LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a retaining white head. Leaves behind spotty lacing.
Aroma: A humungous grapefruit, tangerine hop nose. It invites your nose as deep as you can place it within your glass. Just amazing.
Taste: Orange zest, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, dry spicy malt. Finishes with earthy bitterness that doesnít linger that long. I can only think some Citra was used, as itís bitterness falls off that quick, at least for me.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, average carbonation. Slightly rough/astringent.
Overall: Pretty amazing. I had it on tap first at 38 degrees, then at ColLAboration 2 in Hollywood. The second time around had a way bigger hop nose, with all other things remaining the same. For Kern River fans, I would put this brew slightly above Citra DIPA, which I gush about as well. Itís a bit more bitter than Citra DIPA, and has a better malt profile compared to Just Outstanding IPA.
dollarbill (13) - , California, USA - JUN 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty good. I had a glass (thanks, JD) after a few pints of Pliny, and it was tasty. Iím not a sophisto, by any means, but Iíve had a few IPAs in my day. This stuff wonít keep me away from my Pliny, my Alesmith, or my Just Outstanding IPAs, but it is an interesting diversion. Too bad it costs so much.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Kern River knows IPA. Though this isnít a double at all. Very aromatic. So smooth. Citrus everywhere. Mostly grapefruit. A nice hearty bitterness here.
JohnnyJ (5354) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at bruery anniversary party. Medium gold pour with a slight haze and white head. Citrus, pine, resinous hops, grapefruit, tropical fruit, lightly malty and floral. A very nice fresh DIPA, tropical hop bomb, tasty.
brokensail (15600) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a nice golden amber color with a rather large, fluffy whot head. Lots of sticky lacing to go with it.
S: Intense nose of pine, grapefruit, tangerine, and orange peels. Almost no malt character to it at all. There is a nice floral quality to it as well. Perhaps even a bit of perfume.
T: The bitterness almost dominates the flavor. There is a nice grapefruit flavor to it and plenty of pine, too. A decent enough citrus character and a light floral note.
M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation and a lingering bitterness.
O: This was slightly disappointing. It was certainly good, but it didnít blow me away.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at the Bruery 3rd Anniversary. Rating #4. This was one of the top 3 beers of the day for me. Lots of citrus, big floral aroma and a real nice well balanced flavor, very well done. (1756)
thome50 (1283) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22oz bomber. Pours a golden orange with some nice white head and decent lacing. The dank aroma hits you right from the start and doesnít let go. Pine, pineapple, citrus, all there. The taste is "just outstanding"x2. Pine, extremely light malt and some orange flavors mixed in with the overly hopped explosion. This is how a DIPA should taste! Fresh hops make this beer and I sure hope it isnít left out too long and mellow/malt out for anyone in the future. Drink this in the next month or not at all.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a hazed golden body and a very large, foamy, bone hued head. Great lace and retention. Aroma is hoppy...nearly outrageously so. Full of citrus, lime, lemon, grapefruit, orange, papaya, mango, a touch spicy with a hint of pine. A hint of a candish note. Malt is lightly bready and toasty. Light esters. Flavors are pine, citrus, grainy, light dill notes, tons of citrus, grapefruit. Apparent alcohol. Malt is bread like but hidden. This beer is about the hops, with some alcohol. Light fruity esters. Drying. Obvious warmth. Medium to lively bubbles. Quite enjoyable! Honestly at its freshness right now it is about equal to a 10-14 day old Pliny bottle (in quality and price). A feat by itself.
IrishBoy (4085) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 17, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber bottled on May 12th from Country Club Liquors. Nose is tons of ivy and piney hops that waft out on you as you open the bottle mixed with a very light malty sweet aroma. Hazy copper orange with a medium beige head. Flavor is moderate bitterness with hints of pine and a lightly sweet backbone. Finishes lightly bitter. I agrre with my son in law who calls it Double "Just Outstanding".