KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. First reviewed 10/14/2011. Poured from a 750 mL growler into a tulip.
The pour is hazy copper color, kind of a faint color. A light creamy head forms on the pour and leaves some light lace on the glass.
The aroma is full of caramel malt, some honey, pineapple, a little grapefruit, and some herbal notes. More sweet than bitter.
Ephraim starts sweet and retains a honey and caramel fruity sweetness throughout each sip. The hoppy notes are full of pineapple, dank notes, spicy pine, and a little bit of grapefruit. The finish is bitter, but the sweetness really resonates with on
The feel is lighter than the 10.5% ABV would lead me to have expected. It starts sweet and fnishes a little more dry, with a fair amount of hop resin.
Overall: For a DIPA on the malty side, this was pretty good. Compared to the whole range of DIPAís this is slightly better than mediocre.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
64 oz. growler consumed on 3/19/11. A very clear orange color beer with a small but nice head that clings to the glass. The clarity of this beer surprised me. The aroma is money and is everything I want out of a DIPA. Huge orange, loads of various tropical fruits, orange rind, grapefruit rind. This is the aroma of love. One thing to note is it smells very clean. The taste is great very smooth like orange and grapefruit almost like this is those juices mixed together with a nice layer of malt. I was a little shocked at how hot this was and the alcohol is fairly noticeable. Other than that this is a big new player on the DIPA front and I cannot wait to try it again.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler at CL Rosso Batch 3 Release. Pours gold/orange, bit of off white head. Huge hop aroma with lots of fruit, citrus, peach. Truly amazing. Taste is very hoppy with more citrus and a bit of malt to balance it out. Bitterness is surprisingly mild given the aroma, fruity hop finish. Quite a treat.
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 IPAís in my book.
thome50 (751) - 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! Iíve 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 wasnít brewed here in California. Hype is real!
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!
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper clear with a thick white head. Thick sheets of lacing cling to the glass. Extremely rich aromas of pine and sweet grapefruits and mangoes. Heavy caramel malts, sweet citrus fruits, grapefruits, mangoes. The finish is long and bitter.
dresden (644) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh my. I tried really hard not to believe the hype. Growler poured into a hill farmstead tulip. Cloudy with a stiff foamy head. This beer just wafts aroma when you pour it. Itís waves of mango, orange, and easy to pick out the simcoe. Resinous hops, with pine, citrusy orange tangerine and grapefruit with a nice but not overpowered bitterness. I hate knowing I wont be having this again any time soon.
radarsock (626) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012 Had a few growlers filled at Harvest. One of the growlers was passed around Saturday night. Pours a hazy nectar orange with a line of white ringed around the rim, but no head. Smells of orange peels and hop pellets, not much else. Tastes unexpectedly maltier than I had anticipated: thereís also piney and oniony hops, plastic and yeast. Ends bitter and thin. I thought it was just the littlest too bit aggressive in both the hops and the malt profile.
Phillies08Champs (620) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Caponeís. I canít believe I got two pours the second day.ours agolden wheat color with little head. Nose is pine needles, juicy fruits, pale malt sweetness. first sip is simcoe, warrior bitterness balanced with that Vermont style pale malt sweetness. finish is lime and bergamon. really great stuff.