VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Armsby Abbey. Pours orange with a large pure white head. Aromas of citrus, peach and some pine. Flavors are all there. Bready malt is balanced with a dry bitterness. Velvet smooth. One of the four amazing beers I had from the guys at Hill Farmstead. Awesome beer.
czar (6221) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours dark golden-orange with a decent cap, good retention and lacing. floral, spicy, strawberry - medium to high hopping. malt depth, very hint of sweetness. tanginess. soft carbonation, medium body, medium long grapefruity finish. very good brew.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(growler shared by Dak at the Black Friday tasting). Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with thin white head. Aroma is citrus and some dank hops. Taste is sweet with some bitterness. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Finish is bitter, but smooth. Pretty good stuff.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks, wherever you are! Poured a clear light orange color with a thin white head. Smelled of buttery caramel and a bit of vanilla. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. Moderate bitterness and light warming alcohol. Caramel, vanilla, pine, and herbal/earthy hop.
ddfrazee (66) - Flat Rock, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Woohops. Out of a growler thanks to Daknole! Beautiful amber color, strong taste and rich with a beautiful alcohol taste.
ketchepillar (1182) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler at Black Friday tasting. Great aroma. Super fresh hoppiness. Cat pee. Slightly sweet, but not all that much considering the ABV.
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Orangish pour. White head. Tropical fruit, citrus and resin hop aroma. Nice bitter and citrus flavor. Damn amazing beer. Thanks gn0sis!
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Was really looking forward to this beer after hearing good things and was a little let down when I tried it. Pours a proper golden hazy straw with a slight head. A little syrupy and overly sweet for my liking. Maybe too much dextrose..Hops were subdued by the sweetness and not as up front present for the style like other double IPA’s that rate in the top tier. A good beer yes but not worthy of the lofty company it has around it on the rate list. I’ll take a fresh Hop Slam or Alchemist Heady Topper though a good beer and i’m glad I got to try it it’s just not my thing and is pushed up the ratings by local loyalty
pineypower (2834) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared much thanks to Inspectorbob at BA gathering. Pours out a mostly clear orangy color with not much of a head. Aroma is of intense juicy tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus and light alcohol. Taste is intense hops, and in a good way, tropical fruits resiny citrus, light sweet malts, light alcohol and a nice bitter punch on the finish. This is one awesome beer.
boFNjackson (4192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Growler shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured pale golden with a thick white head. Quite bitter and in your face with hops. Residual and loads of alpha bitterness here. Some citrus, orange peel, oily hop extract flavors, and not a whole lot malt.