esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very lightly hazed copper/amber with a slowly fading ecru head. Aroma is a floral and citrus mix with pepper, sweet malt and vegetal notes. Tastes like grapefruit juice with caramel, mild alcohol and a mild bitter finish.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A vigorous pour into my teku glass produces a two finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a bright, copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, golden copper color. The beer smells of crystal malt and then some supporting hop character. Sweet tea notes, caramelized grain, touches of grapefruit, and some pine like notes.
The beer has a solid bitterness, with a lingering pine and menthol astringency, with an up front grapefruit zest character. The finish also has a toasted whole grain cracker note, some lingering sweet tea leaning crystal malt notes, as well as a caramelized note that adds a bit too much here. The body is a bit on the chewy side for an IPA.
Not really my type of IPA, a bit too malt focused, and the hop character could be a lot more floral and characterful. Wow, I was quite surprised that this was an Imperial IPA, really makes me like it even less.
jsquire (3721) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden beer with a sticky white head. Big thick hop resin nose. Strong caramel malt backbone with grapefruit rind and apricot hop flavors. There is a long pinching bitter finish. Nice IIPA.
hayduke (3682) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 Courtesy of a trade with Doran in Missouri. Pours a deep copper color with a beige head. Good lacing. Nose of roasted caramel malts and floral hops. Medium body. Flavor is hop forward with a bit of fruit. Citrus finish. Tasty.
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
0.65l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew. This is a light cloudy honey-colored one with a small bubbly off-white head. A bit fruity, but tons of malty, sweet caramel with sweet dried fruits on the aroma. A bit concentrated and sweet. Oh, the taste is quite pungent and sweet. Lotís of boozy tones swirling around here. The texture is shockingly thin and watery. Feels like the flavors lie on the bottom of the glass and itís just water up on the top. Strange strange. Cactus finish with some sweet raisins. Mysterious. 27.07.2012
Headbanger (3516) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle 12/21/11 (Jackís Mountain Home) 42į in Snifter-Pours a dark orangish amber with a small off white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, and malt. Taste of hops, citrus, pine, and grapefruit. This full bodied brew has a weird tartness in there that is throwing things off. Disappointing.
jrallen34 (3495) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle given to me by Destral, poured into my Darkness glass...Pours an ugly murky dark orange. Hardly any carbonation at all, no head surfaces except for a few sparse bubbles on the side of the glass...The aroma is super malty tons of caramel and bread, a little pineapple, no hops, a bit of alcohol. Doesnít smell bad, but no balance...The taste is terrible, at first almost devoid of flavor then comes moldy grass, stale hops, and alcohol. This is not a good combination at all. The feel is really light, a weird harsh finish.
This is a skip in all regards.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2012 Rerate (seems better than when I originally tasted it), can: Malty nose. Creamy and smooth texture; a bit too sticky for a double IPA. Flavors are OK, with overly sweet notes of caramel, cocoa and toast. Hops are tame. Too tame. Some floral bitterness surfaces in the aftertaste and itís not bad, but it fades fast. Overall, itís just not very balanced (too sweet).
BillKismet (3464) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber with a well-suited, light beige head. Light fruit and pineapple nose. Exceptionally estery and fruity with some mild bitterness mixed in. After a sip or two, pineapple blasts to the forefront. Sticky sweet, but not too over-the-top.
reggiedunlop (3416) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a hazy orange/amber with a huge lt tan head....good lacing and retention...only thing they got right. Aroma is sweet butterscotch. Flavor is uber piney butterscotch...what a mess. Mouthfeel is full and oily and the finish is bitter piney butterscotch. Horrendous.