jercraigs (8220) - 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 (2523) - 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 (12072) - 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.
vyvvy (4471) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours bronze with a milky tan head. The aroma has tropical hops, floral hops, orange citrus and caramel malt. Medium / full body with a good amount of carbonation with a resiny feel. The flavors start like the aroma along with woody / piny hops and dry grapefruit. The finish is resiny and has a smooth bitterness. Overall this starts with smooth hops and malt and finishes with bitter / harsh hops for a fantastic balance. Well constructed IIPA.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle via trade with crizay - Pours a clear copper color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine, and floral hops, resin, and a tad bit of toasted malt. Flavor is a little more balanced, but still leans toward the hops. Medium to full body. Hops and alcohol are left on the palate. A very good beer. Thanks Chris.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasty. Pours a few specs from clear. Deep brown with shades of red. One nothing Yankees, up on Boston (they go on to win, swept the series). Minimal fluffy white head with strong retention. Aroma of alcohol and sweet pine hops and touches of friut. Flavor is balancing on the hoppy side with a nice sweet roasted malt on the other. Hoppy finish but to my T does not linger.