Cannile (15) - California, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - 22oz. Cracked the bottle and was immediately greeted with an explosion of pine (Columbus and Citra?) and mango (Amarillo?). Citra pours a mildly hazy, beautiful sunset-orange. Boasts a perfect, not-too-foamy long-lasting head which acts as a cushion, softening the landing into that crisp co2 mouth-feel and immediate hop bite. HUGE aroma; Grass, pine, grapefruit, mango, bubblegum, honey, feet, and a hint of fat people BO. Smells a bit like the Christmas tree in my living room. What stands out of me is how medium-bodied this is, much more full and chewy than most imperial IPAs released lately, which are typically much thinner. Flavor is very similar to its aroma, minus the fruit; and not to my surpise ... not very bitter. Tastes "green," bringing to the table grass, pine, and a hint of oxidation (which comes with every IPA not consumed within 5 minutes of bottling). There is recognizable caramel malt character and sweetness grounding that hop flavor explosion, all while still allowing it to go out and play, much like a parent telling their teenage daughter she needs to be in by midnight. Finishes clean with zero off-flavors. This thing is dry-hopped so much that you can actually feel the hop oil coating your mouth after each sip. Overall, this is great stuff. Worthy of a GABF gold? ... perhaps. Lives up to its hype, even though the bottle I have is weeks old since bottling. I could only imagine what it tastes like fresh from the source. Road trip?
Marco_Gtz (8) - Vacaville, California, USA - APR 11, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on tap at the brewery back in March during release. Great floral & citrus aroma. Wonderful DIPA. Wish I could have it more often.
stoutnick (386) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster at Beer Temple, Chicago. Light golden. Aroma is Citra hops, muted fruits. Taste is a little faded - fruit especially, plenty of resinous finish though. Good, but would live to drink this on draft.
birdmachine (163) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - MAR 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewery this weekend, multiple pours! Aroma is sticky grapefruit, passionfruit, mango, light pineapple, dank herbs, twiggy, resin, citrus. Last yearís bottle aroma was a lot less pungent, and had more stone fruit like peach, but the draft version is still pretty fruity. The beer pours a cloudy deep golden color with orange highlights and moderate white head. The retention is medium and the lacing eventually gets washed away with each sip. Taste is extremely tropical with lots of pineapple, guava, mango and orange peel. Towards the back of the tongue more citrus arrives with moderate earthy bitterness, citrus peels, resiny. Body is medium-light with medium-high carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Moderate alcohol warmth, low alcohol bite and low astringency. After taste is slightly vegetal with some leaves and twigs; however each sip brings back so much citrus itís more of an afterthought. The bottle version last year didnít have that on the palate and was juicier, creamier with a lot more tropical fruit on the after taste. Overall the 2014 version was still pretty darn delicious with light creamy body, medium dank hop note and lots of tropical fruit and citrus. I drank 2 pints easily and contemplated a third. Now Iím craving that third. Dammit.
BoBoChamp (5112) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65cl, no mention of ABV, new exclusive American brew Anno 2010, thx alot to Peter for bringing this over!, complex bitter brew, fruity/bitter and slightly malty/floral, very balanced, hazy, rocky head, very good brew
jobusrum (22) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. What I love most about this beer is how well balanced it is. So many fruit and floral arroma I can?t keep tabs. Tastes of citrus, pineapple,grapefruit, and mango. Finishes like a fruit smoothie with hops. Great beer!
gyllenbock (4088) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at The Bistro DIPA-Festival, February 8. (my first one from this brewery)
Hazy golden with a white head. Hops, grass, pine and citrus. Very refreshing and nicely drinkable. Bitter finish. A nice one.
infinitetease (9) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had this quite a while ago, but it is still the single best DIPA I have ever had. The nose was beautiful, with tons of tropical fruit. The flavor was almost as good..
Nothingís perfect, but this is pretty darn close.
tectactoe (1169) - Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2014 Bottle: This is based off of the February 2013 release. Bright gradient of colors, ranging from goldenrod to dense amber with a haziness cascading throughout. A big, chunky white head rests on top & leaves great lacing as it travels down the glass. One of the best aromas you can get from an IPA. Mango, pineapple, guava, grapefruit, apricot, peach, tangerine, some sticky passion fruit... Fruit orgy, backed up by a lightly dank & resinous hop profile with plenty of sticky, dripping hop oils. Light pine & resin with nice pungency & just a touch of green onion in the finish. Taste is amazing as well. Another tropical & citric fruit explosion; citrus, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, honeydew, passion fruit... you name it. Nice lupulin oil background with some lightly dank & pine-y hops. Malt is very light with a touch of bready biscuits to back up the hop assault. Very dry & never too sweet... Iíve had many bottles of this, & some arenít as mind blowing as others. But the best bottles represent one of the best double IPAs Iíve ever had.
Chuckaduck (607) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 11/17/13. Pours gold with a thin, but dense white head. Aroma is crisp, clean, fresh, fruity, citrus, pine, pineapple, peach, bitter fruit rind; fantastic. Taste is fruity, juicy, clean, fresh, grapefruit, citrus, very well balanced; finish is lasting grapefruit rind. Lacing throughout. Medium carbonation. Full bodied. Just excellent; delicious.
Ataraxia (303) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hazy bright orange color, thin white head. Juicy aroma of mango, peach, orange, passionfruit, and grapefruit. Perfect amount of sweetness, giving way to hop bitterness in the finish. A little too much carbonation, but overall crisp and refreshing. Alcohol content is well hidden by the hop bitterness.