RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge candied pineapple and grapefruit aroma. Flavor is wicked hoppy and not as sweet as I was expecting, very resinous with more piney, herbal notes in the flavor than the fruity nose would suggest. So hoppy it is almost overwelming, with a lingering hop bitterness that is not entirely unpleasant.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber; thanks to beerlando for the trade; pours clears dark gold with frothy egg white head; big sweet aromas of pine, mango and an obvious sticky, resinous bitterness; damn good nose; drinks with an over the top aggressiveness and big time bitterness; wow; certainly not a bashful double IPA; sticky, resinous and only drinkable to the beer geeks that normally drink over the top beers; some mild fruitiness and thin caramel flavors are there, but it kind of pounds you over the head in bitterness without much body and depth to round it out; more fruity in the nose, but flavor-wise this one is all piney hops and not the sweeter, mango ones that I prefer; garlic starts to show up to as it warms, which kind of turned me off similar profile beers like the Exponential Hoppiness
ewestern (254) - Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber color with a decent white head, leaves good lacing though. Pine dominates the aroma and taste with notes of grassy flavors and some honey. Malts poke through as a base in this beer but rarely. Reminded me of a stronger more piney Arrogant Bastard.
dchmela (2486) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy amber with a thick off white head. Massive citrus, grapefruit, pine hop aroma with lots of resin. Huge malt backbone, really sticky hoppy taste. Assertive seems too understated. Big and ballsy, really good.
AndyReynolds (767) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - APR 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, sending thanks to bigmmartin. Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head, nice lacing. Aroma is tons of fresh hops with a bit of a sweet malt backbone. Notes of citrus, grass clippings, and a bit of pine come out. Palate is refreshing with a nice bitter bite. Flavor brings out even more hops. I was giving up on hoppin frog but this is impressive.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours a crystal clear amber with some bubbles streaming to the top feeding a huge creamy beige head that shows excellent retention and lacing.
Huge, huge pithy grapefruit aroma with some juicy sweetness and hints of resinous pine and floral aromas. Light pale malt sweetness underneath but not enough to even think about balancing the hops.
Speaking of unbalanced, this is a seriously bitter-tasting hop bomb of a beer. There’s no hint of malts in the taste, just a huge massively bitter citrus hop taste up front that almost tastes metallic. The finish has a lingering sticky hop aftertaste that just blasts the palate.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and sticky, thick and sticky, with bitterness from start to finish.
This is a decent beer whose taste doesn’t live up to the aroma for me. I thought the juicy citrus was going to come out, but the taste was just an overpowering bitterness that didn’t have the flavors I was hoping for. Hop bomb.
markwise (4098) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Tony from OTH for sharing this one. Pours amber copper with an off-white head. Nose is citrus, pine, floral hops, caramel, and honey. Flavor is similar with apricot, pine punch, booze, and citrus. Medium body that lingers with pine hops and drags its nails down one’s throat. Interesting, but aggressive as hell.
Ibrew2or3 (6232) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
$15.99 (OUCH!) bomber pours crystal clear deep copper with off white head. The aroma jumps out of the glass with sweet citrus hard candy, grapefruit, pine resin and a bit of booziness. The taste is robust citrusy hop goodness moving from grapefruit and tangelo hop flavor to citrus hop bitterness and some pine resin by midway. It briefly becomes mildly sweet with malts creating a citrus candy sensation before the hop bitterness clobbers the sweeter flavor into the finish. Damn expensive but damn good too.
italianjohn (2164) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange golden pour with a resiny citrusy hop aroma with a good amount of lacing .... taste of citrusy hops, little piney with a light sweet malt taste as well .... bittersweet dry hop finish with absolutely no trace of the abv ..... little oily taste medium bodied .... this beer is very citrusy and not overly bitter... a smooth and enjoyable ipa lovers kind of beer
StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
When I heard Tripel IPA I thought this was gonna be hard to tame. I was thinking hop bomb. Very drinkable. Not as intense as the other triple IPAs I have had. Good over all pretty solid but somewhat disappointed. Nose should of been better. Pours golden dark with lots of particles floating and a very thin white head. Flavors are of citrusy and piney hops going back and forth with some sweetness and a solid malty back bone. Very easy to drink dspite the fact its supposed to be a triple...more like a double. Solid over all but was expecting more still good to try.