Cybercat (5169) - Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a pretty clear amber with a thick and fluffy pale buff head that leaves some good lacing. Strongly hoppy aroma has mostly evergreen and resin, with an undertone of Mandarin orange. Bold, hoppy flavor assaults the palate with resiny, rather bitter hops and sour orange plus a touch of honey. Firm, smooth texture is fairly fizzy and leaves a hoppy and slightly sweet finish. A hundred kilos of hops? Sure shows!
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Mgumby in a recent trade. Pours a chill hazy orangey ligh amber with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is oragnley hops and some citrus notes, also some grass and becomes almost soapy. flavor is a clash betweenen some crackery base malts and some astringent and dull faded hops with some pine needle, ash, and orange scented soap. Astringent and almsot slick bitterness which doesnt linger very long. This is just average at best I think for a DIPA.
nearbeer (4919) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. Hazy, darkish copper with a medium head that lasts well with nice glass frosting. Honey, orange peel, resin and granola aroma. Taste is orange frosting, turning to orange chewable kid’s aspirin, then to malty-orange pine resin and ending with a bitter citrus-herb grass. Palate is light-medium bodied and really smooth. Quality brew, but has the most purely orange hop flavor I have ever sampled, and this lends a sweetness that detracts after half a glass.
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a rich, clear dark amber body with a lush, creamy off-white head.
Smell: Pungent, redolent aroma of resinous pine and fresh-smelling citrus fruits. Plenty of caramel malt ready to balance things out, though. As the beer warms and is allowed the breath, the alcohol really begins to perk up, as does a bright spice character.
Taste: The hops do not wait for the caramel flavor and sweetness to dissipate, right away you get smacked with the fruity citrus, pine needles, and all the bitterness help within. A distinct spiciness continues to build throughout. The hops and bitterness hold on relentlessly into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Hmm, I’d place it at the high-end of medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Rich, luscious mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Quite nice. I look forward to seeing how this one ages and whether or not Highland will continue this trend of releasing an imperialized version of their current beer line. An Imperial Black Mocha Stout might be nice.
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 Pours a burnished amber with a medium creamy light tan head. The aroma is sharp hops, pine, citrus, resiny, some alcohol . The flavor is strong hops, alcohol, resiny, citrus, good malt backbone. Dry warm palate and waxy mouthfeel.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2007. 22oz bottle. Aroma of an aged IIPA. Amazing due to this being a New beer. Deep copper color. Flavor of a musty, aged, IIPA. Big malt character. Lots of malt. Lots of malt character! Munich malts?? I love this beer! Sweet and super citrus hop. Tastes like its a 4 years old Dreadnaught. LOVE IT!
maxwelldeux (4351) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a moderate white head. Nose is a little hoppy with some floral and sticky notes to it. Taste is nice and bitter, yet malty enough to balance it out and be smooth. Me gusta.
DialSquare (4321) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Proof bottle shop. Orange pour with a medium frothy off-white and good retention. Visible carbonation. Aroma is soft caramel, tropical fruit juice, bread and pine. Tastes lean a little to the malty side with caramel sugars and then some of the bitter herbal, floral, pine. Background citrus. Buttery medium texture. Can feel the warmth, but not evident in the taste. I tend to like the more bitter DIPAs, but this was quite good. Well played.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 Poured a hazy amber color. Oh and the fill was just barely to the bottom of the neck. The aroma was spicy and earthy but then as it warmed it seemed to go more American hop wise. Diacetyl grew out as the beer warmed as well. Some alcohol notes. The hops didn’t seem to blend. Not a smooth aroma. The flavor was earthy again with buttery notes. Alcohol pepper in the finish. 5/3/6/3/11/2.8
Re-rate. No diacetyl. Grapefruit and orange juice aroma and flavor. Sweet malty finish. While not great better than the first try.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to roborb
Pours bright orange, foamy white head. Very sweet nose of caramel, orange, and cookies, some minor pine. Flavor has lots of caramel, some citrus and bitterness, but again, very sweet. Thick body, sticky and not very refreshing. A malt bomb at this stage, and though still decent, there are many better examples.