epiphyte707 (66) - eureka, California, USA - NOV 12, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a dark amber lil white head, smells of toffee, Carmel and wild strawberries jam. Tastes like sweet hoppy resinous, fruity, with slight pine taste. Well balanced and pleases a hop head palate. Leaves you felling warm and fuzzy
SDalkoholic (2141) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Liquid appeared as a crisp and clean straw blonde color and was topped by a thick frothy topping of head that leaves behind a lot of lacing. Aroma is bold with a heaping serving of hops that suggest earthy notes of citrus sweet honey but at the same time also has a strong whiff of alcohol. The drink is chewy with hops yet supported well by a balanced malt profile. Flavor is substantially bitter, however, it isn’t as bitter as I would have expected considering this was an Imperial IPA by Knee Deep. The only tastes I can detect are mild hints of sour grapefruit juice, pine, lemon zest, sage and chance of grainy barley malt. Drinks smooth and refined upon the palate all while being an affordable priced bottle.
thetmaxx (742) - West Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma was nice of fruit and dank. Flavor was similar. Finishes dry, the alcohol is not hidden too well. It is a good triple ipa though
toxichop (329) - South Gate, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A; sharp grapefruit smell, followed by pineapple citrus and notes of biscuit, and dark caramel with alcohol hindering in there as well. P:amber with a very thin head which it is expected from a tipa. T: grapefruit, lemon peel acidity, caramel malt in the back with sharp pine bitterness. Finishes with biscuit malt and grass. M: thin with soft carbonation. O: very boozy I think I would stick with simtra.
Shawnr51 (3) - Brentwood, USA - NOV 2, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great triple ipa. Very clean taste and mouth feel. Not malty like other triples. Good heavy bitterness that isn’t too harsh.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is full of grapefruit, citrus, pine, and grassy hops with sweet caramel and biscuit malts and some booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, tropical, and citrus hops, bitterness, and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, pine and grassy hops come through with some more resiny bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, tropical, and grassy hops, resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really nice big hop profile throughout with good bitterness and enough body to balance.
StefanSD (2088) - Lakeside, California, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a translucent copper color with a small white head that has fair retention. The aroma is fairly mild with some faint pine and citrus. The taste is big on the pine and light on the citrus with a caramel malt backbone. The palate is medium with lively carbonation. The finish is long and dry. Overall: Nice DIPA, but not great.
DYCSoccer17 (3302) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle from Bel-Air in Woodland, CA. The aroma on this is milder than I would have expected. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of fruity, mango hop aromas here, but NOTHING close to Simtra. There is also an underlying herbal and pine note. Not too much in the way of malt character. Transparent copper body with a medium creamy-colored head that is fairly rapidly dissipating. Starts with almost a metallic flavor, before this becomes a little sweet and chewy in the middle with hints of toffee. Becomes quite toasted after that. Finishes with some crazy resiny hop flavors and pretty dry, husky, long-lasting bitterness. Crazy hops. Impressed with the brewer’s ability to balance these massive hops with the malts. A decent beer, but I most certainly prefer Simtra.
bhensonb (10808) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours light amber gold with a foamy beige head. Aroma is heavily citrus/pine. A little lightly roasted malt for backbone. Med+ body. Flavor is harsh resin/citrus hop over a hardly noticeable malt. The caramel does come out a bit after the hop seeps away. The hop is heavy NW burn. Likely the hoppiest beer ever out of Sacramento. The bar is raised!
marcus (6365) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by beerboxer. Pours clear orange amber with a thin off-white head and a citrus aroma There is a hearty caramel malt flavor with a very bitter dry finish. Not very balanced, but it all goes together pretty well.