jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
3/6/2011 Re-review thanks to Chris. This is batch 2, drank from a counter-pressurized growler. This batch is more hot, way too much alcohol on the finish. Still pretty good, just not the epic level of the first batch, still recommend trying.
Growler provided by sleepydave, drank into my Narke tulip...The top pops without an whiff and Iím a bit concerned, then I see theres only about a half centimeter of air, so Iím good. Pours a dark peach, nice color. At first it pours without any head, then as it settles about a full finger of light tope head. Pretty good retention, but really nice lacing; thin drops around the glass but super sticky...The aroma is not at as strong as expected, but in a good way; doesnít overpower. Very light grapefruit on the front, light sugar, and sweet pine hops. The backbone is light pine and alcohol but exactly what you are looking, makes me really want to drink it...The taste is a super nice perfect combination of sweet and bitter. The sweetness doesnít really show as fruits, but sugar and alcohol. The finish is hoppy, gives you want you want but not at all harsh or so much hops it distracts you from drinking. The finish is pine resin, sugar, alcohol and a little metal....The feel is outstanding. Sticks to your palate start to finish, its full, coating, makes you lick your lips, a smooth and lasting finish...Incredibly drinkable.
Another beer that was crazily hyped but actually lived up to expectations. Would LOVE to try this fresh.
Ratman197 (8482) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a clear golden amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of biscuit, peach, tropical fruit, tangerine, pink grapefruit and a hint of pine. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, peach, tropical fruit, tangerine and light pine with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering fruity finish.
mattyb83 (734) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks goes to tyler for sharing this growler. Pour is a golden, shining orange with a small white head. Color is clear with tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Possible the best looking DIPA Iíve seen. Big fruity aroma with pineapple, grapefruit, citrus, and tropical fruit. Taste is full of tropical fruit, with pineapple, and a hint of bitterness. Amazingly well balanced for such a large DIPA that keeps its bitterness in check. No presence of alcohol. Pretty full bodied. One of the best DIPAs Iíve had. Thanks once again Tyler!
arminjewell (5145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Tyler for this treat. Nice slightly hazy orange pour, with nice lasting but oily white head. Aroma is chewy hops, with big resinous, pine, grassy, slight tropical fruit with mango, and some slight caramel. Taste is sweet mango, oily pine, grass, resin, and a nice bitter finish balanced by some caramel notes. The best DIPA that is not overly bitter by far, they managed to pack hop notes without the palate wrecking bitter. Excellent!
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super short rating. Growler. Shit this is awesome! Pours a glowing, vibrant gold with a resilient, sticky bright white head. Aroma is chock full of juicy hop oils. Slightly leafy and green, but never crosses the line into astringent. Musty, resinous and dank. Pine sap, tropical fruit meat. Like the other HF IPAs, this beer is a textbook example of how a beer can be insanely hoppy, but never cross the line into astringent and offputting bitterness. He hops are floral, resinous, tropical, dank. Never, ever showing a sign of the 10+% at all. Medium to full bodied. Slightly oily, but never greasy leading to a lengthy, bitter, resinous finish. Holy god this shit is amazing! Thanks a ton Dany!
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours a golden orange body with a white head with mild head retention. Aromatically hoppy fresh grass tones, peach and citrus notes. A mild grapefruit bite. Hints of honey and orange. Delicious HF just put the East coast back on the map for quality IPAs.
AGB (20) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from fresh out-of-the-brewery growler. This one is intense! A real hop aroma bomb, full of fruity-citrusy-flowery notes. The smell is incredible! The taste is on the same range, but itís all about hops and itís hard to find malt notes in this hop fruit salad. Still an exceptionnal double IPA.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler at our Stoutfest Pre-shindig shared by Kan. Thanks! Pours a sunset golden orange with a great amber glow, a decent frothy offwhite head dies to a bubbly foam, ok lacing overall. Aromas knock you back, a blast of hops, citrusy grapefruit and tropical mango mix with lemons, peach, florals, grass, and weeds. Some grainy and bready maltiness, pale with touches of toast and slightly sweeter caramel. More lemon fruit and rind, with some life. Initial is medium bodied, the lighter end, light and airy on the palate with strong hops, bitter and dry with big fruit, mango, grapefruit, and lemons. Bready malts, toast, and pale malts. The sweetness falls back, giving solid fruity hops, a fairly complex profile of melon, mango, tropical with grapefruit, lemons, grass and florals. A touch of sweet bubblegum towards the back with a very dry finish. Touches of fruity elements, dry, hoppy. Very nice, complex, and goes down remarkably easy for a bigger beer like this. Dry, with just a touch of maltiness making it a little more substantial on the palate (Though, Iím sure the malt bill is much heavier than youíd imagine with the boatload of hops). Kudos to Hill Farmstead for the next big IT in DIPAs.
brokensail (9128) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is surprisingly clear, and is a nice golden amber color with a couple fingers of white head and sticky lacing all down the glass.
S: Intensely fruity on the nose. Excellent grapefruit, but perhaps even better tropical fruit aromas. Lots of pineapple and mango, perhaps some grass and certainly a little bit of pine. A mild sugar aroma provides some additional sweetness.
T: There is a touch of sweet malt flavor, but after that, itís just a ton of fruity hops. Pineapple, mango, and peaches give the beer a really nice flavor and the grapefruit and pine notes provide the requisite bitterness.
M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Not super bitter on the finish.
D: Damn good stuff, but the alcohol does catch up with you on this one. Deceptively easy to drink.
nimbleprop (3852) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler pours a transparent, bright orange with some spitty white head. Great color, OK head retention. Nose is dank hops, resinous, peachy, candied orange, oily American hops, grapefruit zest, vinous fruit, honey, flower pollen. Flavor is strong pine, sweet, honey, grapefruit, orange zest, lemons, some corn sugar, a touch peppery, nectarine. Full bodied, touch hot with some bracing bitterness. Very nice. Could probably use a touch less bitterness and a little more sweetness to round things out.