ineedbeer (1476) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle dated 10/30/2014.
Aroma has a moderate pilsner grain malt and bread note. Moderate tropical fruit, mostly pineapple and mango with moderate citrus notes of orange and tangerine. A hint of a grassy hop note.
Pours a very cloudy, pale golden straw color with a large, fairly thick, slightly off white head with good retention. High amounts of lacing.
Flavor has a light sweetness with medium light grain and bread notes. High bitterness with a hint of alcohol spice. Moderately strong citrus notes of mandarin, tangerine and orange with lighter grapefruit. Medium light tropical fruit notes of mango and pineapple along with some melon.
Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a pretty nice beer. Not sure its crisp and dry enough to really stand out as a lager in my mind, but nice nonetheless. Lots of hop character and bitterness, but I do wonder if it was different when fresher.
lefossoyeur (531) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy blonde with a generous white head, lasting a good while, leaving a nice lace. Loads of Berry aromas with white grapes ŕ long with something minty. Medium body, smooth carbonation, tons of kiwi hops shining with Nelson heading the way. Nice drinkability with good bitterness. Very good.
Getbetter (1019) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle into a goblet.The pour is a unfiltered yellow with a bitter wheat light body light cirrus beer.
daafisch (46) - New York, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy gold with a thick white head. Aroma is citrus and passion fruit. Taste is passion fruit, citrus and grape fruit. I would like a little more malt to balance the big hop flavor but it’s still delicious as it is. Very tasty beer.
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
This lean and citrusy Double IPA shares white grapes, citrus fruit and resinous angles for a dangerously drinkable and flavorful example.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the golden.
-This is not a dank IPA like many others brewed in the northeast.
-The mouthfeel is as svelte as can be for the style.
-The soft effervescence serves drinkability quite well.
On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill, Burlington.
dfroms (477) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle dated 11/4. Pours a cloudy straw yellow with one finger of head that subsides into a ring of sticky lacing. Aroma is dank and stinky tropical fruit, orange peel, honey, sweet malts, spicy hops, rye bread, acetone, grass, pine. Taste is a mixture of juicy mango and chewy malts with an unusual spicy note coming through and a bit of booze. Finish of grapefruit peel and soapy, woody hops – serious raw hop pellet flavor. Like Mass Rising, this one is underwhelming, a little heavy and messy.
Duchammer (145) - Eagle river, Alaska, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks matt_ducharme poured hazy gold a nice lacy white head. Citrus and passion fruit explode in the nose with little under tones of wet hops. Taste had overprowering amountof grapefruit, passion fruit, and floral hops with light malt. Very crisp finishing dry.
SHIG (4211) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by duchammer thanks to Matt_ducharme: Poured a hazy straw color with a huge frothy head (I poured it like an asshole). Right to the nose hops can almost taste it. Nice fruity hops taste, very sessionable and soft finish.
JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale yellow pour with a thick white head. The aroma has a really bright lemon and citrus note. A bit of very lean malt and a bit of honey. Slightly fruity with a touch of light bitterness. A little bit fruity with some grapey flavour. A little bit peppery.
Bule (1528) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle pours a hazy golden color without much head. Nice hop flavors to balance the malt. Marmalade.