jsquire (3725) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a growler fill station at the Avon Heinen’s grocery store! Burnished golden color with a short lived off white head. Big tropical fruit, hop candy and alcohol nose. I think of beers like this as a hop flavor Jolly Rancher candy. So sweet with just gobs of tropical fruit, candied grapefruit rind, canned pineapple juice.and apricot jelly. There is a bit of bread crust in there too, the the balance, such as there is, is the raw sweetness versus the sticky hops. The alcohol is ever-present but not harsh. Not a subtle beer by any means, but is does showcase the "imperial" in IPA.
DialSquare (3346) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Local Cantina in Grandview. Dark gold pour, thin white head. Aroma of resin citrus hops. Tastes of caramel, earthy, tropical fruit, resiny. Even bitter and little spice in the finish. Palate is thin and makes such a big brew drinkable. Very nice.
Brigadier (3225) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap in Cleveland (OH)
A strong imperial IPA contains all the hallmarks of a typical Midwestern IPA. Evidence that the folks in Athens still have their ’A’ game, this took little effort to finish. If it had not been $7.50 for a full pint I might have ordered one after finishing a sampler.
Aroma / Appearance - A transparent bronze body shimmers as it filters out a quarter of the ambient light. Thin wispy head releases bursts of grapefruit, citrus, resin, and floor wax. A malty core binds everything together though it retains a strong tropical inspiration.
Flavor / Palate - A full creamy body hits the tongue with waves of rosy flavors and pine. Grapefruit, pine, and tree sap transition to a solid hop driven finish. While malt acts as a welcome glue there is no doubt what drives this beer - hops, hops, and more hops. I would love to get my hands on a fresh bottle of the double hopped version.
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Jackie O’s Brewpub, 7/14/14. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized creamy off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma of citrus, herbal hops, candied citrus. The taste is citrus, tropical hops and strong pale malt. Medium bodied, low carbonation, slight booze, moderate lingering bitterness. Nice.
Huhzubendah (2944) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to RussianDragon for pointing out that I neglected to rate this. From my old school notes: 23 Jan 2010
Shared by the former drinkndrive. Thanks Devin!
The beer is golden orange with a small, soapy white head. Aromas of spicy malt, tropical fruit, booze. Bold and assertive flavor, with mango, pineapple. Resinous and full bodied, finishing with alcoholic warmth. Pretty tasty.
RussianDragon (574) - - JUL 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with off-white head that fades to the edge of the glass. Aroma is floral tropical fruit, hop bitterness and solid malt notes. Flavor is same, with prominence of alcohol in the finish. From notes 1/23/10 (Geist Dark Lord Tasting).
MrBunn (2560) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Jackie O’s. Pours gold with a decent head and huge aromas of mango, papaya, pineapple and a hint of resin. The papaya was a particular shock to me. Very strong presence in both the nose and flavor. Booze is obvious (board says 11.9% on this batch) and it says "Beware!"
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on 4/28/12 with the Nashville and Knoxville crews at Curtis’ old house, big thanks to JR for bringing this one. Pours clear orange with an average off-white head that leaves average lace. The nose is sweet orange peel, some resin hops, and light caramel malt. The flavor is pretty much the same, a more malt-forward DIPA with sweet and bitter orange peel, a nice hit of bitterness, and caramel malt. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long orange peel and resin hops finish.
Ratman197 (11092) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear orange amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of bread, earthiness, grapefruit, peach and light melon. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, grapefruit, pine and light orange zest with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.
anders37 (19112) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Hops & Pie, Denver, CO. Pours a pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy piney grapefruit aroma. Fruity malty piney hoppy bitter grapefruit finish. Has a fruity malty piney hoppy bitter finish.