cbfobes (1944) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle, pours a clear golden with a thin white head and nice lacing through out the glass, the aroma has a ton of grapefruit and citrus on the nose, the flavor has a citrus kick on the front end with a nice bitter finish, nicely balanced overall, nice.
Leafs93 (1517) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy amber with a white fluffy head. Aroma is florals, honey, earthy and undertones of citrus. Taste is sweet with some bitters on the finish. Smooth and oily mouth feel, a little more substantial body then expected. Alcohol is well hidden. The honey definitely adds a nice dimension to the beer.
alobar (2516) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an orange-yellow color with a white frothy head. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, caramel, and honey. Flavor of grapefruit orange, caramel, slight hop bitterness, and a quick sweet honey finish. Creamy mouth feel. Really good beer.
probstblueribbon (2632) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from the brewery, sampled at pushkinwow’s Beer Geek Extravaganza. 24MR12.
App.: Clear deep golden with a thin white head.
Aroma: Resin, floral, honey, biscuit malt, citrus, dusty, nice, good malt/hop balance (leaning towards hops...not a bad thing).
Palate: Medium body, somewhat relaxed effervescence.
Flav.: Peppery, herbal, floral, big, weedy, strong hops, honey, biscuit malt, off-dry, big bitterness.
cfrancis (2024) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light golden yellow with a big frothy white top. Aroma is sweet floral hops with grapefruit and pineapple. Taste is dry grapefruit hop and light grain with a small honey sweetness. Well made.
drowland (5719) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
3/4/12. 750mL courtesy cbfobes. Hazy light orange pour, almost golden, with a nice thick, frothy khaki head that sticks. Fruity, citrusy aroma, huge orange and grapefruit, with touches of cream and pale malts. Nice resinous flavor with a pungent hop kick and a big sweetness as well. Finishes a bit dry. Not bad!
jbeatty (850) - New York, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 03/02/2012, batch E!039. Clear golden pour, slight amber hue with healthy one-finger head, solid curtain lacing. Aroma fruity with juicy grapefruit, orange, caramel malts with grassy herbs, nice touch of honey in the finish. Taste again has huge grapefruit, high bitterness assaulting the tongue, paving the way for a nice bready sweetness, caramel, and lovely floral honey actually comes through on the breath on the aftertaste, balancing out more bitterness. This is solid, and IMO better than Hopslam this year as far as honey infused double IPAs go. Had to be said.
maximum12 (21) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to my wife & a kind BA for bottles of this wanted beer. Unfortunately the one my wife picked up in New York - off the damn shelf - was over three years old & undrinkable. This one is batch E!019, which I gather from a quick search is more than 1 1/2 years old. Seriously. Ithaca should stop making this damn beer if they can’t sell the damn things.
Pours sunny yellow, clear, with a good two fingers left in the bottle along with a bit of spent yeast. Smell is brilliant, bright honey, lovely floral hops. No bitterness, but very nice.
Alphalpha still bites when it should be in its death throes. The hops still sting, though there’s that suggestion of last fall’s leaves. Honey blows in like a sweet spring day. Malt? Maybe. Very simple structure on this one, but so, so, so easy to wash down, well, anything.
Even at this age, this is a good, solid IIPA. Love to try this one fresh sometime, although it seems fresh bottles are much rarer than those that have collected considerable dust.
HopHead7 (28) - - FEB 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a light honey color. Had a pretty frothy head, lacing lasted a long while. Big grapefruit and pine forest aromas. Heavy on the bitter for the taste, although had some malty caramel in the finish. Seemed a little off balance between the high cascade hops and the malts, but overall was a good beer.
sepia5 (232) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy orange with a big white head. Nose is orange, malt, and hops. The flavor is the same, but the honey is also apparent. Normally I dont really care for malty IPAs, but this one isn’t syrupy or cloying, as the honey really gives it a nice complimentary sweetness. Very good, if not great.