Butters (4019) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber pours clear golden with ring of near white head. Smells of alcohol burn and piney hops. Flavor is slightly better than the aroma but it still kinda burns on the way down. Not particularly my cup of tea.
DiarmaidBHK (4019) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Bruisin Ales. Pours light orange. It’s pretty clear. A bit floral on the nose. Kind of sweet on the tongue. A bit of hop bitterness on the finish. It’s pretty drinkable for an IPA I don’t think quaffable is the main attribute people are looking for in this style.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz from Sam’s, Durham. Digging this more than many folks are, and I find it a lively, pleasant, if not overly complex DIPA. Orange to copper body with an admirable frothy head, there’s a noticeable aroma of big floral hops. Continues in the flavor, which isn’t so citrusy to my taste but is quite fruity (almost mango? weird) and enjoyable. I get what people are saying with the barleywine comments, and there is a substantial malt backing, but the piquant flavors seem to keep it on style. Nice effort from Highland (hey guys, how about an imperial mocha stout?).
MrChopin (3999) - 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.
DialSquare (3975) - 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.
HonkeyBra (3956) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty random bottle someone handed me at DLD 2010. Pours orange with an off white head. Aroma is somewhat oxidized but it held up well if this indeed over a year old. Citrus and a bit of creaminess. Pretty bitter still. Nice carbonation. Pretty cool to try.
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. pours hazy golden-amber with off white head. nose is mostly aged malts (how old is this?). flavor is that of a pretty old IIPA, I’m guessing around a year old. initial flavor is citrusy but there’s an aged rotted vegetable finish with booze. i’d like to re-rate fresh, perhaps this would have been better in a few years also.
jbruner (3716) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a golden orange from the bottle with thin ring of off-white lacy head. Aroma is bready grain up front, then a nice piney hop presence on the back end. Taste is more resinous, nice grapefruit and pine notes from the hops with a bittersweet caramel malt finish. Pretty decent, a lot better than the normal Kashmir.
theisti (3705) - Kansas, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of Suttree. I couldn’t locate any date information on the bottle. The pour is a lightly hazed golden amber with a ˝ inch dirty white head that falls fast. The aroma is floral sweet hop, sweet slightly resin malt, and a minimal amount of sweet alcohol. The taste is sharply sweet right away, floral, pineapple, and then the malt syrup sweet. As this beer warmed, the sweetness integrated a bit better, and the floral and pineapple became the main feature. Some pine hop becomes evident as well. The palate is medium bodied, soft carbonation, and only a faint dry alcohol finish. Overall, decent enough - though a bit too strong on the sweetness for my tastes. Thanks for sending this my way Phil.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color. Head was sticky and off white with decent retention. Some nice lace was left behind at the end. The aroma was malt dominated with molasses, caramel, and plum notes. Thicker mouth feel than I had anticipated. Sweet on the tongue with mild hop bitterness peeking through the syrupy sugars. Malts outweighed the hops in the flavor. Caramel and toffee dominated with more submissive orange, alcohol, and raisin notes. Pretty good.