PhillyCraft (2847) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Capones, there is a ton of hype surrounding this beer. I was glad that Capone’s in Norristown was able to get a keg of this juicy double IPA. 5 oz snifter pour. Color was a haze infused glowing yellow with minimal head and good sporadic lacing. The nose is truly incredible on this beer. Grapefruit, resinous, dank pine, tangerine, and butterscotch. Taste is like the aroma but not as pronounced. Flavor dominated by tropical citrus, pine, peach, tangerine, full hops, crystal malt. Finishes smooth and perfectly bitter for this style. Awesome IPA that is fast becoming the new target of hopheads around the world.
SlovakSniper (2811) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Une grosse bouteille partagée par le 3-R Crew. Un geste apprécié! Donc, une robe jaunâtre et voilée sur laquelle flotte un anneau de mousse. Un nez vraiment intéressant de fruits tropicaux et de choses bien vertes. Des aiguilles de pin, des fleurs et du chanvre frais avec des herbes sauvages. Une base maltée qui ne s’impose jamais. Sur les papilles, un jus tropical et forestier qui se choque à la verdure des prés et des champs. Une étonnante fraîcheur. En bouche, un liquide construit pour une buvabilité extrême. 10% d’alcool? Ce n’est pas croyable. Une finale qui offre tout un spectacle houblonné. Chapeau bas.
AirForceHops (2712) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml growler direct from the brewery. The aroma is a nice blend of hop varieties. Sweet floral hops, mango, grapefruit with just a bit of Earth. Taste starts out with caramel malt that flows into a burst of tropical fruits; pineapple and grapefruit for sure. Lots of citrus bitterness that lingers for just a bit after the sip. The resin shows itself in the taste but I didn’t smell it at all until the end of the growler. If this latest batch is over 10 % then I’m amazed; because it’s barely noticeable at all. I enjoy Abner a bit more BUT this is really a great DIP in its own right.
BOLTZ7555 (2706) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heavy pineapple, mango, guava, and papaya aroma...sweet, malty, and fruity. Dark honey and tangerine-colored hue, especially in the deepest part of the glass. Small eggshell head leaving only a film and spotty lacing. Flavor is filled with tropical influences and fruit cocktail syrup...a little alcohol noticeable as well. Get some pear, peach, and candied oranges also. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Really good and different. Not sharp, biting, and assertive...but amazing!
iowaherkeye (2686) - 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!
bytemesis (2576) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2013 Tap. Pours cloudy medium amber with a medium creamy off-white head that dissipates slowly with decent lacing. Aroma is not strong with citrus, grapefruit and mango/passionfruit notes. Flavor is about the same, juts a bit of sweetness, medium bitterness, lingering dry bitter finish. Medium creamy soft mouthfeel. ABV well masked.
JulienHuxley (2515) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2013 On tap at HF harvest fest and at The Reservoir. Aroma of super dank hops, wet, light onion aroma, pine but also a and grapefruit and citrus bomb . Taste is definitly bitter and in your face, alcohol is definitely noticeable, more dank hops on the palate, grapefruit rinds, grassy finish. Palate is rich but finishes dry. A real hop bomb. Second try was definitly smoother and more balanced.
pineypower (2402) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared much thanks to Inspectorbob at BA gathering. Pours out a mostly clear orangy color with not much of a head. Aroma is of intense juicy tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus and light alcohol. Taste is intense hops, and in a good way, tropical fruits resiny citrus, light sweet malts, light alcohol and a nice bitter punch on the finish. This is one awesome beer.
sloth (2400) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slim white head with good retention and a pleasing droopy lace. A bit hazy. gold colored brew. Juicy hop nose, resiny with notes of honey and a little biscuity malts.Nicely orangey and piney, lil arm pit, a very pleasant whiff. Body is medium, resiny and oily on the palate, coating with a soft carbonation, a tad chewy. I,m diggin this. Lotsa hoppy goodness. Large tastes of citrus, cattyness, pine notes, pineapple and tropicals. Largely hoppy but i guess there is some lightly sweet malts shining through, lil grainyness, more resin, sticky, somewhat. ABV is just on the edge of HELLO! Adds to the entire experience nicely. Finish is long and lasting. Only bitch would be a little more bitterness. Otherwise no disappointment here.A large DIPA. Swing top bottle from jleblanc served in my lovely Hill Farmstead glass. Both received in a most excellent trade. Awesome! Thanks much Jeff ! I could drink this shit, alot! Totally enjoyable...
Damico (2355) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The IPA pours pure amber with an off white head and decent head rfetention. It smells piney, lightly sweet, and hoppy in a clear, well-balanced manner. The flavors are similar, with hops, piney notes, and some more bitter than sweet notes. There is no bite at all; it is so smooth on a fitting medium palatable body.