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!
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Here is the DIPA that rocketed from unknown to superstar at breakneck speed. This has a lot of hype behind it and thus my expectations are appropriately very high. Now for the judgment. Poured into a snifter.
4.0 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. Two fingers of creamy off-white head. Half the head fell after a short time, but the remainder stuck around for a while. Spotty lacing covers the glass.
4.5 S: Really wonderful aroma! Tons of tropical fruits in this. Pineapple, mango, lots of papaya and orange. Secondarily piney and floral. Fruits combine for a sugary sweetness. Malts are pretty well hidden.
5.0 T: Holy shit is this tasty! I canít believe how wonderful this is. Iím pretty sure a pallet of various tropical fruits had been compressed and molden into the shape of a .50 caliber bullet, then overpacked with powder and shot into my tongue. Pineapple, mango, orange, papaya, and peach are incredibly strong. So fruity, but not too sweet. Malt is easily overshadowed by the hops, but it does well enough to keep the taste balanced. For 280 hypothetical IBUs, the bitterness is quite low and only manifests in the aftertaste. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.
4.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good carbonation, especially for a growler. Very creamy (but could be a bit moreso) and incredibly smooth.
5.0 D: I never thought this would live up to the hype, but instead, it has surpassed it. There isnít a damn thing I would change about this beer. Itís about as close as you can get to a perfect taste. Absolutely fabulous. Worth whatever you need to trade for it.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 03-27-2011 18:37:27
Niall73 (1419) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle as part of the Hickster Bimble day, huge thanks for the pour. Pours a lemon straw colour with a white head. Lovely funky veg, fruity aroma. Medium to full body, medium carb. Boozy, very slightly harsh, with light veg, very light caramel, pine, sap, light wood, grapefruit, marmalade. Yes, tasty!
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kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2010 Growler. Pours a golden yellow amber color with a very white head that forms a nice 1 finger head of foam that falls rather quickly. I can smell the hop aroma as I pour this out into the glass. Very aromatic with nice tropical type hop notes like pineapple and mango, also some citrus rind. Medium mouthfeel. Fruity malty sweetness gives way to a nice bitter hop bite. Wow, bitter bite, might be a tad much. Very slight alcohol notes but otherwise the alcohol is fairly well hidden.
cpetrone84 (1335) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is hazy bright golden amber with tons of egg white head leaving a thick lacing. The nose is pungent, light clean grain, dusty, strong tropical fruits, mango and grapefruit behind. Taste also has nice balance with huge hop punch. The grain is up front, clean and lightly dusty. Hops surround with a creamy dough and more tropical fruit. Plenty of mango and fuzzy peach with a grapefruit hit in back and crisp bitterness with little lingering effect. Body is light, a touch creamy mid palate, softer carbonation in the finish.
HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - APR 5, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 Whatís this? An East Coast IPA that would stand out even amongst the great West Coast IPAs? Dank tropical and citrus fruit aromas, light crisp malt giving perfect body, really, really good.
beernbourbon (1288) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler thanks to Adam in a recent trade, thanks a ton! Enjoyed along side Society and Solitude #5. Pour is cloudy light orange with a smallish white head. Still quite nicely carbonated. Aroma is a little less aggressive than the SS5. Loaded with light pine, grapefruit, faint resin. Notes of resin, pineapple, and grapfruit seem to be the most elevated aromas. Flavor is true to nose with the hop profile being a bit more on the resinous side as compared to SS5, but the profile is still loaded with citrus notes too. maybe a touch of ash in the finish too. Very late hay on a few of the sips too. A more cohesive beer than SS5, but there are no bad options with these beers. Delightful.
MeadMe (1284) - Riverview, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours golden with nice head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Flavor is nice pine with hints of caramel. Hints of citrus poke through make this quite a treat. Another wonderful HF brew.
patrickfannon (1236) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Blind Tiger for the Hill Farmstead event with James. Pours an electric, glowingly hazy, turbid nectarine orange with a rich, frothy, gorgeous streaky pristine white head. Cathedral window arch lacing throughout the session. The nose is an invitingly mellow, yet misleadingly complex, boquet; freah cream mixes with orange marmalade, chamomile, lavender, piney hop resin, zesty grapefruit juice, apricot, and sublte notes of peaches and earth. These scents follow through cleanly onto flavors of orange sherbert, honey, and smooth, subtle bitter hop. This is an outstandingly rich, intricate, smooth double IPA. Very well done and drinkable.
brystmar (1206) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brouwerij Lane!
Bright orange, slightly cloudy. Creamy white head and lace adorn the goblet. Grapefruit and fresh hops in the nose arenít as bold as other HF offerings, but admittedly thatís a ridiculous standard.
Ephraim is intense; strongly piney. Much more bitter flavor profile than any other HF DIPA Iíve tasted. Aggressively fruited with tons of grapefruit and bitter orange peel. Reminds me of biting too close to the rind of an orange. Boozy, very hoppy.
Massively viscous body for an IPA, and I love it. Another stellar offering from HF; these guys can do no wrong.