GarrettB (1281) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2015 October 12th, 2013 - Now known as the Gladius, formerly known as the Amplus Acerbus Triple IPA, this thing, whatever you call it, is a massive hop bomb. When I think of San Diego style IPAs and the arms race to bundle more hops into brews, this is what I conjure up. The nose is piney, high and hoppy, with a little unopened orange, and that sticky, pine resinous feel that I often get in Double IPAs. But the flavor is calmer. Hops hits hard at the mid-taste, and increases the bitter pang on the aftertaste. The palate begins with a roiling boil, and ends with a deep, incredibly hoppy finish, smoothed out and bold. This beer is powerful enough to combat some brutally spicy jalapeño empanadas I enjoyed earlier, which is a real testament to the robust flavors in here.
July 10th, 2013 - Hess is commanding an IPA heavy menu lately, and one of the temporary members of this IPA push is the Gladius. This is another San Deiego style pale with a off-white cap, and a biscuit colored glow, from which there’s a heavy perfume of orange and grapefruit. The flavor is equally bitter, and pushy on the palate, with orange peel, grapefruit and a slightly burnt breakfast biscuit breadiness mingling with a heavy alcohol dimension.
brokensail (14045) - San Leandro, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Stone. Orange pour with a white head. Nose is biscuit malt up front with lots of grapefruit, pine, and orange. Some grass, a light tropical note, and some slight herbal notes. Flavor is a bit heavy on the biscuit and sweet malt notes. Still, decent grapefruit and pine hop flavors. A bit of orange, some grass, and a light bitterness.
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Stone thanks to womencantsail. Pours a clear orange with medium white foam. Spotty lacing. Nose is dank hoppy, sticky melon, sort of malt gristy, a tad vegetal and sweaty. Strange. Taste is really nice- sharp hoppy bitterness, big grass and sugary melon. Solid IPA mouthfeel. Didn’t have a clue this was 11%.
wheresyourball (553) - El Cajon, California, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Pressbox. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Nose is malt, citrus, floral, booze. Flavor is booze, floral, orange. Not sure what to make of this one; different.
tkrjukoff (4229) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear deep amber with a nice ceeamy head. Aroma is piny fruity citric passion fruit. Flavor similar to flavor nicely bitter malty and a bit acidy.
anders37 (20473) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @the brewery. Pours an orange color with a white head. Has a fruity malty piney hoppy aroma. Fruity malty piney hoppy dry flavor. Has a fruity malty piney hoppy finish.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I can’t believe that the pale ale has higher alcohol than the IPA. The bitterness is kind of soft though. I wish it was a little less abv and more additions.
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted like a monster DIPA to me. Tons of hops, but also thick and syrupy. Lots of pine and citrus. Back end gets to syrupy and boozy for me, kind of a rough finish.
chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - JUN 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Wow this is a really good beer. Name is a little misleading but once you understand what your drinking its phenomenal. One of my favorite 100+ ibu beers. Really high abv but you don?t taste the alcohol....which I like. Must be drank in moderation unless you?re looking to get really messed up quick.
JohnnyJ (5079) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark gold pour with an off white head. Sweet malt, some bread, butterscotch, bitter hops, and some orange citrus. Fairly boozy. Decent for how strong it is, but I don’t think I would drink it again.