DocLock (9999) - 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.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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.
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009-07-26. Crisp orange body with a modest off-white head. (3+) Pleasant hoppy aroma, sweet floral and fruity hops. (7+) Flavour is a rather nice blend of sweet and bitter citrusy hops, mild malt base is supportive by not a major player. Touch of lemon comes out strongly after have a nip of cheese. Rather lovely. Smooth average plus palate. (3+) Very drinkable. Bottle from Premier Gourmet
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Bright orange appearance, minimal head. very big fruity hop flavor, that seems to have a nice dark, smokey tone to it, that lends a certain sweetness to what might be a savory umami taste. Nice long aftertaste, with somewhat syrupy texture. Impressively drinkable.
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle from Lizardville Rocky River. Clear light orange pour with a spotty white head. Lots of citrus and pine resin hops - both aroma and taste. Hop assertive but pretty well balanced. Solid brew.
j12601 (9565) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (and previously on tap, but forgot to do notes). Pours a clear golden orange with a medium to thick beige head that falls down rather quickly. Big astringent citrus hops, malt, and a bit of caramel and vanilla on the nose. A touch boozy, but a nice big hop presence right up front and a good thick malty backbone. Finishes with a nice long lingering bitterness.
MoritzF (9448) - Ottobrunn, 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
phaleslu (9425) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at d.b.a. New Orleans. Pours a rich orange amber with a small eggshell head. A lot of hops on the nose, along with citrus and caramel malt, all of which hide the alcohol well. The flavor is also hoppy, with citrus, caramel malt, alcohol, pine, and honey. Bitter, with a sweet, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Bitter finish.
MartinT (9411) - 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.
JoeMcPhee (9325) - 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.