puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Blind Tiger, 3-4 weeks since brewed. It is, perhaps, surprising how mellow this beer feels compared to its brothers and contemporaries. The 10.5 is hardly there. It is punchy and bright, juicy and perhaps just a touch sweet, with very little bitterness to disrupt the raw hop power on display. The hop is lemony, orange, skunky and earthy, if not somewhat fecal, but more the "forest floor" the wine critics love using as opposed to, say... Well, you know. Hill himself has already set the bar so impossibly high that, even with this being so many words ahead of pretty much every ipa ever made, one almost still feels let down that there isn’t just... more. More power. More oomph. Because this is not Edward, a supposed pale ale, that asks to be taken lightly. This is the big daddy, and compared to Double Sunshine, or his Double Galaxy, or the rare Younger keg, this feels the softest, and most wanting for just a little more juice.
auerbrau (3082) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL Growler, purchased at the brewery today. Uber-fruity resin aroma, leaning in that fresh, raw sticky ganja direction, definitely with strong Simcoe and friends qualities. Flavors get a little more wild and funky. A bit of faint onion pairs up with a nip of cat and some chewy green plant juice. I can’t get into this one like I can get into Abner and the early Society & Solitudes. The hop flavors really huddle around Simcoe and find themselves releasing some almost stink-gland like plant chemicals. It’s certainly hop flavor turned up to an eleven, but it might be too loud? I think the hop work is certainly excellent, it might just be more of a matter of taste in terms of the varieties used and the intensity of the flavors from those varities (i.e. Simcoe and Chinook). It certainly is broadly expressive in a quality of hop flavor.
TheEpeeist (3058) - Swarthmore, 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.
Ernesto987 (3041) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 1, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
At hill farmstead festival, huge citrus up front, tons of hops all over the flavor. Big
Bitter finish. Beautiful
Loineshawn (3011) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2012 tap at harvest fest. tried side by side with simcoe single hop for some reason. notes of juicy pink grapefruit, soft wet grass, spruce, fog. hop forward for sure, but not overly abrasive. alcohol very well hidden. but still a tad big for my liking, nod to the simcoe single hop, as the hoppy 5ish % beer is more in my wheelhouse.
jkwood04 (2949) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours cloudy golden with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of strong, citrusy, floral, piney hops with a nice light maltiness that balances the hops well. Flavor the same with a great hoppy profile. Smooth texture. Incredible.
rodenbach99 (2809) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille partagée par Pierre-Luc et Julien. Dégustée lors de la journée Armand chez Patrick. Bière jaune avec une fine couche de mousse. Le nez est particulier avec de la mangue et des oignons. C’est juteux et à la limite un peu désagréable. Il y a du chanvre pour ne pas dire autre chose dans ce nez. La bouche est amère, piquante. Les houblons sont sur les stéroïdes avec 280 IBU théoriques. L’alcool est discret. 7/10
burg326 (2772) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared, poured a golden color with aromas of pine, grapefruit, light tropical fruit, and some light caramel. Flavors are same, a nice hop bite which is welcomed, a very nice DIPA overall would love to drink this every day.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transparent peach gold, small Bubbled wispy white head. Coin, peach, orange nose, sweet and not as bright as the best. Flavor is sweeter, thick and sticky, light booze accompanies pine and orange, candy-like residual sugars, sticky dry finish, bit harsh and contrasting. As a sweet IIPA, not my thing at this point.
iowaherkeye (2676) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft from the Hillstead Farm release 10/2 and from a growler @ home. Minimally hazy medium orange with a one finger creamy off-white head that lasted the duration on tap, but didn’t last near as long from the swing top growler. Big fruity hoppy nose that consists of tangerines, tropical fruit, and some delicious leafy dry hopped notes, with some light cotton candy caramel sweetness. Aroma reminds me a lot of Pliny the Younger. Flavor is more bitter than PtY. Flavor has a tinge of pine, but otherwise full of the fruits and tons of dry hopped notes that lingers to the finish, which was dry. The light sweet cotton candy caramel malt blends exceptionally well with the hops. Bitterness peaked at a 7-8 with some mild alcohol noted, warming in the belly. Burps pine. Full body with light to medium carbonation. This was friggin’ tasty, and glad I got to try it (gf included). Thanks for not using Cascades!