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 (987) - 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 (3709) - 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 (4959) - 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 (3119) - 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 (1276) - 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 (11725) - Escondido, 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 (9411) - Oceanside, 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.