Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tremendous thanks to SFLpunk and imagineiii for making this possible, and ensuring that quite a few people in the DC circle will get to try this one out. First 750 is all for me. Nothing like having over a dozen tickable pours all to myself.
Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip glass.
Pours a moderately-hazy bright apricot color with a strong two-finger white head. Fairly fluffy. Thereís some good retention and gobs and gobs of spotty lacing as it goes down the glass. Good collar and -- appropriately -- a galaxy-swirl cap on top throughout.
The nose starts out with some very, very strong citrus. Lots of grapefruit and orange rind. Some tropical mango in the background. Some more hops. Then some more. Damn. As it warms, the grapefruit takes a bit over from the orange and tropical notes. One of the better smelling DIPAs that Iíve come across. Me giving something a 5.0 is rare. It being a DIPA that doesnít feature Citra is even rarer. Iím not a Citra fanboy at all :) (Thatís right, a smiley face in a review...Iím pretty sure Iíve never done that before.)
The flavor begins with some supremely-aggressive hop components. Grapefruit pith abounds. Looking for serious hop action? Whoop, there it is. Smiley face? Check. Old-school "ashamed to have had singed and danced to" song? Check. Rolling on all cylinders tonight. Reference to Brian Regan. Class act.
Other than the all-out grapefruit assault, thereís some malt in the background. Who am I kidding? No thereís not. Itís all hops. This is what a double IPA should be. As has been a frequent topic of forum discussions, no, hops donít belong everywhere. Straight fact, though: malt does not belong in an American Imperial IPA. It simply does not. Thatís an American Barleywine. Shaun gets an A+ here for brewing a beer that is an all-out hop assault that I never need a break from. The bitterness and flavor both take me to the brink, but never off the edge. So much hop flavor and bitterness all in one package.
Medium body with a brisk, crisp bitterness and moderate carbonation. No real alcohol character. Strong bitterness. Then some hop fruitiness. Nearly a flawless beer. Now, given that this review is about eleventy billion times my average review length, I think Iíll call it quits. Cheers.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 07-06-2011
GodOfThunder (1241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to GlouGlouBurp for the growler. Possibly the best IPA Iíve ever had. Incredible aroma of pine and citrus. Unbelievably hoppy without any overpowering alcohol. Smooth in the nose with and unmatched freshness. Flavor is an onslaught of hops, with nothing being overly potent. No sign of the alcohol. Perfectly attenuated and dry. Grapefruit is intense, like biting a huge chunk of the freshest Florida pink grapefruit. Lingers for days. Simply a delight to drink. I need more of this.
PhillyCraft (2593) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Growler pour. Poured a ultra hazed out glowing golden color. White head w/ medium lacing. Aroma is a fruit basket of grapfruit, mango, melon, and grapefruit on top of some sweet and bitter malts. Taste was pure trpoical honey with piney and oily resin profiles. Sickening how good this beer was.
jra1983 (17) - york haven, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had on tap at the worthy burger. Pour a cloudy, hazy tangerine color. Nice pillowy head. Nose is of tropical fruits, peaches, slight pine. Taste was much the same as the nose.
ChairMissing (20) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
To me, the best DIPA my limited funds can buy. An upfront citrus nose, a murky orange with a nice white head. The taste is out of this world, balanced perfectly between sweet and bitter, with a nice medium finish and dry bitter finish.
Leighton (8745) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the brewery, thanks to Shaun. Pours a lightly hazy, rich copper-gold with a white head. Smells just fantastic, lots of citrus and pine. Delicious flavor, plenty of bitterness of mango, orange and pineapple, along with some resinous pine, and balanced by some caramel and honey malts. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. More citrus hops to finish, lots of grapefruit, nice sweetness. Faintly dry, with long-lasting hops. Excellent.
daknole (8013) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sparkling orange/gold pour, nice white head. Hop heaven. Citrus, tart stone fruit, hay, bitter and juicy hop heaven! Damn straight!
weissch (5) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Did I believe the hype surrounding Hill Farmstead brewery? Yes. However, my good friend and traveling companion Mya Pharaoh did not. "Mya," I insisted, "they are universally acclaimed." To which she replied, "Universally acclaimed, my ass."
The first thing I noticed about the Galaxy? Its price. The second thing? The general shape and height of the bottle. The third thing I noticed about this beer was its taste. Then I noticed the color. A sinister orangeade, this Double IPA could give you a fish, and then teach you how to fish with just one quick glance in its direction. All drinkers must be aural learners. The aroma of this beer most closely resembles that of a cool, summer breeze. Unfortunately "most closely" isnít close enough for my impossibly high standards of beer review. So I must resort to saying the beer smells like a vague mixture of water, yeast, hops, and barley. It smells like a mixture between heaven and hell. Godly, but yet brimming with optimismís flames.
Have you seen the clown that hides from gay people? Head brewer at Hill Farmstead, Brett Knightly, has not. I didnít think so.
jredmond (4615) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 11, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Blind Tiger with Pat and Pitel. This was one of my overall favorite offerings from Hill Farmstead between the two events at RnH and BT. This pours a slightly hazy orange body with nice white head. Aroma reminds me of a pliny - the perfect combination between fresh pine hops and juicy citrus notes collide together for the ultimate adventure.
mcberko (4844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750mL growler, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany!), split with Matts_Property, pours a beautiful cloudy, dusty orange with a small white head. The nose screams a myriad of piney and resinous hops, with loads of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple) and orange zest to compliment, delicately balanced by caramel malt. Piney hops and the aforementioned tropical fruits burst out of the flavour, with such deep layers of each and a little orange zest. Piney, zesty finish. Absolutely magnificent.