dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours semitransparent golden orange with a thin off white head. The nose is light citrus, caramel, booze, bready, pine and tropical fruit. The taste is high sweet, medium high bitter. The texture is oily and slick, the body is heavy and finish is long.
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jhp40219 (316) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber courtesy of Hopfilter. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a decent white head and a bit of lacing. Aroma is faint, but I am getting citrus, pine, malt, and alcohol. Taste is much flatter than expected. Mostly malt, pine and alcohol. Actually though the alcohol isn’t as overpowering as you’d think for an 11.5%er. Its definitely present and up front though. Not much of a finish. Nice hop bitterness for a second, then all malts. Full bodied, oily texture rich with hop oils, moderate carbonation. Not bad, but other than the high alcohol content this doesn’t have anything special going for it.
sfontain (811) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Transparent orange; large, pillowy white head; heavy lacing. Aroma bready, citrus, floral, caramel, barely vanilla. Flavor bitter and hoppy yet fruity; very strong bitter flavor throughout yet not completely unbalanced, somehow; alcohol warmth is present in the exhale but not 11 percent worth, so I’m calling that well-hidden. Thin yet smooth, frothy, and dense; moderately sticky but not cloyingly so. I’m generally not a huge fan of kick-you-in-the-face IPA’s, but this is world-class as they go.
b33r (682) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light clear gold color with very small white head and little oily lacing. Aroma is weak- light citrusy notes- not much of anything. Flavor is weak- just a hint of bitter hops. Super bland- nothing too it. This is fresh too- only 2 weeks old.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yowzers, look at those stats! This is my kind of Imperial IPA. Light amber in color with a very bright, off white-head, this wickedly awesome brew has a very potent aroma hinting of high alcohol and sticky-sweet hops. It’s simply amazing. The flavor is of high alcohol and intense, crystallized sugars - a combination that leaves a delectable stickiness on the lips. Very oily hops rule this beer and the palate, making for an acute, incredible, sweet, awesome, delicious IPA. It has a dense thinness to it much like as with a distilled beverage, warning you of its alcoholic content and requiring your respect. This is really a beautiful beer and very deserving of my respect.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose of aged hops citrus bland boringness. Golden pour thin head. Flavors of stale hops bitter w not much character. Pale aged malt and alcohol burn. Probably could have been fresher. Burny alcohol.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottled on 03.01.13. Pours a bright gold color with a lingering white head. Aroma is powerful with lots of grapefruit and floral citrus notes. Nice bitterness to mask the high alcohol content. Large amount of caramel malt, but it does not get cloying or overly sweet. Dry alcohol heat is present in the background, but does not become distracting. High carbonation and a resinous palate. Not the best I have ever tried, but a really decent effort overall at a big IPA.
anders37 (17201) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ 13th Bistro Double IPA Festival, Hayward, CA. Pours a golden color with a white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter citrus and grapefruit aroma. Fruity malty very hoppy bitter citrus flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter citrus finish.
ericwill99 (53) - Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured out of a bomber, and shared with friends. Surprisingly light in color and strong in flavor. Good body and aroma.
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iowaherkeye (2694) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
$9.99 bomber bottled 2/15/13 from OB Quik Stop yesterday. Clear yellow amber with a small off-white head, fading to a thick ring rather quickly, but the ring stayed a while. Dominant pine and floral hops up front in with spicy woody hops behind. A pretty good dose of sweet caramel malt backing a light dry alcohol burn. Less pine and more floral notes as it warmed. Flavor still has a lot of caramel malt, almost bordering on me thinking it’s got diacetyl, but it doesn’t. Actually doesn’t get too sweet at any point though, thanks to the high ABV. Dry finish, moderate alcohol--more the flavor than the burn--, bitterness peaked at an 8. Got a nice fruity dry hop note as it warmed.Low carbonation with a medium full body. Better than I expected, as I’m not a big fan of Chinook, but I like Simtra better.