reverendj (182) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2012
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW! This is what a DIPA is all about. To hell with the color and the aroma, this tastes fantastic. Nice sweet malt up front with a solid dose of grassy citrus hops. The 10.6% ABV is not really evident until it warms. Very slick and oily on the tongue and roof or my mouth. For the uninitiated beware, this very drinkable ale will drag you to the bottom of the sea quickly!
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour is mahogany with three fingers of light kaki head. Nose is malt, hops, resign, pine, grapefruit, caramel, and cantaloupe. Taste is right on the money, with a dish soap finish. This is a very well done DIPA, and just one more reason to give Heavy Seas my hard earned green! A+++
doughanson78 (5) - Everett, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2011 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Ar: Floral hops with light citrus notes. Big caramel malt backbone.
Ap: Golden copper in color with decent clarity. One finger off white head with alright retention and decent lacing.
T: Big caramel up front. Then a weird floral and citrus hop profile. An off mixture. Not to bitter. Finishing slightly grassy with an alcohol bite.
P: Medium light body. Medium high carbonation. Slightly slick. A touch dry.
O: Not a great DIPA, but it is decent. The hop profile is a very odd flavor. The alcohol has a bit of a bite in the finish that I’m not fond of. This isn’t a bad beer just not one I would purchase on a regular basis.
anders37 (16245) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2011. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy grapefruit aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit flavor with hints of caramel. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit finish.
callmemickey (2469) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Rich orange-amber body. Big white cap which receded quickly. Spotty lacing.
S: Malt. Lots o’ malt. At 75 IBUs I certainly am not detecting much over the syrupy sweet caramel malts and toffee.
T: More of the same. Except it manages to get even more one dimensional. All caramel malt.
M: Medium bodied, yet thin on the palate. No quantifiable finish. The syrupy beer just coats the mouth and sticks around forever.
O: Utterly disappointing. However, I used what I didn’t drink (which was a lot) for the base of a minestrone soup I made the lady. It worked in that role, but not as beverage.
iugrad93 (266) - Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big earthy aromas with notes of citrus, caramel, and booze. Pours clear deep copper color with off-white head and no lacing. Taste is fairly sweet with caramels popping thru with a nice bitter bite on the back end. Average to flatish carbonation with a long dry finish. Overall, a good, big beer. Nice balance, strong flavors, and abv hidden well.
Leighton (10419) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at GBBF 2011, Day 4. Pours clear, rich amber with a small, white head. Heavy malt and caramel nose, with dense citrus hops. Big sweet flavor, sugar notes, toast, light booze. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish, lots of sugar, resinous and oily hops, mild pine and citrus. Really good beer. An enjoyment.
stouby (3686) - Holbæk, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Maddy’s, Washington.
Clear dark golden with a small head. Aroma heavy malty (caramel) and hoppy (grassy). Flavor moderate sweet, heavy bitter, some alcohol. Almost full body.
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Clear amber large lasting fluffy beige head. A bit barleywine-ish on the nose - solid grain malt, pretty heavy resin and dry leafy bitterness, a bit of an alcohol burn - nice balance, if big (7+). Taste - same, but tons of fruit, and even maltier than expected - big, grainy, boozy - and dry. Average body, a bit syrupy, mildly carbonated -a fairly boozy long finish. I have had the bottle for a while, it has stood up nicely.
wtcecil (2) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2011 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled as a bomber. Served in a pint glass.
Appearance: Medium amber color, 1/2 inch off-white foam head, decent lacing
Taste: fairly harsh alcohol taste, not too bitter, somewhat sweet.
Palate: Medium/thick mouth feel
Overall: Good Beer, only complaint was the stronger-than-expected alcohol taste. A relatively inexpensive & good tasting Double IPA though.