DocLock (9494) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft notes from CAH. Wow, Very deep copper caramel pour with off-khaki head. Nose is Caramel malt, huge piney and citric fruit, tangerine, black pepper, honeydew, with a smooth, rich, complex, and dense palae and finish, This one is outstanding,
Let’s go ahead and put HF against the IBU heavy hitters, bec ause HF has shown that they are a BOTY candidate.
JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden pour. The nose is very bright and tropical. Lots of soft tropical fruit. Chewy and fruity with a lot of soft dank hoppiness. Very citrusy and fruity - sweetish but the malts are well-balanced by the hops. It’s crazy how drinkable this stuff is - dangerously drinkable. Fruity grapefruit/mango and pineapple. A little twinge of peppery ethanol on the finish. Awesome stuff.
JorisPPattyn (9242) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale UFO’s completely obscuring an orangey-ochre beer; small white rim. End of bottle solid yeast. Very fruity/citrussy aromas, jumping out of the glass; bit resiny. Very balanced, but one could also maintain unidimensional smell. Cakey sweetness absolutely superbly balancing the resiny, citrussy hopflavours. Utterly remarkable balance, certainly for such a strong beer. Part of the sweetness might be ethanol-related, but it’s nowhere ’boozey’ in character. Medium carbonation, feels smooth & oily; medium bodied, some alcoholwarming. Very impressive beer with outstanding balance. Many Belgians feel that double IPA’s are lopsided, but this kind ought to convince them otherwise. Many thanks to L &M!
arminjewell (9232) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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!
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Honey-laced tropical fruit burst from this luxurious strong ale’s aroma and flavor profile, developing sagacious resinous bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A misty orange golden is capped by creamy foam.
-Alcohol is not prominent, which I appreciate.
-This is not just another hop bomb of a Double IPA. It is complex and well polished, and almost tastes 3/4 Double IPA, 1/4 Blond Barley Wine.
-Dare I say this is balanced?
Growler, and on tap at the brewery and at Blackback Pub, in Waterbury, VT.
phaleslu (9019) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
3900th rating. Draft at Armsby Abbey in Worcester. Met up here with lushawn and our ladies on the way in to visit him in Boston. What luck to find this on tap! Pours a hazed gold with a massive, rocky, frothy white head that laces the glass heavily. Aroma of oily, herbal, grassy, and piney hops, straw, lemon citrus, and mellow spice. The flavor is like a slightly milder version of the same, and not as oily but shows more sweet malts and more complex citrus. Light-bodied for the ABV, with low carbonation on the palate and a resinous mouthfeel that dries up. Great DIPA.
djd07 (8762) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Growler thanks to Will. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy white head. The aroma is strong fruity hop, citrus, and pine. Thick mouthfeel with nice dry hop, bitter malt, so good. Really enjoyed this one.
alexsdad06 (8421) - Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Snifter poured from growler shared by a local BA. Pours a clear dark golden color with a small bubbly white head. The intense aroma comes leaping from the glass bringing tropical fruits, grapefruit, honey sweetness and a touch of pine. The nose is first class. The flavor does not disappoint either. More big tropical fruits, citrus, grapefruit, a sweet caramel malt base, honey, and more pine noticeable toward the finish. I don’t know about 280 IBU’s, but the bitterness it has is well integrated. This is insanely drinkable for what it is. I would have to classify this as an instant classic.
deanso (8273) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis.
Very thin white head. Low carbonation (but it was very fresh). Slightly hazy golden pour. Tropical fruits bitterness. Some malt.
mR_fr0g (8264) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gowler shared during the London Bimble 26/04/2014. Big thanks to Leighton for the big HF tick. Translucent yellow / straw coloured pour with a lsting loose white head. Aroma is spicy, citrus hop, lemon rind and slight cut grass. Flavour is sticky resin, juicy citrus and warming alcohol in the finish. Palate is stciky resin. Very smooth and drinkable. Very tasty.