Franckg (440) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Arômes d’orange, tangerine, ananas, pamplemousse, alcool et effluves de fraicheur. Le goût est doux et balancé. Très loin des double ipa typiques trop résineuse ou sucrée. Ici, c’est des agrumes et un soupçon de poivre (alcool?) mais le haut taux d’alcool ne paraît aucunement. L’amertume est sèche, fruitée, douce, parfaite. En gros, c’est le genre de ipa que j’ai toujours rêvée de boire. J’aurais mangée la bouteille si j’avais pu.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , 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. There’s 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 I’ve come across. Me giving something a 5.0 is rare. It being a DIPA that doesn’t feature Citra is even rarer. I’m not a Citra fanboy at all :) (That’s right, a smiley face in a review...I’m pretty sure I’ve 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, there’s some malt in the background. Who am I kidding? No there’s not. It’s all hops. This is what a double IPA should be. As has been a frequent topic of forum discussions, no, hops don’t belong everywhere. Straight fact, though: malt does not belong in an American Imperial IPA. It simply does not. That’s 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 I’ll call it quits. Cheers.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 07-06-2011
GodOfThunder (1248) - 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 I’ve 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 (3875) - 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 (32) - 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.
Ataraxia (415) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy yellow orange color, thin white head. Soft aroma of tropical grapefruit, citrus, mango, and peach. Mild fruity sweetness. Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Light bitterness in the finish with virtually no alcohol presence.
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 (13849) - 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.
Ernesto987 (4549) - Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 This is just as good as hill farmsteads double citra. Highly drinkable and some sweet syrup in the background.
daknole (10255) - 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!