Ughsmash (7147) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Joey! Poured hazy medium orange with a looser-bubbled, but well-retained off-white head. The aroma was totally decadent.. fresh, bright orange, pineapple, and floral hoppage over semi-sweet caramel and bready notes.. warm undertones, but no overt boozage. The flavor was just about there.. peppery alcohol and bright citrus & pine bitterness led, with sweet caramel and bready notes backing.. lively and bitter on the edges, with citrus, pine, and floral again.. picked up some peppery warmth on the back-end.. long, resiny finish.. delicious! Medium-plus bodied with lower carbonation on the palate.. memorable feel to it.. great brew!
sloth (2494) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slim white head with good retention and a pleasing droopy lace. A bit hazy. gold colored brew. Juicy hop nose, resiny with notes of honey and a little biscuity malts.Nicely orangey and piney, lil arm pit, a very pleasant whiff. Body is medium, resiny and oily on the palate, coating with a soft carbonation, a tad chewy. I,m diggin this. Lotsa hoppy goodness. Large tastes of citrus, cattyness, pine notes, pineapple and tropicals. Largely hoppy but i guess there is some lightly sweet malts shining through, lil grainyness, more resin, sticky, somewhat. ABV is just on the edge of HELLO! Adds to the entire experience nicely. Finish is long and lasting. Only bitch would be a little more bitterness. Otherwise no disappointment here.A large DIPA. Swing top bottle from jleblanc served in my lovely Hill Farmstead glass. Both received in a most excellent trade. Awesome! Thanks much Jeff ! I could drink this shit, alot! Totally enjoyable...
MrChopin (3347) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transparent peach gold, small Bubbled wispy white head. Coin, peach, orange nose, sweet and not as bright as the best. Flavor is sweeter, thick and sticky, light booze accompanies pine and orange, candy-like residual sugars, sticky dry finish, bit harsh and contrasting. As a sweet IIPA, not my thing at this point.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - OCT 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour from a growled and thanks to Tucker for sending it from Vermont. Pour into the glass gave a golden orange color with a modest snow white head. Aromas were somewhat earthy and grassy.The feel in your mouth was smooth and not syrupy or sticky. Flavors were excellent with tropical fruit of mango, pineaple, lemon, and tangerine. Bitter hop pungency is up front but balanced. Alcohol not over powering for this big beer. Finish is long tasty and a balanced dryness. Really great beer and one of the best big IPA’s in my book.
orangesol (868) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served on-tap at Capone’s earlier today into a 5.5oz taster glass. I got two just to be sure...
A - Pours clear golden orange with a small half finger tall white head leaving small rings of lace down the glass.
S - Smells of lightly toasted caramel malt and lots of hops. Initially it is a bit weak but as it warms up the hops just flood the nose. Citric fruit and a touch of pine resin round things out. If not for the slow start this would have been a five.
T - Starts off with a quick taste of caramel malt that is quickly enveloped by the intense citric hop bite. Hints of tropical fruits; mostly grapefruit, pineapple, and mango; help to balance things out a bit. The finish is pretty dry with lots of hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for a short period of time. Very well balanced yet still intensely hoppy, great stuff.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet, intensely hoppy, feel throughout the entire glass. A tiny bit more carb would have helped but not a huge deal.
O - Having had most of the other hoppy Hill Farmstead beers I can say that this is my new favorite, but only by a very small margin. The hops are strong but not overpowering and it is easy to drink. One of the best for sure.
TheEpeeist (3364) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Capones. Almost clear golden brown with a thin layer of white froth. Nose is toffee, pink grapefruit, pine and watermelon. Medium body, resiny but not overdone. Light carb with a tingle. Taste is peachy pine and toffee with grapefruit pith and hints of strawberry and banana. Hops linger gracefully. For me just shy of the Younger. Exceptional.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of hops, hop oil, fruit, citrus, tangerine, light pine, and melon. Poured orange in color with a tiny, white head around the edges only. Hazy. Not sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, hop oil, pine, citrus, grapefruit, resin, tangerine, and fruit. Light to medium body. Oily, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, medium to heavily bitter, hop, tangerine, resin, hop oil finish is dry. 10.3%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
Damico (2585) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The IPA pours pure amber with an off white head and decent head rfetention. It smells piney, lightly sweet, and hoppy in a clear, well-balanced manner. The flavors are similar, with hops, piney notes, and some more bitter than sweet notes. There is no bite at all; it is so smooth on a fitting medium palatable body.
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2 liter growled. Thanks Zach ! Gold pour with a nice small white head. Sweet aroma of peach, orange, mango and pineapple. Huge tropical fruit flavors with a mild bitterness. Medium body with medium carbonation. Awesome IIPA, but could use more bitterness.
thome50 (1036) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - OCT 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml growler via Zane on another beer site. Pours a golden orange with a 1/4" head that lasts. Aroma is of tropical fruit and sweetness. Taste, DEAR GOD, is of peaches and orange! I’ve never tasted a DIPA this fruit forward and I love it. peaches peaches peaches! The mouth feel was very nice as well without being watery or light. Overall, ok, I give in, this is a top 5 DIPA that wasn’t brewed here in California. Hype is real!