JesseM (1136) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared by Tupalev at our 2nd KW group tasting, thanks Jeff! Pours a very nice, lively golden orange with a small white cap. The aroma is entirely hops, hops, hops, BIG time, just a subtle hint of honey underneath, certainly no big malt body to speak of. Flavour is very much the same, quite powerful, boozy, thick syrupy hop juice. A tiny touch of sweet malts but not at all a balancing agent like they claim it to be. I can’t get over just how hoppy this one is, it almost hurts to drink with the strong boozy edge added, but it’s still quite tasty. All American hops, no backbone, but still pretty good. Thanks Jeff!
Haslinger (853) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from KA. Good stuff I liked this one a lot. Real nice hops aroma and taste. I liked this one.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Binny’s South Loop. Pours a nice gold color with a nice head. Nose is very pungent, citrusy and resinous, a little dank. Taste is bold and brash, very in your face. Super hoppy and bitter, but never making you hate it. Nice and fruity with the resiny notes. Finishes dry and clean. Damn fine stuff.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewery. Pours a hazy bright orange with a nice lasting fluffy white head. Aroma is very citrusy with some pine and topical fruits- cent amarillo, simcoe etc-. Flavor has a nice big malt backbone but only moderately sweet- nice resinous hops, simcoe tropical, some citrus pine and orange peel- with a pretty good tacky bitter finish- not as dry as some, but overall pretty good- reminded me a lot of DFH 90 min when it is fresh.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Norm’s, Vienna. Crisp light orange pour, with a lively albeit small head. Body seems fairly clear for a beer this big, and indeed this is borne out in the somewhat thin mouthfeel. Nice fruity nose, with some strong citrus rind and a bit of tropical fruits in there. Taste is pert and refreshing, not much malt and a fairly dry finish. Decent DIPA.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, bonus from trade with RCL. Pours a hazy orange hued gold with a bubbly white head. Nose is full of sweet hops. Grapefruit, pine resins, and pineapple. Taste is heavy with grapefruit and pine resin. Mouth is full and bitter, long bitter finish. This is an excellent hop bomb.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Gingerman NYC. Slightly hazed amber color with an off-white head and plenty of lacing. Citrus and floral hops at first but that seemed to change for the rest of the beer. Grapefruit takes over big time with orange skin notes as well. Orange and floral hop flavor with a malt base that tries to come through. Dry moderate-strong bitterness. Very long finish with a medium body.
garthicus (2594) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Two bottles (12oz each) shared with swoopjones, Blankboy, rudolf and DougShoemaker Appearance: Golden orange with a small white head. Aroma: Hoppy, soapy, sweet, chocolate. Flavour: Wow, hoppy, alcohol, cream, toffee. Nice long bitter finish. Thanks Swoopjones.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Pours clear amber in color with foamy white head. Aroma sweet and citrus hops. Taste strong grapefruit and citrus hops with bitter finish.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Chris. Aroma of sugary malts, floral hops, and fruity esters. Pours a translucent orange amber with a foamy pale yellow white head and spotty lacing. Medium bodied and average carbonation. Flavor of pale malts with some toastiness, countered by a piney bitterness. Average amount of residual sweetness. Lingering grapefruit bitterness. Not bad, but not very cohesive and hop profile is not that exciting.