Beaver (1413) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a medium white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.
The aroma is piney peppery malts.
The flavor is sweet sugary melon, salt(?), and some bready malts followed by a good sized piney slightly resiney bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.
Overall, not as good as I had hoped. It was a solid IPA, but not too interesting and what was up with the salt?
mattmc1973 (478) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass. Clear amber with small white ring. Aroma of resinous hops, grapefruit, pine, and honey. Taste is a bit malty and sweet, with piney bite. Medium mouthfeel, with crisp carbonation, quite quenching. Nice double IPA!
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
twist off 22oz... gotta love the camping friendly style!
coppery orange pour with an almost white head.
SMELLS LIKE HOPS!... piney, leafy, orange, apricot and earthy with a subtle caramel note. not a whole bunch of depth but intoxicating nonetheless.
the flavor is the same... orange pith, caramel, pine and spice with a terribly (delicious) bitter finish which lingers on the palate. it is a touch on the sweet side ... though that is oddly corrected when served on tap. bitterness, dryness and a twig like earthy character are all amplified as well fresh off the tap.
medium bodied with a texture akin to heavy cream. 9/3/8/4/17/4.0
scoth (579) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear amber, with a medium beige head, excellent and lasting lacing. Strong aroma of pine and grapefruit, with some floral notes. Medium-thin body, smooth and velvety. Some bready and caramel flavors, but mostly a complex blend of hops, pine, grapefruit and grass. Fairly strong bitter aftertaste. Delicious.
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful copper into the glass with a white head. Aroma is very piney like those air fresheners that used to be ubiquitous in cabs, but in a good way! Sniffing deep beyond the hops a slightly sweet caramel malt is present. Flavor is surprisingly delicate. Intense hops for sure, but seemingly on the back end and accompanied by a nice malt backbone. Perfect level of carbonation gives this beer a nice medium bodied mouthfeel. For 3.49 a bomber this is an awesome bargain!
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAY 8, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bomber. Poured a nice straw color with a thin bubbly head that had nice lacing. Aroma was rich with pine notes, some citrus and a nice soap smell. Great hops flavor and a perfect balance with malt notes. Smooth, rich and it never seemed heavy. All around a a great beer.
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
this beer we just started getting in Texas. WOW! great beer . the appearance is really light for an IPa its almost pilsner color. Poured in to my 22oz southern star glass which comes in handy for those bombers :)
the head was 2 fingers thick
dissipated quickly The nose is great. Cirusy, oily, orange, piney HEAVEN YES!
if you like nice citrusy hopped beers try this one
Pailhead (5398) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: The aroma is loaded with hops...lots of orange, apricot, and grapefruit. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a small white head. The flavor starts with lots of orange and apricot. Light-moderate sweetness in the middle followed by a well balanced grapefruit finish. Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Very drinkable.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gold pour with a frothy, 1 finger, white head and good lacing. Loads of sweet, bright, citrus and bubblegum esters in the aroma with some resinous pine notes and toffee malt. More fresh wet hops in the flavor with lots of grapefruit and pine and a big caramel malt background. Sticky medium body with enough carbonation to wash down all those hop oils. Great stuff. Tastes just like fresh Hopslam.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transparent bronze, small foamy white head. Lots of grapefruit and fresh pine, like that first scent of the Christmas tree. The flavor is still quite bitter, but a lot of the fresh hop notes are drowned amid sugary malt and sweet fruit, minor grapefruit still hanging around. Moderate body but quite robust palate, moderate finish, bitter in orange and caramel. Some bright moments, but it fails in the same way that so many other IIPAs do.