Ibrew2or3 (6854) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber pours clear copper with tan head. The aroma has a good load of bitter hops that are vaguely spicy, pine and earthy citrus with a light background of biscuit malts. The taste is pleasingly hoppy with both flavor and bitter hops creating a sweet orange hard candy sensation along side of resiny pine bitterness. To midway the bitterness really ramps up and into the finish it gives way to hints of biscuit malts and caramel malts. Nice full hoppy rich brew.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JUL 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from DBS. Aroma and flavor of fresh, citrus and floral hops. Not often does an IPA catch my good side. This one was absolutely excellent with a solid malt backbone, not the likes of which detracted from the hops. Like DYC, I have to liken this one to Pliny. Honestly, it's heartier and will last much longer than Pliny the Elder or Younger. I still give a nod to the Younger, but not by much. This beer puts Knee Deep on the map and is indeed world-class.
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Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours clear golden amber, with virtually no head. Aroma of tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, resin, make me picture tree sap. Flavour is the same, but more bitter than the nose suggests. The ABV is well hidden in this balanced, full bodied 3IPA. Oily yet silky mouth feel, dry finish. Hits the spot quite nicely! Yum!
mcberko (6318) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a clear golden / copper with a tiny, quickly-dissipating white head. Aroma exudes loads of resinous hops, moderate tropical fruit character (mango and pineapple), and a generous portion of caramel malt - slight candied sugar component too though not dominant. Flavour has truckloads of resinous hops, not much of the tropical fruits, a perfect amount of sweetness, and just enough backing of caramel malt. Extremely hoppy and quite bitter, though never too puckering on the palate. Certainly a superior example of how you do a Imperial IPA - brilliantly balanced while still being very hoppy but not too annoyingly astringent. Most excellent and highly drinkable.
StefanSD (2119) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a translucent copper color with a small white head that recedes to a film. The aroma features citrus and mangoes. The taste is oranges(dominate), with mangoes, grapefruit and lemons playing a supporting role. I also get a bit of onion as an off flavor. The palate is silky smooth with lively carbonation. The finish is medium in duration with lingering tangerines. Overall: Very nice brew, but it just didn’t wow me.
yourefragile (138) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from Blackwells.
Pours a clear pale golden copper with a thin foamy cream colored head that fades to a thin collar and thin streaks of lace. Intense fresh hop aroma, sweet and solventy dominated by pine and Simcoe hops, tropical fruit, caramel and burnt sugar. Medium thick, soft body with light carbonation, fairly sticky and pulpy on the palate with a strong warming alcohol finish. Flavor is sweet and fruity, tons of Simcoe and light Citra resin in the finish. Bitter, boozy, hoppy and fruity; not a bad triple IPA.
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thetmaxx (745) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from the 22oz. Aroma is spicey from the simcoe, flavour is similar. Palate is thick and oily the way a triple ipa should be. This is a great ipa, I’ve been craving for a while.
bnoel09 (425) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JUL 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium amber color with a cream colored head. Aroma is grapefruit and resinous hops. Flavor is sweet caramel malt with resinous hops and a good amount of pepperiness and some heat from the alcohol on the finish. Medium bodied and slightly dry. Overall a very nice beer.
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle-purchased at Lone Hill Liquors in Gendora, CA-pours bright orange clear with a nice soapy white head with sparse lacing from time to time. nose is huge citrus, floral, lite dank notes, just a hop explosion as one would come to expect from this big of a IIPA. Flavors have a boatload of hop flavors-citrus, pineapple, however a huge alcohol burning feeling tends to make this beer not as good as others in its ilk (hoptimum comes to mind-yet a little head, not as hot as this one). This one burns all the way down the throat! huge fussel alcohol finish with lingering bitterness from the onslaught of 130 IBU’s. man, this has alot of character however, its really hot. If the heat was turned down, you would have a contender for at least top 20 in this style. glad i picked this one up though because its a bit on the rare side.
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2012 22 ounce bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe, but I had this several times super fresh during Sacramento Beer Week a few months ago, and LOVED this beer. Ahh, the aroma on this is just as I remember. TONS of citrus, passionfruit, mango goodness. There’s a little mandarin orange and some dank cattiness, too. Super aroma. Unfortunately, there is slight ethanol detected retronasally. Transparent copper body with a medium off-yellowish head present. Starts sharply bitter, with citrus grapefruit, followed by a piney resinous hoppiness. A little more dank comes through, with a bitter, dry, finish. This is warming and a touch hot, but this beer is still a world-class example of the 10%+ IIPA. Right up there with Younger and Hoptimum, IMO.