CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by SamGamgee: Pours a transparent deep golden with a spotty-lacing wispy white head. Aroma of piny resiny hops with a light caramel sweetness and peppery alcohol. Body starts with a nice fullness and sweet caramel malty balance with a clean citrusy flavor hop presence and a crisp, bittersweet finish. Hides its alcohol very well and is very drinkable.
notalush (5360) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a lightly hazy orange - potent, piney hops greet the nose, with some biscuity maltiness underneath, grapefruit peel, and light honey - a really nice balance of american hop onslaught and moderate malt sweetness - a lot of tangy citrus fruit flavors through the middle - the sweetness gets a bit stronger in the finish, perhaps a little too much so, but this is a minor flaw - very well-masked alcohol - another solid brew in this series.
Beerdedone (2956) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange/amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is hoppy and floral with citrus, pine, fruit and a hint of grapefruit. Flavor is very hoppy with light caramel, pine resin, citrus, and notes of alcohol with a medium body and a bitter finish.
SamGamgee (2451) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle that says 009 on it, but Iím not sure what that means... Slightly amber tinted orange color, clear, with a medium sized white head that leaves light patchy lace. Medium intensity hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, orange and pine aspects to it, with a good hit of alcohol. The flavor has some sweet, sticky pale malt under candid grapefruit leading to a quite bitter grapefruit finish that is accentuated by some alcohol burn. Plenty of body; on the syrupy side, and lightly astringent. This reminds me a lot of Hollisterís Hip Hop, though Iím sure only a couple people know what Iím talking about. Leviathan is less mannered though. I like that they werenít afraid to properly balance the malt with bittering hops, unlike many east-coast brewers, but the end product is still a bit harsh in its alcohol presence and abrasive bitterness.
matt7215 (2265) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler shared with the KW crew. thanks for the share Jeff! the pour was shimmering clear golden with a tight white head. the aroma was hops. the flavour was hops. this was resiny hop madness. i enjoyed it but its an over the top hop bomb! thanks for the share jef!!
JesseM (1155) - 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 canít get over just how hoppy this one is, it almost hurts to drink with the strong boozy edge added, but itís still quite tasty. All American hops, no backbone, but still pretty good. Thanks Jeff!
Haslinger (873) - 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 (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Binnyís 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 (5075) - 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 Normís, 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.