hopdog (8769) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured a medium to deeper and clear orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of fresh green hoppiness, pine, a little earthy, wet grass, light citrus, and herbal. Tastes of pine, the same green hoppiness, citrus, some caramel, and herbal. Medium alcohol burn in the finish.
pivnizub (8722) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (Thank You so much, Jonas!): Almost clear, deep golden to light amber coloured, mid-sized creamy off-white head; piny-hoppy and apricoty-fruity nose; solid dry bitter-sweet flavour, medium to full bodied; medical hoppy favours in the dry bitter finish, balanced by a caramelly sweetness. Almost perfectly balanced brew....
MoritzF (8389) - Bochum, GERMANY - DEC 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle, 35.5cl, with thanks to Jonas!) Clear, golden colour with a short and slightly off-white foamy head. Fruity and ethereally minty hoppy aroma with notes of apricots, tangerine and an exotic touch, backed by a discreetly malty background. Sweet-bitter flavour, full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Moderately (cara-)malty base with fruity and spicy hops, leading into a medium-dry bitter-sweet rounded malty and rich hoppy finish with a fruity and minty aftertaste. Even refreshing despite its abv. Quaffable stuff. 08.XII.10
Sammy (8348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A 330 ml., just enough for a person. Big hop IPA, really nice, and the booze, like a hop whiskey. Cloudy golden colour with noticeable whit head, and som lace. Very smooth drinking, a remarkable mouthfeel for a DIPA with such booze and hops. WHy? I get the hops first and foremost. What a delivery. Must try.
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Barcade. Deep golden amber beer with a thin white head. Aroma is quite fruity and hoppy. Lots of bright pine and soft grapefruity citrus. Flavour is soft and quite hoppy. The hoppiness is quite nice and shows good flavour. Fairly sweet palate with a lot of fruity hoppiness. It’s big and boozy and while it’s got some nice components, it’s just a bit too sweet for me.
GT2 (8159) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL thanks to D Master P. The pour is a clear, lighter orange with a disappearing yellow head. No lace really sticking. Aroma is heavy kumquat, bitter cantaloupe rind, light fruity alcohol, vanilla extract, light coconut and pineapple rum. Actually much better than I expected. A far cry from strawberry cheesecake that most old DIPAs exhibit ad nauseum. Taste has an oily texture, sweet mango, pineapple rum, sharp but tolerable alcohol flash, bitter peel. Palate is bitter, oily, thick. Carbonation is pretty soft. Nice stuff. Much better than I expected.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on draft at Lost River Brewing Company in Wardensville, WV. Pours a clear copper color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Big resiny hop aroma with some caramel malts. Taste is very bitter and hoppy with earthy, resiny and herbal notes. Lots of toffee and brown sugar toffee notes as well. Medium-full bodied. Sticky.
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to porterhouse. Pours with a medium, slightly yellow head over a hazed golden body. Pervasive aroma. Pine and citrus tang (orange), light grain, caramel, light honey. By far the best smelling beer I have seen...well smelled...from Harpoon. Taste is nice with sharp citrus hop notes, and some lingering caramel sweetness followed by a long, bitter citrus finish. Good! Medium to light carbonation, thickish/viscous mouthfeel. A very solid beer from, in my experience, a not so solid brewery.
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Capone’s that I just poured. The pour is chill hazy dark straw toward copper, with 2-fingers of uniform, vanilla-milkshakey white head. Nose is juicy fruity hops, citrus, with piney and funky notes. Nice nose on this. Tastes very hoppy, somewhat dry, with a definite juicy hop profile, some caramel malt (but not quite enough of a malt bill), and some peppery, mango, and scotchy notes. Smooth, crisp, and dry, this one is very good, but I get some late plasticy flavors (that I get, sadly, wth all Harpoon beers) and fusel flavors, that I am compelled to lower this rating a tenth or so. Not world class, but very good nonetheless.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Juicy citrus blooms within pale malt sweetness while resinous hops progressively sink their bitter teeth in this balanced and very successful Double IPA.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam laces around the transparent light golden amber.
-This may not be the most compelling of I2PA recipes, but it is flawless and flavorful. What more can you want?
-Alcohol is barely apparent in the flavor profile, which is appreciated.
-The powerful citrusy component is redolent of dried grapefruit.
-The grain bill does not contain much caramel malt, an absence which I like in this style because it tends to let the hops express themselves better.
-This is very drinkable for its size; the effervescence and silky mouthfeel help a lot.