jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown with an orange twinge. Perfectly cleary with a thick white head that dies down pretty quick, but good lacing.
The nose is hoppy, somewhat sweet and very citrusy.
Thicker than I expected, coats the tounge a bit with a light carbonation.
Sweet, hoppy and quite carmelly, but relatively balanced by the citrus. The finsih is bitter and somewhat alcoholly.
Better than most Harpoon offerings, but not still not amazing.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours clear orange with a white head. Hoppy citrus, grapefruit, caramel sweet nose. Similar flavors caramel sweetness that dominates with citrus, light herbal bitterness and some off flavors. Boozy beer, ok.
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold pour. Damn this beer is nothing but pure hops in the aroma and on the tongue. Bitter harsh and a hop lovers dream. too much for me.
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper color with a big beige head. Aroma of citrus hops and candy/fruit. Flavor of piney hops with some malts. Bitter and warming finish.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours a hazy yellow-orange with an off white head. The head laces well and seems to last good also. Has a good hoppy aroma, I get juicy fruit gum, citrus, and subtle malts. Has a good carbination and a good mouthfeel. The flavor is good and hoppy. Has an oily texture. A good blending the alcohol is well hidden. Has a good bitter finish and a good solid aftertaste. This is a good DIPA.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark yellow/orange with a small white head. Aroma of fresh hops and citrus. Lots of bitter hop flavor with an emphasis on pine and oily resin. A faint malt backing adds a touch of sweetness to the finish. Alcohol is noticible, but not overwhelming. Thinner mouthfeel than expected. Solid overall.
Arayaga2 (2132) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Semi-hazy gold with a thin white head. Aroma is citrusy with aditional fruity notes. Taste is tannic and bitingly bitter with drying resinous finish and lingering alcoholic notes. $2/12oz
DerWeg (1595) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 Bottle from Premier. Pours nearly clear deep gold with a sticky head that drops. It looks a bit viscous and heavy for an IPA. smells of peach and resin . Tastes definitely hotter than the Stone IPA I just had! Has some hints of barley-wine like character toffee and fruit and dry hops edge and looong austere bitterness that is not overly dry (I like it!!) Hey, this is my first DIPA folks! The alcohol is racing to my head... but it is a huge part of the harmonized flavors, My favorite thing is looking at it and smelling it though. Man you guys like bitter-tasting beer. - slight re-rate - I came back to this later and the strength of the alcohol is perfect with the hop profile. Better palate, much better overall... better betterness!
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from goldtwins, thanks Larry. Decent hop aroma, slightly faded. Very nice smooth hop bite, it’s there, but in a real subdtle, delicious way. Bright orange pour with a nice white head. Pretty tasty.
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Orange/light amber in color, with small off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma of piney resinous hops. Taste is initially a big hop bite, lots of pine and grapefruit, with slight sweet malt. Much more hop bite than malt backbone, so not terribly balanced. Tastes more like a west coast DIPA. Medium mouthfeel with crisp carbonation. 10% alcohol very well hidden, you wouldn’t know it was that strong. A pretty good DIPA, not as sweet, malty, or balanced as I would like, but it’s a hop-head delight!