bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep golden amber with a billowy offwhite head. Falls away to leave a decent amount of lacing all the way down the glass. Aromas of light sweet caramel and resiny grassy piney hops. Not quite as assertive as I imaged but decent all the same. Flavour wise there are plenty of resiny hops. Not overly bitter to be honest. Some malt sweetness. Fullish mouthfeel. Nice easy drinking DIPA
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big bottle from Cousin Matt’s local BevMo. Meant to split it but ran out of Californian drinking days and have somehow ended up polishing it off on a rain-lashed November night at The Penguin. Pours warm, clear orange heaped with a diminishing off-white mousse. Aroma of drawer liners, perfumed neck (sorry, the missus’ perfumed neck), hot tyres, mature Cheddar, Shepherd Neame, liquorice and tinned peaches draped with honey. Pretty cacophonous with good, still-fresh musky hop rising above the peachiness. Slippery and honeyed with enough rasp, hum and bitterness to get away with it; notes of peaches, lemon icing, lavender, honey and lemon throatsweets. Good flowery green burps. Bit medicinal, Shep-like and not entirely to my taste but relieved to find it’s not a complete peach bomb.
BucannonXC5 (1365) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22-oz. bomber into a pint glass at my house on Nov. 13, 2012 (purchased at Mission Trails Market for $7.99 on Nov. 13, 2012). Caramel amber with three fingers of thick frothy white head.
Decent wet foamy retention on the top and the sides.
Smelled a nice dose of citrus hops. Got grapefruit, tangerine, lime, skunky pine and caramel (light). The skunk lingered on.
Tasted very hoppy right from the get-go. Got tangerine and grapefruit bitter hops up front with a strong bite of orange peels and alcohol lingering after. I kept waiting for the aftertaste to be good, but it never really came. Definitely missing something.
Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Skunky, bitter finish.
Was a bit disappointed overall, especially for the $7.99 price tag. It was missing something, came up just a tad short.
bytemesis (6307) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazy orange amber with a large creamy off-white head that dissipates slowly with some lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus, caramel. Flavor is the same, lightly sweet and medium bitterness that carries into the far finish. Medium bodied and oily textured in the mouth.
hallinghansen (2686) - Odense SV, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Ulfborg. Clear yellow body with a small white head. Aroma is perfume, pine, citrus, peach. Flavor is bitter hops, fruit, pine needles, caramel.
phaleslu (9019) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Creek Monkey. Pours a clear, rich golden color with a finger of white head. Aroma of big, fresh oily and and piney and citrusy hops, sweet malts, wet leaves, and sugar. The flavor had the same big, oily, citrusy, fresh hop character, with sweet malts, grapefruit peel, soap, and pine resin. Medium-bodied, with a sticky mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lingers on the palate. Nice DIPA.
MikeJslc (777) - USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Citrusy, resiny hop aroma with light grassiness, biscuity malt with some caramel. Gold, off white head. Flavor of biscuity malt, resiny hops with some grassiness again, but pleasant. Nice lingering bitterness.
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Nik925 (786) - USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great use of hops...and they add them by the ton. While the aroma is amazing, the lightness of the beer is a bit off for a DIPA. The ABV is completely unnoticeable - to the point that there should be more. The hop flavor doesn’t just stand infront of the malt flavor, it fully eclipses it. I would have preferred there to be a bit more malt in there...not to mute the hops, but to give it more of a appearance, palate, and abv backbone. A great NorCal hop bomb.
Theydon_Bois (16262) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the Cask, Pimlico - 19/10/12.
Lightly hazed amber with a big white head - good lacing ensues.
Big pine nose backed up by sweet malt, some nuttiness, pumpkin and spice.
Pine forward flavour, very bitter grapefruit, a little wood and other citrus tones.
Fuller end of medium bodied with soft carbonation leading to a bitter finish.
Drinkable DIPA but certainly no ’wow’ factor to this one!
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Craft Beer Co - thanks for sharing, Benji! Nice to see this West Coast monster on offer over here, and the face-wrecking dankness certainly contrasted potently with a lot of what I was enjoying during my visit. Big sticky orange pour, heavy lacing, and hugely pungent aroma. Some sticky malts underlaying things, but there was a nicely light - at times even graceful - fruitiness to it that kept things from being especially heavy or syrupy. Backed up by a nice bitter finish, this was a nice West Coast hop bomb.