WilleLW (206) - Lund, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light amber colour with a light fluffy head at 2 fingers. Aroma of grass and citrus. A lovely taste with much flavour to it. Taste of caramell (or something smooth like vanilla) in background, hops, sweet/smooth malts and hints of grass and citrus. Some fruits and hints of whisky. A nice hoppy bitterness which is just enough and not overwelming. Although not quite as strong as other imperial/double IPAs.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - AUG 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a orange gold color with very little head. Aroma is citrusy and floral. Taste is pretty malty for an IPA though the hops are present, especially in the finish. Finish is sweet and bitter with a lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Tasty!
ghostmonkey (204) - budd lake, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle . . pours copper with light whitehead . . aroma is citrus, floral, hops, sweet . . taste is hoppy, FRESH, clean, grapefruit, bitter . . aftertaste is a bit bitter but NICE beer . . !!
RunDWP (203) - San Jose, California, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Aroma of grapefruit and a little malt. Sweet malty flavor at the beginning, which yields to a grapefruity hoppy bittness with some grassy notes. I liked the flavor balance and complexity Burnt orange color with thin, yet persistant head. Decent lacing on the glass. Nice, unique brew that proves you don’t have to hit people over the head with a bunch of hops to make an enjoyable IPA.
pistolpete (203) - USA - MAY 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle... amber pour... pinelands aroma (nj folks will know).... malt start with a mellow hops finish... excellent...
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sixer from my man eddie down at express liquor in Pacific Beach.. Pours a delicious honey suckle amber orange with a french vanilla head... the smell is not overly hopped out but rather some sweetness touches my nostrils and coaxed another wiff outta me.. is it vanilla I smell on the back end? First sip is good.. it really reminds me of softer version of the elder, I know the degree is less on this one but that same almost ETOH malty sweetness is infused on the back of each sip (I understand some of you russian river folks might think thats blasphemy) but I write what I feel!! .. You can tell this guy has a powerful engine but he’d rather cruise the block and pick up chicks, and hey, what part of that dont ALL of us enjoy!! The hops are there early, some floral but its the malts that settle this DIPA in and make it very enjoyable. Wish it had a little more punch and the lower degree of difficulty does play a part in my rating, but still, this DIPA is like eddie murray, can hit from both sides of the plate and in all directions!!... I like the IPA and quite frankly this DIPA is better...
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 11, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. (bought on 10/7/04) Paired with Basque Shepherds Cheese. Pours a heavy golden/amber, with some floaters, and a thin but dense creamy white head. Nice stream of bubbles emanates from the beverage. Aroma is pale/caramel malts nice balanced with sweet honey coated citrus hops. Less overwhelming in the hops department that I expected from the beer, but very good nonetheless. Nice sweet ripe hops flavor. Great medium body and high drink ability.
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 Bomber. Awesome piney hop aroma and even better thick, foggy caramel color. A bit fizzy at the end, great balance to the bitterness. I’ve been drinking the regular IPA but will search this one out now.
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours crystal clear with a firm head. Aroma is huge cascade, with some hints of crystal malt.
Flavor is big hops upfront but with a strong malt backing, lots of crystal, yet fairly light body. Alcohol is apparent, but not aggressive or overwhelming.
Definitely one of the top IPAs out there.
Kroney (198) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This version varies so much, sometimes even within a single sixer. Sometimes its a true IPA, others its almost got a Barleywine sweetness to it that you have to be ready for. Pours a dark golden orange with a huge floral/citrus nose at first... but sometimes the caramel/brown sugar sweetness completely takes over. This beer would rate much higher if it were more consistent. Still a very good beer that I would recommend to anyone.