the finish is a bit of a let down though. Still, quite a pleasant surprise from one of my favorite breweries.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours orange/amber color with off white head. Aroma is mainly citrus and pine with a touch of caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is a sharp hop bite upfront consisting of pine, and finishes with a pucker from the pine. Slight caramel malt follows after the pucker. A nice brew overall, but not as biting or as well rounded as other IIPAís.
Lowe1983 (1343) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of citrus and pine hops with some caramel malts. Nice citrus and pine hop flavor blended with the malts. Not overly hoppy and not overly sweet either. Pretty decent.
Nephilium (1323) - Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice big strong hop aroma starts this one of. Pours a clear orange/amber, with a thin cap of white head. The taste is a touch of caramel sweetness that gets quickly overtaken with pine, citrus, and a touch of tropical fruit. Moderately long bitter finish, and a full mouthfeel round this one out. Tasty, but for the price, Iíll go Hopslam or Double Trouble.
BroSpud (1673) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Good hop presence with nice bitter aftertaste. Very well done double IPA.
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz). Bright clear deep amber pour, large lasting off-white creamy/fluffy head - thick lacing, too. Terrific resin/pine/grapefruit aroma, slightly mango-sweet, only mild alcohol - solid, just the thing. The taste carries the sweet tropical fruit, slightly overripe, but the bitterness is simpler, drier - resin and grapefruit pith, a little boozy. Average body, astringent and mildly carbonated, very long pithy bitter linger. Solid dIPA, and nice to have it in a smaller bottle.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear orange pour with a frothy moderate off-white head leaving spotty lacing. Big hop aroma, marked by citrus and tropical fruit. Clean vaguely sweet malts properly submissive to the grapefruit, orange and resin hop infusion. Big citrusy character. Lingering bitterness on the tongue. A fine example of the style. One of the top two, if not the best Harpoon Iíve tried.
Gorbalev (2911) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler, thanks for the pick up blankboy and hogtown harry! Shared with the K-W crew at our second monthly tasting. Orange pour, not much head. Tons of hops in aroma - you could smell this from across the room. Lovely. Taste is almost overwhelming. Hop juice, resiny with a gigantic alcohol punch. Body is medium to thin which makes that punch even bigger. Oily oily oily! I love the brashness of this beer. It would have killed me to drink the growler by myself! I wonít say it is balanced or a session beer, or the most complex, but the world needs beers like this - sometimes, this is just what you feel like having.