beerlover82 (229) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle says enjoy by 02/15/12. So maybe not really new, but still in good standing freshness-wise.
An eloquent dark-orange, light-amber with shiny ruby redness in between splash the snifter glass, with a moderate one-finger white lacing, that dissipates rather quickly. Decent foamy and bubbly but rather thin lacing retain to the glass. A bigger and longer-lasting head would be welcome.
Right upon pouring, my nose can automatically detect piney and citrusy hops, and all the wonderful grapefruit resulting aromas and flavors. Also a good deal of malt sweetness is very present here, giving some pretty high hopes for this. These aromas are very pleasant and inviting, and instantly noticeable.
Mouth gets filled with a medium body full of pleasant citrusy and lemony hops, followed by a surprising strong malt backbone. The hops are very citrus, grapefruit and lemon-like, they make their presence known very effectively. There is a solid English malt/barley background, bringing out flavors of toffee, English sweets and maybe some caramel. It kind of reminds me of what Samuel Adams Boston Lager used to taste like, years ago, in terms of malt. Very classic English or New England toffee-like malt sweetness, which I havenít tasted in a long time.
Carbonation is quite minimal, which is another very nice surprise. Less carbonation is always a plus in my book. Gives more room for the flavors and complexity. Very good body overall.
Very smooth for a Double/Imperial IPA, very hoppy all the while restraining the bitterness. Well-balanced with a solid malt sweetness, and a complexity usually not available in a lot of other IPAs, double/imperial or not.
Highly recommended. Hopheads like me will be satisfied, while others should find this one tasty and fun as well.
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of sweet sweet floral hops, orange peel, sweet clementine, and orange blossoms. Pours a dark golden orange, filmy head. Flavor is a luscious orange juice that blends into a piny hop finish. The palate is very well rounded, sweeter on the up front, dryer on the finish. Very nice IPA.
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle into pint glass (tulip unavailable). Aroma is strong pine. Smells a bit overpowering. Has a nice amber/orange color. Thin off white head. Head disappears quickly. Definitely a hop bomb. Not very balanced. Its a big beer and you can taste it. Starts very sweet and ends very bitter. Not a bad IIPA, but definitely not a top tier IIPA.
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.
mjmcend (209) - USA - APR 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very sweet IPA, almost sickly so. Not a lot of bitterness. Good citrus taste and smell, but it doesnít cut through the malt enough. An interesting beer that needs to tried.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. "Best By 7/15/12"
Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a thin head that fades to practically nothing rather quickly. i do like the Leviathan seriesí labels though.
Aroma is a blast of all things hoppy. Grassy and a dank resin are highlighted by tropical fruity undertones. Barely any malt but itís there. Makes my mouth water.
Same goes for the flavor profile. Plenty of grassy hops. Resinous with subtle tropical fruit notes. This thing stays bitter throughout the entire sip. Yeah, definitely a sipper. Thereís a hint of malty sweetnes but it doesnít last for long. And sheís hot. Way hot.
beer is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. gives it a rather thick syrupy mouthfeel. Tons of lingering bitterness and a bit too much heat. This beer isnít bad if youíre only going to have one but itís almost over the top. I love the hops but the alochol heat is a bit overwhelming in this one.
WLG423 (201) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A strong hoppy aroma with a grassy and citrus notes. Color is a nice dark orange. Flavor is incredibly rich: full of hops with a nice comfortably bitter finish.
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I shared a bottle of this with BeerBaron617. It poured a nice coppery yellow color with a tan head. Transparent and slightly bubbly (carbonated much?)...and...itís not so bad. It has a nice sweet hoppy aroma. Taste, well it is incredibly hoppy. Plain and simple itís quite bitter, but has a slight aftertaste of some fruit - grapefruit and maybe mango. Alright, but not my favorite.
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Orange/copper pour with white foamy head. Nice retention. Orange peel, pine, sweet malt, and a hint of spice on the nose. Very enjoyable aromas. Flavors of oranges and pine resin. A bit sweet, but still balanced. Has a nice smooth bitterness that balances well with the malt. Medium/full mouthfeel. Smooth finish. 10% abv well hidden. Very nice.
walrussell (192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice. Sweetness dominates over the hoppiness. Maybe slightly too sweet. Beautiful Head and mouthfeel. Amazing drinkability for a dipa 10%. Slightly strange funky flavor. After taste is much subtler than most ipas, but it is there, and it does last.