blankboy (6046) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (650ml) shared with tupalev, jerc & mabel -- courtesy of jerc & mabel. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber-orange with an average size diminishing creamy off-white head. Wonderful aroma of fresh, green spicy hops -- nice! Flavour (which is oh so fresh and oh so tasty) of lots and lots of hops (citrus, pine and more) backed by enough malt to balance it out -- but it’s really all about the hops! Alcohol well hidden. Medium to full bodied. So easy to drink, this is simply fuggin’ amazing -- wow!
egajdzis (5335) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, light caramel malts, pine, a bit of citrus fruits, toffee, and some bread. Taste of caramel malts, light pine, resin, with faint tobacco, and a moderate grapefruit bitterness throughout. Alcohol was well masked.
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Jerc, Mabel, and Blankboy, courtesy of Jerc and Mabel. Dark brown, decent sized orange tinted white head. Great aroma, very fresh hops. Good taste, malty, hops, bread notes. Medium bodied. A very drinkable Double IPA! Alcohol not really a factor here. Great stuff.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Lightly hazy dark amber body with a small but thick creamy beige head and nice lacing on the glass. (3+) Huge hoppy aroma creeps out of the glass on its own power. Green sprucey aroma with moderate resin to the hops. (8+) Moderate bitterness for a DIPA is well balanced by malt, and a strong dose of hoppy resin. Odd but pleasant melange of citrus. Smooth medium palate. Very nice and dangerously drinkable.
MrBunn (2457) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Fairly brown body on this... much more so than expected. A little bit of a reddish highlight shows up in the light. Head is small and quickly fades away into just a few bubbles and some filmy residue on the surface. Aromas are pineapple and grapefruit heavy and the caramel malt structure is readily detectable. Flavor: Malt presence is darker than I expected. Rather than a caramel malt, it is more in line with a toffee. It’s hard to pick up... I detected it right at the onset of the first sip and since then the hops assault is keeping it held at bay. This hop presence is nicely done and not too aggressive, but still is the main focus. Grapefruit and pineapple are mainstays, and a bit of a pine needle presence is in the aftermath leaving a fairly nice flavor to think about till the next sip.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
the malt here is a bit too carmelized, and the hops a bit under assertive. Too bad. I was really looking forward to this after trying the Crusher. It’s fine, but not fine enough to distinguish itself from a very competitive group.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark amber/orange body, off-white head receding quickly with lacing, big grapefruit hoppy nose. Malts are sweet caramel, hops abound, very bitter front and finish.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to TomDecapolis for opening this...
Appears a hazy, dark amber with a beige head that slowly fades into a mild film and collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is yeasty, citrusy with notes of grapefruit, orange zest and pine.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with heavy dosings of citrus, along with flavors of vanilla and dough shining through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, citrusy, with a yeast filled, doughy finish.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a lightly hazy burnt orange body with a small beige head. Aroma of breadiness, caramel, citrus, and light pine. Flavor of toffee and bitter hops.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle pours a hazy orange/brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of sharp and leafy hops-grapefruit, pine and citrus rind. Resinous hop bitterness from start to finish. Only a vague hint of malt sweetness. A bit overdone in the hop bitterness department for my tastes but the hopheads should be all over this one.