thome50 (1229) - Morro Bay via Orange County, 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!
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml shared with mattyb83. Pours a thin pale orange color with not much head at all. Wonderfully elegant aroma of Orange, mango, pineapple, slightly floral even. Very nice. The flavor has a heavily resinous, yet still retains a very light body. Orange citrus dominates the flavor with a strong backbone of tropical fruit, mainly mango and pineapple. Really nice. Its a little thin overall in the body, A tad more there would have been nice, otherwise this is a wonderful DIPA. Thanks matty!
BeerandBlues2 (10785) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by a random guy at Max’s. Pours clear copper with a medium, frothy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is citrus, grassy, floral hops, fruity tropical esters, light malt, faint alcohol, and a very dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.
GT2 (9360) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2011 750mL growler thanks to oteyj. Pours a clear amber with a modest white head. Looks very different from other samples I’ve had which looked glowin yellow. Nose here is pretty sticky, sugary, muted, candy, maple, orange, 3C hops. Decent. Taste up front is sticky with some very obvious booziness moving to vanilla and maple. But overall, sticky and resinous. Not vey fruity or tropical like I was expecting. Very different from the Double Citra. Good stuff, yummy, but nothing too exciting.
Tap at Capone’s. Definitely not good enough to warrant the iPhone theft that happened to my girlfriend. Small, dense off-white head on a dirty, ugly yellow. Nose is caramel and meaty jackfruit. Taste is boozy, spicy, loads of candied orange slices and orange peel. Sticky, candy body. Butterscotch comes through. Not bad- pretty enjoyable but the opposite of what I was expecting.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012 Hazy amber-peach colored pour with a great white head. The nose holds notes of sweet caramel, pine resin, and sappy evergreen. The flavor holds more evergreen proliferation with big sweet sappy resin, and nectar fruit in the form of mandarin and fruit cocktail. A big hoss of a beer for sure. The body is thick, sweet, and sappy with low carbonation and a resinous finish. About as dry as you can get a beer this huge.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml, swing-top growler, courtesy of baconsausage on BA. thanks, tucker! super stoked to get this one fresh as hell. pours a gorgeous , clear, honey-gold with a rich, creamy, pure white head with excellent retention that leaves bubbly rings of lace around the edges. aroma is absolutely fantastic with an elegant balance of sweet floral esters, pine resins, and pink grapefruit backed by beautiful tropical fruit notes of pineapple, guava, apricot, and kiwi with subtle hints of honey and vanilla as is settles in the glass. flavor is simply magnifiscent with massive tropical notes of mango, guava, pineapple, and honeydew up front backed by citrus rinds, and subtle, spicy, pine esters that transition to bitter, grassy hops that add a great balance to the tropical sweetness. palate is medium bodied and amazingly drinkable at 10.3% with perfect carbonation and a fruity, bitter finish that leaves me longing for another sip. overall, an utter gem of a dipa that definitely stands up to the big guns in the style.
Johnsense (998) - - OCT 8, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2012 pours a slightly hazy copper with 2 fingers of eggshell head. Aroma is something else - delicious scents of pine, grapefruit, mango and that was BEFORE I poured a glass. Wonderful! Taste is a big blast of citrus hops balanced out by caramel malt - Mango, Grapefruit, Orange, Papaya - think a killer citrus fruit salad with a bit or earthiness and caramel for balance . For a 10.5% beer this one is as smooth as they get. No hyperbole here - this one is worthy of every ounce of hype it gets. Worth the drive to the farm.
radagast83 (5703) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think this one was out of a growler. Poured a reddish-orange color pour. Aroma was relatively mild, with a malt-forward first and foremost. Caramel notes, orange, yeasty character. Flavor was earthy hops, malts. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Perhaps the malt character was just not exactly what I wanted from this particular beer.
Beerman6686 (5344) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This poured a lighter amber to dark yellow color with a fluffy white head. Aroma was very inviting indeed nice fresh citrusy and slightly herbal hops, with a small note of alcohol there as well. Flavor was just incredible. i can say without a doubt that I have never had an IPA that was as tropical tasting as this one. It almost doesnt even taste like beer, more like a blend of pineapple and mango juice with some nice orange rind for bitterness. Aside from the alcohol content, I dont see how this one could possibly be any more refreshing.
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear red-orange pour. Nose holds huge sweet caramel, candied orange, and some surprisingly breadiness. The flavor hearkens more to what I was expecting with awesome notes of sweet sap, green sapling, caramel, and earthy hops. The palate hides the 10% exceptionally well, and the sweetness dries out a touch to a massive resin character. Overall, very very good.